If you are a fan of all things floral, then you will love the International Garden Festival held in the grounds of the château at Chaumont-sur-Loire between April and October. With up to 30 themed gardens around a theme which changes every year, this feast for the senses has gained an international reputation. With garden designers coming from Russia, America, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Canada and of course France, the festival attracts visitors from across the globe.
The National Brass Band competition is a musical extravaganza, with as many as 30 French brass bands meeting in the town of Amboise at the Théatre Beaumarchais. Concerts are performed both indoors and out and there are street artists aplenty too. The competition itself is held on the Saturday.
Le Mans 24 hour race is one of sheer endurance. This illustrious event has a great history which is as much of an attraction as the motorsport for the thousands of tourists that visit each year. Owners and drivers from prestigious companies enter and are watched by spectators who often enjoy the thrilling sights from their accommodation.
Lamotte-Beuvron is the home to a famous pony championship, Generali Open de France. 6,000 children with their families and ponies attend from all over France. 2020 dates to be confirmed.