What to do in June

Read our lowdown of some of the best events in France this June

Feel the music

Guitar riffs and choral harmonies are just some of the sounds filling the air during the Fête de la Musique held at the summer solstice on 21 June. Amateur and professional musicians will be performing for free in streets, parks, gardens and public buildings in towns and villages across France.

www.fetedelamusique.culture.fr

Wine away

Join tour company Grape Escapes on a trip to Hautviller, in Champagne, to mark the 300th anniversary of the death of the Benedictine monk Don Pérignon credited with first creating the region’s famous fizz. The two- or three-day package includes specialist tastings, workshops and a one-off guided tour of the Abbey where Dom Pérignon is buried. Taking place on various dates from June to October with prices from £933 per person excluding travel to the region.

Tel: 08456 430860

www.grapeescapes.net

Get your groove on

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Head to the chic southern French city of Montpellier for its internationally-acclaimed dance festival. Taking place in venues across Montpellier from 24 June until 9 July, the event attracts dancers and choreographers from an eclectic range of cultures, culminating in an impressive display of colourful dance creations. This year’s highlights include a documentary on the history of dance and an outdoor dancing display where spectators can bust some moves of their very own.

Tel: (Fr) 0 800 600 740

www.montpellierdanse.com

Drive time

Driving enthusiasts will once again be heading to the medieval city of Le Mans to enjoy the world’s oldest endurance car race. The event, now in its 84th year, will take place for 24 hours on 13-14 June with participants expected to clock up more than 5,000 kilometres.

Tel: (Fr) 2 43 40 80 00

www.24h-lemans.com