If you were one of the folks eagerly awaiting the launch of the final Harry Potter volume The Deathly Hallows, why not visit the French wizardry festival this month. It’s the Sorcerer’s Fair in Bué-en-Sancerre. Held on 5th August this year, it’s an annual event set up to celebrate the local activities of wizards and sorcerers.
Although the local villagers have a tradition of sorcery, with stories of many strange happenings in the past, these days, the festival it is more of a folklore event than a witches’ coven. Up to 1,500 people from all over France get together to sing, dance and revive old, or lost, traditions.
The day starts with a mass in the church, followed by open-air entertainment all afternoon. In the evening, there’s an open-air dinner, with lots of folk dancing. If you find yourself passing through the wonderful wine country of Sancerre on the first Sunday in August, then it’s worth paying Bué-en-Sancerre a visit. There’s also the added benefit of being able to sample the marvellous wines and locally made crottin de Chavignol goat’s cheese.
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