5 things to do in Epernay
Champagne from above
Since the end of June, the ‘Ballon Captif’ hot air balloon has been offering 360° panoramic views of Épernay from 150 metres up in the air. Soak up the beautiful surroundings of the Marne Valley and the hillsides of Champagne, now listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. The flight lasts 15 minutes and can be accompanied by a glass of champagne.
White Party and 14th July Celebrations
Every year, the 14th July celebrations on the Avenue de Champagne is an evening to remember. Come as you are, so long as you are dressed in white in keeping with the theme of the event, and remember to bring your picnic basket! Tables and chairs are set out for the festivities which are attended by several thousand people wishing to relax and enjoy themselves whilst listening to percussion and orchestral music followed by a firework display at the end of the night.
Festivities in Champagne
Nine of Champagne’s communes (Chavot-Courcourt, Chouilly, Cramant, Cumières, Épernay, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Moussy, Mutigny and Oger) will be joining forces with the wine producers and Champagne Houses to bring you a weekend filled with wine tastings, concerts, street entertainment, craft market stalls and guided tours of the wineries and vineyards.
The Bright Light of the Avenue de Champagne
Champagne houses and town houses line the most prestigious street in Épernay below which lie 110km of underground cellars (below which lie 110km of underground cellars) which has been classifi ed as a “Site Remarquable du Goût” since 1994 and a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2015. On 14, 15 and 16 December 2018, the Avenue de Champagne and Champagne Houses will be hosting a variety of activities including street entertainment, fashion shows, fireworks, light displays and champagne tastings.
Château Perrier will be opening its doors in 2020
The Museum of Champagne and Regional Archaeology will be inaugurated in 2020 and gives visitors the opportunity to discover this internationally famous building and its collections. Château Perrier is home to one of the largest French archaeology collections (80,000 exhibits from the Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages) and over 6,000 dedicated to the history of champagne. Visitors can also enjoy a new tour of the château and its beautiful grounds which have also been renovated.