Magellan PR is pleased to announce that we have been chosen to handle the UK public relations outreach for Brittany Tourism for 2019 whilst Celine Badde the in-house PR & marketing manager, is on maternity leave. Our focus for 2019 is on Slow Tourism, and this includes culture and heritage, food and drink, nature and the seaside.
For individual press visits, we are particularly looking for feature coverage opportunities in the major national newspapers and lifestyle magazines both on and off line. All other day-to-day enquiries, digital influencer requests and marketing queries should go to Florence Gaulupeau and Heather Pryor – the English-speaking team in Rennes.
2019 Artistic & Cultural Calendar: EVENTS IN BRITTANY
27th – 28th April 2019 – Fête de la Coquille St-Jacques, Paimpol – Celebrate the end of the scallop fishing season with the sailors who fish for them.
2nd – 4th August 2019 – Festival du Chant du Marin, Paimpol (Sea Shanty Festival) – see the traditional sailing ships call into Paimpol harbour and listen to the sea shanties sung by the sailors alongside international stars.
21st June – 29th September 2019 – The Last Impressionists, Musée des Beaux Arts, Quimper – dedicated to The New Society of Painters and Sculptors (1900 – 1922) – one of the most famous artists’ brotherhoods in French and European art.
31st July and 2nd, 3rd 5th, 7th, 9th and 10th August 2019 – Sound and Vision Historic Show, Bon-Repos Abbey, Saint Gelven – Recently in ruins, the 12th century abbey has risen from the ashes and forms a beautiful backdrop to a remarkable sound and light show that has taken place every summer for the past 30 years. Prices €18 per adult / €10 per child.
9th – 11th August 2019 – Lorient Interceltic Festival – The cream of Celtic music can be found here each year with 200 events and shows and 5000 performers on the bill.
25th – 29th September 2019 – Dinard Film Festival, Dinard – Some of the biggest names in British and French cinema come to Dinard for The British Film Festival which has Hitchcock as a mascot.
4th – 8th December 2019 – Les Transmusicales, Rennes – A leading light of the modern music scene, every winter for the last 40 years, the Transmusicales festival in Rennes has given us a taste of the musical trends of tomorrow.
New places to stay with upscale credentials – include:
- A Michelin starred chef at the Château de Boisgelin – Mathieu Kergourlay and his wife Marine have taken over the reins at the Château de Boisgelin restaurant-hotel in Pléhédel. From €69 per night for two people
- A New Life for the Château du Nessay in Saint-Briac-Sur-Mer – an elegant 19th century building, once a family home, has been transformed into a hotel restaurant with sea views. From €170 per night for two people
- The Manor de Kerbot, a delightful “Longère” house on the Rhuys Peninsula – Simple and elegant decor in a renovated “longère” farmhouse. From €100 per night for two people
Explore Brittany’s Côte des Jardins European Garden Route – Follow an enchanting itinerary through the 11 most beautiful gardens in Brittany from English romanticism and formal French elegance to mazes and unusual flower gardens.
Sample cheeses on the farm in Suscinio – meet the Breton Pie Noire cows being milked, see how the cheese is made and then enjoy a “taste of the farm” at the “Pie Noir Café”.
Head in the clouds – Scandi-chic glamping with a river view at the Pertuis de Rofo, a Nordic Lodge. It’s not just a cabin, it’s a small house with 37 square metres of floor space, perched eight metres high, overlooking the beautiful Vilane Valley in Southern Brittany. Entrance via footbridge. From €195 per night b/b for up to three people February – September.
Walk the GR®34 to explore Brittany at her best – The GR®34 runs for more than 1,800 km along the entire Breton coastline, featuring stunning views over the sea.
Island Hopping – Visit one of the ten islands off the Brittany Coast with all enjoying different landscapes, stories and strong identities. Go for a three day sailing cruise to discover three islands or a six day cruise to discover five islands with Bretagne Croisières– a 15 metre sailing yacht with a cabin and private bathroom. From €402 per person, all inclusive.
Go retro with a Belle-Ile Camper Van – discover Belle-Ile Island in a refurbished classic vehicle – complete with bedding, towels, gas, sink, fridge, 220v – all the usual dishes and even a coffee maker and toaster. From €400 for a three-day/two night hire.
A Breton Spice route – The French East India Company was set up on the Ballet estuary in Southern Brittany to develop trade with Asia. Port-Louis and the town of Lorient acted as transit points not just for spices but for the tea, fabrics, silk and porcelain that made the fortune of the East India Company. The Breton chef and Asian globetrotter, Didier Corlou, is said to have a “nose for spices” and has started marketing his spices in France. The globe-trotting spice enthusiast Christophe Lemaire has set up retro-look stores under “La Cale aux épices” brand with apothecary-style counters in Paimpol, Vannes and soon Rennes. He sells 20 of his curry compositions as well as 30 or so marinade blends and around 80 peppers and berries – sourced all over the world. The famous Breton chef,Olivier Roellinger, has set a gold standard for spices and sells his personally sourced spices from stores at Cancale, Saint-Malo, Paris and on his website. Two of his most recent creations are a Cajun powder and a Breton gomasio.
A unique megalithic heritage – Southern Brittany is home to an invaluable treasure – the largest concentration of megalithic sites in the world with the centrepiece undoubtedly being the standing stones of Carnac.
The power of seaweed – Europe’s largest concentration of seaweed is found around Roscoff with more than 800 different species including 12 designated as edible. Visit the Algoplus Company, founded in 1993, for a guided tour of their factory and learn about seaweed gathering and processing.
A tour of the shipyards – Visit the port of Saint-Nazaire where the legendary Normandie and France, Queen Mary 2 and Harmony of the Seas were built. On a tour of the shipyards, you’ll see the gigantic gantry crane win action lifting ship sections as big as apartment buildings!
These are just a few feature ideas from Brittany Tourism. Go to the Brittany website to download the 2019 press kit and to register for their photo-library.
Notes To Editors:
Brittany, France’s most north-westerly region, lies just a short distance across the Channel and is one of France’s most popular tourist destinations, with over 700 miles of rugged coastline, sandy beaches, bays and inlets.
Enjoying strong cultural and historical links with Great Britain, further inland, there’s beautiful countryside, historic medieval towns and charming little villages to be discovered and explored. At Morbihan, there’s also the world’s largest concentration of megalithic sites all in one place. Access is easy via the car and the ferry or by plane and the train. Find out more at www.brittanytourism.com.
Five things you might not know about Brittany:
- It has over 700 miles of rugged coastline, sandy beaches, bays and inlets and is France’s largest peninsula.
- Breton is a Celtic language derived from the historical common Brittonic language and is closely related to Cornish and Welsh.
- Brittany features the world’s largest concentration of megalithic sites all in one place.
- The region enjoys a large quantity of medieval buildings including numerous Romanesque and French Gothic churches and half-timbered houses. Many towns still have their medieval walls.
- The fictional Asterix comics, set in the time of Julius Caesar, are located in Armorica, now Brittany