WITH August just around the corner there is sure to be any number of festivals across France that you can explore.
There will be plenty of music and dance to enjoy, as well as different foods and customs celebrating a particular village or region, here is just a selection of what's on offer.
La Pourcailhade, Trie-sur-Baise, Hautes Pyrenees
A celebration of all things pig, including a festival and pig squealing championships, as well as pigging-out eating competition for the person who can eat the most boudin. If you don't like pork you might want to stay away.
Jasmine Festival, Grasse, Riviera
Every year the town of Grasse celebrates the floral base of so many of its perfumes, jasmine. The Jasminade features floats, decorated with 150,000 flowers, which are led through the streets, perfuming the air with the heady aroma of jasmine. The festival culminates with la bataille de fleurs, when clouds of the flowers are thrown around the streets in a sort of floral punch-up. All the while, local bands, food stalls, street artists and performers are on hand to entertain the crowds.
August 3 to 5
The Thousand and One Lives of Barbie, Paris
The legendary doll will be the star of an exhibition at the Musée de la Poupée in Paris and over 200 dolls will show Barbie doing a range of activities from ballet to cooking.
From now until 30 September
Festijazz, Houlgate, Normandy
Enjoy the 11th edition of Festijazz for live music throughout the coastal village of Houlgate. Located between Deauville and Caen, this charming village will come alive with Live Jazz for two days in August, finishing with a concert on the beach at sunset on the Friday night.
August 16 and 17
Festival des Nuits Cajun et Zydeco de Saulieu
Fans of Cajun music and the sounds of the bayou should head to Saulieu, in Burgundy, for a weekend of song, music and fun. The 14th Festival des Nuits Cajun et Zydeco de Saulieu brings together musicians from around the world, alongside the music will be a cinema festival, dance sessions and musical workshops.
August 2 to 5.