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 What's on in the Loire Valley, France

The 'Loire Valley' and the Centre Val de Loire region of France are popular Spring and Summer holiday destinations but they also provide pretty much an all-round set of attractions and activities.


No matter what time of year you decide to visit you will find something here to allow you to experience one of unique qualities of this welcoming part of France. Check out the area and what it has to offer month by month by clicking on links below.


There are numerous celebrations and festivals throughout the year that bring together the traditions, culture, history and colours of the region for all to see.


We are currently showing some events from 2016 and some from last year as many of these are annual - we will be updating them as the information and dates become available...


Click on left for relevant events by month


The Regional Arts & Crafts Fair 2017







From the 1st July until the 3rd October there will be a light show on the facade of the cathedral in Tours.


Every evening in July: sessions at 22:30 and 11:15 p.m.

1 st August to 18 September, sessions at 22h and 22:30 
September 19 to 1 st October sessions only on Friday and Saturday at 22h and 22:30 
October 3: 2 final sessions at 22h and 22:30





Whether a gardener or not this is a very good day out.




This year (2016) the gardens are open between April 21st and November 2nd.


The theme for this, the 25th edition of the festival, is





Check out our blog-post on the festival here






Visit website for details























The largest gathering of river-craft in Europe, this festival will be back on the Orléans riverbanks from 23 to 27 September 2015. On the programme: river demonstrations, trips along the Loire and the canal, Loire villages, rivers of France as well as a whole host of festivities and artistic events. This year, the Festival is paying tribute to the Vistula River (Poland) and the Dordogne Valley.


More info.here...



Christmas in the Loire Valley






Walk among the vines in September














Events from 2014...normally annual



This year sees the 28th edition of ‘Jazz in Touraine’ festival which is being held in Montlouis-sur-Loire from 11th to 21st September. Eight nights of musical entertainment with a mix of big established artists, rising stars and young hopefuls of the jazz scene. 


Web site: http://www.jazzentouraine.com/






Fire show unprecedented created to celebrate the thousandth anniversary of the construction of the tower by the Count of Anjou Fulk Nerra. Enjoy these beautiful summer evenings, stroll and wander through the streets of the royal city in the light of torches and candles. Majestic and magical atmosphere provided by highlighting the different facades of the royal city. strong pyrotechnic Time to keep (duration 20 minutes) and to celebrate as it should be the millennium of the dungeon, attend a unique fireworks sepctacle: giant candles ., suspended, etc. light up from 9.30pm until midnight.


Full price: € 8.50 / € 6.50 Reduced rate 
Tickets on site,Porte Royal






Rock Festival






After 15 years of putting on blues festivals the Southern Touraine village of Chédigny  last year decided to change its format and offer  the ‘Festival of the mouth and ears’ over two days, the 1st and 2nd August, which combines food and street entertainment.


More: www.festivaldechedigny.fr




More details here: http://www.loches-tourainecotesud.com/








From 11th  to 13th  July, Loches  you can enjoy an eclectic mix of musical genres over 3 days. Check out the website for concert venues and times.



















From 12th to 19th July, in Saint Aignan, the 17th edition of the Jazz Festival in Val de Cher.






Music festival at Chateau Candé




image courtesy http://www.chenonceau.com



Night walks...castle and gardens, under the music of Arcangelo Corelli.


Every evening from July 1 to August31, from 21:30 to 23:30.

Booth opening times: 21:30

Booth closing times: 23:00

Entry fee: 6 Euros.

Children under 7 years old: Free.
























The Long established Festival of Music in Sully-sur-Loire runs from Friday 16 May to Sunday 1 June 2014 in several locations throughout the department of Loiret.


Sixteen concerts of classical music in nine cities of Loiret plus the chateau at Sully-sur-Loire, the birthplace of this music festival.








31/05/2014 – 01/06/2013 CHEDIGNY (37)


The association 'Roses de Chédigny'  offers its Festival des Roses - two days in a village garden. Roses experts and nursery professionals plus exhibitors, musicians, street painters and craftsmen.












Fete Medieval 2014


The town has an annual medieval festival - this year seems to be earlier than usual on May  24th & 25th

You can see the programme of events here:










You can see 2013's here : loirevalleyexperiences.blogspot






In the 'Grange des Protestants' of Chateau du Chatelier, Le Chatelier (6km Le Grand Pressigny)

 Wednesday, July 9, 2014 8:30 p.m. € 12.00 




Vivaldi & Mozart



Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 20.30 : Jazz Ensemble "The Movies Swingers" € 12.00



More events below:


   In the 'Grange des Protestants' of Chateau du Chatelier, Le Chatelier (6km Le Grand Pressigny)




In a beautiful setting located near Paulmy, a small rural town in Southern Touraine, Indre et Loire, is the Château du Chatelier, a beautiful castle, with its moat, completely restored by its current owners.


With a desire to share the heritage of this listed building with the region, an association was created in 2010 entitled 'Friends of Châtelier ".


Its purpose is to organize concerts, diverse trend in the so-called "Protestant" Grange with exceptional acoustics due to its "boat" ceiling in chestnut wood, its soil floor and stone walls.


Not only do these events bring life to this historical building but they also bring live music to this rural area making it accessible to the local people.








This years Orleans Jazz Festival takes place between Wednesday 18th and Saturday, 28th of June at three sites in the city, the Campo Santo, Jardin de l’Évéché and at Place de Loire.


















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