Here is the route for 2018.
First map for the morning
Second map for the afternoon.
September; well summer is over but it can linger on and be very pleasant in central France…. should I say Nouvelle Aquitaine??? Maybe… it could have been a worse name. Anyway there are some big events on this month, depending on your intrest, boatshow in La Rochelle, Veteran and vintage cars in Angouleme or Photography at Barro.
24th Festival Coup de Chauffe; Cognac: 1st and 2nd Sept (more)
Coconut Music Festival Saintes 6th 7th 8th and 9th Sept (more)
BOURSE ET EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE COQUILLAGES ET FOSSILES Yes I would like this one I have a few shells at home. 8th 9th and 10th Sept La Rochelle (more)
LA NUIT DES ETOILES La Noue 5th, 13th and 20th Sept. (more)
Lavood Stock Festival at Lavoux 8th September (more)
Remontee de la Seudre; Royan: 8th and 9th September (more)
L’Imprevu Festival Montemboeuf; Montemboeuf: 6th to 9th Sept (more)
Journées du patrimoine Poitiers 2018 15th Sept (Lots in various locations) check web site (more)
Barrobjectif photographic exhibition; Barro: 15th to 23rd Sept (more) excellent ….make the effort to visit this.
Le Grand Pavois boat show; La Rochelle: 26th Sept to 1st October. (more) Biggest in Europe?
Circuit des Remparts/International Rallye: Angouleme: 14th 15th and 16th September…… I love it. (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.
Concert Saint Benoit Swing du 27 au 29 septembre 2018 (more)
Half Marathon; Chasseneuil: 16th Sept (more)
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)
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.
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)
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL D’ÉCHECS DU 17/02/2018 AU 23/02/2018ROCHEFORT (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)
Tribute to Erroll Garner CONCERT JAZZ : PIERRE CHRISTOPHE QUARTET LIVE LE 24/02/2018 À 20H30 SAMEDI)LE CHATEAU D’ OLERON (more)
CONCOURS DE PÉTANQUE EN DOUBLETTE F3 LE 24 Feb À 14H30 VAUX SUR MER (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.
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.
The route for this years rallye has been announced and here it is… In two parts, the morning section, then they stop for lunch and then the afternoon section. If you would like to check out the official site then here is a link to it Rallye International de Charentes
The Morning route.
The afternoon route
The Rallye de Charentes is on this month, it is a fantastic opportunity to see some classic old cars with the backdrop of rural and/or urban France.
Here is a link to a page from the 2013 Rallye report with about 50 different British cars. Click here to see the slide show
From that page you could navigate your way through hunderds of photos of all the other cars, French, German, American and many others….. Have fun.
Here is a selection of some of the events on this month in the area previously known as Poitou-Charentes.. Harlem Globetrotters sounds interesting…. whether you like basketball or not I expect it will be quite entertaining.
Terri’Thouars Blues: Thouars: 29th March to 3rd April (more)
Fussion dance: Michael Jackson, Coldplay, Queen !!!! Niort 3rd April (more)
ATELIER CHOCOLAT Chocolaterie Letuffe, 2 rue du bourg,16730 TROIS PALIS 5th April (more)
Bach a Paques; Saint Maixent L’Ecole: (date not available yet) (more)
Marathons/half Marathons LES FOULEES DE LEOVILLE CHEZ SOULARD 17500 Leoville 9th April (more) check web site for others.
Festival 3 jours d’avril, Saint Martin de Ré 13th to 15th April (more)
Festival des Cerf-volant – Kite festival: Chatellion Plage: 15th 16th and 17th April (more)
Médiévales à Nouaillé-Maupertuis 15/16th April (more)
Harlem Globetrotters, Niort 22nd April 2017 (more) Trotting to France!
Foire at Rouillac: 27th April (more)
March, already, so Spring is finally here. Lots of stuff on this month
Jour de Carnival; Poitiers: 8th March (more)
Printemps des Poets; Niort: 4th to 19th March (more)
Concert; La Belle Bleue, Le Chateau D’Oleron 10th March (more)
Reggae The Mighty Diamonds, Angouleme La Nef 10th March (more) check site for other gigs.
Venitien Carnival; Etaules: 12th March (more)
La Tete dans les Nuages – magic, circus,arts, and dance for youngsters; Angouleme; 11th to 18th March (more)
Marathons and Half Marathons at various locations, Bressuire, La Rochelle, St Eutrope,and Taillebourg, throughout March (more)
Celtic Legends; Bressuire:17th March (more)
Concert, Wax Tailor Angouleme La Nef 23rd March (more)
Terri’Thouars Blues: Thouars: 30th March to 2nd April (more)
Rochefort Pacifique cinema (L’Archipel des Marquaise); Rochefort 29th March to 2nd April. (more)
Foire at Rouillac: 27th March
Journées des métiers d’art en France, Cognac 31st March to 2nd of April (more) This is a world wide event with lots of venues, Cognac is just one : check web site for others.
Rallye International de Charentes: 17th September 2016.The route has been announced and here it is. It is in 4 parts First of all the early morning section. ( not that early as the participants don’t like to rise too promptly!! ) Continue reading
Well its getting to the back end of the season however for me there is one mega event and that is the weekend at Angouleme. This is a Porsche 911 which is a great car, although I was not so lucky with my second one, so it is unlikely that I will be blessed by a third one, but you never know, and I live in hopes.
Festival Coup de Chauffe; Cognac: 4th to 6th Sept (more)
L’Imprevu Festival Montemboeuf; Montemboeuf: 11th to13th Sept (more)2014 site
Barrobjective photographic exhibition; Barro: 19th to 27th Sept (more) excellent ….make the effort to visit this.
Remontee de la Seudre; Royan: 12th and 13th Sept ((more)
Le Grand Pavois boat show; La Rochelle: 16th to 21st Sept. (more) Biggest in Europe?
Circuit des Remparts/International Rallye: Angouleme: 18th to 20th September…… I love it. (more)
Half Marathon; Chasseneuil: 20th Sept (more)