THE DEUX-SÈVRES MONTHLY
Getting Out & About...
Summer Activities for All the Family... There are lots of fun and exciting things to do over the summer holidays as a family in the department of Deux-‐Sèvres. I have listed some of these activities below to help you decide what to do. These chosen activities are for all ages and for both families living in the area and on holiday in France. Whatever you choose, have fun and remember to stay safe in the sun!
Activities for Children Children's activity camps like “Le loup-‐Garou” are great for children from 6 to 14 years old. They can go on small adventure holidays and do all sorts of outdoor activities like camping, horse riding, mountain biking, swimming and canoeing. Visit www.loup-‐garou.fr for more information.
(This is a french association, so it would be best if your child has a high level of french. Schools usually send you a leaflet about these camps.)
Local swimming pools are great for families with kids. There are many outdoor and indoor pools to choose from. You can leave your children at the pool for an afternoon and they can have lots of fun. You can buy a pack of 10 tickets for 10 swims at most pools. This is a cheaper way of getting lots of swims. Visit www.guide-‐piscine.fr to ﬁnd your local pool. This is a french website and can not be translated into english.
by Philippa George
• Park Adventure: A great day out for all the family. Go swinging though the trees on a zip line course or go climbing across the forest on their 3 different courses for all ages. If you don't like heights, you can do a round of mini golf. Visit: www.parc-‐aventure-‐79.fr for more information. • Boca speed karting: A fun activity for families with older children. Race each other around the outdoor 880 meter course. Visit: www.bocaspeed.fr for more information. • Le rocher branlant: A fun park for families. Ideal for picnics. It's a fun place for small children to play and a great place if you like to walk. • Mouton village: A great place for young children where they can see and touch the animals. Visit: www.moutonvillage.fr for more information. • Park de la vallée: A fun amusement park for all ages. Includes a small roller-‐coster, western themed area and a small aquatic area. Visit: www.parcdelavallee.com for more information. • Le Venise Vert: A relaxing day out to the villages of the Marais Poitevin. A great place for picnics and looking around as well as all the different boat rides around the canals. Visit: www.ville-‐coulon.fr for more information. There are lots of plans d'eau, lakes where you can fish, swim, canoe, and all sorts of other activities. There is also usually a restaurant, cafe and a life guard onsite. You can find one in Secondigny, Lambon, Verruyes, St Christophe sur Roc and Luché-‐Thuouarsais.