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News from around the region...

New Look

The new look tourist office in Bergerac is on plan to open its doors in June 2019. The Maison des Vins et du Tourisme will be located in the emblematic Cloître des Récollets at the heart of the historic centre of Bergerac and opposite the ancient river port. By putting œnotourism at the centre of the new project, which also lies on the Véloroute Voie Verte, the town hopes to boost the appeal of the area to visitors. The second stage of development will be completed by 2020 and will feature a space dedicated to Cyrano de Bergerac. The total 2.5 million euros required have been raised with the help of the state, region and the department.

Fête des Voisins

On Friday 24 May communities will be coming together to celebrate being neighbours. These get-togethers provide a great opportunity to meet new friends before summer starts as well as to practice your French. Nine million people took part in the event in France last year with thirty million joining in worldwide. After starting in Paris as a way to help apartment owners living in the same building to meet their neighbours, the fête is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019. Look out for details of what is happening near you closer to the time.

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Nothing says that summer is on its way better than the first crop of strawberries. After cancellations in previous years due to the restrictions of vigipirate, the Fête de la Fraise et des Fleurs will be held at Vergt on Sunday 19 May. Giant strawberry tarts, jam tastings, a visit by the Confrérie de la Fraise du Périgord and a range of live events will make the 20th edition one not to miss. The parade starts at 9.15am so make sure you leave plenty of time to find a parking space. The Fête de la Fraise at Nabirat is a smaller celebration but still features the obligatory giant strawberry tart and is held on 28 April. If you can’t make either of these, then all is not lost. Follow the Dordogne valley into the Corrèze on 12 May for the Fête de la Fraise at Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne where two world records for strawberries are held, the first for an 8m diameter tart and the second for a 30m-long fraisier!

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