Next edition of Transhumance on Sunday May 19, 2024. Information to come.

The Transhumance Festival is a festive event, discovering the life of our villages and their traditions! To the sound of the brass band, around fifty decorated cows and their attendants in period costume will leave to reach the communal marsh. What if you follow them?

Where does the Transhumance of the Vallée du Curé come from?

Imagine that most meadows are flooded in winter in the Marais Poitevin. During the French Revolution, these communal marshes became the property of the communes, which made them available to breeders in the area. Thus, at the beginning of the 60th century, there were no less than 6000 communal marshes, over more than 20 hectares! Today, there are just under 38 communal marshes, including 55 hectares at Gué d'Alleré, and XNUMX hectares at Saint Sauveur d'Aunis.

Towards the end of April, the breeders drive their herds to the communal marshes, in return for a tax per animal; it is transhumance. The animals then stay for several months in these green meadows. Today is the occasion for a traditional festival in our villages!


Transhumance: Sunday May 15, 2022

The Transhumance of the Vallée du Curé is a traditional festival in the Marais Poitevin: walk with around fifty decorated cows and their attendants in period costume and many activities.

Departure point in Saint Sauveur d'Aunis:
Roundabout – Haras de Beaux Vallons

The Transhumance program in detail

Sunday, May 15, 2022

9:30 a.m.: departure of cattle accompanied by walkers, horses with decorated chariots, old tractors… to reach the marsh of Saint Sauveur (7 km).

13 p.m.: Restoration under tivoli of traditional dishes with fresh local products (local meals: plate of charcuterie, rillettes, Piedmontese, rib steaks and grilled meats, farmhouse cheeses and tarts for €22 / access to the event included – reservation required on 05 46 68 22 05 or 06 63 51 69 07).

15 p.m. and 17 p.m.: horse shows


  • Access to the event (exhibitions and shows): €6
  • Access to the event (exhibitions and shows) + local meal: €22

Entertainment program:

  • Brass band in the middle of the village (with Surdo Rei et Efournigeas) and stop at the retirement home in music
  • Blessing of Transhumance by the parish priest
  • Exhibition of agricultural equipment
  • Exhibition of old tractors, hitches and vintage cars
  • Straw games for children
  • Snack bar and fast food
  • Shuttles with the town and carpool parking
  • Horse shows

Back in video on the 2019 edition

Need more information ?

For any information and for meal reservations: 05 46 68 22 05 – 06 74 51 13 59

Also do not hesitate to contact us, We are at your disposal !

By phone: +05 46 01 12 10 XNUMX (french speakers)

By email:

or one of our reception desks:

5 rue Bersot in Surgères

1 place Cognacq in Marans

Where does the Transhumance of the Vallée du Curé start from?

The start of the Transhumance will be at the roundabout opposite the Beaux Vallons stud farm, just after the carpooling area of ​​Saint Sauveur d'Aunis:

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