Newbury celebrates 50 years of twinning with Bagnols sur Cèze in Southern France

Twenty people from Newbury, including the Mayor of Newbury Councillor Nigel Foot and his wife Councillor Sarah Slack, the Mayoress, visited the South of France to celebrate 50 years of twinning with the town of Bagnols sur Cèze from Wednesday 1 to Sunday 5 May 2024.

On the Friday the group were treated to a visit to the Cocalière Caves – more than a kilometre of stunning limestone stalactites and stalagmites reflected in underwater lakes, and a fascinating museum at a disused coal mine. Lunch was a thirteen-course banquet of regional cooking and unlimited wine.

Saturday morning saw the official celebration of twinning at the Town Hall in Bagnols, followed by visit to the well-stocked art gallery on the second floor, which includes works of art by Matisse, Rodin and Picasso. Guests were taken by their host families to a variety of local tourist destinations in the afternoon, but everyone came together for a dinner dance in the evening, including guests from six other European towns; Eeklo in Belgium, Braunfels in Germany, Carcaixent in Spain and Feltre in Italy (all twinned with Newbury), as well as Kiskunfélegyháza in Hungary and Zamosc in Poland.

The weather was at its best on Sunday, for a picnic in a meadow under a shaded arbour.  The hosts brought delicious dishes for all to share, including a basket full of freshly picked cherries.

As ever, there were heartfelt goodbyes on Sunday evening, prior to the early departure for a flight back to England.

How to get involved with Newbury Twin Town Association

NTTA always welcomes new members! They will be hosting over 40 guests from their twin and associate towns in July, for the celebration of 60 years of twinning with Braunfels in Germany.

For further information on the association and its twin towns, please visit the website or email NTTA chairperson Gill Durrant on

You are also very welcome to join their informal coffee mornings on Saturday 1 June or Saturday 6 July 10am to 12pm at Angelica’s Rooftop Cafe on Northbrook Street.


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