Bordeaux Wine Country - Events
As well as being used for services, churches are
sometimes used for music and other events. In
our village, each Easter there is a religious
celebration where young shepherds and
shepherdesses are blessed along with a lamb.
The above photo shows with some young friends
from the village outside the village church.
On another occasion two guests accompanied us
to a concert in l’église Saint Pierre. After they
said that the simple concert in a French village,
was the highlight of their holiday. The locals
were pleased that visitors had enjoyed the event.
Probably the most famous event in the area is the re-enactment of
the Bataille de Castillon. The battle took place in 1453 and was
the final battle of the one hundred years war between France and
England. Up to this point, for three centuries, Alienor's Aquitaine
belonged to the English Crown. This period in history resulted in
many wonderful fortified villages where we can visit to admire or
The re-enactment takes place on several nights at the end of July
and the beginning of August each year. There are typically over
500 performers including about 50 on horseback and the spectacle
takes place over 2 hours.
Dates for 2014 are: July 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th
August 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th and 16th
In the background to this page and in the
‘impressionistic’ photo above you can see a photo
of the nightime spectacle where locals re-enact
moments in history from the life of the village of
La Sauve and the abbey of La Sauve Majeure.
This takes place in September and is well worth a
visit to watch as well as to eat and drink a little!
The evening always ends with a spectacular
In the summer there are many medieval events, such
as above, where the emphasis is more on pleasure
than a serious historical study.
There is usually some falconry, typically across, but
sometimes on, the heads of people eating.
If your visit does not coincide with one of the
larger events, do not worry, in the summer
there are many events, such as nightime or
daytime village fairs, such as above.
There are also classical or jazz concerts in
chateaux where music and wine are linked.
Some of these take place all year round.
We have up to date news of such events and
visitors to the area are always welcome.