Events and Activities 2019

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  • July 2019

  • Tuesday 16 July

  • Astronomical events

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first steps on the moon: Discover space, the stars and the sun with very high-performance equipment, as if you were on board a spaceship! Daytime and evening workshops will be available free of charge.

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Water rocket workshop

    Come and create your own rocket and fire it over the moon, without getting wet!
    Open to all
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Kids' Show: The fairy tale friends

    Maurice and Lucien find themselves in front of a group of children who have lost their parents, they have 60 minutes to cheer them up using ghosts, love, monsters and their own unique versions of well-known fairy tales. A show of fairy tales, songs, mimes and puppets. From 4 years old
    Meet in the square in front of Vars les Claux Tourist Office

  • Wednesday 17 July

  • Outdoor mountain film projection

    Enjoy nature and mountain-inspired films on giant screens! It’s a real feast for the eyes and the soul, under a starry sky.
    This evening mustn’t be missed!
    Meet at the Petanque court, Vars Saint Marcellin

  • Thursday 18 July

  • Sketched heritage

    Watercolourist Sophie Doat Salles takes you on a journey, sketching the heritage of the villages of Vars. With her advice and experience in drawing, you will discover the historic wealth of the hamlets of Saint Marcellin, Sainte Marie and Sainte Catherine, or view them in a new way. Whether you are a beginner or have more experience, discover an original experience, combining walking and drawing. Don't forget your pencils, brushes and pens...
    Free activity open to families (children aged 10 and over accompanied by an adult, 8 people maximum)
    Make a reservation with Sophie Doat Salles on +33 (0)6 82 74 66 14
    Come to the Tourist Office at Vars Sainte Marie

  • Fête du pain (bread celebration) and tour of the villages

    Demonstration of the communal oven.
    Workshops and events for children, come and shape and bake your bread in the communal oven, take a tour of the village. The day will end with a show
    Meet at the Four Banal, communal oven, Vars Sainte Catherine

  • Village visit

    Set off and explore the Vars village and the charm of Vars Sainte Catherine with the Vars au fil du temps association.
    Meet at the Four Banal, communal oven, Vars Sainte Catherine

  • Debout là-dedans! (Get up in there!)

    For these two fully-loaded hikers, it’s time to take a break at the Belle Etoile campsite. Carry the burden, set the scene, unpack, sort out the water bottle, clean the dishes... and then finally relax!
    In theory it sounds simple, but they quickly make a mountain out of setting up camp... one of them is unhappy with the way the other has decided to pitch their tent...
    Meet at the Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Friday 19 July

  • Local specialities of the Southern Alps and Artisans sans Vitrine (craftspeople without windows)

    Come and (re)discover the flavours of our mountains and the beautiful creations of our local craftspeople.
    Meeting point, Point Show, Vars les Claux

  • Tournoi de Molkky

    Come and try your hand at Molkky, a Finnish bowling game, in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Zumba

    Keep in shape during your holiday. It’s a good idea to take a bottle of water.
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Saturday 20 July

  • Polyphonic singing course

    Under the direction of Jean François Sénart, the ‘Polyphonie entre ciel et sommets’ [Polyphony between heaven and peaks] focuses on Mozart’s Requiem.
    For information and registration, contact Chantal de Zeeuw: +33 (0)6 63 30 94 95 or chantal.dezeeuw@free.fr

  • Sunday 21 July

  • Exhibition of works by Vars artists and craftsmen

    The tenth edition of the exhibition of Vars artists and craftspeople is being held at the Saint Marcellin temple from 4pm to 6pm. Free entry

  • Welcome drinks

    The presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Chartreuse sun and orange juice included
    Come to the Tourist Office, Vars les Claux

  • Organ concert

    Capucine Payan, Kapellmeister in Sulzbach, Germany.
    Admission: €10 Free for children under 12
    Meet at the Ecumenical centre, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Tuesday 23 July

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Vars en fête - Party time in Vars

    A pleasant moment to enjoy at the heart of Saint Mercellin, house sale, entertainment

  • Water rocket workshop

    Come and create your own rocket and fire it over the moon, without getting wet!
    Open to all
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Kids' Show: The mystery of the mountain pastures

    Anna and Raoul live high up in the mountains. They are married but are complete opposites. She is gentle and clever. Raoul is lazy and annoying. The young woman has to live with her husband’s grotesque ideas. But the couple’s life is about to change when they discover a strange cave. Funny and worrying things start to happen. Will it be Anna or Raoul who benefit from the strange happenings coming from the depths?
    Meet at Saint Marcellin

  • Lotto

    Wishing you all the best! Lots of prizes to be won, donated by resort partners and businesses.
    Open to everyone
    Meet at Salle Eyssina, Vars les Claux Tourist Office

  • Wednesday 24 July

  • Pétanque

    Come and play a few games of the summer sport of kings
    Meet Point Show Vars les Claux

  • Thursday 25 July

  • Tour de France

    Stage 18 comes along the Col de Vars: 207 km between Embrun and Valloire.
    Cyclists will face the average slope of 9% head on and will all want to reach the summit first.

  • Sketched heritage

    Watercolourist Sophie Doat Salles takes you on a journey, sketching the heritage of the villages of Vars. With her advice and experience in drawing, you will discover the historic wealth of the hamlets of Saint Marcellin, Sainte Marie and Sainte Catherine, or view them in a new way. Whether you are a beginner or have more experience, discover an original experience, combining walking and drawing. Don't forget your pencils, brushes and pens...
    Free activity open to families (children aged 10 and over accompanied by an adult, 8 people maximum)
    Make a reservation with Sophie Doat Salles on +33 (0)6 82 74 66 14
    Come to the Tourist Office at Vars Sainte Marie

  • Friday 26 July

  • Zumba

    Keep in shape during your holiday. It’s a good idea to take a bottle of water.
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Organ concert

    Organ concert Chantal de Zeeuw
    Free entry
    Meet at the Ecumenical centre, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Saturday 27 July

  • Vars Mountain Trail

    The Vars Mountain Trail this year offers five races over two days, thus allowing you to enjoy the resort’s most beautiful paths and vary your trails.
    In a friendly sporting atmosphere, while respecting the values of the mountain, the Vars Mountain Trail offers a great diversity of landscapes with numerous paths along the crests. Sky-running, as the experts call it! Children aged between 7 and 17 will have their own trail, in the form of an introduction to the biathlon.

  • Sunday 28 July

  • Local specialities of the Southern Alps and Artisans sans Vitrine (craftspeople without windows)

    Come and (re)discover the flavours of our mountains and the beautiful creations of our local craftspeople.
    Meet at the Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Welcome drinks

    The presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Chartreuse sun and orange juice included
    Come to the Tourist Office, Vars les Claux

  • Tuesday 30 July

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Kids’ Show/ Guluk the frog who wants to be a singer

    A frog who wants to be a singer and will do everything she can to make her dream come true. With the help of her friend Lune, she will see that deep down inside is where we find our true nature!
    A show about standards, labels and differences!
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • August 2019

  • Thursday 01 August

  • La rencontre (the meeting)

    Opposites in every way: Their lifestyle, their background, their physical appearance, their world, their age, however... It is their destiny!
    Madame Janine and Billy-Berclau are going to meet each other... At the bus stop!
    A Theatre-music-burlesque show where laughter, music, emotion and two lives are closely intertwined. * Meet at Place de la Mairie, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Painters in the villages

    Dive in, try out your talents as an artist or watercolourist near the village of Claux and not far from the Col de Vars, with advice from the artists at the exhibition.
    Meet in front of the Vars les Claux Tourist Office for the organised car-shares. Bring your own picnic.
    Sign up at the Vars Saint Marcellin temple on 30th and 31st July between 4pm and 6pm or with Maurice Brochec: +33 (0)6.20.18.51.83

  • Friday 02 August

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Five of the finest classical music concerts including a classic jazz concert.
    In the Salle Chastan, with its excellent acoustics and human scale, experts, enthusiasts and the newly-converted will be close to the performers.

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Piano recital
    Fiona Mato
    Schubert, Schumann, Ravel
    Admission: €10 Free for children under 12
    Meet at Maison Chastan, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Saturday 03 August

  • Organ course

    Under the direction of Chantal de Zeeuw.
    For information and registration, contact Chantal de Zeeuw: +33 (0)6 63 30 94 95 or chantal.dezeeuw@free.fr

  • Sunday 04 August

  • Welcome drinks

    The presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Chartreuse sun and orange juice included
    Come to the Tourist Office, Vars les Claux

  • Organ presentation and display

    During the week long organ course, the students and their teacher, Chantal de Zeeuw, offer you a presentation and display of the newly installed organ.
    Free entry
    Meet at the Ecumenical centre, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Tuesday 06 August

  • Art and expression

    Come and participate in the free workshops, available for everyone, to discover the different forms of artistic expression during your holiday in the mountains.
    Come and try these activities, they will take you out of your comfort zone, to awaken the artist in you thanks to the passionate professionals who will give you everything you need to flourish.
    - 1 music workshop with the group “les têtes de linettes”, followed by a concert where this loveable group will show you their talent in a poetic, yet original way
    - 1 writing workshop to awaken the writer in you.
    - 1 body expression workshop (theatre, circus or puppets) where you will discover how to captivate the audience with your sense of showbusiness! The group who organises this workshop will give you a show of their own work at the end of the day.

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Kids' Show: Cartoonheros

    The Cartoonheros live in a world of paper, kraft and cardboard. One day while they are working in an origami factory, they come across a material they’ve never seen before and it takes over them. Will our two cardboard heroes overcome their fear of the unknown and beat this new material?
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Chamber Music
    Lucie Arnal, cello
    Benjamin d'Anfray, piano
    Beethoven, Brahms
    Admission: €10 Free for children under 12
    Meet at Maison Chastan, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Wednesday 07 August

  • Outdoor mountain film projection

    Enjoy nature and mountain-inspired films on giant screens! It’s a real feast for the eyes and the soul, under a starry sky.
    This evening mustn’t be missed!
    Meet at the primary school, Vars Sainte Catherine

  • Vars bowls week

    Every day, a pétanque competition is organised, which culminates in the Dédé challenge during the heritage festival.

  • Thursday 08 August

  • Sketched heritage

    Watercolourist Sophie Doat Salles takes you on a journey, sketching the heritage of the villages of Vars. With her advice and experience in drawing, you will discover the historic wealth of the hamlets of Saint Marcellin, Sainte Marie and Sainte Catherine, or view them in a new way. Whether you are a beginner or have more experience, discover an original experience, combining walking and drawing. Don't forget your pencils, brushes and pens...
    Free activity open to families (children aged 10 and over accompanied by an adult, 8 people maximum)
    Make a reservation with Sophie Doat Salles on +33 (0)6 82 74 66 14
    Come to the Tourist Office at Vars Sainte Marie

  • Les Têtes de Linettes

    A feminine trio with a myriad of skills (Song, music, theatre, clown, dance).
    A combination of the Joyeux Urbains and the Wriggles, with a touch of the Triplettes de Belleville, Camille and Barbara.
    Les Têtes de Linettes are senstive and elegant, absurd and energetic. Their concert-shows are different every time and win the hearts of everyone. For a soothing moment, with a touch of crazy, music and suitable for families
    Meet at the Place de la Mairie, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Friday 09 August

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Piano Four Hands
    Duo Eclypse, Marroussia
    Gentet and Antoine Mourlas
    Schubert, Khatchatourian
    Dvorak, Debussy
    €10 admission on the door, Free for children under 12
    Meet at Maison Chastan, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Sunday 11 August

  • Local specialities of the Southern Alps and Artisans sans Vitrine (craftspeople without windows)

    Come and (re)discover the flavours of our mountains and the beautiful creations of our local craftspeople.
    Meet at the Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Welcome drinks

    The presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Chartreuse Soleil cocktail and orange juice included

  • Organ concert

    David Sénéquier, organist at the collegiate church of Saint Laurent de Salon de Provence
    Admission: €10 Free for children under 12
    Meet at the Ecumenical centre, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Tuesday 13 August

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Kids' Show: Allumettes

    It all begins in the street, a brick wall, a little girl is barefoot and selling matches.
    It is cold, there’s a magical storm and objects start to fall from the sky.
    Allumette is going to turn this night into a charitable uprising against poverty.
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Piano recital
    Alexandre Chenorkian
    Chopin
    €10 admission on the door, Free for children under 12
    Meet at Maison Chastan, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Wednesday 14 August

  • Bread making

    Demonstration of the communal oven and foot pedal ride for children.
    Vars Sainte Catherine

  • Thursday 15 August

  • Heritage Festival

    All the residents and holidaymakers are invited to share in a beautiful village festival, with the traditional mountain welcome with entertainment and discovery workshops. The village is transformed into a real show scene to celebrate the patron saint: procession and mass followed by an aperitif, bowls competition, fête, entertainment and local craftspeople, mini farm, crouseton making workshop, car boot, games library, village visits, dance, fireworks...

  • Le Thé (The tea)

    Two women get together to make tea. More than just a habit, the women indulge in a well-oiled ceremonious ritual. This time though, things are not going to plan. They have some minor accidents which force them out of their routine.
    Meet in Vars Sainte Marie

  • Sketched heritage

    Watercolourist Sophie Doat Salles takes you on a journey, sketching the heritage of the villages of Vars. With her advice and experience in drawing, you will discover the historic wealth of the hamlets of Saint Marcellin, Sainte Marie and Sainte Catherine, or view them in a new way. Whether you are a beginner or have more experience, discover an original experience, combining walking and drawing. Don't forget your pencils, brushes and pens...
    Free activity open to families (children aged 10 and over accompanied by an adult, 8 people maximum)
    Make a reservation with Sophie Doat Salles on +33 (0)6 82 74 66 14
    Come to the Tourist Office at Vars Sainte Marie

  • Friday 16 August

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Jazz
    YannickLestra, piano
    Estéban Pinto Gondim, saxophone
    Revamped jazz standards, original compositions and improvisations
    €10 admission on the door, Free for children under 12
    Meet at Maison Chastan, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Saturday 17 August

  • Golf Open

    Opportunity for an encounter at the 9-hole golf course at Bois Chenu, competition open to all members.

  • Sunday 18 August

  • Welcome drinks

    The presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Chartreuse Soleil cocktail and orange juice included

  • Organ concert

    When he was a student at the Conservatoire National de Région in Paris, Emmanuel Duperrey had 2 dreams, to play in a concert at the Notre Dame de Paris and at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London. This first dream came true in 2004, and the second in 2018: it’s all about patience and perseverance!
    Admission: €10 Free for children under 12
    Meet at the Ecumenical centre, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Monday 19 August

  • Reserved pass

    The upper part of the Col de Vars is reserved for cyclists: a unique opportunity to enjoy a road entirely dedicated to cyclists. From the peak of the Vars les Claux resort to Saint Paul sur Ubaye (La Sauvage brasserie), the road will be closed to motor vehicles.

  • Tuesday 20 August

  • Astronomical events

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first steps on the moon: Discover space, the stars and the sun with very high-performance equipment, as if you were on board a spaceship! Daytime and evening workshops will be available free of charge.

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Astronomical events

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first steps on the moon: Discover space, the stars and the sun with very high-performance equipment, as if you were on board a spaceship! Daytime and evening workshops will be available free of charge.

  • Astronomical events

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first steps on the moon: Discover space, the stars and the sun with very high-performance equipment, as if you were on board a spaceship! Daytime and evening workshops will be available free of charge.

  • Kids' Show: T'ar ta gomme

    When clowns go back through our childhood memories and decide to go back to school, they will have to overcome obstacles, surprises and disasters! Come to the Place de la Mairie, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Wednesday 21 August

  • Outdoor mountain film projection

    Enjoy nature and mountain-inspired films on giant screens! It’s a real feast for the eyes and the soul, under a starry sky.
    This evening mustn’t be missed!
    Meet at Place de la Mairie, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Thursday 22 August

  • The Chiffonnées du Vocal

    The Chiffonnées are a vocal group from another era, they bring you a repertoire from the 50s: Fréhel, Bourvil, Francis Blanche, Vian and many more. They will enthusiastically tell the story of their long-lost loves with a touch of burlesque. They will enter the stage with their shopping trollies, and “junk shop jukebox”: choose and object and they will sing you a song about it!
    Come to the square in front of Vars les Claux Tourist Office

  • Sunday 25 August

  • Local specialities of the Southern Alps and Artisans sans Vitrine (craftspeople without windows)

    Come and (re)discover the flavours of our mountains and the beautiful creations of our local craftspeople.
    Meeting point, Point Show, Vars les Claux

  • Welcome drinks

    The presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Chartreuse Soleil cocktail and orange juice included

  • Tuesday 27 August

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Kids' Show: The legend of Verbuntschneck

    It’s just a few minutes before the beginning of the show. The director (who is also the narrator and technician) is there, the decorations are set up, the costumes are ready, the speakers are plugged in but there are no actors warming themselves up backstage! Are they on the side of the road somewhere with a broken down minibus? Have they had a last minute argument? Or has this theatre company never actually had any actors? Luckily the audience is ready and the show must go on!
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office