Historic Nontron sits between Limoges, Angoulême and Perigueux in the Aquitaine region.
Stroll through the "Jardin des Arts" with its specially commissioned fountains and enjoy panoramic views over the Bandiat valley.
The 'Pole Metiers d'Art' (Craft Centre) is situated in the Chateau just opposite the Post Office in the centre of town.There are a variety of captivating exhibitions throughout the year plus a permanent knife exhibition.There is also a craft shop in the Chateau where you can buy that special 'one-off' creation. http://poleexperimentalmetiersda.typepad.com
Apart from the exhibitions in the Chateau there is another Art Centre ,just two minutes away,where a choice of activities are held ,in the form of courses,such as ceramics,stained glass and upholstery .
The famous Nontron knife with its boxwood handle is still produced in Nontron using the same methods as in the 15th century. You can visit the strikingly modern factory with shop which overhangs the gorge.
Every year at the beginning of August the town hosts France's major two day knife festival with demonstrations of traditional blacksmith's skills.
Stained glass window restoration and creation by SARL MARTIN LG ,Nontron