The first mention of Parthenay is recorded in a manuscript 'Le Conventum' preserved in the National Library of France, which proves that the Chateau in the town existed arund 1012.
So the town decided to celebrate this anniversary by putting on a series of events throughout the year, including La Milléscénie, a weekend of celebrations involving hundreds of local people, both performing and behind the scenes.
Le Grand Spectacle Nocturne will tell the story of Parthenay throughout the centuries, all performed below the Chateau beside the River Thouet, finishing with a firework display.
Date - 6, 7 & 8th July 2012
Entry is 15 euros, 10 euros /16s, free u/7s.
On sale in LeClerc and Hypor U supermarkets, tourist office,
For more information, check out the website or pick up a leaflet from the Tourist Office, which gives details of all the events throughout the year.