Western Loire Culture and Events

The Cadre Noir, Saumur

Open February to October

Fabulous equestrian show of French horsemanship. The Cadre Noir Cavalry School was founded in the nineteenth century, although an equestrian school was founded in Saumur as early as the sixteenth century under the reign of Henri IV. The School’s name comes from the distinctive black uniform worn by the riders. For more information, tel (00 33) 241 53 50 80 or see www.cadrenoir.fr.

Carnival, Nantes

8 - 14 April 2018

The Nantes Carnival in the Loire-Atlantique is a celebration of the end of winter and warmer days to come. The carnival includes giant floats, music, and masses of confetti.

 24-Hour Race, Le Mans

16 - 17 June 2018

Legendary 24 hour sports car race testing the skill and endurance of both driver and car.

Held first in 1923. Arrive before race day to see cars practicing on the tracks and parade of drivers and cars through the streets of Le Mans. Enthusiasts will enjoy the boutiques and merchandising outlets set up during the race period. Entry to actual racetrack events can be expensive.

Please check precise details and dates with event organisers before making your holiday and travel arrangements.

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