What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; October 2019


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October 2019;   Still lots going on, perhaps not so many of the BIG events, maybe time to start searching out some interesting Christmas presents… always a chore to shop in the week before the event so why not start now?

Between the two towers Jazz Festival: La Rochelle: 2nd to 5th October 2018 (more)

100 ANS DE CITROËN    CERIZAY  5th October (more)

BROCANTE VIDE-GRENIERS   Pons  6th October…. just one of many best to check web site for all of them. (more)

Concert Festival Vox Musica à Jaunay Clan le 3rd to 6th 11 Octobre 2019 (more)

FESTIVAL CUT BACK, ST DENIS D OLERON, 11th and 12th Oct (more)

Concert Bux’ In Dub #4 – Culture Dub 20 Years à Buxerolles le 12 octobre 2019. Never got my head round Dub.. is it sort of modified Reggae??  (more)



BOURSE DE MODÉLISME Saujon also 13th Oct … so you have to decide more plants or more models???? (more)

Concert Paul Personne à Poitiers le 16 octobre 2019 (more)






Le Festival International des Pertuis et Îles du Monde: Salle des Fêtes 17730 PORT DES BARQUES 17th to 20th Oct (more)

POLAR LE FESTIVAL Cognac  18th to 20th (more)

CRAYONNEZ LE MONDE ! ! 19th to 20th Oct Niort (more) (more)


LE FESTIVAL DES AVENTURIERS Tonnay Charente 6th and 7th October (more)

BACH À 3 MARIMBAS Pranzac 20th Oct (more)

CONCERT – HIPPY’S NOT DEAD – ROCK FOLK Jonzac  25th Oct (more)









What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; September 2019


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September 2019

Remontee de la Seudre; Royan: 31st August and 1st Sept (more)

24th Festival Coup de Chauffe; Cognac: 6th 7th and 8th Sept (more)

Coconut Music Festival Saintes 12th to 15th Sept (more)

 LA NUIT DES ETOILES La Noue 4th, 11th and 18th Sept.(more)

L’Imprevu Festival Montemboeuf; Montemboeuf: 6th to 8th Sept (more)

(Journées du patrimoine Vienne 2019 21st and 22nd Sept (Lots in various locations) check web site (more)

Barrobjectif photographic exhibition;  Barro: 14th to 22nd Sept (more) excellent ….make the effort to visit this, it si the 20th year so probably better than ever.

Le Grand Pavois boat show; La Rochelle: 18thto 23rd Sept to 1st October.  Biggest in Europe? (more)








Circuit des Remparts/International Rallye: Angouleme: 13th 14th and 15th   September……   I love it. (more)

Festi Gartempe, Montmorillion  20th 21st and 22nd September(more)

Rallye International de Charentes ( this is part of the above weekend but occurs on the 15th Sept. The route is not announced until a few days before the event, I will post it on this blog when I can.


Half Marathon; Chasseneuil: 15th Sept (more)

Fete du Coquillage  Port de St Martin 29th Sept (more)


Whats on in Poitou-Charentes August 2019


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August 2019…. probably the month with most going on so do check out the web sites of the individual departments but here are a few that I have selected.

Spectacle Pyromelodique;  Angles sur l’Anglin, First Sunday in August(More)  

Le Rainbow Warrior II ….Greenpeace at La Rochelle… you can become an eco warrior! 3rd and 4th August (more)

Festival of Jazz . La Rochelle 10.11 and 16th to 18th August (more)

BRIC A BRAC at  RUFFEC 4th August (more)

 (Mad Hatters festival; creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute band but also The Jam with two original members  and lots of other stuff Gets better each year. . Caunay  16th 17th and 18th August. (more)

COURSES HIPPIQUES,Hippodrome16330 MONTIGNAC CHARENTE 8th, 22nd and 29th  August 2019 (more)

Championnat de France de supercross; La Tremblade 14th August (more)

 Festival Crescendo; (Progressive Rock) Saint Palais sur mer, 17th August   (more)


De Bouche à Oreille Parthenay,  24th to 27th  August 2019  (more)

62nd Festival de Confolens; Confolens:   This is a big event, if you have never been then try and get there this year. 12th to 18th August 2018 (more)










Les Soirees Lyriques de Sanxay; Sanxay: 10th 12th and 14th  (more)

Jazz en Ré – 24th  August 2019 (more) 

La Couarde en Fête Association organizes a sand castle contest on the beach, in the afternoon 16th August (more)

2018 Tour du Poitou Charentes,  No Tour de France in this region this year so why not have a look at this one… still plenty of Razzamatazz …..Charente, Charente Maritime, Deux sèvres, Vienne 27th to 30th August 2019 (more)

Festival du film Francophone; Angouleme: 20th to 25th  (more)

Festival du livre Angles sur l’Anglin, 15th to 18th August 2019 (More) 



What’s on in Poitou-Charentes, July 2019


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July 2019 a busy month!!!!


Festival International du Film; La Rochelle: 28th June to 7th July (more)

TOUR DE FRANCE 6th to 28th July and it is not coming through Poitou-Charentes this year, its all in the east and south. The nearest point is  is the St Etiene to Toulouse section  and that’s a way to go especially if you cycle. (more)

Cognac Blues Passion: 4th to 8th July. Oonce again this year it is in Coggnac  Various big names…. well bigish like Garbage  Roger Hodgson of Supertramp and Toto they did the one about winds down in Africa, sounded great but heaven knows what it was all about.  (more)

Festival au Village; Brioux sur Boutonne:  5th to 12th July,       (more)

Trofeo Rosso; Circuit du Val de Vienne, Le Vigeant, 20th and 21st July (more)

Medieval Fete de Dignac; Dignac: 4th to 7th July  (more)

Festival de Music et Danse; Airvault: It was 10th to 14th July (more)

Festival Ludique; Parthenay: 10th to 21st July (more)

Terre de Danses; Bressuire,  Neuil les Aubiers: 4th to 9th  July (more)

Les Francofilies; La Rochelle 11th to 15th July(more)

Festival des Enfants du Monde; Saint Maixent L’Ecole:10th to 15th July (more)

Festival International de Guitare de l’Ile de Ré  5th to 12th July…. (more)

Festival de Musique classique; Saintes: 12th to 20th July (more) Great setting for this.

Various events including Lumières Mediévales à Angles sur l’Anglin; Angles sur l’Anglin ; third Sunday of JULY… WHENEVER THAT IS that event is on 21st of July (more)

(Festival Atouts Arts; Thouars: roughly 10th to 13th  (more)

Festival Musique en Re; Le Blois-plage en re:16th July to 1st August, A musical web site….beware. (more)

La Guinguette Buissonniere; Angouleme: 24th 26th and 28th  July  and 10th August (more)

La Roche a Foucauld;  La Rochefoucauld: 20th and 21st July (more)

International Painting Festival; Magne: 20th and 21st July (more)

Fete du Cognac; Cognac: 25th, 26th and 27th  July  (more)

Festival de Bouche a Oreille; Parthenay: 24th July  (more)

L’Ile aux Livres,Le Bois-plage -en-Re, August this year. (more)

Un Violin sur le Sable; Royan: 20th 23rd and 26th July (more)    With fireworks!  

Les Estivales d’Artenetra Celles-sur-Belles and surrounds, 21st July to 7th August (more)


August 2019

L’Ile aux Livres,Le Bois-plage -en-Re, 9th 10th and 11th August, (more)

Painters in the street Charroux 4th and 5th August (more)

Whats on in Poitou Charentes June 2019


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JUNE 2019.  First of all apologies for the late appearance of this. My excuse is that I was in France at the end of May and beginning of June but we had no internet connection.  I will not go into all the shenanigans with SFR because it would almost fill a book but suffice to say they are a nightmare and we still have no internet.

On to June….finally, this is just a small selection, do have a look at the web sites for the individual departments, there is so much going on Deux-Sevres, Vienne . Charente et Charente Maritime,

500 Ferraris contre le cancer: Val de Vienne, Le Vigeant:  30th and 31st May 1st, 2nd   June  (more)Festival Musiques Metisses, Angouleme 31st May 1st 2nd  June  (more)

Concert Festival la voix du Rock à Couhe le 31st May and 1st June (more)

Visite guidée de l’église Notre-Dame Niort  9th June but also other dates (more)

Fête des plantes et du Jardin DOMAINE DE PÉRÉ 79360 PRISSÉ-LA-CHARRIÈRE       8th and 9th June (more)

Spectacles nocturnes Coeurs en Bataille; Nouaille-Maupetuis: 7th,8th and 9th June (more) 

Notes en Vert at Perigny 7th 8th 9th June (more)

VIDE GRENIER DES PACHATS DU BASTIONLE CHATEAU D OLERON 9th June (more) and lots of other stuff throughout the month on Isle D’Oleron.


Highland Games; Bressuire: June 15th and 16th June (more)

Exposition Céramique à Poitiers du 14 au 15 juin 2019 This one would certainly interes me. (more)

Concert Musique Chant Et Danse à Charroux le 21 juin 2019 Have to give this one a plug, it is my local patch. (more)


Polychromies de Notre Dame le Grand; Poitiers: starts 1st July this year then every night till 31st Sept. (More)

L’escargouille (snail farm) open day; Blanzay: (around the 15th June ) (more) This site is always well out of date…..Rather like the occupants, the owners are rather slow in updating their web site! They also sell products in local markets check site for dates.

Maraisthon; Coulon: 15th and 16th  June (more)


Fête de la musique 2018 Poitiers 21st June (more)

JOURNEE PECHE  Ecole de voile17230 MARANS 22nd June (more) 

Be careful with this one it says it is in June but then in the text it says Samedi 22 Mai ?



I expect they taste a lot better than they look!! I assume they are for eating??



JOURNÉE DES MOULINS des Pierres Blanches 16240 VILLEFAGNAN 23rd June (more)

FÊTE DE LA SAINT JEAN,Plage de La Palmyre,17570 – LES MATHES 24th June (more)

Vintage Cars Grand Prix ; Bressuire: 29th and 30th  June  (more)

Le festival de les Sarabandes, Rouillac    28th June to 30th July (more)

Free Music festival; Montendre: 21st to 23rd  June (more)


Exposition de Daniel et Danielle Perrin  CHÂTEAU DE JAVARZAY JAVARZAY 79110 CHEF-BOUTONNE also a good excuse to have a look round the Chateau which looks quite good!. (more)

Jazz à Vienne & Saison Jazz  (loads of stuff all over check web site); Vienne 28th June – 13th July (more)



What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; May 2019

May 2019 Lots on this month, as always far more on the web sites of the individual departments and of course the big event is the European Elections…. you don’t get one of these every year…. so make the most of it.

Exposition Des Photographies De Mathieu, STE MARIE DE RE, Throughout May (more)

Festival Tangoléron this is on at various times during May and in various locations on the Isle D Olleron First event 2nd May, La Bigaille Rue Fradin 17320 MARENNES … But don’t forget that it takes two…..(more)

Spectacle Comment Epouser Un Milliardaire à Loudun le 4 mai 2019… The  advertisement for this is mildly naughty and last time I used a similarly themed advertisement FB would not accept it… so you will have to click on the link to see it. Dont get too excited!   (more)

TROC N ROLL (troc de plantes) Sunday  5 May  2019  1:00 PM  La Rochelle  Bourgneuf (more)

Concert Laura Cox, SALLE DIFF’ART79200 PARTHENAY 5th May (more)

Exposition l’Art Rochelle à l’Espace Carnot du 06/05/2019 au 12/05/2019 Espace Carnot (more)

Visite d’une cabane,  Châtelaillon-Plage, La Rotonde des Boucholeurs, 7th May (more)

Sarabande Des Filles De La Rochelle 11th May (more)


Reunion De Voitures Anciennes Et Exposition Voitures Miniatures, Place de l’Europe,17700 SURGERES

12th May and other dates throughout the year so check link (more)




Fête Du Pain PLACE DES HALLES, Le Bourg, 17500 FONTAINES D OZILLAC.  Can’t beat good French Bread…..12th May (more)

COURSES DE TROT PREMIUM,Châtelaillon-Plage  12th May (more)

Stages de pêche, 79270 LE VANNEAU-IRLEAU 12th May and more in June (more)

Festival : Dixies Folies,    JAZZ  at La Rochelle  14th to 25th May (more)

Spectacle de danse “Mama Tekno” Niort 14th May (more)

Exposition – Vente De Broderies, Rue du Lavoir, 17700 SURGERES 18th and 19th May (more)

Vide Grenier Du Printemps , l’espace Georges Pompidou à Surgères. 19th May (more)

Championnat Du Monde – Grand Prix De France – Motocross Puy Poursay à Saint-Jean d’Angély 25th and 26th May (more)





Balade Découverte Des Orchidées ” 25th May…. part of the ‘7 Jours Pour Bouger’  (more)

FAITES DU NAUTISME La Tremblade, 25 th May (more)

Coupes de France d’escalade de difficulté et de vitesse…. not for me then!  L’ACCLAMEUR50 RUE CHARLES DARWIN79000 NIORT 25th May (more)

Elections Europeennes    23rd May

( its almost like the Fawlty Towers  line ‘Don’t mention the War’) Well it is in the UK.

Marathon Royan Côte De Beauté 31st May and 1st June (more)

FESTIVAL DU VENT Talmont sur Gironde  from 30/05/ to 2/06 (more)

Festival La Voix Du Rock 2019  Couhe  31st May (more)








What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; April 2019


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April 2019…. Easter!

Terri’Thouars Blues: Thouars: 2nd to 7th April (more)

Spectacle Irish Celtic à Chatellerault le 3 avril 2019 (more)

Brocante in Charente Maritime as you would expect lots of venues have a Vide Grennier over Easter for example Champagne Mouton on 22nd April click to see where you can pick up a bargain (more) 

Jour de Jazz at Fouras 6th April (more)

Discover Golf, GOLF INTERNATIONAL DE LA PRÈZE  various dates early April(more)

Yoga evening….SALLE ESPACE CARMIN79350 CLESSÉ 12th April (more)

Exposition “Bocag’émotions”…… photographic exhibition  GALERIE DES ARCADESPLACE DE L’HÔTEL DE VILLE79300 BRESSUIRE 14th April (more)

Le festival laitier se déroulera Place du Champs de Foire à Chabanais, le vendredi 19 et samedi 20 avril. Celebrating Milk??? (more)

Festival des Cerf-volant – Kite festival: Chatellion Plage: 20th 21st and 22nd April (more)






CHASSE AUX ŒUFS DE PÂQUES Vaux sur Mer 16th April….. so not Easter weekend.(more)

Bach a Paques; Saint Maixent L’Ecole: Not happening this year… 2018 was the last….so if you missed it then that’s it.

Gregorian Chants….. I normally pick out blues or jazz because that is more to my taste but just to ring the changes how about some Monk music. Eglise16460 ST SULPICE DE RUFFEC  19th to 21st April (more)

Médiévales à Nouaillé-Maupertuis 20th and  21st April  (more)


Journées européennes des Métiers d’Art;  Throughout France.1t to 7th April (more) 

There are loads of events so visit the web site and see what is available where you are.




Bourse/Brocante 2019 à LESSAY (2 ème)   : 06 au 07 avril 2019
LESSAY (50) 
Type d’événement : Voitures anciennes, Motos anciennes, Autres
Bourse, brocante PUCES MÉCANIQUES (auto, moto, karting, tracteur, nautique…) 

Cant find anything on at Bressuire this April but there are events all over France and beyond so check out their web site if you are into old cars (more)

Here are two to be going on with.

RENCARD MENSUEL A ROYAN – Avril 2019   : 14 avril 2019
ROYAN (17) 
Type d’événement : Rendez-vous mensuel, voitures anciennes

Egg hunt…. I suspect there will be lots of these happening but here is one at Ile Madame,17730 PORT DES BARQUES 22nd April (more)


La Guinche Swing Festival Poitiers 26th to 28th April (more)

Marathons/half Marathons LES FOULEES DE LEOVILLE CHEZ SOULARD 17500 Leoville 14th April (more) check web site for others.

Foire at Rouillac: 27th of each month including of course, April (more)

Bird walk, place de l’église17590 ST CLEMENT DES BALEINES 25th April (more)

U2 Project (tribute Band) It’s free…. 26th April  Perigny  (more)…

What’s on in Poitou-Charentes March 2019

As you would expect the number of events increases each month as the weather hopefully improves. I have as always selected some that caught my eye but also tried to give a good range of events. I had obviously missed the motorcycle event at Niort in previous years, but added it in this year. Bach a Paques in Saint Maixent L’Ecole is no more and Terri’Thouars Blues is moved back into April.


Théâtre musical Poste Restante  Civray 3rd March (more) 

Ciné exposition “Pablo Picasso”. Jonzac 4th March (more)

La Thalassothérapie FREE! Hôtel Cordouan Thalazur Royan, 6 bis allée des Rochers17200 ROYAN 05/03/2019 à 17h30 Le 19/03/2019 à 17h30  et 26/03/2019 à 17h30 (more)


Concert de musique blues St Jean d Angely  9th March (more)

Sortie Défi Oiseaux St Martin de Re 14th March (more)

Festival Quand On Conte. 2019  Nouaille Maupertuis starts 15th March (more)

Soiree “Saint Patrick” Fouras 16th March… is that St Patricks day? (more)  

(Modèle Club Ferroviaire Rochelais) Marrans 23rd and 24th (more)


Exposition du Collectif Jour de jazz Fouras…but it is not one day, its on from 22nd March to 18th April (more)

Bande de performeurs , les Airnadettes Saint Benoit le 20 mars 2019 (more)

Rock’n’Roll ;Cactus Riders Soyaux 23rd March (more)

Soirée Pop Rock à La Bigaille, Marennes 30th March (more)

Angouleme   ‘La Nef’ Lots of good music throughout March including MASS HYSTERIA + HANGMAN’S CHAIR, but they are on early in the month the 3rd (more) check site for all the  gigs.

REPAS AVEC ANIMATIONS DU SECOURS CATHOLIQUE; Etaules: 10th March and there are other events throughout the month (more)

La Tete dans les Nuages – magic, circus,arts, and dance for youngsters; Angouleme; 9th to 16th March (more)

Puces Moto 2019 ! Niort 16th and17th March (more)






Medianoche à Chasseneuil du Poitou 22nd March (more)

Lle festival Le Jazz bat la campagne,COULONGES-SUR-L’AUTIZE 22nd March (more) 

Théâtre Gestuel : Joséphina Ruffec 31st March (more)

Marathons and Half Marathons…Get fit all you overweight millenials.31 of them!!! at various locations, the web site now covers all of Nouvelle Aquitaine, throughout March and the rest of 2019/2020 (more) 

For example there is a 10 KM run in Thouars at the end of the month… so no excuse, start jogging.



Rochefort Pacifique cinema; Rochefort 21st to 24th March.(more)

Foire at Rouillac: 27th March (more)

Salon des Vins et Terroirs, Thouars 29th March (more)

Bach a Paques; Saint Maixent L’Ecole: it is no more…. last year was the last one!

What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; February 2019


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Here are a selection of events for February, I have to say that for the first time in a long time I have not been very inspired. But one mans meat is another mans poison, no that I would go as far as saying these events are poisonous just not that tasty to me.

Exposition Peinture Abstraite à Vouille du 14 janvier au 1er mars 2019 (more)

Tribute Goldman à Vouneuil Sous Biard Salle R2 Le 1er février 2019 à 20h30 (more)

JOUR DE JAZZ À FOURAS at Fouras I expect 2nd Feb (more)

Exposition photographique “Questions d’images – saison 2” Niort until 23rd Feb (more)


Chanteurs A La Croix De Bois à Chatellerault Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste – ChatelleraultLe 14 février 2019(more)

Generation Abba à Saint Benoit LE 8 FÉVRIER 2019 (more)
Nuit du Blues LA GRIOTTE79140 CERIZAY 15th Feb (more)

RIVAL SONS + THE SHEEPDOGS ROCK  LA SIRENE, La Rochelle 10th Feb.Plus lots of other events throughout the year. So check out their web site, (more)

RANDONNÉES Salle des fêtes 16450 ST CLAUD 28th Feb (more)

Also on 28th la nature cachée au coeur du village de La Flotte. (more)

And Marche Nordic at 16230 MAINE DE BOIXE also 28th…lets hope the weather is good! (more)

FESTIVAL ESCALE D’HUMOUR 2019 – ESCALE COMEDY CLUB – LE 19/20 Auditorium du CAREL, 48 bd Franck Lamy 17200 ROYAN 22nd Feb (more)


JUMPING INTERNATIONAL DE Royan Horse Club, Maine Gaudin, 5 av de la Palmyre17200 ROYAN (more)




FÊTE DU MIMOSA  St Trojan Les Bains… an annual event 15th to 17th this year, but with global warming the Mimosa may flower a bit earlier!  as part of the whole event there is a night time Brocante/Vide du Grenier, always popular with the Brits that’s on the Thursday evening (more)

Marché aux truffes : Villebois Lavallete  9 février 2019 (more) 

VISITE DU MOULIN DE LA La Chaume 16380 ST GERMAIN DE MONTBRON 23/24th Feb (more)

 Foire de Truffles: Jarnac: every Tuesday morning in February Check out other local markets at this link. (more)

Ancient Weapons Fair: Poitiers: 24th Feb (more)  

Whats on in Poitou-Charentes; January 2019


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Here is a selection of What is on in January 2019, as always I have tried to provide a good mix, included is Rugby, Truffles, Photography, Hip hop, Batman and much more.    Have a good 2019…. all my European friends

Patinoire et luge pour Noël  (Looks like fun) Niort  From 1st Dec to 5th Jan(more)

JAZZ a SAINT SATURNIN,  centre culturelle 16290 ST SATURNIN 10th to 20th Jan (more)

Concert de rock “Radio Elvis” SALLE DES FÊTES79410 ÉCHIRÉ 12th Jan (more)

Sortie Nature Marais de Mortagne 17120 MORTAGNE SUR GIRONDE 13th Jan and 27th Jan and lots more throughout the year (more)


46th Festival International de la Bande Dessinée:  Its 80 years of Batman!!! Angouleme: 24th January to 27th January (more)

SOIRÉE CITY JAZZY GATANE & GALITE Saintes 18th Jan 2019(more)

Concert ‘Trilili Ladies & Dandies’ à Vouneuil Sous Biard  18th Jan….Goodness knows what that is all about….click (more) and you might find out???

RUFFECTIVAL, 15th FESTIVAL DE L’HUMOUR ET DU REVE Ruffec 19th and 20th Jan (more)

EXPOSITION : CLUB PHOTO FOURAS 21st Jan to 15th Feb (more)

CINEMA JAPONAIS   24/01/2019 AU 26/01/2018 LA ROCHELLE  (more)

DANSE HIP HOP : SUR LE FIL salle de spectacles de la citadelle 17480 LE CHATEAU D OLERON 25th Jan (more)

La Sireene Concert; L’IMPÉRATRICE + 1ère partie  La Rochelle,  25th January (more)




Veillée Trad À LA SALLE DES FÊTES –LIGAINE –79100 TAIZÉ 25th Jan (more)

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


Rugby Match COGNAC/ST JEAN D’ANGELY -Parc des Sports 1 rue de la Pyramide 16100 COGNAC 27th Jan (more)