Explore the Loire Valley while in lockdown

Published on 09 April 2020 - Updated 04 January 2021
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During this extended lockdown period, we have pinpointed a range of cultural content and activities bearing on the history and heritage of the Loire Valley. Why not discover and explore them from home, while waiting to be able to resume sightseeing outdoors!

Mission Val de Loire

  • The visitor panels for each exhibition produced by Mission Val de Loire can be accessed and downloaded in PDF format: 

Find out more : Emprunter les expositions itinérantes  

  • The "Connaître" (Know) section on our website provides a comprehensive presentation of the Loire Valley World Heritage site through its history and the four cultures that shape the Loire landscape (water, stone, garden and vines) as well as a user-led journey with the focus on Loire Valley monuments and landscapes.

Lire aussi : Know

  • Our  Youtube channel  where you can particularly watch:
    • Portraits de Loire à la Renaissance  (2019): a 6-episode web series in a short, entertaining format, explaining how the scenery has changed, highlighting the Loire’s central location in a trading network and chronicling its good and bad times through history.
    • Gens du Val de Loire -  Season 01   (2018) /  Season 02   (2019): video interviews with Loire residents talking about their relationship with the river and its landscapes
    • Questions jardins   (2017): 37 videos about Loire Valley gardens as told by professionals.
    • Les paysages culturels du Val de Loire   (2018): 6 videos delving into the heritage and landscape aspects of the Loire Valley, between Sully-sur-Loire (Loiret) and Chalonnes-sur-Loire (Maine-et-Loire)

Lockdown Art Festival

Since 16 March 2020, the Lockdown Art Festival has unveiled previously unseen artworks on the website www.agora-off.com, every day at 19.00, during the Covid-19-imposed lockdown period.  

The aim is to continue, off-the-cuff, imparting culture, enlightening, educating, sharing and questioning during the lockdown period.  


LPO Anjou

Find all sorts of content put online or gathered by LPO Anjou. Bearing on such themes as the environment, biodiversity or sustainable development, all of these videos, games and documents are in open-access mode, for free, for young and old alike!  


Domaine national de Chambord

The Domaine national de Chambord has a host of activities (including games, handicrafts and colouring) available for your kids to enjoy during lockdown.  


Loire Anjou Touraine Regional Natural Park

The Park has a wide array of activities for children and young people to get stuck into, including activity sheets, craft-DIY sheets for primary level and documentary resources for secondary level.  


Also check out: a participatory game on Facebook: share the view or noises you can perceive from your window: a garden, a street, birdsong, children playing … The rules are straightforward: take a photo or record a sound (no videos) and publish it on the page of the  Parc naturel régional Loire-Anjou-Touraine  with the slogan "Out the window". Don’t forget to indicate the name of your town or village. 

Orléans métropole

During lockdown, the website for cultural outings in Orléans “On sort !” (We’re going out!) is being renamed “On sort… chez vous !” (We’re going out … to your place!”. You’ll find ideas for artistic, musical, heritage and other fun activities – all on the “Orléans” theme!  


Pays Loire Touraine

The Pays Loire Touraine Meetings in 2020 are devoted to childhood. Although most of the programme has currently been put on hold, one initiative is being maintained: "Inventaire d’enfance", a series of posts on Facebook for showcasing buildings and items connected with childhood, studied as part of the heritage inventory.  


Boating museum of Châteauneuf-sur-Loire

The museum team invites you to explore its collections and take part in its activities to share, from home, to keep up a cultural link.  


Château d'Angers

To enable you to keep visiting Château d'Angers, remotely, the Château team has made a selection of activities available for you to enjoy: virtual exhibitions or tours, videos, 3D tools, apps, colouring, educational activities and a participatory drawing challenge on social media … with all that on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice! 


Le Carroi in Chinon

Le Carroi, Chinon’s art and history museum, shares all kinds of content about its collections over social media on a daily basis. Cultural factsheets, "Nation apprenante"-accredited educational content, participatory games, photos and archives of images of Chinon, created from homes in lockdown all form part of this new agenda. 


City of Saumur

The City of Saumur gives you fresh inspiration several times each week on its Facebook page by sharing ideas of fun or educational activities, as well as portraits of artists or videos about the city’s rich history.  


City of Blois

The City of Blois’ “cultural interludes” are videos produced thanks to the involvement of local cultural venue leaders.  


Château du Plessis-Macé

The team at Château du Plessis-Macé has put on an original, funny, offbeat and highly instructive programme for people of all ages.  

http://www.chateau-plessis-mace.fr/ et https://www.facebook.com/chateauplessismace  

Centre-Val de Loire Region

  • The Centre-Val de Loire Region has listed a range of content, including virtual tours of nature spots or châteaux, which can be accessed online… Until we can resume sightseeing and outings IRL (in real life)!  Fenêtre sur le meilleur de la culture en Centre-Val de Loire 
  • The Mémoire website of the regional agency Ciclic: a unique collection of amateur and professional footage from the 1920s: https://memoire.ciclic.fr/

Pays de la Loire Region

During lockdown, the Pays de la Loire Region has unveiled a cultural programme to give you a change of scene, through videos of concerts, stage performances and dance shows as well as documentaries and more. 


We will continue to keep this page up-to-date throughout the lockdown period. If you would like to send us your initiatives, we will happily pass them on!  



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