Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Week 36 2016


The sun continues to shine!  This weekend Cotes de Castillon has their weekend of Chateau Portes Ouvertes.  A great selection of wineries are open to visit, many with additional exhibitions, gourmet tastings, quad biking and open gardens.

The marche gourmande at Chateau Pitray is worth a look. Last year there was live music and a range of wines to taste.
Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, have a great time.
Best wishes,

Week 36

Monday 29 August

Tuesday 30 August

Wednesday 31 August

Thursday 1 September

1 September : night market at Ste-Foy-la-Grande - Featuring Les Tontons Swingers (jazz New Orleans)

1 September : Nocturnes de la Bastide in Libourne

Friday 2 September 

2 September : Velines night market

2 September 18h : Vernissage for the art exhibition by Genevieve Delpech and Adeline Vertiest-Vidal at the Grand Pineuilh Tourism.

2 September 18:30 : Vernissage for an art exhibition in the Chateau at Pujols by Genevieve de Deietrich.

2 September 19h : Diner en Rouge dans les vignes de Chateau Les Vergnes in Les Leves et Thoumeyragues.  Jazz by Nova Swing.

2 September 20h : Purple Rock play Blues Rock in the Jardin Public in Ste Foy

Saturday 3 September

3 September : La Fete des Voisins in Capitourlan

3 September : Naujan et Postiac celebrate la Fete a Leo - plenty going on.

3 - 4 September : Portes Ouvertes in Castillon.

Sunday 4 September

4 September : Brocante Vide Greniers in Belves de Castillon

4 September : Vide Grenier in Moulon

4 September : Brocante - Vide grenier in Blasimon

4 September : Vide grenier in Camarsac

4 September : Vide grenier in Lussac

4 September : Vide Grenier in Pomerol

4 September : Fete les Vins in Sadirac.  For the full programme go here

Coming up...



And finally...

The 11th edition of the Franco-British Week in Pays Foyen past in glorious weather, with very appreciative comments from all of the many participants who enjoyed an incredibly wide range of events.  From the picnic and petanque, where the British visitors vanquished Porte Ste. Foy, to the incredible art exhibition in Salle Clarisse Briand.  Enjoying fine wines at Cave Laregnere and the quiz night in Pineuilh.  The wonderful atmosphere of Le Moulin de Moustelat , Chateau Carbonneau and Le Jardin St. Avit.  The cinema, the voice of James Anderson, flying over Pays Foyen, and the numerous other events for all tastes.

We would like to know which events gave you the most pleasure and also your ideas for FBW 2017.  Please let us have all your ideas, by e-mail to

Very many thanks,


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Week 35 2016


The Franco-British Week continues.

The week started with a great success with the “vernissage” of the art exhibition in Salle Clarisse 
Briand with 14 artists exhibiting in their different disciplines.  This is open every day and is a not to 
miss event.  In the evening the BBQ – Karaoke evening was a sell-out.

Hopefully, by now you have your own copy of the week’s events but if not go to and 
down load (telecharger) the programme.  In extremist e-mail

So what is to come..?  Act quickly and make your reservations as necessary.

Wednesday 24th August.  In the morning, from 08h30, pleasure flights from Ste. Foy la Grande, 
booking essential. A special cinema afternoon for children at La Breche. An exceptional wine and 
truffle tasting at Cave Laregnere at 16h00, reservation essential, and at 19h30 in the Salle des 
Fetes, Pineuilh, an Anglo-French quiz night, for which reservations are essential.

Thursday 25th August.  At 09h30 a 6km ramble starting from the Petanque club in Porte St. Foy
and by car to Eynesse.  
10h30 Franco-English conversation at the restaurant Victor Hugo followed by a Franco-British lunch, reservations essential for both.  
Cave Laregnere hosts a wine tasting at 16h00 and you can wind up the evening, in style, at the art 
exhibition and Gourmand Market from19h30.

Friday 26th August. Start and spend the day, from 09h15, at the Pineuilh Tennis club for a friendly 
FrancoBritish mixed teams competition, and bring  a “bring and share” picnic.  In the evening you 
have the choice of two events. At the Le Bambou restaurant, from 19h30, enjoy a Fish’n Chips 
supper with a darts completion for the active, or at 18h00 enjoy a boat trip with dinner from Quai 
de la Breche.  For both of these events reservations are essential.

Saturday 27th August.  Enjoy an exceptional gourmet visit to Chateau Carbonneau, starting at 
11h00 with a gourmet lunch at midday. Reservations are essential.  For garden lovers at 15h00 
there is visit to Le Jardin de St. Avit.  For garden lovers, the owners of Le Jardin bought some 
fallow farm land and have transformed it a beautiful garden, just like Monty Don’s Long Meadow.  
Reservation is necessary.    
In the evening at 20h00 in le Temple, rue Pasteur, there is a free concert with James Anderson 
singing music from rock to classic, from pop to cabaret, all of which he hopes you will join in the 

Sunday 28th August the FBW closes at 19h30 at the cinema La Breche with an aperitif offered 
by the CEPF, followed by the Whit Stillman film, Love and Friendship, in English.
I hope you enjoy our week!!  
Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions - have a great time.
Best wishes,

Week 35 2016


Monday 22 August
Tuesday 23 August 

23 August : St Emilion night market

23 August : Eymet night market

Wednesday 24 August

24 August : Monsegur  night market

Thursday 25 August 

25 August : Night market in Ste-Foy-la-Grande -Featurning Takis Jobit (musique grecque)

25 August : Duras night market

25 August : Eymet  night market

25 August : Les Jeudis Aperos at Montagne St Emilion

Friday 26 August

26 August : Saint Antoine de Breuilh night market

26 August : Villefranche de Lonchat night market

Saturday 27 August

27 August : Concourse de Petanque in Eymet


27 August 19h30 : Degustation and Concert at Chateau des Rochers in Belves de Castillon

27 August 21h : Celtic concert at the Gensake in Gensac with music from CJ Express

27 - 28 August : Porte Ste Foy en Fete! A Marche Gourmande on Saturday evening


27 - 28 August : Fete de St Magne de Castillon

Sunday 28 August

28 August : Vide Grenier at St Magne de Castillon

28 August : Vide grenier at Villegouge 

28 August 8h30 : Lugasson celebrates La Fete a Leo starting with a ramble and ending with a soiree gourmande

28 August : Les Puces de la Bastide in Ste Foy la Grande

28 August : Brocante vide grenier at Porte Ste Foy

Coming up...


And finally...

St Emilion in the sunshine.  Looks like it will be a bumper harvest!


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Week 34 2016

Wow! We saw the Battle in all its glorious night time splendor!  A great show, the lighting effects are super and the performances were excellent.  It really is a great re-make of the classic.  Elements of the previous show remain and a new take on the story doesn't disappoint.

If you haven't seen it yet, it's not too late... 2 performances remain for this weekend.  Many thanks to CD for her great photos.

For those of you who have already been, there's plenty of other things to do in the Dordogne and Gironde regions this week.  Have a great time.

Best wishes,

Week 34

Monday 15 August

Tuesday 16 August

16 August : Final night market in Castillon-la-Bataille

16 August : St Emilion night market

16 August : Eymet night market

16 August : Monteton night market

Wednesday 17 August

17 August : Monsegur night market

17 August : Blasimon night market, featuring Kevin Rouzier 

Thursday 18 August

18 August 19h : Les Jeudis Aperos in Montagne St Emilion.  Free on reservation : 05 57 74 60 13

18 August : Canoe trip on the Dordogne, starting from St Antoine de Breuilh.  For more information call 05 53 73 26 89

18 August : Night market in Ste Foy with Swing music.

Friday 19 August

19 August : The Battle of Castillon show, for more details

19 August : Pellegrue night market with Michael the accordionist.

19 August : Night market in Villefranch du Lonchat

19 August : Night market in Flaujagues

19 August 20h : Live music at the Jardin Public in Ste Foy la Grande, this week we have Esquive performing

Saturday 20 August

20 August : Marche Nocturne in Lugaignac

20 August : The Battle of Castillon show, for more details

20 - 21 August :  All things auto... motorbikes, cars and trucks at the Rassemblement in Moulon.

20 - 21 August : yet more things automobile, vintage and luxury cars on show in Montpon-Menesterol

20 - 21 August : Ponchapt Fete du Pain.  Marche gourmande on Saturday evening and vide grenier on Sunday

20 - 21 - 22 August : Blasimon Fete local

20 - 28 August : Franco British Week - see below for more details.

Sunday 21 August

21 August : Castillon Fete locale, lots going on along by the riverside including a vide grenier, throughout the day and a marche gourmande in the evening.

21 August : Vide grenier in Eynesse

21 August : Vide grenier in Ponchapt

21 August : Vide grenier in Montpon-Menesterol

21 August : Brocante in Genissac

21 August : Chateau Franc La Fleur hosts les Dejeuners Creatures d'Accords.

21 August 18-21h : Cours de Batchata Avec Eric Klein danse de "Dominique Républicaine" at Chateau Latour Segur in Lussac

Coming up...

20 - 28 August: Franco-British Week

Watch this space for updates over the week.

Starting this Saturday the Franco-British Week, now in its 11th year, in Pays Foyen, is unique in France in 
bringing together the French and British communities in a wide range of 
activities, from culture to sport, from visits to language, from wine, food 
and song to language and a whole lot more.  In this post BREXIT period 
the FBW takes on a whole new dimension in consolidating our mutual 
The full programme is available in many shops and enterprises throughout Pays 
Foyen, or can be downloaded from the web site  and follow FBW 
and tele charge the programme.  In extremis e-mail  
for information. BUT BE QUICK as many events need reservations!!

A teaser of what you can enjoy during the next few days and more to follow next week.

Saturday 20th August, the opening day. Place Jean Jaures, the Barnum FBW, 
with the chance to win an air flight for 2 around Pays Foyen and to enjoy a 
“London black cab” taxi ride. 12h30 formal opening in front of the Mairie.  
The opening of the art expo at18h00 and a fun BBQ – Karaoke at 20h00 at 
La Petite Auberge, Margueron, reservations 0557 49 17 13

Sunday 21st.  A 5.5 kms ramble starting from the Porte Ste Foy petanque 
club finishing at midday with a grand picnic for all including the ramblers at the 
club.  The afternoon will see an international petanque  match between 2 British teams and Porte Ste Foy plus petanque for all.

Monday 22nd.  From 08h30 till 13h00, pleasure flights from Ste Foy la Grande.  Reservations essential.  06 19 13 43 26.  From 16h00 till 20h00 the proprietor of 
Le Moulin de Moustelat at Pessac, invites you to visit the mill, enjoy his wines, 
a country dinner at the mill followed by a theatre entertainment, in English and 
French “So French!”  Costs and reservations 05 57 47 46 77

Tuesday 23rd.  River trips, for times and reservations 05 57 46 03 00.  
Franco/English conversation 15h00 to 17h00 at SucreeSalle, 
reservations 06 19 13 43 26 and a cinema evening at La Breche from 
18h00 for aperitif, followed by the film “Mister Holmes” in English 
and dinner on the terrace. Costs and reservations 06 19 13 43 26.  
The night finishes with Festi’Flamb, a theatrical tour through the bastide 
of Ste. Foy la Grande in the company of Nomd’La Troupe.

Watch this space for the rest of next week’s programme.


And finally...

I turned the corner... and there it was, the centre of the village was transformed... Villefranche de Lonchat in fete!