August 21, 2015

Côtes-d'Armor in Brittany

When most people think of Brittany, the first thing that springs to mind is the beach, but there's plenty more to discover in this north-westerly region of France. Of course, Brittany has some wonderful beaches, from the spectacular shores of the Pink Granite Coast to the popular bay of Dinard, but as summer draws to a close, and the region begins to usher in autumn, we're taking a look at some of the best non-beach events to attend in the coming months.

Festival du chant de marin

Festival du chant de marin , or Sea Shanty Festival in English, is one of Brittany's biggest festivals and an absolute must for anyone who's visiting the region. For three days in August, the coastal commune of Paimpol is inundated with sailing ships, and the harbour is transformed into a bustling music and culture festival. There will be sounds from sea shanty and brass bands, traditional cuisine from local vendors, various sea-themed exhibitions and plenty of children's activities. It's no surprise that people travel from all over the world to attend this magical event.

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Sailing boats at Festival du chant de marin

Festival du chant de marin takes place from the 14th-16th of August.

L'art dans les chapelles

While Brittany has an incredibly rich cultural history, it's also got a blossoming contemporary art scene, and L'art dans les chapelles is a real combination of the two. L'art dans les chapelles translates to 'art in chapels', and this name really does say it all. The work of 20 artists is spread out over 25 sites, the majority of which are 15th and 16th century chapels, in the Pays de Pontivy and Blavet valley. L'art dans les chapelles invites visitors to explore contemporary works in a historic setting, making for a truly unique experience. There are also guided tours and artistic workshops, which are open to both adults and children.

L'art dans les chappelles runs until the 21st of September.

Quai des Bulles Festival

If you're looking for something a little left field, then make your way to the Quai des Bulles Festival in the port city of Saint-Malo. This unique festival is all about cartoons and comics. Cartoonists and authors come from all over, to exhibit their work in seven exhibitions, which will be held during the month of October. Kids will love these exhibitions as there are lots of fun things to see, including live cartoon drawing sessions from some of the exhibitors. Then, once you're done, take a walk around Saint-Malo and enjoy the ancient French architecture that is dotted across the city.

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Quai des Bulles Festival 2010

Quai des Bulles Festival takes place from the 23rd-25th of October.

Saint-Michel Fair

Every year, at the end of September, the north-western city of Brest holds a huge fair. People flock to sell anything and everything, from professionals selling home wares to families selling old children's toys. It's a real mix. The entire city comes alive with a buzzing atmosphere that's truly contagious. Stroll through the throngs of people and grab yourself a bargain, or seek out some of the food stalls and sample some local treats.

Saint-Michel Fair takes place from the 26th-27th September.

Fancy a visit to Brittany?

Visiting Brittany is easy when you travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle . You can travel from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes and from there you can get straight on the road to Brittany.

Photo Credits:
Côtes-d'Armor in Brittany - Image by Flickr user Phyllis Buchanan
Christophe Cuzin's work at L'art dans les chapelles 2011 - Image by Flickr user Rhian
Sailing boats at Festival du chant de marin - Image by Flickr user @lain G, plus très présent
Quai des Bulles Festival 2010 - Image by Flickr user homard.net

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