Fête des Métiers d’Art

An Unmissable Spring Rendezvous

Every year, in the heart of spring, Villedieu-les-Poêles lights up with bright colors and resounds with the joyful echoes of the Fête des Métiers d’Art. This event, now a must, celebrates craftsmanship in all its splendor, offering a fascinating journey through the creativity and talent of local artisans.

Free and open to all, the Fête des Métiers d’Art aims to capture the dynamic and authentic spirit of the region. Bringing together some fifty artisans from Normandy and beyond, the event unfolds under two marquees and in the village hall, offering visitors a rich and diverse panorama of unique creations.

Throughout the weekend, visitors are invited to plunge into the fascinating world of arts and crafts through a series of demonstrations and activities. From ceramics to basketry, marquetry to leatherwork, all forms of craftsmanship are featured, revealing the ingenuity and know-how of the artisans present.

Each edition of the Fête des Métiers d’Art also highlights the close links between Villedieu-les-Poêles and other French towns renowned for their crafts. This year is no exception, with a special invitation reserved for a prestigious French town, offering a unique opportunity to discover craft talents and traditions from elsewhere.

Young visitors are not forgotten, with activities designed specifically for them. Interactive games such as the upholsterer’s game, the ceramist’s game and the materials game allow children to immerse themselves in the captivating world of craftsmanship, awakening their curiosity and creativity.

To complete this immersive experience, visitors can discover the cultural treasures of Villedieu-les-Poêles by visiting the Cornille-Havard bell foundry, the Atelier du Cuivre and the Maison du Patrimoine Sourdin. The little tourist train, which runs free of charge through the historic town, also offers an original way to discover the charms of the Métiers d’Art district, from Place de la République to Rue Gambetta.

And to top it all off, a wide range of catering options means that visitors can enjoy a delicious meal on site, and make the most of the two days of festivities. Between gastronomic tastings and artisanal discoveries, the Fête des Métiers d’Art de Villedieu-les-Poêles promises an unforgettable weekend of passion, creativity and conviviality.

3 reasons to go
Discover local crafts

The Fête des Métiers d’Art offers a unique opportunity to discover the talent and expertise of local craftspeople. From potters and blacksmiths to ceramists and basket-makers, visitors can admire an impressive variety of unique and authentic craft creations. It’s the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of craftsmanship and appreciate the richness of the region’s artisan tradition.

Watch captivating demonstrations

Throughout the festival, demonstrations and workshops offer visitors an exclusive insight into the techniques and processes used by the artisans. Whether it’s pottery, marquetry, engraving or leatherwork, these demonstrations give visitors a better understanding of the meticulous and passionate work behind each handcrafted piece. It’s an immersive experience that awakens curiosity and enriches understanding of these exceptional crafts.

Sharing convivial and festive moments

The Fête des Métiers d’Art is also an opportunity to get together with family and friends in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Fun activities for children, guided tours for the curious and gastronomic tastings for gourmets create a festive atmosphere of joy, good humor and sharing. It’s an event that celebrates creativity, authenticity and the precious bond between artisans and their community.