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As autumn sets in, life in Bordeaux remains focused crucially on the vineyard for the harvest of the 2008 vintage. Other aspects of life in the Bordeaux region are not as well known – beyond the world of renowned vines, great grapes and wonderful wines for all occasions...

Home to one of Europe's biggest 18th century architectural urban areas and with a city offering cinemas and theatres as well as being the home of the National Opera of Bordeaux, the region is becoming a much sought-after tourist destination. With many music venues, Bordeaux hosts festivals throughout the year and with so much to see and do, visitors can see the sights at their leisure.

Whether your trip is about exercise and cycling through the vineyards or a more civilised wine-tasting affair, an autumn visit to Bordeaux is sure to be a healthy experience. Wash down all the culture with a glass of some the world’s most famous wine and sample the local delicacies.

Here are just a few of the events planned to take place in Bordeaux between September and December 2008:

Journée de Patrimoine / Ban de Vendanges (20th September)

Held on the third weekend of September, the whole array of Bordelais architecture is opened to the public - for free! The architectural heritage of Bordeaux includes streets of 18th-century buildings, which reflect the wealth and status of its wine-making inhabitants. It also has a cluster of stylish Art Deco buildings, some fine examples of modern architecture and even a Roman amphitheatre. This festival often coincides with the opening of the grape harvest, and there are festivities held in most towns in the region, including Bordeaux city and Saint Emilion, culminating in fireworks at midnight.

(a) Tourist Office, 12 cours XXX Juillet (t) 05 56 00 66 00 (w)
Novart (1st-30th November 2008)

A cultural festival with various artists, musicians and street performers staging events throughout the city, many of which are free.
(a) Marie de Bordeaux, Hotel de Ville, Place Pey Berland (t) 05 56 10 20 46 (w)

Christmas Fair (November – December)

Small wooden huts and stalls set up around Allées de Tourny, opposite the Grand Théâtre, sell christmas decorations and presents. Each year a different country organises the nativity display set in the heart of Bordeaux.
(a) Tourist Office, 12 cours XXX Juillet (t) 05 56 00 66 00 (w)

This is just a small selection of events to be held in Bordeaux this autumn/winter. For more information on any of the above, or if you would like to see a full calendar of events, please get in touch.

For further details, including a full Bordeaux events calendar please contact Eleanor Standen or Natasha Claxton at R&R Teamwork, telephone 020 7384 1333, email or

05 September 2008

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