14th July: France’s national day is celebrated in style in Pompadour (less than a ten minute drive from here). Each year crowds gather on the race course in front of the chateau to watch a spectacular firework display set to music; entry is free.
Horses: the National Stud at Pompadour holds numerous show jumping/cross country and dressage events throughout the summer months as well as racing every Sunday afternoon on the impressive course in the centre of town.
Jazz: the medieval town of Segur Le Chateau (classed as one of France’s ‘Most Beautiful Villages’) hold an annual jazz festival each July; dates vary
Classic/Opera: St Robert (also classed as one of France’s ‘Most Beautiful Villages’) has performances of classical music in and around the village throughout July and August. ‘Festival de La Vezere’ has classical music and opera performed in local churches in July and August.
Fruit: local production of strawberries is celebrated in Beaulieu Sur Dordogne in June and raspberries in Conceze in July; both events involve lots of eating!