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This weekend the European Patrimony Days will take place all over France. Like all major cities, Bordeaux offers a rich program of more than 100 historical locations to discover. Many famous places such as the Opera of Bordeaux will be open to the public. However, popularity means big lines, so be prepared to wait patiently. 

There are also plenty of great tours offered by the Bordeaux Metropole but many of them require a prior reservation and finding one that hasn’t been fully booked yet is quite a daunting task. 

But fear not, I’m here to make your life easier and help you plan this weekend. While you might miss some of the more popular venues, there are plenty of gems in the city with less buzz around them or that do not require a reservation which are still worth visiting. 

Here’s a list of places you can visit this weekend in and around Bordeaux that do not require a prior reservation.

Heritage Days in the center of Bordeaux

CAPC – the museum of contemporary art

During the weekend the Museum of contemporary art will hold tours of ongoing exhibitions with access to special areas, workshops and body painting activities.
When: Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 18:00 / Where: 7 rue Ferrère, 33000 Bordeaux

Restaurant le Chapon Fin 

Established in 1825, Le Chapon Fin is one of the first restaurants to receive 3 Michelin stars in the history of the guide. Upon its establishment, the main clients visiting the restaurant were wealthy travelers and Bordelaise merchants and it was regarded as an English Café. Today, however, Le Chapon Fin became a French institution of fine food, beautifully decorated by the architect Cyprien Alfred-Duprat. This Sunday you have a chance to admire this beautiful restaurant from within without having an expensive meal. For more info check out the site of the restaurant or contact 05 56 79 10 10 
When: Sunday from 9:30 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:30 / Where: 5 rue Montesquieu

Synagogue de Bordeaux

synagogue bordeaux
The Synagogue of Bordeaux

There are plenty of beautiful churches in Bordeaux and you have probably entered at least some of them while discovering Bordeaux. How about discovering the structures dedicated to other religions? This Sunday you can visit the synagogue of Bordeaux and learn about the history of the Jewish community in this city. 
When: Sunday 9:30 to 18:00 / Where: 8 rue du Grand Rabbin Joseph Cohen, Bordeaux

Palais Rohan

Visit the beautiful city hall of Bordeaux, Palais Rohan. During the weekend, plenty of performances and activities will take place in the courtyard of Palais Rohan as well as guided tours at the city hall itself.  
When: Saturday 14:00-16:00 and Sunday 10:00-12:00, 14:00- 18:00 / Where: Place Pey Berland

Collections du Muséum d’Histoire naturelle.

Are you curious to see how the backstage of a museum looks like? The renovated Museum of Natural History in Bordeaux offers a guided visit to the backstage of its collection’s conservation center.
When: Saturday and Sunday  14:00-17:00 / Where: 5 place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux

Grosse Cloche

This beautiful monument can’t be missed when touring Bordeaux. The Grosse Cloche is the city’s former belfry and one of the last monuments remaining from the defensive wall built in the 14th century. The tower will be open to free visits during the weekend, however, the visit is limited to 5 people at a time so the queue is expected to be quite long so be sure to come early. 
When: Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 13:00 to 19:00 / Where: Quai Louis XVIII, Placette de Munich

Académie Nationale des Sciences, Belles lettres et Arts de Bordeaux

Hotel Calvet, or Hotel des Sociétés Savantes, is a prominent example of a 19th century Bordeaux mansion, with a spacious staircase, reception rooms and a library. Today it is the home of the National Academy of Science, Literature and Art of Bordeaux, founded by Louis XIV. This weekend, academics from the institution will be there to answer all of your questions during your free visit.
When: Saturday and Sunday from 13:30 to 18:00 / Where: Hôtel des Sociétés Savantes, 1 Place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux 

Site archéologique de Saint Seurin

Visit one of the most ancient sites of Nouvelle Aquitaine – Site archéologique de Saint Seurin. This free visit to the underground site gives you a glimpse into how an early Christian cemetery used to look like. The visit is limited to 20 people at a time, so you’ll probably have to stand in line. 
When: Saturday and Sunday 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-19:00 / Where: Place des Martyrs-de-la-Résistance

Places to visit in Bordeaux Metropole

Journées européennes du patrimoine à Mérignac

Mérignac opens the doors to some of its interesting sites including among others the château de Bourran and the Chapelle de Beutre. Guided tours will be offered throughout the weekend. For more info click here.

Cité Frugès – Le Corbusier 

Cité Frugès in Pessac is a very interesting site that looks like no other place in Bordeaux metropole. It was designed by the notable architect Le Corbusier and includes about 70 housing units. The site is registered on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. Guided tours will be offered during the weekend.  For more details about the Heritage days in Pessac click here
When: 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, 15:30 and 17:00 / Where: Cité Frugès

Château de Laurenzane in Gradignan

The beautiful Château de Laurenzane in Gradignan was built in the 18th century and is now the town hall of Gradignan. The Chateau is surrounded by a large park with ponds and bridges and sculptures by the artist Bigata Escale, which definitely make the visit worthwhile. 
When: Sunday from 11:00, 15:00 and 17:00 / Where: Allée Gaston-Rodrigue, 33170 Gradignan

What to do around Bordeaux

Saint Emilion

Saint Emilion is one of the best places to go to on the European heritage weekend. This little town is home to some of the most important historical monuments in the region and all of them will be open to the public. Moreover, the tourist office offers plenty of interesting guided tours and activities in the city center. For the full program click here.

saint-emilion

Some of the activities and ceremonies on the Heritage weekend are related to the start of the harvest season in the area. So if you decide to go there be sure to check out my article about the harvest season in Saint Emilion

Château de Vayres

The beautiful Château de Vayres will open its doors for two days of free visits and activities for kids. For more details click here

When: Saturday and Sunday 14:00 – 18:30 / Where: château de Vayres, 33870 Vayres

Enjoy the Journées européennes du patrimoine! If you want to take a look at all the places you can visit in Bordeaux during the Journees Europeennes du Patrimoine, click here

For more events this weekend check out my weekend list. You can also see some of next week’s event in the September list and plan your future weekends with the October list

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This is the long Easter (Paque) weekend in France and so a big part of the weekend list will be dedicated to treasure hunts in beautiful locations around Bordeaux. If you’re not into that, you have plenty of art and the big Brocante of Bordeaux starting this weekend. Let’s dig in!

Treasure Hunt on Pâques Weekend

The long weekend of Easter is always full of great activities for families. Egg hunting, visiting beautiful chateaux and chocolate workshops are only some of the activities you could do this weekend. Here’s a very comprehensive list of Easter related events taking place this weekend around Bordeaux.

Miroir d’eau

Citizenkid organizes two days of treasure hunts in one of the most popular places in Bordeaux, le Miroir d’eau. It will take place on Sunday and Monday (April 21-22) with three sessions each day. The game is for kids under 12 years old and prior registration is required. For more info click here.

Kfé Des Familles

One of the traditional treasure hunts in Bordeaux, organized by Kfe des Familles, will take place this Saturday (April 20). The kids will be divided into several groups according to their age and will try to find the treasures around la Place Buscaillet in the Bacalan neighborhood. The places are limited so come early to register. For more details click here.

Lormont

Parc de l’Ermitage in Lormont will host a free treasure hunt on Monday (April 22). The event will end with a snack at the ferme des Iris. The event is for kids older than 8 years old. For reservations click here.

Château de Vayres

A great event for the whole family will take place this weekend (April 20-21) at Château de Vayres. The program includes a visit to the chateau, chocolate tastings, games for the little ones and a big treasure hunt for the whole family. For more details click here.

Where:  63 Avenue de Libourne, 33870 Vayres

Saint Emilion

This Sunday (April 21) the tourist office in Saint Emilion will organize two treasure hunts. One will start at 10:00 at Tour du Roy in Saint Emilion and the second one at 14:00 at the Jardin de la Lamproie in Sainte-Terre. The activities are free.  for more info click here.

Écomusée de Marquèze

This weekend (April 21-22) the Écomusée de Marquèze, in Landes de Gascogne organizes a fun Easter day that will include a big treasure hunt for the whole family and concerts of Gascony music. For more details click here.

Where: route de la gare, 40630 Sabres

Château de Villandraut

The magical chateau of Villandraut will host two treasure hunts on Monday (April 22). The first one will start at 14:00 for kids 7-12 years old. The second one is for the little ones (less than 7 years old) and will take place at 16:30. Both require prior reservations, for details click here.

Château de Portets

Château de Portets in the Graves region celebrates Easter this Saturday (April 20) with a big treasure hunt, games for kids and wine and chocolate tastings. For the full program click here

Where: Rue de Mongenan, 33640 Portets.

Château Soutard

one of the most visited chateaux in Saint Emilion will host a treasure hunt on Monday (April 22) at 15:30. For more details click here.

Where: Soutard, 33330 Saint-Émilion

Printemps de la Forêt du Bourgailh

Like every year, the city of Pessac invites you to celebrate spring at the Forêt du Bourgailh. The event, that will take place on April 20-21, will revolve around nature and gardening, with a plants market, a crafts market, guided visits at the beehives and more. This is also an opportunity to see all the new park facilities. See the full program here and more details here.

Foret du Bourgailh in Pessac

Forêt du Bourgailh – by Lost in Bordeaux
When: April 20-21/ Where: 160 avenue de Beutre, 33600 Pessac

Territoires Sauvages – Nature festival

Territoires Sauvages is a nature festival that will take place at the Réserve Ornithologique du Teich on April 19-22. You’re invited to spend your Easter weekend discovering the natural treasures of the region. The festival’s program includes guided tours at the reserve, exhibitions, a big treasure hunt for kids and concerts on Sunday (April 21). For more info click here.

When: April 19 –22/ Where: Devant la réserve ornithologique du Teich, Rue du Port, 33470 Le Teich

Search for beautiful antiques at the Brocante

The big brocante of Bordeaux is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen. It’s the biggest brocante event in the area and the selection is huge, from vintage home decor, to paintings, antique furniture, garden accessories and more. While some items can be pricey, you can still find plenty of affordable pieces. The merchants are very nice and are open to negotiations. The brocante is taking place from April 19 to May 5. For more info and the list of exhibitors click here.

brocante Bordeaux
Brocante in Bordeaux – by Lost in Bordeaux
When: April 19 – May 5 / Where: Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux

Wine and Ham Fair

This year you won’t be hungry at the Brocante of Bordeaux as it will be accompanied by la Foire aux Jambons & vins (wine and ham fair). The fair will take place at the Place des Quinconces from April 19 to May 5.

When: April 19 – May 5 / Where: Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux

Semaine de l’art 2019

An art week is taking place on April 12-20 at the Abbaye de Verneuil in the médoc region. Six artists (a sculptor, a photographer, a graphic designer and more) present their exhibitions at the abbey. The evening program includes plenty of concerts. For tickets and more info click here.

When: April 12-20 / Where: 2 Place Saint-Pierre, 33180 Vertheuil

Vernissage exposition Forêt

A new exhibition will be presented at the Groupe des Cinq cultural center from April 19 to June 14. Six artists will present their works, with forest-related themes. The vernissage will take place this Friday (April 19). For more info click here.

When: April 19 / Where: 121 avenue Alsace Lorraine, 33200 Bordeaux, France

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

The 29th edition of the “traveling photographers routes” festival is taking place on April 2-28. During one month, 18 photography exhibitions will be presented at the main cultural institutions in the city, among them, the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon, the Bibliothèque Grand Parc, Espace Saint-Rémi and others. Get the full list of all artists and more info about the event here.

When: April 2 -28 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux (see program)

Swing Party

A swing concert and party will take place this Friday (April 19) at the Quartier Libre club in Saint Michel. It will start with a swing lesson at 20:00 and continue with a Hot Swing Sextet concert. For more info click here.

When: April 19, at 20:00 / Where: 30 rue des Vignes, 33800 Bordeaux

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Easter is always a great time to spend with friends and family as it’s full of activities that always involve some chocolate. The long weekend of Pâques offers a great way to discover the region, entertain your kids and eat delicious chocolate. So I decided to make a list of some of the things you can do with or without kids this weekend. To give everyone a chance to enjoy this fun holiday, the list includes activities both within and around Bordeaux such as parks, chateaux and more..

In the city

le Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design

The museum of decorative arts and design of Bordeaux will hold its Paques activities on April 1-2 which will include a graffiti workshop (ages 8-12) and a chocolate treasure hunt (ages 6-12). The number of places is limited so if you are interested contact  the museum by phone 05 56 10 14 05 or by mail [email protected] .

Where: 39 Rue Bouffard, 33000 Bordeaux
When: April 1-2
How much: 10 €

Egg Hunt in Bacalan

le K’fé des familles association will hold a big egg hunt at place Buscaillet  in the Bacalan neighborhood March 31. The participants will be divided into different age groups and will then go on a hunt for chocolate eggs, bunnies and  hens that are hidden in different spots in the neighborhood.

Registration is required- for registration, for more info.

La chasse aux œufs géante de Bacalan- le K’fé des familles

Where: 46 rue de New York, 33300 Bordeaux
When: March 31
How much: 2 €

Les Vivres de l’Art en chocolat

Les Vivres de l’Art will hold a free Easter event at place Victor Raulin (next to the cité du vin) on April 1. The program will include plenty of activities for every age: mask painting workshop, barbecue, card games and more.

For more info.

Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France
When: April 1
How much: free

PIMP YOUR EGG with Hasnaâ

Hasnaâ Ferreira, renowned Bordeaux chocolatier, will hold several 15 minutes workshops for kids in Halles de Bacalan on April 1. During  the ‘Pimp your egg’ event, the kids will make a personal chocolate egg from her chocolate.

For more info.

pimp your egg Hasnaa

Where: Halles de Bacalan, 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux, France
When: Avril 1
How much: 10€

 

Around Bordeaux

Château de Vayres

The biggest egg hunt in Bordeaux is at Château de Vayres . The chateau hosts parents and kids for a big egg hunt event which includes a visit in the chateau and different activities for kids in the park. The event will take place April 1-2.

Where: 63 Avenue de Libourne, 33870 Vayres
When: April 1-2
How much: free under 5/   5-14 year old : 10 €/ older than 15  : 12.50 €

Find the treasure at Pessac zoo

Like every year, the zoo of Pessac proposes different activities during Easter. This weekend (April 1-2) the participants will have to find the hints hidden at the alleys of the park in order to discover the treasure. Also, at 10 AM a team of makeup artists will transform the kids into little zebras, tigers and giraffes.

For more info.

Where: 3, rue du Transvaal – 33600 Pessac
When: April 1-2
How much: 16,50 € for adults / 12 € for kids

 

Pâques with the Woompa family

Come participate in a family riddle game at Château Pape Clément on March 31 and April 1. In Addition to the game the activity will include a visit to a mini museum of the family, chocolate tastings and even an aperitif for the parents.
for more info.

Woompa paques avec la famille

Where: 216 Avenue Dr Nancel Penard, 33600 Pessac
When: March 31 and April 1
How much: free under 4 and 10 €/ 11 € with/without reservantion

Egg Hunt at Larrivet Haut-Brion

Château Larrivet Haut-Brion in Léognan invites families to their Paques celebration on March 31. The program for the day includes: Egg hunt, wine and chocolate workshops, cellar visits and the  Design and wine 2018 award ceremony.

For more info.

Where: 84, avenue de Cadaujac, 33850 Léognan
When: March 31 (14:30-17:00)
How much: 10€

Pâques en Musiques à l’Ecomusée de Marquèze

l’Ecomusée de Marquèze invites families to an egg hunt and music on April 1-2. After the traditional  egg hunt in the neighborhood the museum will hold a little party with music and snacks.

Where: Route de la Gare, 40630 Sabres
When: April 1-2

Egg hunt at Château de La Brède

To open the 2018 season, Château de La Brède will hold an egg hunt event on April 2. The event will also include a chocolate workshop and the participants can take an advantage of a free visit to the chateaux and the gardens.
Where: Château de La Brède, Avenue du Château, 33650 La Brède
When: April 2 (14:00-18:00)
How much: free

Easter in Jardins d’Eyrignac

Jardins d’Eyrignac organises Easter activities on April 1-2, which will include: treasure hunting for kids and riddle games for the adults. This is quite a ride to get there from Bordeaux but it can be a  good opportunity to discover these beautiful gardens.

For more info.

eyrignac jardins
photo: Eyrignac jardins

Where: les jardins du manoir d’eyrignac 24590 salignac
When: April 1-2
How much: Normal ticket: 12,50€ – Students : 10,50€ – 11-18 ans : 8,50€; kids (5-10 ans) : 6,50€

 

As you see, this weekend is full of great and yummy Paques activities in and around Bordeaux, now let’s just hope that the wet weather won’t ruin the egg hunts.

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Thanks for reading and happy Easter!