Christmas Cracker Fair in Herault

Cassan Christmas Cracker Fair – Saturday 27 Nov and Sunday 28th November

Started as a way for Brits to get their Christmas Crackers 5 years ago, the event has grown each year.

The event has become so successful that this year it will be run over 2 days, which the organisers hope will cut down the crowds. “Last year we had just over 4,000 visitors – a 30% increase – and it was almost too many” said Robin Hicks, the organiser.

Christmas Cracker fair inHerault

Christmas Cracker Fair in Cassan Herault Languedoc France

“We hope the 2 day event will spread the crowds, as the 11th century chapel isn’t really designed for such large numbers”
Last year 45% of the visitors were French, who seem to have taken to the Cracker Fair – described on local TV as “The Christmas event in L’Herault”

About a half of the 120 exhibitors are French – the rest being drawn from 11 countries.
Apart from the trade exhibitors there will be local organisations promoting their charities and a range of entertainers at the weekend event showcasing their work to a large audience.

“This year we expect to top 5,000 visitors which will generate funds to run and develop the local community based charity website WoW –

Swimming in Villa Roquette late October

Come on in – the water’s lovely – For me it is too cold even in the hot summer months, but for guests today we pulled back the pool cover and in they went.

I can offer -swimming at Christmas for anyone interested! Hot chestnuts and drinks by the pool – the wonder of living in the south of France.
Pool at Villa Roquette 23 October 2010

Vias Herault Ten Minutes from Villa Roquette

There is a network of villages in our region, each about 5 kilometers form each other, yet each having a completely independent character. Ten minutes from Villa Roquette is the town of Vias – a thriving market town only a couple of -kilometers from the popular seaside resort of Vias plage.

In medieval times it was a very wealthy town, as were many of the towns and villages in Herault – wool trade, shipbuilding, mining and rich agriculture providedLanguedoc with wealth and even very small communities could build magnificent churchesandhouses.

The local building materials were used for construction and in Vias and Agde the local stone is black basalt – a very hard volcanic rock. Theblack stone gives buildings a characteristic look.

Vias still has many fine buildings, most of the town wall has dissappeared intp the local buildings, but some vestiges remain – every town and village was protected by huge strong walls, until recent times, right into the 18th century, raiders from North Africa, corsairs, would come and take prisoner any person they found in the fields and take them into slavery or as galley slaves for their trading and war ships.

Here is a brief photo essay on a short walk around Vias