Summer in the Lot Valley

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what's the point of having a river and not enjoying it?

The Lot valley is a rural area in the south west of France where the largest town, Cahors, has under 25,000 people. It is named after the river that flows through much of the area and which lends itself to so many different water sports. If you want a busy, hectic holiday the valley is not the place for you. It appeals to the walker, the hiker, the car tourer and those in search of a quieter break.

But during the summer there are a number of festivals that can attract quite large numbers but never enough to make you feel you want to leave. Here is a list of some of them that you might find in late July, August and September.

Belaye – the 25th annual programme of music led by the cellist, Roland Pidoux; 2-9th August

Conques – held in the Saint-Foy Abbey-church, from 29th July- 6 August

Estaing – the whole village of Estaing is transported back to mediaeval times on 7/8 September. There is a market
with local produce, craftsmen display their works and groups of troubadours liven up the streets with
their juggling and traditional music. There’s a banquet on Saturday evening and the winner of the Tristan challenge will be dubbed knight under the watchful eye of the Estagnols.

Flagnac – The history of this village is presented as a “son et lumière” show by the townspeople. Last week-end of July and first of August 2013

Rouergue – International Folk Festival of the Rouergue 4th to 11th August 2013.

Saint-Céré – the big music festival takes pace from 1-17 August

Saint Flour – similar to our county shows with milking demonstration, cheese making, horse harnessing, threshing in the old style, local produce and crafts market. 3rd and 4th August.

Saint-Geniez d’Olt – the 17th annual Vallée d’Olt celebration of culture and music in the Lot Valley. Features soloists from the renowned Opéra Bastille and many more for 10 days of chamber music concerts. End of July

And if you want something different, how about going to Pierrefort on the 10th of August for the square bowls championship? Yes the bowls are square like children’s building blocks and competitors roll them down the street towards a smaller block. How a square can “roll” is beyond me but it shows that not all the strange events in the world happen in the UK!

For more information about the Lot Valley, click here.

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