¨Let’s face it; if there’s ever one thing that’ll draw you to the Champagne-Ardenne region, it’s the sparkling stuff. Of course, there’s more to this part of France than the bubbly. Here’s our round-up of the best things to do there this year.
“Rêve de Couleurs” Sound & Light show in Reims
• June through September (free event)
In honour of Reims Cathedral’s 800-year anniversary in 2011, a high-tech show was set up that paid homage to the 33 state coronations held here. The show proved so popular that locals decided to run the show every summer. See www.cathdraldereims.fr for timings and other event information. Have a look at the video above.
Flâneries Musicales d’été in Reims in Reims
• June and July, 2013
Translated as musical summer strolls, this two-month festival sees more than 100 performances ranging from classical to Jazz staged in heritage sites, cafes and parks. Many are free to attend.
Champagne Route Festival in Celles-sur-Ources
• 27-28 July, 2013
Okay, so this one is clearly Champagne oriented, but we could hardly leave it out. Purchase the festival’s €10 Champagne flute and gain access to a large number of participating wineries. As well as champagne tastings, there are all sorts of street entertainment, gourmet lunches and exhibitions on offer.
Cheese Fair in Bar-sur-Aube
• 8 June
A celebration of French cheese, the fair offers tastings of cheese, bread & wine sourced from all over the country.
• 18-19 May
This riot of colour, costumes, music, re-enactments and mediaeval pageantry celebrates the feudal history of the largest fortified castle in Europe. The feasts, markets, jousting and torch-lit tours hosted by Sedan’s Le Château Fort draw more than 40,000 visitors every year.
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