Wednesday 23 May - Conference - Getting into the French System

Maggie will talk about approaches to integration into life in Brittany and will go through the most important steps that you need to take to get things in place administratively. This will be useful to members who have just arrived, to those who have been here a while but are not sure they have understood the system or done everything necessary, and also to people who are considering moving to France on a permanent basis.

For members only. No charge. Please reserve, as numbers are limited. AIKB, 3 rue du Sénéchal, 22570 Gouarec. 10.30am to 12noon.



Tuesday 29 May - Learn more about the Neolithic period on the terrain

The afternoon with start at the Maison de L’archéologie in Plussulien where an English speaking guide will take us to visit Quenfénec, a métadolérite quarry, where stones were extracted and polished and traded throughout Europe as axe heads as early as 4200 BC. After the visit to Quenfénec, we will drive (15 minutes) to Laniscat to visit the nécropole du Liscuis.

Meet at the Maison de l’Archéologie, 23 rue du Centre, 22320 Plussulien at 2pm (enter from back, behind the church). Please bring suitable walking shoes. Members 8€. Guests 10€. Please reserve and pay in advance by 22 May. The visit to the exhibition and quarry will last 2½ hours, count 4 hours in all with the nécropole.


EVENTS JUNE – SEPTEMBER


Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June - National Garden Open Day Rendez-vous au Jardin

Marilyn le Moign opens her garden every year as part of “Rendez-vous au Jardin”, a national event with over 2300 gardens open in France. The garden, located along the canal in central Gouarec, is 800sq metres divided into different themes, including un jardin à la française, a Japanese garden and chromatic mixed borders.

16 rue au Lin, 22570 Gouarec, 2pm - 6pm. Entry 5€, in aid of the Abbaye de Bon Repos


Wednesday 6 June - Conference: Titre de Séjour and applying for French Nationality

In these unpredictable times, it is important to think about having proof of permanent residence. Maggie will outline the steps to take and will invite members already in possession of a Titre de Séjour to contribute to or take part in the presentation – so if this includes you, please contact her. The second part of the conference will explain how to apply for French Nationality. Much interest has been shown for this topic and there is already a waiting list from the previous talk, so please reserve.

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 10.30am. Members 2€, Guests 5€.


Thursday 21 June - Discover a Wonderful Garden

Gérard le Saux and Jacques le Cagnec were nurserymen with the Pépinière Talascorn in Arzano, near Quimperlé in the Finistère. After retiring, they seriously started work on a nearby three-acre garden. Its important collection of perennials and grasses creates a very colourful environment with a playful touch and a sense of humour.

Meet at 2pm at Le Jardin des Sittelles, Talascorn, 29300 Arzano. Members 7€, Guests 10€.


Wednesday 27 June - Conference: Titre de Séjour and applying for French Nationality

In these unpredictable times, it is important to think about having proof of permanent residence. Maggie will outline the steps to take and will invite members already in possession of a Titre de Séjour to contribute to or take part in the presentation – so if this includes you, please contact her. The second part of the conference will explain how to apply for French Nationality.
Much interest has been shown for this topic and there is already a waiting list from the previous talk, so please reserve.

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 10.30am. Members 2€, Guests 5€.


Friday 29 June - A New Murder Mystery at Bon Repos (in English)

You’re the detective! You'll interrogate witnesses and suspects (costumed actors) throughout the abbey as you search for clues to solve this murder mystery.  It is set in the Château de Bon Repos during the 1960s at a private adult party. You need to decide who murdered the lovely servant girl, how and why?

Abbaye de Bon Repos, 22570 Saint Gelven. 8pm. 10€ Adults, 5€ under 10 years old. Call the Abbaye (English spoken) at 02 96 24 82 20 to reserve and pay.


Saturday 30 June to Friday 6 July - AIKB Art & Textile Summer Exhibition

The theme for our AIKB art group this year is Breton Flora and Fauna in a mixture of medias. Come and enjoy the exhibition of paintings, prints, textiles and couture.

AIKB, Pavillon de Rohan, 22570 Gouarec. Opening hours: 30 June from 11am - 6pm, otherwise from 2pm - 6pm (except Monday 2nd July). Entry free.


Saturday 30 June - Garden Opening and the Interesting Car Club Fête

This is going to be quite a day for Gouarec, with 150 interesting cars from far and wide on display. There will be numerous stands, sustenance with music and dance on the camping site to close the festivities. This coincides with the AIKB annual art exhibition and the opening of Marilyn’s garden. The town will no doubt be packed, so retreating to a quite spot in this glorious garden where you will find a tearoom and plant sale will come as a relief. And, be sure to visit our Art Exhibition and book sale.

  • Cars on display from 11am - 5pm
  • AIKB exhibition at the Pavillon will be open from 11am - 6pm.
  • Garden opening 2pm - 7pm, entrance fee 5€ for adults. Children under 12 free. Entry fees will benefit the Abbaye de Bon Repos.

Sunday 1 July - Garden Opening, Plant Sale and Afternoon Teas

Make the most of the tranquil garden after all the activities on Saturday, a chance to discover or rediscover the 8000 m2 of mixed borders, jardin d’eau, Japanese garden, topiary and much more. The garden is located along the canal in central Gouarec.

Garden opening 2pm - 7pm, entrance fee 5€ for adults. Children under 12 free. Entry fees will benefit the Abbaye de Bon Repos.


Monday 2 July - Garden Quiz and Cream Tea

Jon Chambers has put together a garden theme quiz. A suitable venue is the garden of the rue au Lin, Gouarec. Join us for a quiz with an original format followed by cream tea. Tables for teams of four will be made up on the afternoon, so come along even if you are solo.

In the garden, 16 rue au Lin, 22570 Gouarec at 3pm. Entry 5€. Cream tea extra.


Wednesday 4 July - Conference: Getting into the French System

Maggie will talk about approaches to integration into life in Brittany and will go through the most important steps that you need to take to get things in place administratively. This will be useful to members who have just arrived, to those who have been here a while, but are not sure they have understood the system or done everything necessary, and also to people who are considering moving to France on a permanent basis.

For members only. No charge. Please reserve, as numbers are limited. AIKB, 3 rue du Sénéchal, 22570 Gouarec. 10.30am to noon.


Friday 6 and Saturday 7 July - The Troupe Arléquin Summer Show

La Troupe Arléquin presents, in English, their summer show “Carry on at the Café” “Sketches au bistrot”. Join them for a fun-filled evening of comedy sketches interspersed with humorous poems, amusing music, and a wonderful assortment of customers coming in and out, creating a real "carry on" at the café!

Doors and bar open 30 minutes before curtain up, refreshments on sale. Salle de Théâtre, Collège Notre Dame, 4 rue St Gilles, 22570 Gouarec. Tickets 5€ adult / 3€ child in advance from AIKB (available from 21st May) or on the door (subject to availability). Book early to avoid disappointment!


Monday 9 July - A Day Trip to the Island of Molène

For the last couple of years we have organised trips to various islands along the Brittany coast, which have proved highly popular. One of the less well-known islands is Molène. Situated between the Conquet and Ouessant, it is the largest island in an archipelago and home to 141 staunch islanders, the proud guardians of their authentic culture.

Molène is an island like none other, constantly changing every hour, wherever you gaze. With the movement of the tides, small islands appear from nowhere, only to vanish. To the northwest of the island, white sandy beaches and a turquoise sea reminds you of the Pacific, but a short walk from there you could be in the Highlands with seals for company. There is a pedestrian island, with lots of footpaths. It has three restaurants. Take your time, make the best of the tranquility and the magnificent seascapes, breathe in the fresh sea air and relax.

To get to Molène, we have two very different options:

  • Take the Penn ar Bed Ferry from le Conquet which leaves at 9.45am (registration 45 minutes before departure) return at 5.30 pm (journey around 1 hour). The meal is not included in the price. Cost of the round-trip journey is 35€.
  • Board a small zodiac run by “Archipel Excursions” which also leaves from le Conquet (12 passengers per embarkation). This type of boat allows us to approach multiple islands and observe the dolphins, seals and sea birds close-up. It will moor for three hours on Molène so that you can visit the island and have lunch. This vessel is subject to strict health and safety regulations, so if you are interested we will provide all the information before taking your booking. Cost of the round-trip journey is 65€. This form of transport relies on suitable weather, and departure can only be confirmed 48 hrs in advance. If cancelled, it can be replaced by the Penn ar Bed Ferry (see above). Meal not included.
Because there is great demand, we need to confirm our reservation by the end of May and request that you please contact us as soon as possible. We will be asking for payment in advance. Meals are not included; you have the possibility of bringing your own picnic.

Thursday 12 July - Tour de France à Gouarec

Monsieur le Maire would like the British to be very visible when the Tour de France passes through the centre of Gouarec this year. He has reserved a pole position for AIKB in the centre of town opposite the Crédit Mutuel.

We shall have to decorate the platform they supply and put on some entertainment during the run up to the race. He is hoping that it will be visible from all the helicopters hovering overhead and send shots to televisions all over the world!

To manage this unique occasion and satisfy all concerned, members who help us decorate the platform will have priority for a place to view the race and cheer the cyclists.

We already have some musicians and need more ideas for entertainment.

We will be organizing a meeting to put all this in place, so please call Maggie at the AIKB to sign up.


Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August - AIKB Photography Club Annual Photographic Competition

Every year the photography club organizes a photographic competition, which is open to all. The theme this year is “Animals” and the entries will be judged by the public over the weekend of 18th and 19th August. After judging, all the photo entries will stay on show in an exhibition at the AIKB, 3 rue du Sénéchal, 22570 Gouarec, during opening hours until 7th September. In this age of smartphones, we are all photographers, so do have a go!

Entrants may submit up to 2 prints at a cost of €5 or 3 to 4 prints at a cost of €10, with a maximum of 4 prints per person. Entries will be accepted from 3rd July until 14th August inclusive and should be submitted to AIKB (as above). For full details and an entry form, please contact info@aikb.fr


Sunday 19 August - AIKB Kermesse

This popular annual event gives AIKB members a chance to meet each other and local residents. There is a lot to do for all the family. Browse around our many stalls, which include bric-a-brac and local artisans. There will be games and face-painting for the children and a bar for the grownups! Come and meet our clubs: Art, Photo and la Troupe Arlequin our theatre group. Stop in for a chat at the “Spotlight on Brittany” radio booth to find out what is going on. Relax at the AIKB café, a great choice of food on offer. Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets!

Please contact Maggie to reserve your stall for 5€ and pay in advance. Le Foirail, 22570 Gouarec. The grounds are in the centre of Gouarec near the Blavet, follow the signs. 11am – 5pm. Free entry and parking.


Tuesday 28 August - A floral workshop at Rosiers Anglais

Owen and Sue Cake own a nursey garden with a wide range of David Austin roses. Sue has generously offered to hold her popular floral workshop using cut flowers from the garden to make floral gift posies and table decorations. Sue always has plenty of homemade cakes to keep everyone going – also tips on cuttings and plant division and over wintering techniques.

Please reserve. Meet at the garden in Lostanien, direction Chapelle du Mur at Cleden Poher. 2.30pm. 8€.


Wednesday 5 September - Luxury Picnic chez les Cundy

John and Joan have been the custodians of land at 4 Kermilin for over thirteen years where, snow, storm, disease, uncontrolled growth, drought and beasties had taken their toll. Familiar you may say, you get the picture. However today, transformed over several years we’ll find … a calm rustic domain with … let’s say … much to see and enjoy: along with a story to tell and short walks and a very warm welcome from our hosts. We will provide our traditional luxury picnic with vegetarian options, including wine and coffee.

20€ per person, reservation only, with payment in advance. Please bring your own picnic table and chairs if possible. 4 Kermilin, 22110 Plouguernével.  Plouguernével is a large commune, Kermilin is situated between Rostrenen and Silfiac on the N764.


Tuesday 11 September - A talk: From legends to History and Archaeology

Jean-Claude Even is a historian, author of a book about Guinevere, Princess of Carhaix. Jean Claude will separate legend from fact. It is at the end of the Roman Empire and the Visigoths are the enemy. After winning the Battle of Carhaix, Léodagan gives a banquet for his people and allies, where the brave young King Arthur of Brittany meets and falls in love with Guinevere. As for Merlin, he travels to Bressilien, near Paule where he meets Viviane. Thanks to these encounters, the realm of Brittany was extended with the addition of west Amorica. Jean-Claude Even will give an illustrated talk in English with, when necessary, the help of a translator.

Salle Polyvalente, 22570 Gouarec. 2.30pm. Members 3€, Guests 5€.


Thursday 27 September - A visit to Les Forges les Salles

Les Forges des Salles, a proto-industrial wood-fuelled ironworks, was a hive of activity in the 18th and 19th century, and is well worth a visit today. Situated in the heart of the Quénécan forest, it was a self-contained community. The Forge Manager’s House is surrounded by worker’s cottages, various workshops and a school. We will also have the opportunity to discover some original accommodations that the current owners of Les Forges les Salles have built nearby. These include tree houses and holiday homes on stilts on the lake.

Meet at Forges des Salles, 22570 Perret, at 2.30pm. Guided tour in English. Members 6€50, Guests, 8€.