Some family friendly things to see and do in our area

Top 30 Favourite family activities (not in any particular order)

  1. La Palmyre Zoo , near Royan
  2. Aquarium, La Rochelle
  3. Electric Boats at St. Sauvignon
  4. Atlantis indoor aqua park in St. Jean
  5. Moules, Frites , canons and castle near the beach at Fouras
  6. Chizes European animal park
  7. Punt and picnic at the "Venice Verte", near Niort
  8. Cognac Park playground and boat rides on the Charente
  9. Beach and Boats at Thors park
  10. Donkey sanctuary near Dampierre sur Boutonne ( or one of the other 15 or so wildlife sanctuaries in Charente-Maritime )
  11. Playground and mini-golf at Les Touches de Perigney
  12. Chocolate factory and ramparts at Angouleme
  13. "Nautilus" water park near Angouleme
  14. Funfair at LaPalmyre beach
  15. Cognac distillery tours: Courvoisier, Rémy Martin, Martell, Chateau Otard, Hennessey - all operate guided tours during the summer.
  16. Local Vine walks , tastings and chai visits
  17. Aulney, Saintes, Matha and St. Jean markets
  18. Roman amphitheatres at Roulliac and Saintes, Roman Arc de Triumph at Saintes
  19. Outdoor Summer theatre (often FOC and in spectacular locations)
  20. Visiting the Isle de Re, Isle D'Aix (Napoleon museum) and Isle D'Oleron (great beaches and narrow gauge railway)
  21. Visit the worksite of the "Hermione" - an exact recreation of an 18th century frigate under construction in Rochfort
  22. Visit "Serpent Island" or the "Valley of the monkeys"
  23. Visit Fort Boyard (boat trip from La Rochelle)
  24. "Futuroscope" theme park near Poitiers
  25. "Paleosite" near Saintes - learn about the Neanderthals and get "morphed" into a caveman!
  26. Go-carting at St. Jean D'Angely
  27. "Chateau des Enigmas" - puzzles and trails for under 13s in the grounds of a local Chateau
  28. Visit chateau Roche-Corbonne near St. Saivignan or one of the other 10 or so public chateaux in the department
  29. Haute-Saintonge safari park
  30. Puy du Fou - medieval and Viking shows and theme park

Note. Maps, visitor comments and further information on these may be found in the activities folder inside each gite.

Note. A local map showing the location of local boulangeries, nearest supermarket etc. is also provided

Note. A list of all the local market days is also provided.

Note. A folder of previous guest restaurant reviews is also provided.