Thursday, 20 July 2017

Le-Grand-Pressigny...promoting live music

The people of Le-Grand-Pressigny continue their commitment  to supporting live music this weekend with concerts at two venues over the weekend.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Brocantes,vide-greniers this weekend 22nd/23rd July in the Loire Valley

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 22nd July

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

MONTLOUIS SUR LOIRE  Brocante des Bords de Loire 2017 ***

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 23rd July

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

CHINON  Vide-greniers fbg Saint Jacques ?



ROUZIERS DE TOURAINE  Brocante Vide-greniers *****

TOURS  Brocante BD Béranger ***

Loire Valley markets

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Brocantes,vide-greniers this weekend 14th/16th July in the Loire Valley


Brocantes / vide greniers Friday 14th July

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

DRUYE  Vide-greniers ****

LA MEMBROLLE SUR CHOISILLE  Fête Nationale du 14 Juillet ***

LIGUEIL  Brocante Vide-greniers **

LUSSAULT SUR LOIRE  Vide-greniers ***

RICHELIEU  Antiquités Brocante **
TOURS  Vide-grenier du 14 Juillet léo Lagrange Tours *

VERNEUIL SUR INDRE  Fête du Cochon Grillé - Brocante Vide-greniers **

VILLEBOURG  Vide-greniers *

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 16th July

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

ANTOGNY LE TILLAC  Fête de l'été Brocante **

AVON LES ROCHES  Brocante du Comité de Jumelage ***

CHINON  Brocante Mensuelle**

LE LOUROUX  Foire à L’ail Brocante, Vide-greniers **


SONZAY   Brocante, Vide-greniers ***

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Orleans...the regions capital

What do you do when it rains in the Loire Valley?

Image credit  Nicole Crawford
This spell of unusually wet summer weather had us thinking, what do you do in a region that is best appreciated in sunny weather when it rains?

Chateaux can of course be viewed internally with Cheverny as a perfect example of a well furnished option. Chenonceau and Villandry whose exteriors are a major attraction offer a great inside experience. There is also the smaller but perfectly formed Chateau de Cande with its 'royal' history. One  chateau slightly off the beaten track but worth a view is Château d’Oiron  which is a delight for those seeking something a little quirkier...a gallery of curiosities.

Museums, if that's  your thing, then visiting the city of Tours is a good option with its diverse choice, There are also less obvious choices like the eclectic 'Musee Dufresne' or the tank museum ,the largest in Europe, in Saumur.

Go visit one of the beautiful cathedrals or churches  ... spoilt for choice really!

Monday, 10 July 2017

‘FÊTE NATIONALE’ where to find the fireworks in Touraine.

ABILLY – Over the river from ‘Ile de la Claise’ – 13th July
AMBOISE – Over the Loire from ‘l’Île d’Or’ – 14th July
ATHEE-SUR-CHER – Parc de la Chesnaye – 14th July
AZAY-SUR-CHER – Salle Jacques Revaux – 13th July
BETZ-LE-CHATEAU – Ferrières-Larçon – 14th July
CHAMBON – Place de la Mairie – 13th July
CHAMBRAY-LES-TOURS – Lac René Messon – 13th July
CHARNIZAY – 13th July
CHINON – From the south bank of la Vienne – 14th July
CUSSAY  – 13th July
DESCARTES - 14th July
LANGEAIS – Espace Alingavia – 13th July
LA GUERCHE – 13th July
LE GRAND PRESSIGNY – Pre du Grand Moulin, Ave Andre Theuriet – 14th July
LIGUEIL – Prairie des Dauphins – 14th July
LOCHES – Stade Leclerc – 14th July
MANTHELAN – 13th July
PAULMY – Village – 14th July
PREUILLY-SUR-CLAISE – Plan d’eau – 14th July
SAINT-CYR-SUR-LOIRE – Parc de la Perraudière – 13th July
SEPMES – Cour du Château – 14th July
TOURS – Over the Loire from  ‘l’Île Simon’ – 14th July

The beautiful Montresor and a walk in the dark

Montresor, listed as  'one of the most beautiful villages in France' (Les-Plus-Beaux-Villages-de-France)  is well worth a visit anytime but during the months of July and August you can also experience a night walk accompanied by a light and sound show.


From 22:00 ‘til midnight


Thursday, 6 July 2017

Brocantes,vide-greniers this weekend 8th/9th Julyin the Loire Valley

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 8th July

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

BRIDORE  Fête du Plan d'eau *

CHEMILLE SUR INDROIS  Fête du lac Vide-greniers ?

LOCHES  Brocante ?

VILLAINES LES ROCHERS  Vide-greniers Semi Nocturne?

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 9th July

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

CHANNAY SUR LATHAN  Vide-greniers ***

CHATEAU RENAULT  Brocante de L’arche ***

LUZE  Luzé en Fête ***

VILLANDRY  Vide-greniers ***

Other departments: Source :

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Head to Loches - it's market day

Today is (morning) market day in Loches

If you can't make it then you can enjoy their evening market tomorrow night.

Favourite place in the Loire Valley?

If  you ask visitors to France's Loire Valley what their favourite place was you will invariably get a whole set of different answers as with so  much diversity on offer everyone's tastes will be met.  

For our last guests at 'Les Balcons' in Le Grand-Pressigny, who have visited the region many times it is Chinon which draws them back. We can understand the attraction with all its history and the charm of its riverside location.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Brocantes / Vide-greniers this weekend 1st/2nd July, in the Loire Valley.

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 1st July

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

CHAVEIGNES  Brocante **

LA FERRIERE  Brocante Musicale ?

PERRUSSON  Foire à la Brocantec**

TOURS  Vide Grenier Place St-Paul *

VARENNES  Foire du Boudin, Vide-greniers?

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 2nd July

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

ABILLY  Brocante Vide-greniers ?

BLERE  Vide-greniers, brocante ***

BOURGUEIL  Brocante Mensuelle *

CHAMBRAY LES TOURS  Vide-greniers ***

LANGEAIS  Brocante Vide-greniers **

METTRAY  Vide-greniers ***

NAZELLES NEGRON  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

SAINT AVERTIN  Vide-greniers de Château Fraisier ?


SAINTE MAURE DE TOURAINE  Vide Grenier - Garage Auto ?

SORIGNY  Vide-greniers ?

TOURS  Vide-greniers rue Roger Salengro ?

TOURS  Vide-greniers Ferme de la Milletière ?

TROGUES  Foire aux Vieilleries **

VEIGNE  Vide –greniers ****

Other departments: Source :

Why July is a great time to visit the Loire Valley in France

We are just about to enter July a month that throws up so many events that you are literally spoilt for choice. Musically you can have classical,jazz,rock,pop,folk even an Irish night! We make no apologies for firstly promoting our local events here in Southern Touraine.  The people of Barrou work very hard every year to bring us 'Les Barrouders' on the banks of the river Creuse, an event that while not Glastonbury, is a credit to the village and its organisers...where else would you get the Beatles and Elvis on the same bill?

Again down to the hard work of the local 'Fete'art Pressignois' and the local community Le Grand-Pressigny presents an evening of music and dancing of a Celtic nature. 

The region offers many 'evening spectaculars' ranging from historical re-enactments in grand chateaux to local performances such as the great show presented by all the people (and yes I think they all get involved!) of the small village of Ciran. This year sees the first of a new show being presented around the theme of 'world dance' and as previous presentations have shown, for honest endeavour and entertainment, it is hard to beat!

All this and this isn't mentioning that most Cities towns and villages will have their own Bastille Day celebrations the month certainly goes with a bang!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

A dining experience in Touraine,Centre- Val de Loire

If you have something special to celebrate or just want to treat yourself while visiting the Loire Valley then head down to  'La Promenade' in Le Petit-Pressigny for a culinary experience, We are lucky enough to have eaten here on a few occasions, as have many of the guests at our houses, and would highly recommend it. 

You can visit the restaurant website here