What’s on in Poitou-Charentes, February 2018


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I have had a look through at what is on in the old Poitou-Charentes region and selected some events that look interesting. Star billing has to be at the end of the month the Dog Dancing Championships on the 25th Feb… can you wait that long?

So here we go…..

Vernissage exposition Peggy Lurton, Melle;1st Feb (more)  she says she can  ‘transform my inner energies into visible forms’…Hmm sounds like fun.

Concert Generation Marley à Chatellerault le 2 février 2018 (more)

Concert Notre Dame De Paris à Vouneuil Sous Biard le 3 février 2018 (more)

Concert d’ô Bec à La Puye le 3 février 2018 (more)

Boxing;     Championship of France  Rochefort  3rd Feb 2018  (more) 


Indie/Pop NADA SURF : NadaSurf fête les 15 ans de “Let Go” + 1ère PARTIE; La Sirene La Rochelle 4th Feb (more)

Spécial Clouzot – Exposition itinérante “Clouzot à travers son oeuvre Niort 4th Feb (more)

STAGE DE MUSIQUE DE CHAMBRE  Abbaye aux Dames, Saintes – 5th to 9th FÉVRIER 2018 (more) 

Concert Bal sous les étoiles à Poitiers du 8 au 9 février 2018 (more) 

Local walks; there are loads of them for details of those in Charente Maritime click (more)  Here is one that took my eye, SORTIE ORNITHOLOGIQUE, 10th Feb 9am at Massignac click (more) for details on this specific walk. 

Spectacle Dirty Dancing à Chasseneuil du Poitou le 10 février 2018 (more)

Concert Roch Voisine à Chatellerault le 16 février 2018 (more)

Blues?? LES NUITS DE L’ALLIGATOR : LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD + ALTIN GUN + KEPA LaSireene La Rochelle, 16th   Feb (more)

Fossils and Minerals…quite interesting 3ÈME SALON MINÉRAUX, FOSSILES, MICROMINÉRAUX, SABLE, COQUILLAGES DU 17/02/2018 AU 18/02/2018 LA TREMBLADE (more)


FÊTE DU MIMOSA  St Trojan Les Bains… (more) an annual event 16th to 18th this year, but with global warming the Mimosa may flower a bit earlier!  as part of the whole event there is a Brocante/Vide du Grenier, always popular with the Brits Saturday 17th Feb early 7am to 9am!!! (more)

Michel Fugain En Concert à Chatellerault le 28 février 2018 (more)

4 CONCERTS À BRESSUIRE  Bocapole  – POITOU CHARENTES during February (more)

La Hune, St Benoit….several events on at this venue throughout February  (more)  

Marché aux truffes : 27 janvier et 10 février 2018 (more) 



What a good photo!



CARNAVAL LE 27/02/2018 À 17H00 (MARDI)LES PORTES EN RE (more) 

Trail de Val d’Egray,  Marathon and Half Marathon, Champdeniers 25th Feb (more)

Journées des Moulins Vivants du Bandiat, de La Tardoire, de l’Argence et de la Colle. 25th and 26th Feb (more) Check web site for which Windmills are open.

Foire de Truffles: Jarnac: every Tuesday morning in February (more)

Dog Dancing!!! Concours National de dog-dancing. Massais 25th Feb (more) Got to be worth a look!

Ancient Weapons Fair: Poitiers: 25th Feb (more)  There is also one in MAZIERES EN GATINE where ever that is on the 11th Feb.



Galantine d’hiver or perce-neige


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Snowdrops flowering now, its a sign that Spring is on its way and for some reason I am looking forward to it more this year than most.Snowdrops

Click to see my blog all about this interesting plant at www.woodlandwildflowers.wordpress.com 

It is another blog that I am working on, and of course if you are interested in wildflowers than most of it is relevant to Poitou-Charentes as well as the UK. You are welcome to follow it….no charge.

What’s on in Poitou-Charentes, January 2018


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January 2018 Well there is quite a lot going on this month, as there normally is in France. Here are a selection of events that caught my eye.

Expo-photos d’Alexandre Giraud Niort 2nd Jan (more)

Patinoire et luge pour Noël  (Looks like fun) Niort  From 2nd Dec to 6th Jan(more)

JAZZ a SAINT SATURNIN,  centre culturelle 16290 ST SATURNIN 12th to 21st Jan (more)

HEART FEST’ Salle polyvalente 16230 MANSLE 13th Jan (more)

CLOWN MIME “LUNE AIR” Salle de spectacles La Canopée Place du jumelage 16700 RUFFEC 14th January (more)

Spectacle Jean-Marie Bigard à Chatellerault le 17 janvier 2018 (more)





45th Festival International de la Bande Dessinée: Angouleme: 25th January to 28th January (more)

CONCERT : PASSI : « Les tentations… 20 ans » + 1ère PARTIE  RAP  LA SIRENE – Espace de Musiques Actuelles de la Communauté d’Agglomération de La Rochelle Saturday 20th Jan. (more)

Spectacle Carmina Burana à Chasseneuil du Poitou le 23 janvier 2018 (more)

CINEMA JAPONAISDU  25/01/2018 AU 27/01/2018 LA ROCHELLE (more)

FRENCH NEW-WAVE WEEK  : CABADZI x BLIER + ARM + NEVCHÉ  La Rochelle,  26th January (more)

Exposition de Michèle Simon  Celles sur Belle 27th Jan (more)





JOUR DE JAZZ À FOURAS LE 27/01/2018 LE 10/03/2018 (Seems like a long day to me??) (more)

One for the children….Spectacle Chantal Goya à Chasseneuil du Poitou le 28 janvier (more)

Marche au Truffles; Vilebois-Lavallette Dates to be announced for Jan and Feb (more)

Foire de Truffles: Jarnac every Tuesday morning through January/February (more)

I have selected some of the events but as always I recomend that you have a look through the web page for each department

Living in or near La Charente? then might I recommend that you visit this web site. (Agenda La Charente)  This site is quite good It lists far more than I do as it includes permanent exhibitions walks and really off beat events.

In la Vienne then click (Agenda La VienneThis site is OK

In Deux Sevres then click (Agenda Deux-SevresThis site was not kept up to date that well, seems better this year (2018)

And finally if you are in Charente Maritime  then click (Agenda Charente Maritime) This is a good site



Whats on in Poitou-Charentes, December 2017


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Well to start with at the beginning of the month there are major cosmic events and we will all feel energised and be full of beans! There is yet another super moon and other stuff to give your vibes a boost.  So to quote from the web site.

‘There is some solar storm activity that is affecting our world as we enter a stream of powerful solar wind. This can bring some very powerful and intense energy to our world and will continue over the next 2-3 days. You may have already been feeling it over the last few days; heightened emotions on either end of the spectrum….’ 

Personally I have little faith in it but it is little faith, I am not completely dismissing it.

OK back to earth and on to what is happening in the Poitou-Charentes bit of the earth.

EXPOSITION : CANIS LUPUS L’Alpha 1 rue Coulomb 16000 ANGOULEME. It has been on for some time and ends early January 2018, check web site for opening times. (more) 

Are there Grey Wolves living wild in France? YES, are they in Poitou-Charentes? read my blog about Grey Wolves

CONCERT : SOUL TIME SYSTEM Espace Henri Matisse 196 avenue du Général De Gaulle 16800 SOYAUX 8th December (more)

PINEAU ROUSSILLE : PORTES OUVERTES Pineau Roussille 21 rue de Libourdeau 16730 LINARS  9th and 10th December and its Free (more)

MARIONNETTES : GEPETTO Salle des fêtes 1 rue des écoles 16600 MORNAC 10th December (more)

Spectacle Irish Celtic Generations à Montmorillon le 10 décembre 2017 (more)

CONCERT MUSIQUE  ET ORGUE Eglise Saint-Maxime Rue de la Fontaine de Pommeau 16500 CONFOLENS 10th December (more)

CONCERT DE NOËL Eglise 16700 RUFFEC Also on 10th December so what will it be Ruffec or Confolens? (more)

Concert Choeurs Armee Russe Etoile Rouge à Chatellerault le 12 décembre 2017 (more)

Spectacle Augustin, Pirate des Indes à Chasseneuil du Poitou le 16 décembre 2017 (more)

FÊTE DE LA LUMIÈRE ET MARCHÉ DE NOËL Le Bourg16220 ECURAS 15th to 17th Dec (more)





MARCHÉ FERMIER DE NOËL Chambre d’agriculture 66 impasse Niepce16000 ANGOULEME. 22nd and 23rd December, Final chance to get your Christmas goodies! (more)

Boutique éphémère d’artisans durables.  31 GRAND’RUE79700 MAULÉON 23rd December (more)

Exposition Photo – Jazz bat la campagne, Parthenay  31st December (more)

So there you have a few events that are on this month. As always I suggest you check out the web sites of the individual departments where there is usually more things listed. Having said that I could not find anything in the site for Charente-Maritime. You can click on the link and see for yourself. I presume there will be things happening in places like Royan and La Rochelle this month but I searched other sites and could not find anything. I spent a long time trying and all I found was a reference to a Festival of Light in Royan and skating in Royan but I could not find dates or venues.  If anyone can help I will add stuff in but for now there are no links to anything in Charente-Maritime.

What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; November 2017

I have a confession to make which is that by this stage of the year I normally give up on doing this aspect of my Poitou-Charentes blog. However having looked at the statistics for it this morning I have found that people are still looking at the page about what is on. In fact it is the second most popular page. The one that always tops the list is the page about Why the English refer to the French as Frogs. I have added the link to that page in case you are interested. It is if I say so myself a well researched article.

I have picked out a few interesting (to me) things that are ‘on’ this month, but as always in France there is a lot going on.  Mostly they are now what I would call minor events as summer is the time for the big spectaculars. As always I would recommend going to the web sites of the individual departments and try and  work you way through them to see exactly what is on. Here is my selection.

EXPOSITION PHOTOGRAPHIQUE “DE-CI, DE-LÀ”Espace découverteLes Remparts – Place de la Salle Verte16100 COGNAC 1st November to 31st December (more)


VOITURES ANCIENNES Place du Château16200 JARNAC 12th November (more)

FESTIVAL D’AUTOMNE 15 NOVEMBRE 2017 AU 30 DÉCEMBRE 2017La Rochelle (more)

Literatures Europeennes; Cognac: 16th to 19th November (more)

SORTIE ORNITHOLOGIQUE Maison des lacs16310 MASSIGNAC 18th November  (more)

CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL Place de la Mairie 16310 MONTEMBOEUF 18th November(more)

Exposition Patrick Pichon Melle  19th November (more) 

Exposition de Michel Andre dit Croctoo, Niort 24th November. (more)

Marans; Charente-Maritime.


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Marans is one of more northerly towns in the Charente-Maritime very close to the boundary with the Vendée, The River Sevre-Niortaise runs through the centre of the town on its way to La Rochelle and the Atlantic-Ocean.
This was once an important port with a large trade in Wheat and Dairy products, today the port  has no commercial importance save that of a marina for pleasure craft.

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The unusual futuristic Church spire of Marans, the Covered Market hall, the ancient moulin de Beauregard and the ruins of of the Eglise St. Etienne, together with the walks along the harbour side makes Marans a pleasant stop off on your journey.This is the covered market.

Having said that on the day we visited in early September it was very quiet, many shops and restaurants were closed and only a few people were about. The busiest part was the main through road which had an almost constant passage of heavy lorries moving through.

There were a couple of boat hire places open but no queues to get on the boats like I have encountered in places like Coulon during mid summer. I suppose it was the beginning of the ‘end of the season’. Evidently in days gone by there was a flourishing dairy industry, based on cattle which were well fed on the surrounding Marrais Poitevin pastures.

This is what the information board said.

Finally a few more photos that I took whilst there…note the lack of people. Anyway very pleasant and well worth a look, maybe in the summer.

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Barthélémy Fabbro   A citizen of Marans, Mr. Barthélémy Fabbro, provided for the construction of a bell tower in 1988 thanks to a donation. He deplored to see the church in which he had made his first communion,  remain without steeple. At the age of 93, he decided to offer this new constuction to the city and he chose the style. A company of the commune specialized in the construction of masts and they formulated the new bell-tower, paying homage to the know-how of the Marrans people……

To see comments and photos of other towns and villages in what was Poitou-Charentes  click Towns and villages.

What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; October 2017


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There is still a lot going on in the Poitou-Charentes region this month. This is just a selection, I would suggest you also visit the tourist sites for each region where they list far more. However I am disappointed to see that on the regions websites they have listings for the Claudio Zavatta circus, and the  Grand Cirque St-Petersbourg . It seems that these events are still popular in France. My objection is their use of wild animals like Lions and Tigers.  What sort of life is it being transported from place to place and then having to preform. This is a link to a Utube clip showing the lions being ‘cared for’ in a cage. You make up your own mind.

Between the two towers Jazz Festival: La Rochelle: 30th September to 7th October (more)

Cirque Claudio Zavatta; Niort  1st October (more).

Well I would advise against this if they sill are using wild animals, tigers and lions etc I would direct you to a blog I wrote some years ago.  Maybe its just clowns and high wire stuff but if its wild animals then give it a miss.

Semaine Bleue et “américaine”: Niort,  2nd to 6th October (more)

RALLYE DUNES ET MARAIS,du 06/10/2017 au 08/10/2017,ST PALAIS SUR MER (more)

CINEMA: NÉS EN CHINE Rue d’Aquitaine16190 MONTMOREAU 8th October (more)

Angie Palmer in concert Luzay 14th October (more)

Spectacle Kamel le Magicien à Poitiers le 15 octobre 2017 (more)


Concert Oumou Sangare à Poitiers le 20 octobre 2017 (more)

I do not know what this is all about, but the poster for it is quite eye catching….maybe click on the link and you may find out more and it might be of interest… better than French TV no doubt.


Concert Hommage a Stephane Grappelli à Chasseneuil du Poitou le 20 octobre 2017 (more)

Spectacle Le Grand Cirque St-Petersbourg Légende à Chatellerault le 20 octobre 2017 (more)

And it is on again in Poitiers. Spectacle Le Grand Cirque St-Petersbourg Légende à Poitiers  21st to 23rd  October 2017(more)



I would suggest you do not visit these events. They give the wrong message to children about respect for wild animals.


Festival international du Film Ornithologique; Meningoute: 27th Oct to 1st Nov. (more)

Projection du film “Marie baigne dans le beurre”; Luzay 27th October (more) 

Hmm, well if my translation of the title of the film is correct…. then the mind boggles.

Rallye International de Charente 2017 photos


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We set ourselves up in the little hamlet of Le Temple which is just north of Cellefruin and waited for the arrival of the cars. In fact we waited quite a long time and there was absolutely no one about, then an English couple turned up and explained that maybe the participants had stopped for mid morning coffee in Champagne Mouton.

Anyway eventually some Gendarmes came  through and a few fancy cars that were not actually in the rallye and the first car through was this very nice little French Triump Vitesse.

Here are some of the early arrivals, I have photos of most of the cars, I am somewhat biased so not everything got snapped.

Now we have some slide shows and if you see your car and would like a high definition copy of the photo then a nice request will no doubt be successful. The first photo is of a gate I was standing next to and over it is draped a dead and dried out grass snake!

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Here are some more , they are more or less in chronological order, although the computer reorganised some of them for me. I have also mainly shown photos of cars that were displaying the Rallye de Charente plate, ie official participants.

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This is the next batch

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And these were the back markers.

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I do not have a favourite, I do like Austin Healeys and Triumps are nice also the classic French cars look great but I have selected this photo as my featured ‘image’ because the driver looks so happy.


Also it was nice that so many drivers waved, piped their horn, flashed their lights and even slowed down so I could get  good shots…. thankyou.

Angouleme, Tour de Remparts weekend


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Went to Angouleme for lunch today, its the weekend of the Tour de Remparts and the Rallye de Charente, so lots of lovely cars. We had a quick look round but it was getting near to lunch time and there were quite a lot of people about so food was more of a priority than cars.


The booking hall was open to book a seat for Sundays racing round the town, I have never seen it, but I will one day.

We chose a restaurant with seats by the road so I could enjoy food and cars at the same time. It was the Resto des Halles, opposite les Halles as you might expect. The food was excellent and it was sunny and there were quite a few cars passing by.




All around it was cloudy and a massive storm was brewing to the north, we just  got back to our car as it started to rain and leaving Angouleme it was hammering down…. not so good for the open top cars.

Here are some of the cars we saw whilst eating my Moule picante. ( had spicy sausage with it and almost burnt onions… very tasty.) This is a Triump TR6 we had one of them years ago, ours was  chocolate and cream colour.

This is a Porsche 911 , we had two of them but not this model. We had the one before and the one after.

Lotus 7, never had one of them. This one was driven by a very old lady, well 75 plus and why not said Anita.

There were quite a few Jaguars about, we never had this model but we did have two XJS’s. I did catch  site of a nice XJS convertible but it was some way off and lots of other traffic about. No doubt see it tomorrow when we will be photographing the cars on the Rallye.

This one (actually there were two of them) roared past, I do not know what it is but suspect it is one for the racing on Sunday.

This BMW was also quite noisy, we have recently come to be BMW owners, first was a 3 series then a 5 series and now we have a 420 coupe, very nice and as near to a Porsche as I will get for the foreseeable future after the last one let me down big time.

Maybe this next car  would be a possibility in the future, they hold their value quite well, but insurance is a bit high and repairs/servicing can be a tad expensive.