February 17, 2017

spring_hero The town of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue comes alive with the annual International Art and Antiques Fair. Credit: jean-louis Zimmermann


There’s plenty going on around France in the spring, with many towns and cities celebrating the warming weather and wildlife in bloom. We’ve often talked about activities such as the Berck-sur-Mer International Kite Festival in northern France – which takes place between 1st and 9th April, 2017 – but be sure to read on and discover a few of the other events taking place, to make the most of springtime in France.

International Garden Festival 
Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire
20th Apr – 05th Nov, 2017

spring_1 The Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire holds an annual garden festival. Credit: Daniel Jolivet


While they have seasonal floral displays throughout the months between April and November at the Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire, spring is easily the best time to go if you want to appreciate the International Garden Festival in all its glory. Less than one hour’s drive east of Tours, the garden’s winter festival featured artists such as Stéphane Erouane Dumas and Alexander Hollan, as well as photographers like German Michael Lange Frenchman Denis Darzacq. Sculptures and other beautiful works of art compliment carefully-curated floral displays, creating a stunning setting and the ideal place to enjoy a casual walk. Check the website for information on all participating artists and exhibitions. 

Bourges Spring Festival
18th – 28th April, 2017

spring_2 Wander through the scenic streets of Bourges. Credit: James Mitchell


For 10 days in April, the city of Bourges, in central France, will host over 100 famous musical acts in concert halls and underneath marquees. Including a range of different genres, plus musicians both new and old, the Bourges Spring Festival has been taking place since 1977, and features no fewer than four free stages, as well as other venues that require paid entry. From large venues to small bars in the town centre, the entire city is buzzing during this week of music entertainment, so it’s a brilliant time to visit. Bourges is located on the pretty banks of the Yèvre river, so there’s plenty to explore outside of the city, too.

International Art and Antiques Fair
15th – 17th April, 2017

spring_3 Explore hidden gems in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Credit: decar66


Located in the town of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, in southern France, the International Art and Antiques Fair is a must-visit for anyone who loves picking up a unique item on their travels. An event steeped in history, the fair has been taking place since 1920, selling unique second-hand trinkets, works of art, furniture and other hidden gems. Each year the entire town is transformed into one huge market, made up of a handful of different exhibition centres to house over 200 exhibitors from France and wider Europe. You can find contemporary art, design and decoration, antiques and old books, as well as countless second-hand goods to browse. 


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