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The Autumn Agenda

With this beautiful Indian summer, it would be a shame not to spend a weekend or holidays on the Vélo Francette! Here you will find the events during your stay in the 6 départements crossed by the "so French" cycle route - between the Channel and the Atlantic.

journées du patrimoine sur toute la vélo francetteFocus on: the European Heritage Days

From 17 to 18 September 2016, come and discover or rediscover the French cultural treasures in the towns and villages crossed by the Vélo Francette and understand all the heritage of the past. 

Sometimes closed to the general public for the rest of the year, a wide diversity of places to visit (often with guides): churches, castles, museums, banks, prefectures, law courts, chambers of commerce, town halls, private homes... Numerous unusual places also open their doors: former prisons and factories, behind the scenes in public transport...

> See the European Heritage Days programme


Focus on: the festivals in Calvados

From 25 June to 18 September 2016, the whole département is celebrating the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and the crowning of William the Conqueror. Take part in medieval festivals, exhibitions, reconstitutions, banquets, guided or dramatised tours ... and relive the highlights of the Norman Middle Ages in a fun, festive and family atmosphere!

> See the medieval festivals programme

On 19 and 20 November, Ouistreham welcomes the Festival of the Scallop and Gastronomy. On the agenda: local market, tastings and cookery demonstrations, boat visits, discovery tour of the lighthouse and Celtic and Irish music concerts!

> See the programme for the Festival of the Scallop and Gastronomy

> All events in Calvados

La Vélo Francette in Calvados

Focus on: the Impressionist Normandy Festival
 in Orne

Normandie ImpressionnisteFrom 16 April to 26 September, take part in the 3rd edition of this major cultural festival, Impressionist Normandy. Painting exhibitions, of course, and also various types of contemporary art, concerts, choreographies, theatre, live shows, festive events...await you in the Orne and the Calvados.

> See the programme of the Impressionist Normandy Festival

> All events in Orne

La Vélo Francette in Orne

Focus on: Le Chainon Manquant Festival in Mayenne

festival spectacles vivants à laval

From 13 to 18 September: this festival of young living-arts creators takes place every year in Laval and Changé. Come and discover an international multidisciplinary artistic programme: theatre, dance, song, world music, puppets, shows, shows for young audiences, street arts, innovative formats, music, stories...

> See the programme of Le Chainon Manquant Festival

> All events in Mayenne

La Vélo Francette in Mayenne

Focus on: Festivini and the European Equestrian Arts Festival in Anjou

Festivini sur la vélo francette

From 03 to 11 September, Saumur, Montreuil-Bellay and le Saumurois welcome the festival of wine culture and gastronomy. Festivini is a "tasty" event just before the start of grape harvesting: epicurien strolls through the vineyards, tastings in the heart of the town, on the Loire, by foot, by bike or by carriage, in race mode through the troglodyte sites, in the company of passionate winegrowers, ...

> See the Festivini programme

From 15 October to 06 November, the "Européennes des Arts Équestres" (European Equestrian Arts Festival) in Saumur offers a programme focused on equestrian arts: the French Tradition Equestrian Meeting, the grand gala of the National Riding School, le Cadre Noir, contemporary art exhibitions, literary prize awards, ...

> See the the European Equestrian Arts Festival programme

> All events in Anjou

La Vélo Francette in Anjou

Focus on: Festiv'Automne des Cordes Pincées and Witches and Wizards Festival in Deux-Sèvres

From 22 to 25 September 2016, the Autumn Festival Les Cordes pincées hits the ground running and you just can't miss this major event! 4 days of concerts in the Thouarsais with a varied programme including jazz, rock and world music.

> See the programme of the Festiv'Automne des Cordes Pincées

sorcelleries au chateau d'echiréOn 29 and 30 October, witches and wizards await you at Echiré, in the castle of Coudray-Salbart ! Come and celebrate the castle's closure with Melusina. For this adventure, young fairies and wizards can come disguised. Archery demonstrations, juggling and passionate and eerie magic!

> More info on Witches and Wizards Festival

> All events in Deux-Sèvres

La Vélo Francette in Deux-Sèvres

Focus on: the Grand Pavois and the Jazz between the 2 Towers Festival in Charente-Maritime

festival jazz à la rochelleFrom 28 September to 03 October, the Grand Pavois Nautical Show in La Rochelle invites you to come and contemplate its most beautiful boats. It has become one of the largest international nautical shows with 700 boats exhibited including 300 on water, over 860 international exhibitors, thematic areas, initiations...


From 02 to 09 Octoberthe Jazz between the 2 Towers festival in La Rochelle brings together numerous jazz performers for exceptional concerts.  On the agenda: concerts, walking concerts, encounters, tap-dancing stage, Master-class, open Jam sessions after the concerts.


> All events in Charente-Maritime

La Vélo Francette in Charente-Maritime