Picnics, wine tasting, games for kids … 8 top plans for your Touraine summer

Are you visiting Touraine this summer or are you spending a lot of time in the department for your summer vacation? If you are looking for places to discover or rediscover here are our tips …


Throughout the summer, the Château Royal d’Amboise organizes evenings to eat and drink in its park across the Loire. The Château de l’Islette does the same on certain Wednesday and Friday evenings in Azay-le-Rideau. And of course, dozens of spots are scattered across the department under the trees or at the water’s edge. Here’s one you may not know: Wednesdays 20 July, 3 August and 17 August, the Logis Royal Park in Loches welcomes you from Bring your basket (no catering on site) and enjoy. A guide will also offer you a riddle to solve … Registration at the tourist office on 02 47 91 82 82 (10 € for adults, 6 € from 6 to 11 years).

Candlelight Castle:

Hardly hit by a recent storm, the Château de Gizeux is gradually recovering. Located in the western part of the department, it remains open all summer with several suggestions, such as treasure hunts for children or guided tours marked by a tasting of Bourgueillois wines every day at. 11:15. You can also come Tuesday night until August 23: the inhabitants of the monument dress up and guide you to a visit by the light of the flames, enough to discover the remodeling of certain rooms. Reservation recommended.

Night markets:

There are several during the summer, such as those at Place Châteauneuf in Tours on Fridays and Saturdays in July, those in Loches or those in Amboise on 19 July and 2 August from 5pm to midnight Quai du Général de Gaulle and then on July 26 and August. 9 at the same time on Place St Denis. The city also offers several activities such as a Cœur de Pirate concert and a screening of the film La La Land on the Isle of Gold.

Royal Fortress of Chinon:

Every day at 4 pm reconstruction of a period match without addition to the entrance fee and the opportunity to see the exhibition on royal weapons and armor with objects from the cinema. A medieval day on August 7 is also planned with shows and a special camp for children.

Priory of St Cosme and La Riche:

From Thursday 14 July to Thursday 25 August at 10.30 you can discover the art of weaving with wool and plants from the monastery gardens. The children leave with an object that they have to decorate their room to make in 2 hours. Workshop when booking. Full price € 9, reduced price € 7, free for children under 7 years. Also worth seeing is an exhibition of handwritten and painted books every day.

The gazebo:

The large Tourangeau Park, opposite the Deux-Lions, hosts plenty of activities with a range of new features ranging from concerts at the bar (Saturday 6 August at 6pm) to afternoon family games (1pm from 4pm with petanque or molky). July 30 is a Zen evening with seated massage and parent-child yoga or blind test with La Charcuterie Musicale on Saturday the 23rd. Everything is free. The complete program at www.tours-metropole.fr (be careful, some events are by reservation).


Every Saturday in July and August, the city organizes events in the Parc de Beauverger. It’s the 2nde years, it does, in the guinguette spirit with concerts, theater, dance evenings … But also cinema or dance initiation workshops. For example, taken up on the ukulele by the talented Roland Bernard from Touraine on Saturday, July 23 at. 19, display of The call of the forest August 20 at 9.30pm or Irish music from 7pm the following weekend. Every time there is food and drink on site.

Unusual aperitifs:

Drinking a good wine is pleasant, but the surroundings also count. So all summer long you can taste regional drinks in unusual places such as the Rabelais Museum in Seuilly on Thursday 21 July with fouacers and the winemaker’s pie (apple and wine jam) or on Thursday 28 July in Chartreuse du Liget in the town of Chemillé-sur-Indrois with local organic products to accompany your drink. Be careful every time you book at www.tours-tourisme.fr or directly at the venue of the event. Count about twenty euros per adult for the evening. There is until September 23 (in the former brothel in Tours, l’Etoile Bleue) and even a closing party on October 14 in the gardens of Château de Villandry or Château de Rilly in Razines.

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