There are many interesting events in the area during the year, among them:
Bach a Paques. St Maixent l'Ecole hosts a celebration of the music of J S Bach performed by internationally recognised performers. The main concert is held in the beautiful Abbey Church
Fete de la Musique (June 15th)
St Maixent, Niort and many other towns celebrate the longest day with musicians of all genres playing in the streets in with a real party atmosphere link
Bastille Day (July 14th)
The French national holiday is celebrated with various events and super firework displays.
Festival of childrens folk music and dance (Second Week in July)
St Maixent holds its annual festival of childrens folk music and dance. Invited groups from all over the world perform in the streets on the opening Saturday and in various venues in the town throughout the week.
Jazz festival (Last week in July)
Jazz festival in the nearby town of Melle Cognac Blues Festival (27th July to 1st August) Featuring international artists - no details yet but 2009 featured BB King link
Les Nuits Romanes
Throughout most of July, August and Early September
A series of free outdoor concerts of various types of music and performing arts on most nights in various villages in the Poitou Charentes. See https://nuitsromanes.poitou-charentes.fr for details.
International festival of wildlife films (Beginning of November)
International festival of wildlife films with many wildlife related workshops and trade stands link