Things to do… Places to go

Below are details of places to go, days out and leisure activities in our region with links to their web sites:

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Places to go in Poitou Charentes

Idées De Sorties, Sortir En France – If you want to know what events are on anywhere in France, this is the site.  The home page has a map of all departments.  Click on the department and then select by date.  Site in French.
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Futuroscope – World renowned futuristic theme park with rides, simulators, futuristic cinema and live shows plus lots more. Something for everyone! Approximately 45 minutes drive.
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Puy de Fou – A great place to go for one or two days. No rides, just spectacular half hour shows. For example, in the Roman Colisseum they have chariot races and throw slaves to the (real) lions. Suitable for older children but adults can also go without kids for an enjoyable time. Very French. What you see on the web site is what really happens.  If you go at the end of the season you do not have to queue and could get round in a day.
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Coulon, on the banks of the Sèvre Niortaise river in the Marais Poitevin, known as the ‘Green Venice’. This unique and beautiful landscape of canals and waterways, many lined with ash, willow and poplars, covers 970 square kilometres and is the perfect location for boating or punting. The region is a favourite haunt of artists drawn by the light quality, water and wide variety in shades of green.
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To the south of Confolens is Cassinomagus, an excavated Gallo-Roman town where you can see the original Roman baths and other remains which have been preserved in remarkable condition.
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If you want to go even further back in history, Tumulus at Bougon in the Deaux Sevres is an extensive neolithic site and museum where you can see how people lived 6,000 years ago and go inside excavated burial mounds.
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The Circuit du Val de Vienne is the second largest motor racing circuit in France with a good cross section of events to entertain all motor racing fans. The circuit is near L’isle Jourdain.
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La Vallee des Singes –   Fantastic day out for all the family, ‘Vallee des singes’ or ‘Monkey Valley’, is a 15 ha wildlife park with more than 350 monkeys, gorillas and lemurs from around the world. Part of the World Wildlife Federation, the park’s emphasis is on providing as natural a habitat as possible for all the monkeys. They are completely free to forage among the trees separated from visitors by a network of streams. There is a petting zoo of farm animals, two snack facilities, ice cream stands and lots of activities for the children. North of Civray.
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Confolens Music Festival – Just over the department border in the Charente is the delightful medieval town of Confolens. It spans the River Vienne and is steeped in history with interesting architecture. For more than 50 years, the sub prefecture of 3000 inhabitants has been organising the most popular traditional arts festival in the world, attracting more than 200,000 visitors every August.

Billed as ‘arts and popular traditions from all over the world’, the week long festival takes over the entire town and includes international music, folk dance and shopping – a fantastic day out and only 25 minutes drive away.
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Plant Fairs and Shows – For those who are interested in plants and gardens, this web site lists the majority, if not all,  of plant fairs throughout France. It even lists the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and gives other information such as when the ‘Rendez-vous au jardins’ is on.  It also gives a link to the Rendez-vous au jardins website.   
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