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Day trips around La Vienne

Below ar suggestions for day trips with children in and around La Vienne. Please do contact us if you have any further recommendations.

  • La Vallée des Singes

    Recommended by Jodie Hutchins

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    A great day out for all the family discovering the largest concentration of chimpanzees in Europe. Meet the 30 primate species in a place where more than 350 animals roam within 15 hectares of a natural wooded park area. Chimpanzees and the largest gorilla colony in France. Watch the feeding times throughout the day. Several cafes available throughout the complex with plenty of picnic tables. 
    Le Gureau, 86700 Romagne. Tel.: 05 49 87 20 20 Email: info@la-vallee-des-singes.fr
    www.la-vallee-des-singes.fr

    Comments:
    "Clean, safe and fun the valley of the monkeys is one of our favourites as we always see something new each time we visit. There are monkeys free to roam and come up close to the children all throughout the park, the more dangerous ones are kept in by rivers and a few with fences. The animals live naturally and are happy and healthy. There are always staff on hand also to make sure that the monkeys do not come too close for comfort or steal your purse or child’s favourite toy! You can spend the whole day there, watch the monkeys being fed and also either take a picnic yourself and enjoy the clean picnic areas or if you are not that organised then you can eat at the numerous food stops around the park. A must for any family!" (JH, Nov 2010)

  • La Planète des Crocodiles, Civaux

    Recommended by Jodie Hutchins

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    Situated in Civaux 30 kilometres  from Poitiers and to the south-east, Crocodile Planet is set in a big glass dome which is 20 metres high and 5 000 m2, six tanks shelter a collection of approximately 200 species which come from all the different continents: crocodiles, alligators, caimans or gavials.
    Route du Fond dOrveau, 86320 Civaux. Tel.: 05 49 91 80 00 Email: contact@planete-crocodiles.com
    www.planete-crocodiles.com

  • Lile aux Serpents, Trimouille

    Recommended by Jodie Hutchins

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    MAt Snake Island you will find more than 60 species and 300 animals: alligators, caiman alligators, monitor lizards, snakes, tortoises, lizards, crocodiles, chameleons and mongoose from all over the world.
    Route de Montmorillon, 86290 La Trimouille. Tel.: 05 49 91 23 45 Email: contact@ileauxserpents.com
    www.ileauxserpents.com

    Comments:
    "A great place to visit on a rainy day for the afternoon with kids providing you are not scared by snakes!" (JH, Nov 2010)

  • Lathus Outdoor Recreation Park

    Recommended by Jodie Hutchins

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    Lathus Outdoor Recreation Park offers numerous activities: climbing, mountain biking, archery and cave exploration next to the Gartempe River, also: yachting, wind surfing, kayaking, and nature study. Activities organised by trained personnel. There is also an educational farm with rare breed animals; there are two walking circuits that allow you to visit the site independently of group tours. Reservation essential.
    CPA, La Voulzie BP 5, 86390 Lathus-Saint-Rémy Tel.: 05 49 91 83 30 Email: info@cpa-lathus.asso.fr
    www.cpa-lathus.asso.fr

  • Futuroscope theme park, Poitiers

    Recommended by Jodie Hutchins

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    The Futuroscope theme park offers a whirlwind of attractions with giant images of Astromouches, the jolts and strong sensations of the EcoDingo simulator, the universe of the “Monde des Enfants” (Children’s World), enriched with new amazing games indoor and outdoor and the evening show.
    www.futuroscope.com

    Comments:
    "Not a great deal for very young children to do, but a great day out if you have children that are aged 8 or above." (JH, Dec 2010)

  • Defi Planet, Dienné

    Recommended by Jodie Hutchins

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    Only 20 minutes from Poitiers and Futuroscope, in an extensive natural site with valleys and woods, Dienné offers many activities including yurts and tree houses to stay in, a Tyrolean cable adventure park for adults and children over, relaxation and many more.  Everyday, 9am-pm. Activities according to seasons.
    La Bocquerie, 86410 Dienné. Tel.: 05 49 45 87 63. Email: info@domaine-de-dienne.fr
    www.domaine-de-dienne.fr

  • Saint-Savin Abbey

    Recommended by Jodie Hutchins

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    Explore the fresco’s and history of the Abbey at St Savin, guided tours available daily or if you would prefer just to meander through the abbey and gardens on your own, entrance if free. Closed in January, 11th November, 25 and 31 December.
    Place de la Libération BP 9, 86310 Saint-Savin. Tel.: 05 49 84 30 00. Email: contact@abbaye-saint-savin.fr.
    www.abbaye-saint-savin.fr

    Comments:
    "Wonderful safe gardens to let the kids run off some energy, we often take a little picnic and enjoy the gardens and the kids the freedom. The Abbey is spectacular inside and if the kids get bored there is a lovely walk along the river just down from the Abbey." (JH)

  • Trains touristiques a vapeur, Limoges

    Recommended by Jenny Chapman

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    Day trips on steam trains from Limoges station. They run from July to September. Look at their website for more information.
    www.trainvapeur.com/index.html

  • Lacs de Haute Charente

    Recommended by Jenny Chapman

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    A collection of lakes - ideal for walking, cycling and picnicing. The central village is Massignac. There is also canoeing, fishing and horse riding. look at the website for more details of activities.
    www.lacs-de-haute-charente.com

  • Aventure Parc, Lacs de Haute Charante

    Recommended by Jenny Chapman

    Aerial adventure park where children and adults walk, swing, and climb between trees. The adventure park is part of a group throughout France. They normally open around Easter time but it is best to check the website for dates and opening times.
    www.aventure-parc.fr/lacs-de-haute-charente

    Comments:
    "The park caters for the very young, with a bouncy castle through to teenagers and even adults. Our family really enjoyed the whole experience." (JC, March 2014)

  • Chateau la Rochefoucauld

    Recommended by Jenny Chapman

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    This stately chateau has belonged to the same family for over 1,000 years. Whilst visiting the chateau there is an opportunity to dress up with clothes and accessories from their costume collection.
    www.chateau-la-rochefoucauld.com

    Comments:
    "Great fun for all the family!" (JC, March 2014)

  • Wolves of Chabrieres, Gueret

    Recommended by Jenny Chapman

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    A great way to see wolves safely in their natural habitat. The website gives a good idea of what to expect.
    www.loups-chabrieres.com