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Casks and cannons

Casks and cannons

In September you may be lucky enough to spot an unusual sight on the roads in Charente and Charente Maritime: a series of horse-drawn carts accompanied by people wearing 18th-century costumes. Read on to find out what this is all about…

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Encore Theatre Group - behind the scenes

Encore Theatre Group - behind the scenes

The small village of Loulay in Charente Maritime is a focal point for amateur dramatics in English and French, thanks to the successful theatre group 'Encore Theatre' set up by Jan and Bruce Morris in 2002

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Discover Royan!

Discover Royan!

Labelled is 'the most 50s town in France', Royan has plenty to offer the holiday maker and local visitor. Home to 18,000 people, of which two- thirds are retired, its numbers swell to 40,000 in the summer months.

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Discover Charente Arts & Crafts

Discover Charente Arts & Crafts

The Charente has a long tradition of artisan work and today many a village has communities of potters, painters and sculptors making beautiful and unusual pieces. And then there are the remnants of the industries that once brought great wealth to the area but now have declined. To visit them is to get a glimpse of Charente's past...

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Ile de Ré - an island of treasures

Ile de Ré - an island of treasures

Donkeys wearing trousers, tasty new potatoes, kilometres of cycle paths and beaches- these are just some of the things that the Île de Ré is well known for. But there’s more. How about beached whales, escaped prisoners and picnics in grounded boats?

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