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Moutonnades

Tradition and relaxation are celebrated every year in Bénévent l’Abbaye. The Moutonnades is the friendly, festive summer event of your holidays in the Creuse.

Contact : 

Pays des Eaux Vives Tourist Office
2 Rue de la Fontaine
23210 BENEVENT L'ABBAYE
Tél : 05 55 62 68 35
ot-eaux.vives@wanadoo.fr
www.inspirez-vos-vacances-en-creuse.fr

Revisited tradition in the Creuse

In the early 20th century, Bénévent l’Abbaye, a small Creuse town in the Limousin, specialised in the trade of slaughtered animals, especially sheep. It’s this activity that gave the village its wealth and fame.

If this activity no longer exists, part of this heritage is found in the “Moutonnades Bénéventines”, that honours sheep in both events and local specialities: the “frivolités bénéventines” (‘lamb fries’).

Friendship and encounters

For three days, visitors become acquainted with the skills around sheep and goat farming. The highlight of this event: the night migration between Marsac and Bénévent l’Abbaye. Spectators get dressed in a shepherd costume for a few hours. Then, the evening ends with the heat of summer under the stars or in a barn with a storytelling session.

Since the event is intended for as many people as possible, shows for every age group are scheduled throughout the duration of the festivities. Concerts, plays and storytelling mark this vibrant event.