A full diary of fetes and festivals

Summer is filled with festivals and fêtes, like this one in Cadouin.

Summer is filled with festivals and fêtes, like this one in Cadouin.

Summer in the Dordogne is a time of fetes and festivals to suit all tastes, including traditional music and dance, street theatre, open-air cinema, sculpture, and regional food and wine. You will find the diary at echappee-belle.net as soon as it’s known.

Some events, like the fête de la musique in July, take place in towns and villages throughout France. Others could only ever be held in the Dordogne.

A medieval day out

Medieval festivals are always worth the effort, and an écovallée favourite takes place in nearby Cadouin.

The whole village goes back in time for the day, with banners hung from bars and restaurants, market stallholders in costume, roaming bands of jugglers, musicians, stilt walkers, and “monks” behind bars serving honey-flavoured hippocras in exchange for heavy, specially minted metal coins. For the children, there’s a full day of activities involving archery, stone carving, calligraphy, horse riding, medieval games and more.

In the evening, a (meat-heavy) banquet is held on long tables behind the abbey, with jugglers, musicians, and sword fighting for entertainment. Afterwards, haunting singing in the cloister leads you to front-row seats facing the abbey doors for an unforgettable fire-juggling spectacular.


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