Turenne's crazy week

Published on April 5, 2024 by Nicolas Thalman

1650-2023... After 374 years of waiting, come and take part in the third!

The owner of the Château de Turenne draws inspiration from the history of the village and in particular from a very festive period in its history (1650) to offer activities celebrating memorable festivals.

The festivities will take place May 18, 19 and 20, 2024.

What is Turenne's crazy week? 

In May 1650 the rebellion raged in France. The great lords of the kingdom revolted against Mazarin and the regent Anne of Austria. The Prince of Condé, his brother and his brother-in-law are imprisoned by Mazarin at the Château de Vincennes.

Condé's wife, escorted by 2000 men, decides to go to Bordeaux to rally the parliament to her cause and raise an army. On the way they are welcomed in Turenne by Frédéric Maurice, Duke of Bouillon, brother of the great Turenne and ardent rebel.

For a week, while all the preparations to descend on Bordeaux without difficulty are put in place, the town of Turenne comes alive with the festivities offered to the great people of the kingdom.

The viscounty capital has not experienced such splendor since that date.

The story suggests that it will take several years for the Viscounty to recover from the expenses caused by what is today known as the Mad Week of Turenne.

Crazy week program 2024 version

May 18: 

  • 16 p.m. to 18 p.m .: Venetian Parade in the castle garden.
  • From 18h: a dancing parties frenzied Silent Party ! DJ Tom Parris, from London, mixes for the viscomtins. Wireless headsets available.

May 19: 

  • From 12h: medieval banquet. Reserve your table for the first lunch in the sky of the season!
  • 14h-17h: Renaissance parade. Discover this shimmering era of noble ladies and handsome gentlemen.

May 20: 

  • Regional Trades and Crafts Day. Discover the activities on the site. 

More information on the website Turenne castle

View of the tower of Turenne castle from the gardens

Practical information on Turenne

Guided tours of the village: 

Brive Tourisme offers you a visit to the village of Turenne for the Semaine Folle Sunday May 19 at 10 a.m.

  • Prices: €5 (€2 for 50-6 year olds). Reservations recommended.
  • Duration: 1h30
  • Information service.accueil@brive-tourisme.com

New address to eat: The Gargoyle of Turenne

Located at the foot of the Château de Turenne, in the heart of the village and in a simple, authentic and welcoming setting, the gargoyle offers you homemade dishes and tapas with quality local products.
You can also taste organic and natural wines, craft beers, homemade iced tea and organic apple juice and cider from small producers.
A pretty terrace with around thirty seats is covered and shaded. 
The gargoyle also offers the sale of drinks, sandwiches and pastries to take away, as well as ice creams in summer.