festival in summer

Summer in the Ardennes

Summer in the Ardennes

The Ardennes are splendid in high summer when the weather is sunny and hot. The river waters and forest refresh hikers, walkers and cyclists and foodies can enjoy luscious summer fruit and scents, then the produce of the harvest. And the summer sees many festivals, such as the firework displays on St John’s Day. Finally, most of us get a chance to relax and get away from it all on a summer holiday.

Gaume wheat

Coping with hot summer days and warm summer evenings

The Ardennes are a veritable ocean of greenery, through which snake silver rivers and lakes. As the temperature rises, the Ardennes refresh and enchant visitors with delicious shady forests and cooling lakes and rivers. In the evenings, there are many festivals and events to enjoy, featuring ancient and modern music, puppets, theatre plays and street performances: outdoor stages are set up in many towns and villages. The Ardennes celebrate all cultures in the summer.

Endless days

Every village and town takes advantage of the longer days and warmer weather to hold jumble sales, flea markets or events celebrating local crafts and gastronomic specialities. Enjoying good food and drink is a pleasure when they are as delicious as our local speciality beers, cheeses and cooked meats! We fill our stomachs and quench our thirst. There are endless recipes to ensure we never go hungry and endless beaches and riverbanks where we can have fun with friends and family.

Good time with friends
Festival esperanz'ah
Music Festival Torgny

The people of the Ardennes are imaginative and know how to enjoy themselves, so why not take their advice? Press ‘pause’ and breathe…

Let summer overhelm you !

Summer bathing

A variety of pleasures

To create an enjoyable holiday for all your family, why not try the following ideas?



  • Some gentle sport or exercise messing about in a canoe on the river or going on a shady forest walk or cycle-ride, or swimming in a lake (L'Eau d'Heure, Vieilles-Forges, Haute-Sûre, etc.).
  • Indoor activities (benefitting from air-conditioning) in our towns and cities that are synonymous with culture, shopping, and gastronomy (Charleville-Mézières, Sedan, Liège, Bouillon, Dinant, Namur, etc.).
  • Enjoy the shade of the forest with a guide at Boult-aux-Bois, with a camera at Saint-Hubert or with binoculars in the Anlier Forest Nature Park.
  • Relax and explore our ‘most beautiful villages’ to enjoy all they have to offer (Durbuy, Monthermé, Vianden, etc.).
Gaume - wall covered with flowers
DInant - Sax