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Markets, Fairs & Farms

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Markets, Fairs & Farms

One thing the French are famous for and that is its markets. Experience the hustle and bustle of real French life as you browse the stalls for fresh bread, vegetables, fish, fruit and handicrafts. Most markets (marchés) start early in the morning and they are usually packing up by lunchtime. The fairs are larger monthly markets with a greater number of traders. Night Markets are larger events held yearly that include music, food and shopping for crafts, jewellery and local delicacies. Brocantes and Vide Greniers are where you might find yourself a real French gem and a place to rummage through to discover a bargain or two.

Limousin markets are a must. They are guaranteed to give one that truly French feeling. Full of interesting characters and wonderful produce, the noise and smells of French markets are like no other.
The larger markets are heaven on earth for foodies, with stall after stall offering fresh fruit and vegetables as well as locally reared meat and poultry.


It's best to get an early start when going to the region’s markets as most have packed up by lunchtime. The standard market is mainly for food and is similar to the farmers markets that are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. You will often find the stall holders have baked, grown, raised or produced in some way the products they are selling. Most stall holders will be happy to share their knowledge and expertise with you to ensure you enjoy their product at its best.

The foires are usually held once or twice a month and are larger than the markets. They include more non-food stalls selling clothing, hardware, kitchen ware and more. Listed below are the markets and foires held throughout the region.


Markets - Foires et marchés réguliers

AngloInfo is a good source of local information, from local markets to events for the coming week.  log onto look into the Limousin area – our local department number is 87. It also shows you markets available in the other two departments in the Limousin, The Cruese & Correze.

Foire is a monthly food, produce & goods fair and Marché is weekly market. These are just a handful nearby for you to enjoy.


Foire : 1st of month, (la veille si le 1er est un dimanche ou un jour férié)
Marché : samedi matin



Foire : 25th of month, 2ème dimanche du mois,foire aux Chapons le 2ème dimanche de décembre
Marché : dimanche matin


Foire : 5th of the month, foire ovine le 1er et 3ème lundi du mois
Marché : mardi matin et samedi matin



Foire : 11th of the month, (if 11th is a Sunday then it will be on the Saturday)
Marché : dimanche


Foire : 3rd of the month
Marché : vendredi et samedi matin,
dimanche matin (primeurs)


Foire : 28th of the month, foire artisanale le dernier samedi de juillet
Marché : samedi de Pâques



Foire : 13th of the month, Foire artisanale le 2ème dimanche de juillet
Marché : mercredi et vendredi matin, marchés de Producteurs de Pays le jeudi (17h) toutes les deux semaines (juin à août).

In Le Dorat during the summer months on a Thursday evening from about 5.00 p.m. starting end of June to end of Aug (once a fortnight) there is a street market, where you buy meat, cheese, bread have your meat    BBQ'd, buy frites to go with your food, and have crepes for dessert, sit down and enjoy your meal al fresco. Also in the market is a bar, where you can purchase beer, wine, and soft drinks to enjoy with your meal.



Foire : 1st of the month, (la veille si le 1er est un dimanche ou un jour férié)
Marché : samedi matin



Foire : 29er du mois
Les Hérolles is a huge outdoor (one of the biggest in France) market dating back over 400 years. It is on the 29th of every month (unless the 29th is a Sunday in which case it’ll be on Monday, and in February it’s always on the 28th, even if it’s a leap year). There’s all sorts on offer; an amazing array of poultry, pets and livestock, clothes, shoes, farming equipment, cheese, bread, mattresses, wine, honey, meat, fruit and veg, plants and flowers…. It is a definite must visit.


Cité Flea Market (every 2nd Sunday of the month in the Cathedral quarter).
Marché: Weekly (mornings) from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Daily from Tuesday to Saturday
7:00am to 1:00pm

Place Haute-Vienne
All types of food retail trades, and natural flowers

Place des Carmes
(food products and natural flowers)

5:00am to 6:00pm
Place des Bancs
(food products and natural flowers)
Tuesday :
Vigenal: all retail trades
La Bastide allée Seurat : food
Wednesday :
Pont Saint-Martial : all retail trades
Rue des Portes Ferrées : all retail trades

La Bastide cité Léon Jouhaux : all retail trades
Corgnac : all retail trades
Les Longes : market garden produce

Friday :
Beaubreuil : all retail trades
Market offering numerous exotic products

Saturday :
Place Marceau : all retail trades

Sunday :
Landouge : all retail trades


Foire : 22 du mois
Marché : jeudi matin


Foire Ovine : le 2ème et 4ème lundi du mois
Marché : 2ème lundi du mois



Foire : 17 du mois
Marché : dimanche matin (juillet-août)


Foire : 26 du mois

St. Junien – every Saturday morning until 12 noon (larger market than Bellac)


Marché : dimanche matin



Marché : mercredi matin (juillet-août)


Foire : 21 du mois
Marché : mardi matin


Marché de la Saint Martin le 12 novembre

Flea markets and antique fairs

This is just a small sample of the Flea markets & antique fairs. If you ask at the local tourist information for details of marchés aux puces they will be able to help you. You might want to try the local Brocantes and Vide Greniers.


Limoges: Cité Flea Market (every 2nd Sunday of the month in the Cathedral quarter).
Antique Dealers’ Salon (mid-February and end October). Limousin Flea Market (mid-March and mid-November).
Mortemart: Château des Ducs Antique Dealers’ Salon (last weekend in March).
Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche: Limousin Antiques Salon (September).
Vassivière: Grande Brocante de Vassivière (end September at Auphelle).
Bellac: Antiquities Design Forum at the Théâtre du Cloître. (beg. October)
Pierre-Buffière: Antique Dealers’ Salon (beg. November).

Farms - ’Welcome to the farm’ network

This network, which brings together 70 farmers, offers farm snacks, sale of local produce, meals served in the farm inns. You can also find alot of the local producers and the monthly local producers markets where you also get to taste there food.

The network also organises interesting local produce markets in several villages.

Bienvenue à la ferme Bienvenue à la Ferme Haute-Vienne (Haute-Vienne Welcome to the Farm), Chambre d’Agriculture, 32, Avenue du Général Leclerc, 87000 Limoges
Tel: 05 55 10 05 20 - Fax: 05 55 10 92 29
Web Site :


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