Festivals in the Charente
January : International Comics Festival
May : Faites de l’Art, in Aubeterre (art and crafts festival)
June : "Musiques Métisses" (world music) - Sarabandes des Bouchauds (circus, theater, music and regional food and drinks)
June-July : Theater, at the Maria Casarès’ Actor’s House, in Alloue
July : Cognac Blues Passion
August : Hot Air Balloon European Cup (in Mainfonds, every odd-numbered year)- "Musiques du Monde" in Confolens (folklore around the world) - Angoulême French Film Festival
September : Coup de Chauffe à Cognac (circus and theatre) - Circuit des Remparts, in Angoulême (a classic car race, on a street circuit)
October : "Piano en Valois" Festival, a music festival
November : Gastronomades, a festival of regional gastronomy !
December : Les bonnes chauffes des bouilleurs de cru (visit the cognac distilleries and learn how Cognac is made).
The gardens around Ruffec
The region of Ruffec is a region of gardens... Fuschias, hardy perenial plants, medieval garden, the "Senses" garden, ephemeral gardens... At Echoisy, Mansle, Montjean, Nanteuil, St Fraigne and Tusson, all are open to the public and invite you to enjoy the charms of nature... More information
Outdoor leasure activities
Réjallant beach (in Condac) : guarded swimming area in the river Charente, canoe-kayak, children play-ground, pedalos.
Lake "des Trois Fontaines" (in Villefagnan) : guarded swimming area, angling, children play-ground, picnic area, refreshment bar.
Canoeing : in Mansle and Condac
Horse riding : clubs in Chenommet and in Bioussac in a 5 kms radius.
Swimming-pool : in Ruffec, indoor swimming-pool (Place du champ de foire).
Tennis : in Nanteuil en vallée
Cinema : in Ruffec LE FAMILY, 2 theaters with air-conditioning, classified "Art & Essai" with numeric Dolby Digital sound. Rate : 6 €/person.
Dancing : Nightclubs "Le Refuge" in Chenon and the "Moulin Enchanté" in Condac for the younger ones.
For those who like tea dance, "La Cigale" on the RN 10, direction Mansle, every sunday afternoon.
The region of Ruffec and its heritage
Village of Nanteuil (4 km) : a picturesque village with its abbey, its timbered houses, its mini museum and its aquatic and botanic garden on the riverbank of the "Argentor".
Village of Verteuil (4 km) : this historical village is defended by its castle which overlooks the river Charente. Inside the church is a painting representing Jesus’ laying in the tomb.
Aizecq, on the boundaries of the two regions of Poitou and Angoumois, is a village of 200 souls. Since 1972, it belongs the associated towns of Nanteuil en Vallée.
To be seen : the castle, the medieval "fuie" (tower), the church, the fountain...
The "Lojhes" (or cabins) : a young association tries to save and restore the remains of these buildings that were erected by our ancestors in the footwalls still surrounding a few pieces of land.
When strolling on the paths of Aizecq, you can try to find them : 34 of them can still be seen !