February 23, 2016

Spring in France is a beautiful time of year © Philippe Charles

The long winter months are almost over and the promise of spring can be seen on the horizon. After what seems like a lifetime, the sun has started to shine again, the flowers are getting ready to bloom and you can (almost) say goodbye to your scarf and gloves. Spring in France is the perfect time to take a holiday, as there are plenty of festivals, fairs and carnivals to keep you busy until summer! Here are a few of our favourites.

Kite and Wind Fair

Whether you’re a kite enthusiast or not, the annual Kite and Wind Fair is a great day out for the whole family. Visitors to the fair, which is held in Châtelaillon-Plage (on France’s south west coast), can expect giant kites, kite making contests, kite surfing and kite buggying. If you need to brush up on your kite flying skills, you can learn the basics at the local kiting school.

When: 26th-28th March

Giant kites are a part of the annual Kite and Wind Fair.
Giant kites are a part of the annual Kite and Wind Fair. © Eva Rinaldi

International Cheese and Wine Fair

As you’re probably aware, France is a haven for foodies, thanks to its delicious produce and reputation for producing gourmet chefs. Coulommiers in particular is home to some of the best food and wine in the country, and is known for its famous cheese of the same name. Over 350 exhibitors come together at this annual festival to delight taste buds with their culinary offerings.

When: 18th-21st March

Sample Coulommiers’ local cheese at the International Cheese and Wine Fair.
Sample Coulommiers’ local cheese at the International Cheese and Wine Fair. © Frédérique Voisin-Demery

Bourges Spring Festival

Like music? You’ll love Bourges Spring Festival. Spread over six days in April, the festival hosts a range of musical acts at various venues throughout city. From South London’s latest musical export, Stormzy, to Berlin techno master, Ben Klock, Bourges Spring Festival has something for everyone’s ears. In between gigs, you can explore the rest of Bourges, including its world heritage listed gothic cathedral.

When: 12th-17th April

Feria de Nîmes

Every year, since the 1950s, Nîmes hosts the Feria de Nîmes, a five day festival centred on bullfighting. During the festival, the best toreros (bullfighters) flock to the city to try their luck with the bulls. Other festivities include brass bands, peñas (folk groups) and various exhibitions spread throughout the city. A joyous atmosphere fills the city, making it a really exciting time to visit.

When: 12th-16th May

Bullfights are held at the Arena de Nîmes.
Bullfights are held at the Arena de Nîmes. © Wolfgang Staudt

Roland Garros

Roland Garros, or the French Open as it is also known, brings together the best of the best tennis players to battle it out on the court. Unlike Wimbledon, which is a grass court tournament, Roland Garros is held at the Stade Roland Garros on clay courts. This year’s tournament is sure to be a cracker, so get in early and book tickets to at least one of the matches.

When: 16th May - 5th June

Don’t miss out on Roland Garros, the French Open
Don’t miss out on Roland Garros, the French Open © Yann Caradec

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