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Exploring sustainable event experiences in France

10 sustainable event experiences in France

France, with its breathtaking landscapes, commitment to sustainability and rich cultural heritage, is a prime destination for event planners seeking to incorporate sustainable activities into their events.

Whether you’re organising incentive trips, conferences, or team-building retreats, France offers a plethora of eco-friendly options that not only minimise environmental impact but also provide memorable experiences for participants. From outdoor adventures to culinary delights, here are ten sustainable activities to consider when planning your next event in France:

  1. Touring the Loire Valley by Bicycle: Embark on a scenic journey through the picturesque Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on two wheels. Cycling along designated routes allows participants to explore majestic châteaux, charming villages and vineyard-dotted landscapes while minimizing carbon emissions.
  2. Driving Electric Riverboats on the Canal: Experience the tranquility of France’s waterways while reducing your carbon footprint by navigating electric riverboats along the scenic canals. This eco-friendly alternative offers a unique perspective of the country’s countryside and historic towns, perfect for team-building excursions.
  3. Foodie Trails and Slow Cooking Workshops: Dive into France’s culinary heritage with foodie trails that showcase local, organic ingredients and traditional cooking methods. Participate in slow cooking workshops led by skilled chefs, learning to prepare authentic dishes while supporting sustainable farming practices.
  4. Dining at Green Michelin-Starred Restaurants: Indulge in exquisite cuisine at Michelin-starred restaurants that prioritise sustainability and environmental stewardship. From farm-to-table menus to innovative eco-friendly practices, these establishments offer a gastronomic experience that aligns with your event’s eco-conscious values.
  5. Exploring Urban Farming at Nature Urbaine: In Paris, discover Nature Urbaine, the world’s largest urban rooftop farm located at Porte de Versailles. Spanning two football pitches, this innovative farm produces a diverse range of fruits and vegetables for local residents and businesses, offering educational tours and farm-to-table dining experiences.
  6. Biodynamic Winemaking at Château Feely: Delve into the world of biodynamic winemaking with a visit to Château Feely in the Dordogne region. Learn about sustainable viticulture practices, participate in wine tastings, and gain insights into the holistic approach to winemaking that respects the environment.
  7. Foraging for Mushrooms in the Morzine Mountains: Immerse yourself in nature’s bounty with a guided foraging expedition in the Morzine Mountains. Led by knowledgeable experts, discover the art of mushroom hunting while enjoying the pristine beauty of the Alpine landscape.
  8. Localvore Dining at Domaine des Étangs: Experience the essence of sustainable cuisine at Domaine des Étangs, where locally sourced, organic ingredients take center stage. From field-to-fork dining experiences to farm tours, savor the flavors of the French countryside while supporting local producers.
  9. Exploring Green Initiatives in Paris: Paris, a city renowned for its cultural landmarks, is also making strides towards sustainability. Discover dedicated cycling routes, revitalised riverbanks along the Seine as part of the MICE legacy of the Olympic Games 2024, and innovative urban farming projects like Nature Urbaine, showcasing the city’s commitment to green living.
  10. Convenient Sustainable Travel with Rail Networks: With France’s extensive railway network spanning over 27,000 kilometers, eco-friendly travel has never been easier. Take advantage of high-speed TGV trains connecting major cities, as well as convenient connections from the UK via Eurostar, making sustainable travel accessible for event attendees.

Incorporating sustainable activities into your event in France not only reduces environmental impact but also enhances the overall participant experience, creating lasting memories and fostering a sense of environmental stewardship.

For more ideas about sustainable experiences and sustainable destinations or travel ideas to plan your incentive trips, meetings or events get in touch with the team.

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