The Madeleine celebrates craftsmanship and the peasant way of life

Description of the activity

On the strength of the first 2 editions, which brought together a total of 3,000 visitors, the Village de la Madeleine honors the skills of yesteryear and trades with an ever-growing and passionate troop of craftsmen! They will be about thirty to settle in the heart of the cliff and the farm: blacksmiths, stonemasons, potters on rope, strapmaker, lauzier, lacemakers, ropemaker, baker, shepherds, founders, seamstresses or even basket makers. They have only one obligation during the events: to be in active demonstration and of course to answer questions from the public and to explain, advise, refer for initiations or even study and training courses.
professionals. Among the novelties of September: the work of the horn, with Jean Mathivet, craftsman recognized in Ariège. The colynois Jean-Michel Demonein will try to cut a beam with an ax in less than 2 days, starting from a tree trunk. The oak trunk will be brought to him by Christophe and Anne (l’Echapée Pastorale) who will do hauling with their draft horses for the occasion.

Highlight: the know-how around of the living and a peasant Olympiad!

Among the highlights on Saturday, two animal tracking workshops will be offered in the forest for a walk listening to the wildlife that surrounds us, with Francis Coly (I am the Track). Bruno Testa (Les Forges de Carrié) will take his grafting knife to introduce the public to grafting and cuttings techniques. Because we don’t forget to have fun, a peasant olympiad will bring together families of visitors and Périgords from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. . The shepherds of Saint-Amand de Coly will show the curious the work of the dogs on a herd of Solognote sheep from the Madeleine. A spear-thrower shooting contest will decide between the aces of shooting with the iconic weapon of the Magdalenian hunter-gatherers. At 4 p.m. on Sunday, a snack on the back of a donkey will be offered on the cliff. And Bernard Planche, a key figure in truffles in Sarladais, will come and give a demonstration of digging with a dog. Denis, the site baker, will bake his peasant bread in the 13th century banal oven. The lacemakers of Rouffignac will take place in the heart of the village.
After sculpting a Virgin and Child, the stonemasons Jeff, Cédric and Nadège will tackle other works, next to the Fort de la Laisse (remains of the 13th century castle). Finally, from 5 p.m. on Saturday, a ground foundry demonstration will bring us back to the good scorching memories of this summer like no other. The evening will end under the stars, to the sounds of traditional instruments for a folk ball. A Périgord snack will be offered to the public (200 covers max, reservation recommended on 05 53 46 36 88) The artisans of the Site will be present at the meal and this will be an opportunity for them to share their passion.

Ticket price:
– €12.50 / adult (valid all day)
– €7.50 / child – 12 years old (valid all day)
– Free for children under 5 years old

Practical information:
The Madeleine site opens its doors to the public from 10 a.m. The entire weekend program is visible in the photo gallery.
Info and reservations for the peasant meal + traditional ball on (+33)5 53 46 36 88 or by email on

Practical and registrations

Dates : Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2022
Durée : All day
How to participate ?
See you at the Village de la Madeleine on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September !
Price : €12.50 for adults and €7.00 for children
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Guided or unguided visits (with audioguide or booklet) are at the same price. You will then be offered options (farm visit, children’s workshops, meals, etc.) according to the schedules. For the audio guide, bring your headphones. If you don’t have one, headphones are available for just € 2.