Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Week 35 2017


This weekend Castillon chateaux open their doors and invite you in for a weekend of wine tasting and chateau exploring.  There are 15 chateaux welcoming you and as well as the wines there are art exhibitions, live music and food options and a great Sunday lunch event at Chateau Pitray with jazz, and many of the Castillon wines there for the tasting.

See below for full details.

Some of the chateaux speak English, I know for sure the charming Robert Brimfield at Clos Vieux Rochers is British and there's bound to be English at Chateau la Clariere Laithwaite.  If you know of any other who speak English, please don't hesitate to add a note to the end of the Newsletter in the comments.

Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, have a great time.

Best wishes,

Week 35 2017

Monday 28 August

Tuesday 29 August

29 August : Night market in Eymet

Wednesday 30 August

30 August 30 September : Exhibition 'Elles' in Ste Foy la Grande.  Vernisage 9 September

30 August : Last chance to take a walk from Berticot.

30 August : Lamonzie St Martin night market

Thursday 31 August

31 August : L'apero Fronsac at the Maison du Vins in Fronsac. Taste wines, eat and listen to live music.

31 August : Night markets at Terrasse François Mitterand, Sainte-Foy-La-Grande and Les Jeudis Gourmands, Eymet

Friday 1 September 

1 September : Villefranche de Lonchat night market - I think???

1 - 2 - 3 September : Festival de Theatre at Chateau de Crain in Baron. Open air theatre, 3 days, 3
performances.  All welcome.

 1 - 2 - 3 Septembre : Ouvre la Voix in and around Sauveterre.  Celebrate Food, Wine, Music and Bikes, see the full programme here.

1 - 2 - 3 September : Moulon en Fetes. Friday Night dinner dance, Saturday, petanque competition
and night time Ball followed by fireworks.  Sunday vide grenier and soiree tapas!

1- 17 September : La Fete a Leo in St Emilion.

Saturday 2 September

2 September : Something for the children before it's back to school in Levignac.  Free entry.


2 September 17h45 : Evening ramble and meal in Echourgnac.

2 September : Marche Nocturne in Espiet

2 September : Marche Nocturne in Les Peintures

2 - 3 September : Portes Ouvertes in Castillon Cotes du Bordeaux.

2 - 3 September : Art Exhibition at Chateau Perreau Bel Air as part of Castillon Portes Ouvertes.

Sunday 3 September

3 September : Brocante Vide Grenier in Blasimon

3 September : Vide grenier brocante at Lamonzie Saint Martin.

3 September : Vide Grenier in Pomerol

3 September : Brocante et Marche des puces in Lussac

3 September : Vide Grenier in Moulon

3 September 10h : Trail de Coeur de Bastide.  Walking, Rambling or running, you set the pace.
Starting in Ste Foy.  Find out more here

3 September :  VTT - Cross Country - Bike tracks for one day only.  Something for all capabilities, all off road.  Starting from Mouliets et Villemartin stadium.  Find out more here

3 September : Marche gourmand at Chateau Pitray. Activities for all, wine tasting, cooking demo and live Jazz in the beautiful setting of the park at Pitray.

Coming up...

And finally... a cautionary story from a wise reader, thank you PL.

As the fig season is upon us you may or may not know about figs and fig wasps. I did not know that a fig is not a fruit but a flower which is pollinated by a wasp which crawls in and gets stuck and therefore there is a good chance that eating a fig means you are eating a wasp or bits of one. Commercially cultivated figs apparently do not need a fig wasp but a wild fig does. 

So, approach a fig with care - they are delicious though, and this year we have had a bumper crop. 

Fresh and dried figs from the garden

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Week 34 2017


The Franco British week has a Facebook page!  You can check it out and see what's on, where and when.  You can also upload your photos onto their page.  Share the experience!

Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, Have a great time.
Best wishes,

Week 37 2017

Monday 21 August

Franco British week programme for today.

Tuesday 22 August

Franco British week programme for today.

Wednesday 23 August

Franco British week programme for today.

23 August : Parcours Bio at Berlicot

23 August : Discover the donkeys in the vines at Chateau Saint Georges

23 August : Night market at Lamonzie St Martin

Thursday 24 August

Franco British week programme for today.

24 August : night markets at Ste Foy la Grande and Eymet

Friday 25 August

Franco British week programme for today.

25 August : Night markets at Sauveterre, Ste Foy and Villefranche de Lonchat

25 - 28 August : Hure en Fete, starting with a Sardinade

25 - 26 - 27 August : Fete de la Saint Louis in Monsegur

25 - 28 August : 4 days of celebrations in St Sulplice de Faleyrens

Saturday 26 August

Franco British week programme for today.

26 August : Le Diner en Rouge at the Espace Tourism et Vins featuring live music with Big Ed and the Red Balls.

26 August : Saint Michel Leparon 24490 en fete - marvelous poster - no address!!

26 August : St Magne de Castillon Marche nocturne

26 August  : Night market in Porte-Ste Foy et Ponchapt

26 August : Marche Gourmande in Doulezen as part of their Fete.

26 - 27 : Le Fagnard en Fete, Coutras

26 - 27 August : Porte Ste Foy en Fete!

Sunday 27 August

27 August : Vide Grenier in Villefranch de Lonchat

27 August : Vide Grenier in Massugas

27 August : Vide grenier at St Magne de Castillon

27 August : Vide Grenier at Port Sainte Foy et Ponchapt

27 August : Brocante vide grenier at St Surplace du Faleyrans

27 August : Pic-nic at Chateau Cormil-Figeac in St Emilion.

27 August 10h - 15h : Marche Gourmande at Soumensac

Coming up...

And finally...

Amazing annual invasion of the 'stinky fish bugs' out of the river for their one night of passion... at La Plage no less!!😜