Here are the events for this year, not only those of the ESU Loire Valley, but other associations too. We have everything from quizzes to hog roasts.

Congratulations to Yolande Powell for the first and third placed pictures in the January photographic competition for her photos “The castle in Autumn” and “Sunset over the Loire”, and to Jean-Paul  Paitreault for his photo of the Voiliers at Le Thoureil, which was placed second.

Hope to see you soon.

Full details will be circulated when they are available, but below are some provisional dates for your diary. 

July 2024

Afternoon cruise on the Mayenne aboard “l’Hirondelle”

Venue: Grez-Neuville, car park of the Mairie, 1 Rue du Port, 49220, Grez-Neuville – see Google maps.

Date: 20 July 

Time: 14h30

Cost: 26€ for members, 30€ for non-members


The boat trip will depart from Grez-Neuville and will give 2 hours of relaxed cruising on the river Mayenne, passing through the lovely Anjou countryside.


During the cruise, the captain will highlight hitherto unknown and hidden treasures along the riverside.

Whilst enjoying a glass of Crémant and some nibbles we can admire the scenery and enjoy the company of other members and friends.

Please arrive in good time as boarding will take place at 2.45pm for a prompt 3pm departure

Please note that this event does not include a meal. If you wish to eat before the cruise, there are several good restaurants nearby, See the suggestions below:


Restaurant « L’Ecluse » – French cuisine 20-40 €. 02 41 27 13 08

« L’Ardoise » Menu 20€. 02 41 95 37 87


 8 Minutes from Grez-Neuville

« La Guingette de Pruille » – French cuisine – mid week 14.99€, but likely to be more at weekends, 02 41 25 04 16

« Auberge de la Fontaine » – French cuisine 14.99€ -23€, 02 41 32 99 76

Le Lion d’Angers

14 Minutes from Grez-Neuville

« Comme La Maison »- French Bistro – supposedly good value for money. 02 53 57 59 33  

« L’ Authentique » – French/European cuisine. 20-35€. 02 41 27 32 46

Application forms have been circulated.

Please ensure these are returned before Monday 15 July

August 2024


Venue: The home of Simon and Jackie

Date: Sunday 25 August 

Time: TBA

Cost: TBA

This is always an extremely popular event. Full details are TBA.

September 2024

Treasure hunt

Venue: TBA

Date: TBA 

Time: TBA

Details TBA

October 2024

Visit to Plantagenet Plants

Venue: Plantagenet Plants, Argentay, near Doué la Fontaine

Date: Either 12 or 19 October 

Time: TBA

Details TBA