What’s on in the Cote d’Or in Summer

Finding out what’s on in Burgundy is getting easier, but it is still can be pretty hit and miss! We strongly recommend that you visit the Tourist Office in Meursault or Beaune to find out precise details.

The best guide to what’s on that we have found is the “What’s on in and around Beaune” website. Put in your dates and off you go!


On this page we will occasionally highlight specifics that have caught our eye, or things we have discovered which are not featured in the above guide.


First we start with longer term events…

We may be inland but there is still water!

People ask about swimming in late Spring and summer. There are two options:

In Summer, Santenay boasts a very fine outdoor swimming pool which is very easy to get to from 10pm

The oldest is the Lido in Santenay (a spa village). Go to our pot pourri of interesting things to do in the Cote d’Or to see a little more about the pool.








The second option is the Beaune Cote Plage. Also go to our pot pourri of interesting things to do in the Cote d’Or for information on this fabulous place.

It is open in the summer from 11.00 to 20.00 daily. €4 – 6 entry for swimming pools etc in a naturalistic environment.







At the Alésia Gallo-Roman theme park in Alise-Sainte-Reine there are many activities throughout the year, but especially in Summer. They have visits to Roman ruins, re-enactments and special exhibitions. Great for children!

See their website www.alesia.com





A very pretty windmill between Domaine Bachey-Legros in Santenay and 10 Puligny Montrachet where we come for our holidays




On Sunday 19 June 2022 from 10.00 til 18.00 there is a Fete du Moulin at the windmill in Santenay (just off the road between Chassagne and Santenay – just look out for it). You can visit the windmill, browse the artisan stalls and see the demonstrations of the bread oven!

The location is spectacular in its own right, so pop along there at any time too!




Each weekend in July – the Beaune Festival of Baroque Music… Things in Beaune might include operas (The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville included), oratorios and recitals plus…

Click here for more information and bookings for the festival of baroque music. Events happen every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at 21.00.








On 15-19 July 2022 we have Bach to Baccus in Meursault, a heady (but refined!) combination of music and wine. This takes place in locations not normally open to the public, including Meursault church, the recently restored leprosy hospital (!) and in the Chateau Meursault. There is a link here for a little more information.







From 20 to 24 July 2022 we have a street entertainers’ festival in Chalon.

The programme is hard to get hold of until about 6 July.

“Here is Burgundy’s answer to the Edinburgh Festival, four days and nights of street performances by the local Abattoir arts group and their associates, together with visiting artists from far flung places from Australia and Chile to Spain and Germany. 160 acts, more than 1000 artists will be taking part.

“The vitality of the place over this weekend is infectious as thousands come to watch and join in. Enter the spirit!”

It is hard to get information in English – ask at the information office or just turn up and see what is going on! Try this link for more information (in French).








Grand frais
Go to basics
Go to tastings
Go to foodies’ corner
A fabulous charcuterie in beaune - Mainson Raillard, used by visitors to our vacation rental in Puligny Montrachet
Go to shops
Font in Chalon
Go to the pot pourri