Along with its fascinating story, Villebois-Lavalette's castle also hosts cultural events throughout the year.
Thanks to these events the thousand-year-old fortress is still alive!
This section lists all the past events which took place inside the castle in 2016 and 2015.
Go back to the homepage if you want to know the upcoming events.
Photo © OTPHT - 1st Medieval fair with les Piliers du Castel (May 8th, 9th, 10th 2015)
European Heritage Days
Major cultural event in September, European Heritage Days testify since 1984 of the public's interest for places' and art's history. Associating public and private initiatives, every year 17 000 monuments invite the public to discover the heritage in its great diversity, thanks to meetings with professionals and volunteers who act daily in the service of knowledge, of its protection and development.
The Castle of Villebois-Lavalette will open its gates to the public with free guided tours during the week-end (no self tours).
The guided tours are in French only, but it will be possible to borrow an English translation booklet.
Guided tours' times:
On Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am, 11:00am (village and castle); from 2:30pm to 6:30pm, departure every 30 min. Last guided tour at 6:30pm on Saturday, and 6:20pm on
For more informations, contact Tourist Office Les Amis du Château et du Patrimoin
VILLAGES SESSIONS - Organised by Art Blakey
July 23rd, 2016 - Concert of Melting Pot
After 25 years and hundreds of concerts, the "Melting Pot" orchestra will perform their "Show Tropical": Salsa, Chachacha, Merengue, Cumbia, Mambo and Machata...
Program: classics and 100% latino arrangements, to make you travel to Cuba, Puerto Rico, Saint-Domingue, Colombia, Venezuela and even New York !
7:00pm: musical apéritif
8:00pm: dinner - 10€ per person and 5€ for under 12 (reservation for the dinner: 05 45 64 72 92 or 05 45 64 75 93)
Rate: 10€, 8€ for the association members, free for under 12
► other dates:
- July, Saturday 16th: Blanzaguet - Les Barbeaux (folk rock, festive music)
- July, Wednesday 20th: Fouquebrune - Rag Mama Rag (blues, ragtime)
- July, Thursday 21st: Charmant - Bazar et Bémols (swing)
- July, Wednesday 22nd: Gurat - Treizeurs du Mat (reggae, ska, swing)
For more infos: website ; agenda des manifestation en Pays Horte et Tardoire
Telephone: 05 45 61 50 76
NUITS d'ÉTÉ - Compagnie de l'Arène
July 8th - Château de Villebois-Lavalette
July 9th and 17th - Château de la Mercerie
► Presale at the Tourist Office : before june 20th you can buy tickets at a reduced price (10€ instead of 15€)
In July 2016 "Les Nuits d'Été de Villebois" will celebrate their 10th birthday. The organisers seized this chance to revisit 10 years of music inside the magical castle of Villebois-Lavalette.
The castle's owner, M. Norbert FRADIN, awaits impatiently for this birthday. We will gather artists who left their mark on the festival's story, between popular music and art music, from medieval to modern music.
On July 8th and 9th you will meet again artists who accompanied us during those 10 years, with two concerts. The first concert is an opera and the second one will transcribe again 10 years of musical theatre (Jazz/Pop music): French songs, Italian, Cuban, Napolitan and American tunes, interpreted by exceptional artists.
In order to strengthen the bonds between our territories, we are glad to perform at the Château de la Mercerie (in the great hall), for the Jazz/Pop music concert and the teenagers concert.
► Friday, July 8th at 9:30pm: Opera at the Château de Villebois-Lavalette, in the great vaulted hall
Poulenc, Offenbach, Bizet, Massenet, Verdi, Bellini, Rossini, Donizzetti, Berlioz, Leoncavallo… There are so many composers whose music used to resonate in the castle's courtyard and in its great vaulted hall. The nine last Nuits d'Été transcribed an actual History of the 19th and 20th century's opera.
With Elisabeth BRUSSELLE and Laurent ARCARO, and the young Soprano Valéria ALTAVER, new voice in the Compagnie de l'Arène's "family".
This concert will also celebrate M. Norbert FRADIN's birthday.
► Saturday, July 9th at 9:30: Broadway
Rive gauche, at the Château de la Mercerie (in Magnac-Lavalette)
Four singers and four musicians. French songs and Broadway classics, Argentinian tango and Cuban music.
The orchestra will gather around the pianist Marthieu DEBORDES.
► Food and drink available before the concerts.
► Prices :
15€ per adult
10€ presale and under 18 years old
Free for under 12
► Other concert:
- Sunday, July 17th (8:30pm) at the château de la Mercerie : "Un jour, mon prince..." teenagers concert (Atelier Théâtre des Ados de la CDC d'Horte et Lavalette)
July 3rd 2016, 2:00pm
La Tribu du Bonheur ('Happiness Tribe')
Show, dance, theatre, clown, singing.
Co-production by the Fraternité des Malades de la Charente ('disabled fraternity') and the charity organisation La Colombière.
With the following amateur actors: Alexandra, Alexandre, Aurore, Bernadette, Éric, Jérôme, Jocelyne, Maryline, Michel, Sandra.
Musician : Jean-François Charrier
Kaos Aurore Lenoir - Stage direction: Marlène Koff and Isabelle Goffart
All contributions are accepted.
10ème Foire des Rameaux et Fête de la Cornuelle
Sunday, March 20th
Big brocante, arts and crafts exhibition and animations in order to celebrate the local gastronomic specialty : the cornuelle!
► from 10:15am: Palm Sunday benediction at the Market Place (les Halles), then procession and mass in the church
► Photography contest exhibition near the "salle des fêtes" (community hall, located in the Grand Rue). The main
theme is Rain, Mist, Fog. Another exhibition will be located in the Town Hall: photos of the cantonal festival which celebrated the French Revolution bicentenary (june 4th
► Guided tours of the
11:00am - 2:30pm - 4:15pm (departure at the Tourist Office)
► Guided tours of the Castle:
11:45am - 2:00pm - 3:15pm - 5:00pm (departure at the castle)
► Meal (reservation only) at the salles des fêtes at noon: 16€ per adult, 8€ per child (under 12 y/o)
► Procession with giant Cornuelles, prepared by the village's bakers, tasting and drinks: from 5:30pm at the market place
Informations: Tourist Office
May 14th-15th-16th, 2016
2nd Medieval Week-End
Tents, weapon racks, costumes, banners...
Different workshops: medieval cuisine, woodcraft, mintage, coat of mail, embroidery...
Various demonstrations: weaponry, costume evolution, etc.
► BADIN L'AGILE: entertainer, acrobat and fire show
► SIKINIS: musicians, medieval, oriental and celtic music with mandoles, flutes, vielle, percussions and voices
In the presence of regional craftpersons
Guided tours of the castle will be possible (in French): 3€, free for under 12
Food and drinks stands, and restaurants in the village (subject to availability)
Entrance fees: 2€ per person, 1€ reduced rate and free for under 12 years old.
Informations : Tourist Office
From August 31st to September 27th, 2015
Portraits d'Humanistes - Humanists' Portraits
The Ateliers d'Art de Villebois will organize an exhibition every
afternoon from August 31st to September 27th in the castle (vaulted room).
Two "vernissages" (previews) : Saturday, August 29th and Wednesday, September 2nd (both at
+33 (0)5 45 92 23 13 (Mrs Jacquet)
It will be possible to visit the castle (guided tours).
European Heritage Days
On Saturday and Sunday : 10:30am, 11:00am (village and castle) ; from 2:30pm to 6:30pm, departure every 30 min.
For more informations, contact the Tourist Office.
August 22nd, 2015
Nuit Romane with the DEFRACTO company :
Starting at 7:00pm
Juggling and humoristic show.
ATTENTION : for safety reasons the number of seats is limited, 500 people MAXIMUM (prefectoral decree)
For more informations on the Nuits Romanes, click here
July 4th, 2015
Les Musicales en Charentes
Outdoor concert in the castle's courtyard
A concert with famous TV shows and movies original soundtracks : Game of Thrones (Djawadi) (arrangement : Jean-Pierre Raillat), The Last of the Mohicans (arrangement : Rainer Halter), Amelie Poulain...
Direction : Jean-Pierre Raillat.
Fees : 10€ / reduced fee for students and unemployed people
Informations : 06 61 39 40 66
July 14th, 2015
Concert as part of the Villages Sessions Festival - with the band KALFFA : Celtic Rock
Lyrics by the band's singer David Chaumont, music compsed by the band's musicians (accordion, guitar)... The public will be transported in a celtic universe with a mix between rock and traditional dances, focused in Brittany and Ireland.
7:00pm : aperitif & concert
8:00pm : meal, booking at the Tourist Office +33(0)188.8.131.52.58
9:30pm : concert
July 9th to 12th, 2015
Les Nuits d'Été - Festival
Important event about music and singing, with the Compagnie de l'Arène.
Concerts in the 17th and 19th century room (formerly called "Salle des Gardes") :
Fees : 15€ per adult / 10€ per child / free for under 12 years old (except for the Arène de Chœur's concert, free for all)
June 27th, 2015
A partnership between the village of Villebois-Lavalette, the Department's Music School (EDM), the Tutti Frutti Company and the Châtellerault's National Circus School.
On June 27th, the EDM will settle in the village and its castle, for an event about the Circus universe, thanks to the National Circus School which celebrate this year its 20th birthday.
The EDM orchestra will accompany the Circus School's shows for two of their performances under a circus tent.
And many other performances will take place in the village and the castle !
Free event. Food will be available.
Click on the image for more information. Click here for the program. (in French)
Informations : 05 45 60 35 86
May 8th-9th-10th, 2015
1st Medieval Week-End
With the Piliers du Castel company
Reconstitution of a medieval settlement and life in the region in 1150-1250.
► Tents, sword racks, costumes, flags...
► Workshops : Medieval cuisine, wood, money coining, coat of mail, embroidery....
► Various demonstrations : medieval fighting, costume's evolution, etc.
Local craftspersons will be present.
Children and adults will enjoy and discover the daily life in the 12th and 13th century !
Guided tours of the castle : friday, saturday and sunday at 2:30pm and 4:00pm
Entrance : 1€, free for under 12 y/o children
Guided tours : 3€, free for under 12 y/o children
Informations : Tourist Office