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Dordogne

Activities for Kids in Dordogne

  • Storytime - Association BEE

    Recommended by Karen Bowen

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    Free story and craft session for babies and preschoolers on a different theme each week. Each Friday morning from 9:45 to 11am.
    Association BEE, 47800 ROUMAGNE (+33) 0608858760 info@bilingual.fr www.bilingual.fr

    Comments:
    “The highlight of our week is Storytime at BEE at the moment when we can read new books and then make something fun related to the theme.” (Karen Bowen, Dec 2010)

    “We can do all the messy crafts like glitter and fingerpainting that I’m not brave enough to do often at home! Several hundred baby and toddler books from the BEE English library live in the Storytime room – we like renewing our stocks each week as we get through books quickly.” (Victoria Sauron, Dec 2010)
     
    "‘I love the pre-school story time at BEE. It’s designed for three year olds and under and gives them a chance to relax, to rest their head on a cushion or relax in their mother’s arms whilst listening to a story. I understand there are lots of these sort of get-togethers in England, but in France it just doesn’t happen – adults get together with family and friends but not specifically to do things with their children."
    (Isabelle Domagala, Sept 2010 )

  • Buzz music classes

    Recommended by Joy Coates

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    BEE Buzz is a music class for children aged 2-6 to introduce children to music in a playful and fun way. Young children learn co-ordination without realising, educating their hearing and sense of rhythm. More than just a singalong, the children work on reproducing tunes, understanding rhythms, and developing early musical concepts through having fun and making a noise together.
    Association BEE, 47800 ROUMAGNE, 0608858760, info@bilingual.fr, www.bilingual.fr

    ‘Lola has been going to music sessions for the last year. She wakes up every morning asking if it is music today. The sessions last half an hour and help her to develop a sense of rhythm. There is a lot of clapping and singing.’ (Joy Coates, Sept 2010)

    ‘Music education is French primary schools is lacking so this is great for them.’ (Isabelle Domagala, Sept 2010 )

    ‘Daniel (5) loves Buzz and now has a great repertoire of songs. I particularly like ‘On my toe a little flea’ which teaches young children a basic scale of C as the flea climbs right up into their hair! They love it and don’t even realize that these basic musical concepts are being taught. French schools don’t integrate music for young children as do schools in the UK so it’s great to have access to this here in Lot-et-Garonne.’ (Victoria Sauron, Jan 2011)
     

  • Literacy classes at BEE (Bilingual Education Exchange)

    Recommended by Joy Coates

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    BEE is a not-for-profit association run by volunteers which offers English literacy classes and varied activities for children living in the Vallée du Dropt area of South-West France. Literacy classes go from age 4 up to 16, including iGCSE in English which launched in September 2009. BEE currently runs six classes with an average of 8 pupils in each, all taught by qualified and experienced British teachers. BEE also offers English classes for French children and various other activities including music, drama and art.
    Association BEE, 47800 ROUMAGNE, 0608858760, info@bilingual.fr, www.bilingual.fr

    ‘BEE has saved us a lot of headaches. I’m not a teacher and I was beginning to worry about how I was going to help Josephine to learn to read and write. She was born in England and had a good grasp of the language when we moved here, but that was all. Josephine has been going to literacy classes at BEE for the last two years. I’ve seen a massive improvement in her skills, she really has come on in leaps and bounds. I feel very lucky to live near enough to BEE to make it practical to take the children there and I can’t rate them high enough. They’ve been a life-saver for us.’ (Joy Coates Sept 2010)

    ‘My two daughters started out attending English classes (for French children) at BEE on a Wednesday which involved learning English through singing, playing games and doing art activities. It was a great way for them to learn. They also took part in music sessions. I am delighted with how things are going; BEE has made learning English fun for the girls. Attending BEE has boosted their confidence as well as improving their English. It has also been great for them and me to find out all about British culture – like the things you do at Christmas and Easter, and taking part in an egg and spoon and sack race. My girls adore BEE and don’t at all mind spending their Wednesdays there. In fact, they look forward to it. All our lives would be a lot poorer without it.’ (Isabelle Domagala Sept 2010)

    ‘Daniel has been going to literacy class at BEE for two months now. I think it widens his perspective of the English language compared with only hearing English from me – he always comes home on a Wednesday with new words or concepts in English. I also like the fact that he always comes out with something he has made, drawn or painted. It is a creative and fun experience for him and makes a change from the rest of the week in his French school. For me, BEE means having access to an international education even while living in the depths of the French countryside.’ (Victoria Sauron Jan 2011)
     

  • Art’s Cool

    Recommended by Sue Fellingham

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    Workshops and activities for children and young people including weekly art classes, guitar tuition and occasional science workshops.
    47410 St Colomb de Lauzun  +33 (0)553947813 www.artscoolfrance.com

    Comments:
    “My 9 year old son began art classes originally held during the summer holidays at Arts Cool. The day stretched out from a shady barn overlooking the plum orchard in an idyllic environment perfect for artistic magic. This has now become a regular Saturday event which is producing some incredible results and can lead to English qualifications. MAD Science has also been introduced which has been really exciting - I think the mentos in the Coke bottle will never be forgotten!” (SF, Jan 2011)
     

  • P’tits Castors

    Recommended by Samantha Peake

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    P’tits Castors is a soft play area in Bergerac.
    rte de Bordeaux, 24100 SAINT LAURENT DES VIGNES www.les-ptits-castors.com

    Comments
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    We’ve been taking the kids to PC’s for a few years now and it’s been fantastic. We first started going there when the children were really young (1&3yrs) and it really grew with them, it’s a good place for them to let off steam, especially when the weather’s not great”  (SP Jan 2011)

  • Leisure Centre - Aquaval

    Recommended by Victoria Sauron

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    Public swimming pool in Marmande including learner pool, baby pool, slide and outdoor area
    Rue Portogruaro 47200 MARMANDE www.cc-val-de-garonne.com/public/pageLibre00012b54.php

    Comments
    “Aquaval only opened a few years ago and is clean and modern. The main section is a large sports pool. The pool is, in general, a bit boring for children who are used to a good UK leisure centre but there is a slide and a waterfall, and they do have sessions where they bring out floats and toys (ask at the desk). The outside section has a sandy beach with outdoor play equipment (a lovely pirate galleon) but as the sand is dry, you can’t make a sand castle! There is an outdoor pool which is oval, semi-raised, and about the dimensions of a small private pool. The outside section is only open in July and August. During the school term, the pool is only open to the public over lunchtime and then most of the main pool is laned off. There is a sauna and gym area, air conditioned vending machine area, they do children’s parties and all varieties of classes and groups for both children and adults.” (VS, Jan 2011,
     

  • Horse Riding For Kids

    Recommended by Nancy Simons

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    Ecurie St Martin is a horse riding stables which offers lessons for children and adults
    Lieu dit Gardelle 47410 Sérignac-Péboudou  0624645751 http://ecuriesaintmartin.jimdo.com/

    Comments
    “My daughter goes to Ecurie St Martin in Serignac Peboudou. Pierre-Yeve is the owner/ instructor and I have never met a more patient and kind man... Can’t praise him enough. The ponies are very sweet too, and there is an indoor riding school. Isabella (5) absolutely loves it." (NS, Jan 2011)
     

  • iGCSE English course

    Recommended by Louise Little

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    iGCSE English course takes place at the Association BEE and is a course for Anglophone pupils, run both as a Wednesday afternoon class and as a distance option. Good results in 2010 examination.
    47800 ROUMAGNE 0608858760 www.bilingual.fr

    Comments:
    “Having lived in France for over 9 years it was a concern that our children whilst bilingual, may not have the same level of English grammar as their peers in the UK. When BEE (Bilingual Education Exchange) was first launched we enrolled our son, then aged 13 onto the English iGCSE course. Last summer he sat the exam, and passed, a year earlier than he would have taken it in the UK. Not only has it given him a recognized qualification, more importantly it has given him confidence, and allowed him to pursue an opportunity that I strongly feel would not have been available without it. Thoroughly recommend the lessons, and teaching methods.” (LL, Jan 2011)
     

  • Aquaval Swimming Pool

    Recommended by Victoria Sauron

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    Aquaval is a public swimming pool in Marmande including learner pool, baby pool, slide and outdoor area.
    Rue Portogruaro (+33) 0553204053 www.cc-val-de-garonne.com/public/pageLibre00012b54.php

    Comments:
    “Aquaval only opened a few years ago and is clean and modern. The main section is a large sports pool. The pool is, in general, a bit boring for children who are used to a good UK leisure centre but there is a slide and a waterfall, and they do have sessions where they bring out floats and toys (ask at the desk). The outside section has a sandy beach with outdoor play equipment (a lovely pirate galleon) but as the sand is dry, you can’t make a sand castle! There is an outdoor pool which is oval, semi-raised, and about the dimensions of a small private pool. The outside section is only open in July and August. During the school term, the pool is only open to the public over lunchtime and then most of the main pool is laned off. There is a sauna and gym area, air conditioned vending machine area, they do children’s parties and all varieties of classes and groups for both children and adults.” (VS Jan 2011)
     

  • Mother and Toddler Group in Dordogne

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    The Relais d’Assistantes Maternelles de St Eutrope de Born is a social and activity provision intended primarily for nannies and their charges, but mums can attend too and it is often the closest you can get in France to a mum and toddler group.
    Bourg de Born (+33) 05.53.71.53.05  www.cg47.fr/fileadmin/Documents/Photos/action_sociale/RAM1%2016%2011%20%202010.pdf

    Comments
    “We meet once a month on Wednesday afternoons for creative play and a snack. Free to attend and suitable for children 1 year +. We sometimes go on excursions - in the autumn we went on a trip to an apple farm where we picked the apples, learnt a bit about production and what to do with apples and then back to the centre to make apple tarts!”
    (VH Feb 2011)
     

  • Swimming Classes for Babies

    Recommended by Vanessa Hopkins

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    Swimming Pool ‘Monforme’ in Lac de Coulon
    ZA du Lidon 47150 Monflanquin (+33) 05 53 36 56 34 monforme@orange.fr www.monforme.fr

    Comments:
    “There are swimming classes at Monforme on Wednesday morning for all pre-schoolers, heated pool and very friendly.” (VH, Feb 2011)
     

  • Baby and Toddler Group in Dordogne

    Recommended by Vanessa Hopkins

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    Singalong and playgroup every Tuesday morning between 10 and 12 organised by mainly British mums. Free.
    Salle Polyvalente, 47410 St Colomb de Lauzun (+33) 05 53 36 34 59

    Comments
    “We are very relaxed and none of us profess to being great at singing but the venue is great with a huge hall and boxes of toys for the children which means they can run around safely and us mums have a chance to catch up and have a coffee.”
    (VH, Mar 2011)