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The Aerospatial Festival “Des Etoiles et des Ailes” on 11-12 Nov will focus on innovation in robotics and astronomy, highlighting aeronautical and space exploration simulations where you can experience aerobatics and flying an Alpha Jet through virtual reality. (festival.desetoilesetdesailes.com)

Key Areas

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 June to 16 July and from 18 August to 2 September l'Ephémère Guinguette will host live music on the grassy riverbank. Go for the street food, twinkling fairy lights and a wooden dance floor. www.lephemereguinguette.com

Rio Loco (15-18th June 2017) is a world music and arts festival attracting around 100,000 people a year. 2017 throws the spotlight on the islands in the Indian Ocean, including cinema and gastronomy. www.rio-loco.org

The Natural History museum (aka The Museum of Toulouse) is fantastic for adults and kids. The dogs and cats exhibition is packed with information and don't miss the skeletons of a human riding a horse. For more information see: museum.toulouse.fr .

Day Trips

Spend a day exploring the medieval town of Foix (1H30 away by train). See the Friday morning market and visit the castle containing Henri IV's bed, which also has great views of the Pyrenees. Info from Foix tourist office.

The Canal du Midi is a lovely area to visit - and you can explore it on foot, on a bike or in a boat. Enjoy stunning scenery, museums, wineries, charming restaurants and B&Bs. http://www.canal-et-voie-verte.com/cycling-along-the-Midi-Canal?lang=en

Just south of Toulouse the Cite de l'Espace is heaven for those who look to the stars and want to go there. Learn everything about space travel, astronauts, and planets. Explore a rocket, check out the IMAX cinema and experience walking on the moon. Prepare to stay all day. www.cite-espace.com

There are plenty of ski resorts within a 2 hour drive of Toulouse, and the best way to go is with an all-inclusive coach excursion. Try http://www.ax-ski.com/fr/ which offers cheap weekend packages, or ask for more ideas at the Tourist Office.

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