We have a superb traditional market in Surgères which takes place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Saturday is the big one. In addition to the wide range of local specialities you will often find local artisans putting on demonstrations.
Local seafood is a speciality, freshly landed from the Atlantic, as well as the pineau, charcuterie and volaille.
On the third Thursday each month the roads close for a large foire in the centre which lasts into the afternoon. Everything is for sale at this street market: food, clothes, wine, hardware, local crafts and services, birds, animals. You name it - you will find it here.
There are several good restaurants you can walk to (and back from) without using the car that we can highly recommend, ranging from simple pizza through to exotic morrocan up to high end french cuisine.
Our favourite and nearest (by at least 20 paces) is featured in Stéphane Souchon's book "Trésors Gastronomiques en Charente Maritime". We are lucky to have it so close.
Surgères has a lovely park bordered by remparts containing a very well kept childrens playground which is very close to the house. In fact you walk through the park to reach the nearest supermarket. You can watch the world go by on a bench, stroll around the remparts and visit l'Eglise de Notre Dame. The chateau is now home to the Mairie. For a longer walk we have a woodland just round the corner and then on into open countryside.