New Family Attractions in Poitou-Charentes

Summertime family entertainment is certainly important to the French and the habit of adding new innovations to established attractions reinforces this point and keeps the attractions modern and entertaining. So, for 2015 visitors, here are three new attractions that are worth knowing about.

Puy du Fou

Puy du Fou is a historical theme park in Les Epesses in the the Vendée Department,  just outside the Poitou-Charentes region, about two and a half hours drive north from La Ferme de L’Eglise. It stages elaborate shows depicting events in French and world history, including France in the time of Roman occupation, with chariot racing and gladiator combat; a Viking attack that features a Viking Longboat and of course, a swashbuckling telling of the Three Musketeers story. This is a hugely popular attraction that has been enjoyed by many of our guests and some 1.5 million other visitors annually and in 2015 will add a new show to the evening main event, the Cinéscénie, that stars 50 flying drones – Neopters – carrying decorations, video and lighting in an aerial display some 60m above the audience. This production has been two years in development and promises to be a spectacular addition to what is already a spectacular park.

Village Flottant de Pressac

pressac-village-flottant6The Floating Village opened at Pressac in July this year: 20 wooden cabins floating on a lake, along with a welcome centre, a swimming pool, cycling facilities, an on site restaurant and a wide range of other sporting and nature pursuits. The cabins are between 30m² and 40m², sleeping two adults and up to three children. Some are accessible only by rowing boat, while others are scattered around the edges of the lake, accessed by small pontoons.

The Piscine Nordique

This is the new swimming pool in Civray , which has been under construction since 2012 on the site of the original pool, on an island created by the Charente river that flows on either side. The Piscine Nordique has a 25m outdoor pool and an indoor pool with a play area (swimming against the current, massage benches, playground for toddlers). There is a range of activities dedicated to fitness and health, such as water polo, diving and water aerobics and there are sauna, steam and relaxation rooms. The pool is open from the last week of May through to the first week of November and is kept at a pleasant 28ºc. More than just a swim, this promises to be a great day out for all of the family.

If you are planning, or just thinking about a trip to France then you can add these attractions to the tick list and have a look at more things to do in the area. We have details in our gîtes of these and many more activities and so you will be just as well served if you are looking for an activity holiday as you will be if you simply want to relax in the tranquil surroundings of La Ferme de l’Eglise.