This weekend – “So British” event, yacht race and all day music in Nyon

Check out the fun “So British Exhibition” at the C0-op Léman centre in Crissier near Lausanne. Stock up on British products, admire an E-type Jag, play a Sherlock Holmes game, read all about British sports, get your photo taken as a British bobby, ride a red London bus and find out about Cossonnay cricket club.

Photo above: Tom Bews young cricketer

This exhibition finishes on the 16th June but is touring the country and is scheduled next to be at the Co-Op centre in Allaman later on this year.

  Other events this weekend – see below



Photo above – Michael Type  of the British Residents Association of Switzerland

Fête de la musique

This Saturday 16 June it’s the Fete de la Musique, lots of free music being played  in venues across Nyon from 10:00 in the morning until 02:00 in the early hours of the morning.  Rock, rap, funk, jazz, classical,  PDF of the full programme here

Bol D’or

Also this weekend it’s the Bol D’or Mirabaud yacht race, the biggest regatta in Europe. 500-600 boats on the lake all racing from the Geneva end of the lake to the other end and back. It’s an impressive sight! The race begins at 10:00 am on Saurday and you should be able to see the boats on their way down the lake from the Nyon lake side. See full programme here


Saturday – Final night of the show “Flappers and Rappers” in Founex celebrating 100 years of music hall. See here for more info

Art Exhibition

Sunday 17 June Art exhibition at the Gallery of the Clinique Genolier by local artist Rita Mancesti from 14:00-18:00  Exhibition entitled “Du Côte de la lumière” .

Cupcakes and flowers

The Heidi Bakery and Rémy Jaggi, florist and horticulturist will be in  Trélex Saturday 16 and Sunday, 16 & 17 June from 9.30 to 17.00 with an event called “Fleurs et Douceurs”. Flowers and cakes showcased in Rémy’s flower shop and garden centre.  Browse and buy perennial plants, stunning bouquets or simply sit on a bench under a tree with a cup of coffee or tea and a sweet treat from The Heidi Bakery’s Pop-Up Café.


“Living along Lac Léman” book is now for sale! – The perfect gift for everyone.

Tuesday evening in Nyon saw the official launch of  the book “Living along Lac Léman”. Thankyou so much to all those who came to the Villa Thomas at the COV for the vernissage/launch.

Photos above. Happy book fans!

The venue in the stunning lake side setting made it the perfect place to launch the book. It also gave readers of this site,  La Côte newspaper, and other members of the public a chance to mingle and enjoy a glass of local Swiss wine, along with tasting some British cheeese from the British Cheese Centre of Switzerland. 

Photo above: the Villa Thomas along the lake side. Note – there will be a jazz concert at the Villa Thomas on Friday 7th Oct see COV for here for full details

There were also representatives at the event from the various local festivals (Paléo, Caribana, Visions du Réel etc),  from Nyon town council and Nyon tourism giving those there the opportunity to find out more about the three festivals and local issues.

Photo above – Checking out the book at the vernissage

About the book –  The perfect company gift, birthday or Christmas present.

Packed with columns articles and photos the book is is a light hearted look at life along the shores of lake Geneva and contains a selection of columns which have been published for the last two years in English every Friday in La Côte newspaper.  This weekly column is a conversation is about the people, places and events in Vaud as seen through the eyes of a British expatriate.

Photo above: left C. Nelson-Pollard author of “Living along Lac Léman”, right Contessa Pinon – editor of La Côte newspaper

With observations on unusual Swiss customs and on the peculiarities to be found in both the French and English languages, it also comments on other subjects such as the jargon that estate agents use when advertising houses for sale, the difficulties of making a fondue, or trying to say a telephone number in French.

Image above – article from book called  “Figuring it out”

With other articles on local festivals, the Désalpe and more, and packed with photos that capture the colour and essence of the Léman region, the book makes a perfect gift for someone who has just moved to the area. It  will also delight those who have lived here for a while, whether expat of Swiss, in recognising  the slightly side quirky side of Swiss life whilst acknowledging the beauty of the Léman area.

Image below – Article from book called “A saisir!” (on estate agents’ jargon)

At just 29 CHF, the book is available to order through this site, just click on “Living in Nyon” book on the top side bar to order.  Free delivery in the Nyon, Coppet, Rolle and Prangins area.  

From  Tuesday 11th October, the book will also be for sale at Nyon tourist office  Opening hours  Monday-Friday 08:30 -12:30/ 13:30 -17:30

Special book signing – The author will be signing copies of the book at Nyon tourist office on Friday November 4th from 16:00- 18:00.  An ideal opportunity to pick up a copy and find out about events and winter activities happening in the Nyon and St Cergue region.

Photo above and below – Selling the books left to right. Anna Hiller Bedlington, Suzy Nelson-Pollard, Nicola Bedlington.

All photos of the vernissage –  Catherine Lewis photography see site here

Fête de la Musique in Nyon, Prangins, Rolle, Morges and Geneva.

Along with lots of other events going on this weekend, the Bol D’or, Shakespeare at the Chateau of Prangins, “Bike Day” – see previous posts below for more details of these events, it is also the Fête de la Musique in Nyon on Saturday 18th (and also on the 21st), and over the weekend in local towns (on the 19th in Prangins), and in Geneva.

As in previous years, there is an enormous variety of music being performed for free, from rock, funk, jazz, folk, classical, country, to alternative rock  and rap in venues right across the town. 

For the full programme for Nyon’s Fête de la Musique, click here and for the website click here.

For the music fête in Morges click here, for Gland click here, for Rolle click here, for Prangins click here, for Geneva click here, for Coppet click here.

Here is a brief description of what is happening at the different venues in Nyon linked to the map below.

Venue 1. The Place du Château, is at the core of the festival with two bars and a Fête de La Musique welcome stand.

Venue 2. Inside Le Temple (the Norman church at the end of Rue du College), this venue is mainly for classical music and the performance of choral work.

Venue 3. Place St Martin the central pedestrian area in Nyon, this area is for groups from the Gymnase of Nyon and from the association ADAC  (see below for more info on this association).

Venue 4. Down by the lakeside near the Conservatoire the association Nyoncore have a programme of rock bands playing from around 15:00 to 01:00 in the morning.  

Venue 5. In Place de Savoie a short distance from Nyon’s port, the programme promises “an eclectic programme for a relaxing ambiance by the lake side”.

Venue 6.  The Usine a Gaz  (Nyon’s permanent music venue). From 18:45 onwards there will be four different perfomances beginning at 18:45 starting with the Usine a Gaz’s own choir, then followed with music performed by three different rock bands and the whole event will round off with dancing until 04:00 in the morning.

Venue 7. Rive-Est (the eastern part of the lake)  This is the venue for the Paléo festival, a chance to promote local bands, some of those who will be performing at Paléo this year. 

See you there!


In Place St Martin between 14:30 and 17:30 the association ADAC (the Association of Creative Arts) will be present. This is an opportunity for those interested to find out more about all the different workshops that the association runs from September to June. 

Here is an extract from their website 

“What we do” 

” L’ADAC is a non profit-making association of creative arts. It offers work-shops given by specialised teachers where everyone has an opportunity to explore different forms of art such as music, painting, photography, dancing, etc”. 

“What we offer”

“Our aim is to offer a place where children and adults can pursue an artistic activity, and where each and everyone enjoys what they are doing in accordance with their talents and emotions.  By taking into account their own rhythm, we strive to:-  encourage personnel expression and independence, develop creativity, spontaneity and self-confidence, raise awareness of sharing by interacting artistically, enhance learning by working within a group.  We welcome individuals, who take a private course outside the Association, to participate in one of our workshops.

Last but not least: Our Association’s aim is to allow children and adults to develop their artistic qualities regardless of their income.  Our fee policy reflects our philosophy.