Festivals and Carnivals

The Ultimate Antiquing Tour of France

The Ultimate Antiquing Tour of France

If you think that the treasures that can be found at a fabulous French flea market are an irresistible temptation – you’ll love the famous summer flea markets of Gascony… Every year crowds of devotees and onlookers gather to search for a bargain, a rare item, a decorating idea or a souvenir. In the unspoiled area […]

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2017 World Puppet Festival in Charleville-Mézières Ardennes

2017 World Puppet Festival in Charleville-Mézières Ardennes

It’s bonkers and brilliant! The 19th World Puppet Festival will be held in Charleville-Mézières, Ardennes, France this year from September 16-24. This isn’t a puppet festival like any other, held every two years, it’s been listed as one of the top 20 events in the world – and rightly so. This fab fun factor festival […]

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The magical Mimosa festivals of the south of France

Written by on January 16, 2017 in Festivals and Carnivals, Provence-Alpes
The magical Mimosa festivals of the south of France

Mimosa is a vibrant symbol of winter in the south of France and a sure sign that spring is on its way. The bright yellow flower of this scented plant grows prolifically in southern France in the Var region where the Cote d’Azur and Provence meet. The route du Mimosa is 130km long and runs […]

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Lille Braderie Europe’s Biggest Boot Fair!

Lille Braderie Europe’s Biggest Boot Fair!

The flea markets of France are well known, but the biggest and many say the best in Europe and one of the top flea markets in the world is the Braderie de Lille, northern France. This massive market takes place annually and lures crowds of treasure seekers and bargain hunters from around the globe. I […]

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Magical Son et Lumière Palais des Papes, Avignon In English

Magical Son et Lumière Palais des Papes, Avignon In English

A son et lumière masterpiece takes place each year at the incredible Palais des Papes, in Avignon, Provence, once the home of Popes. Throughout the summer as night falls and the hot air cools, the palace is festooned in a riot of colour as if daubed with a magic paintbrush. Music booms across the magnificent […]

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Top Things To Do In Calais | Gigantic Machine Beasts Arrive!

Written by on March 23, 2016 in Festivals and Carnivals, Nord-Pas de Calais
Top Things To Do In Calais | Gigantic Machine Beasts Arrive!

Calais is to host the European debut of The Hidden Temple Show featuring a gigantic mechanical dragon-horse and a colossus of a spider in a mind-boggling, magical, free street show that will take place over four days in June 2016. The incredible and huge machines have been created by the master of machine puppetry, François […]

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Festival of Lights Lyon cancelled 2015

Written by on November 9, 2015 in Festivals and Carnivals, Rhône Alpes
Festival of Lights Lyon cancelled 2015

Update: Gérard Collomb, the Mayor of Lyon, has announced that, given the recent tragic events, the Fête des Lumières will not be able to take place in its usual manner – one of joy, poetry and celebration. Instead. the Fête des Lumières will be transformed into a vigil for the victims of the terrorist attacks in […]

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Lille3000 Renaissance 2015 | The Opening Parade

Lille3000 Renaissance 2015 | The Opening Parade

The most spectacular art gallery opening in the world – Lille3000 Renaissance: On Saturday 26 September, 2015, the sun shone on the city of Lille in northern France, the sky was blue, the old city, Vieux Lille, was as gorgeous as ever with its 17th century Flemish buildings with their distinctive gables and beautiful decorations. It […]

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Lille 3000 2015

Lille 3000 2015

Lille 3000 is a unique, quirky, fantastically French cultural artistic event that takes place in the city of Lille, northern France over several months in hundreds of different locations. It’s slightly crazy, possibly a tad deranged and absolutely pulsating with joie de vivre, energy and joy and if you love art, then this should be […]

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Marionnettes Festival Charleville-Mezieres

Written by on July 30, 2015 in Champagne-Ardenne, Festivals and Carnivals
Marionnettes Festival Charleville-Mezieres

Quirky and Quaint – the World’s Biggest Puppet Party, Charleville-Meziers, Champagne-Ardennes… It may not be quite so well known as the Place Stanislas in Nancy, but Place Ducal in Charleville-Mezieres, in the region of Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne is one of the finest and most beautiful in France. Visitors may be forgiven for thinking that they may […]

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