Sat June 3rd and Sun June 4th

As part of the national Rendez-vous aux jardins event, this “green break” is an annual celebration where you will be able to discover Noirlac’s natural environment with visits, an aromatic plants market, games and exhibits.
Not only that, but there will be concerts and shows throughout the weekend, a light show at the site on Saturday night and the possibility of eating on location.


Event in partnership
with the Cher Départemental Council


Download the event’s programme leaflet


Saint-Amand-Montrond Music School
Place: Abbey Gardens and Refectory
Saturday June 3rd, from 4pm to 6pm

Different ensembles from Saint-Amand-Montrond’s municipal music school will be accompanying you while you discover the premises.

HORIZON > Aerial Circus
Chloé Moglia – Rhizome Company
Place: gardens
Saturday June 3rd, 8pm

On her curved gym bar, 6 metres over our heads, Chloé Moglia moves gracefully. She remains in suspension for a while, exploring gravity and the infinite variations of what we know as the void.

X-Press Company – Abderzak Houmi
Place: Abbey and Gardens
Sunday June 4th, 3pm

A powerful choregraphic play which discusses current ecological concerns, performed by the X-Press Company – Abderzak Houmi and the amateur dancers of the Cher.

The Béla Quartet and the Taillerie (Trouy), Arçay and Meillant primary schools, Let’s Go Choir (Levet), Library (Dun-sur-Auron)
Place: Forecourt

Sunday June 4th, 4.30pm
After a ramble from Bourges to Noirlac, the Béla Quartet perform traditional songs from the world, accompanied by children and adults along the way.


BÉLA QUARTET > Concert Le long d’un méridien (Along a Meridian)
Place: Warming-house
Sunday June 4th, 5pm
Programme which blends Haydn, Volans and Edén.
In this concert, you will hear works from far away, from cold lands or hot climates. You may feel changed after this experience, as if you had really travelled from one Pole to the other … a journey or a maiden voyage!

LA TROUÉE > A tale
Compagnie Le Compost – Cécile Morelle
Place: Gardens
Sunday June 4th, 5pm

This one-woman-show, both tragic and comical at times, investigates the place of the body and the words of women in a rural environment.


Light show – Pyrotechnics
La Machine Company – Pierre de Mecquenem
Place: Gardens
Saturday June 3rd, 9.30pm – midnight

Braziers, stove huts, candles dressing the Abbey gardens with a thousand lights. Wander freely through the scenery, and let the poetry of the flames fill you with wonder.


Guided tours of the gardens
Saturday June 3rd & Sunday June 4th, 10.30am – 14.30am – 16.30am
With the gardens manager, wander through the different areas which comprise Noirlac Abbey’s gardens – designed by Gilles Clément. The gardens will reveal all their secrets, not only their plants but also how they fit into the historic site, and also how they are linked to the bocage and the Abbey’s current operations!


Twilight visit to the bocage farmland
Saturday June 3rd & Sunday June 4th, 7.30pm
A normal day in the bocage at an unusual time. This excursion takes place at the end of the day – you will discover the bocage farmland and the banks of the Cher and then return for dusk. This is the ideal moment to see the bocage both falling asleep and waking up, taking advantage of the cooler temperatures at the end of the day.  An outing between two moments of the day – or between “dog and wolf” as we say in French!


Saturday June 3rd & Sunday June 4th, 10.30am – 2.30pm – 4.30pm


Solve mysteries and discover which monk destroyed a famous magic potion which enabled time travel.


Place: West and North Cloister Galleries
Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th, 10am – 6.30pm

There will be a market with aromatic plants and plant-based products throughout the weekend, located in the cloister arcades.


Place: Warming-House
Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th, 10am – 6.30pm
Come and draw the Abbey Cloister gardens in the third edition of the sketching competition.
A prize will be awarded to the top three candidates in each category (Under 10s /11-17s /over 18s).


Place: Under the walnut tree
Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th, 10am – 6.30pm
The Little Gardens is the result of creative work between generations around the theme of music.

Leaders: CPIE Brenne-Berry / Benjamin Payet, Noirlac Nature Guide
Participants : Centre Social le Loccal, Multi-accueil Douce Chaume, Relais Petite Enfance, Halte-garderie du Vernet, le Secours Catholique, le CASA, Association Service Emplois Familiaux, Multi accueil Jacques Barry, Institut Médico Éducatif, EHPAD Croix Duchet (Saint-Amand-Montrond), ESAT Le Bergerat (Vesdun), Centre médicopsychologique d’Orval, Espace de Vie Sociale (Levet), la Crèche des Gabignons, Le Relais (Marçais), Ecole maternelle de Châteaumeillant et les services de la municipalité.
Support from the Centre Val-de-Loire Regional Council via the green contract

Place: Monks’ Rooms
Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th, 10am – 6.30pm

The landscape is to see and hear. See poems as walks around literature. The encounter with the places sometimes takes the shape of a Haiku, or at times the shape of finely chiselled prose. Students, with the help of the author Tanguy Viel, have transformed their impressions of landscapes on a semantic journey. Through this aural and visual exhibit, you will be able to relive the exploration of the countryside with poetry.

Artists : Tanguy Viel (author), Anne Trémolières (vocals), Christelle Fort (visuals), Jean-Christophe Désert (sound creation)
Participants: Year 11 students at the Lycée Sainte Solange, Châteauroux
Part of the “Aux Arts Lycéens et Apprentis !” project


Place: Cellar
Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th, 2pm – 6pm
Baby and Early Learning area, building, assembly and  activity games, rules based and board games for children, teenagers and adults, giant wooden games, strategy games …


Place: Cloister
Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th, 2pm – 6pm

Throughout the weekend, the Sensitive Natural Spaces and the Cœur de France Tourist Office will be on hand in the cloister to answer your questions about nature excursions in the département, and events and sites to discover in the area.

Useful information

Refreshments and food available on site


Free For All

Call 02 48 62 01 01 for information