With the arrival of spring and sunny days, many tourist sites and outdoor leisure activities are opening their doors to launch the 202 season.4 in April!

Le Puy du Fou opens on March 30, 2024 and in its wake, continue your stay in Vendée Bocage with visiting sites and outdoor activities! We will be delighted to introduce you to our new products, our good deals and our worlds: immerse yourself in the history of France in medieval times or play in the great outdoors. Good reading !

Visit the Vendée bocage in the spring for the Easter holidays

Puy du Fou France for the April holidays

The Puy du Fou® opens its doors for the 2024 season on Saturday March 30. This is an opportunity to discover or rediscover the shows Puy du Fou, its thematic villages and the night show The Fire Wedding...

  • La novelty 2023 : "Le Mime et l'Etoile", a show that plunges you into the world of the Belle Epoque and the creation of cinema!
  • "The Sign of Triumph", new staging 2022 for the famous gladiator horse race! 
  • To review: "the Last Panache", to learn more about the Wars of the Vendée with the adventures of Charette in the theater of the giants, The Secret of the Lance and its riders, the Musketeers of Richelieu… and the Marriage of fire at nightfall.
  • Puy du Fou calendar and prices 2024

Practical information – ticketing

For a ticket reservation, or personalized advice for your stay at Puy du Fou, contact the Tourist offices au 02 44 40 20 16 !

Discover the Châteaux in Vendée!

Tiffauges castle

Le Castle of Tiffauges launches its 2024 season from the 1er april ! Have fun in the largest medieval fortress in the west where entertainment and shows follow one another. The children dress up as knights, the war machines impress... A ½ day to experience with family or friends.

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  • Open in April, May: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 30 p.m. to 14 p.m., weekends and public holidays from 18 p.m. to 14 p.m.
  • Prices: €8/ad, €6 (young people aged 12 to 25), free – 12 years old.

The castle of Saint-Mesmin

Discover the Castle of Saint-Mesmin, a 28th century medieval fortress to which an imposing 2024m high keep was added in the XNUMXth century. Hosted during the April holidays around the XNUMX theme “The Middle Ages challenges you”, have fun as a family by discovering the different games and puzzles!

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Place called The City
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  • Open from April 13 to May 5, 2024 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14:30 p.m. to 18:30 p.m..
  • Prices €10/ad, €8,50/reduced rate, €6/child aged 5 to 14.

The Essarts castle

Direction the Essarts castle, a highly animated site: shows, treasure hunts, guided tours... For more thrills, fly among the trees in the tramponets! What an amazing afternoon to spend!

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6 street of the old castle THE ESSARTS
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  • Open from April 14 to April 30, 2024 from 14 p.m. to 19 p.m. (except Fridays and Saturdays).
  • Prices €8/adult, €6/child (up to 12 years old), free under 4 years old

The Manor of Sciences of Réaumur

Be curious in the footsteps of the learned Réaumur, throughout your visit to the Science Mansion, awaken your senses in the heart of science in the mansion and gardens. As part of the Intrepid Club, the adventure game takes you from room to room, the codes allow you to open the chests in the garden. Have fun !

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8 rue Ferchault
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  • Open from April 7 to May 5, 2024, Sunday to Wednesday from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
  • Prices €5/adult, €3,50/child, free under 6 years old.

Outdoor activities in Vendée

Tépacap Vendee

To be sure to please the children, spend a day at Tépacap Vendee in Mesnard la Barotière, at the Lac de la Tricherie leisure centre. 10 courses in the trees possible, sensory journey to do barefoot. Appeal to your senses and enjoy a pleasant day in the forest. For the little ones: a Pitchouns course specially designed for 2 to 7 year olds. New 2023 : tree climbing course for 5-6 year olds. To discover on the site: paintball, outdoor laser game, archery, orientation...

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9 Cheating
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  • Open on weekends from March 30 to April 1, 2024, weekends from 6,7 and 13,14 p.m., then from April 20 to May 5, every day from 13:30 p.m. to 19 p.m..
  • On reservation at 02 51 65 74 70.

The City of Birds

On a spring afternoon, come and recharge your batteries at the City of Birds. A departmental ornithological reserve, the Cité des Oiseaux invites you to observe birds with a telescope in the observatories. Stroll around the ponds with a family treasure hunt from the club des intrépides. A large grassy area allows children to let off steam in complete safety.

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  • Outdoor exhibition and access to the free observatory, accessible every day.
  • Open from April 20 to 30 every day from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m. then from May 1 to June 30, Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays.
  • Family treasure hunt €3/per team of 2 to 6 people. From 4 years old.
  • Discovery center on animal migrations: €4/ad 

Hikes in the heart of nature in the Vendée bocage with children

The interactive trail in the forest of Grasla

To discover the forest of Grasla while having fun, download the “Piste&Trésor” application to your smartphone or tablet, choose the game “ Mission in the forest of Grasla », set off on the path following the instructions, answer the mini-games to find totems (wooden posts with an engraved animal) hidden a few meters from the main path. 

About 2 hours – Free application – from the Refuge de Grasla car park

Amanéa trail – St Hilaire le Vouhis – Bournezeau

You enter an amazing nature where a child grew up here with a large bird from the South Seas as a friend… but this friend has disappeared. So the grown-up child built huge primal musical instruments to bring him back...

Accessible without restriction. Free. Booklet to download: http://www.tourisme-paysdechantonnay.fr/le-sentier-damanea-lac-de-la-vouraie/

Ideas for visits when it rains in Vendée Bocage

Espace Gaston Chaissac – Sainte Florence – Essarts en Bocage 

Enter the poetic and colorful universe of Gaston Chaissac by visiting the old school and its original scenography “the blue sugar box” imagined by Xavier de Richemont for an immersive experience in the world of Chaissac: Space Gaston Chaissac ! Discover the family activities as part of the Club des intrépides: the animated tour “The re-creation of Gaston” and a workshop “You are the artist”.

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1 rue de la Scierie
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  • Open Tuesday to Friday from 14 p.m. to 17 p.m.
  • Prices: €4,50/ad – €3/child from 3 to 18 years old

The Soapery of the Hills – St Mars la Réorthe

New 2023 : The Soap factory of the Hills moved to a new location! Go to meet a craftsmanship and get ready to be amazed! Embark with P'tit Mousse on a journey through time to discover the birth and evolution of soap. Discover the stages of soap making with the guided tour of the workshop.

the Rochettes
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  • Animated visits from Monday to Friday at 14 p.m. and 30 p.m.
  • Prices: €3,5/ad, €2/child
  • Reservation recommended on 02 51 57 63 47

The LUDyLAB in Chambretaud-Chanverrie

Live your best immersive experiences in the largest VR space in the West: Virtual Reality – Escape Game VR. Information and reservations on the website Ludylab.

New for 2022: the interactive wall. Come and compete in interactive experiences that combine team spirit, sport, combativeness, laughter & reflection. To your ball, and may the best win!

  • Open all year round
  • 3€/game

The Stone Eater Museum – Mortagne-sur-Sèvre

Everyone knows how to recognize some flowers, mushrooms, birds… But do you know how to identify any mineral species? Le Stone Eater Museum reveals minerals from a different and inventive angle, both playful, aesthetic, educational and artistic.

  • Open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
  • 6€/adult and 4€/child, free – 6 years old

We discover or revisit the religious heritage!

Vendée Stained glass window – Church of Saint Hilaire de Mortagne

Extraordinary reconversion for this church restored from 2017 to 2018 to accommodate this cultural project. Immerse yourself in the history of stained glass in the renovated church of Saint Hilaire de Mortagne. Vendee Stained Glass offers different spaces themed on the art of stained glass: the optical theater presents the history of stained glass since the XNUMXth century, a projection mixes light effects and sound immersion: Louis Mazetier's stained glass, play area for children...

And for children or family, a treasure hunt is proposed ! For about an hour, come and discover the site from a new perspective, by solving puzzles to help Marcelin find his treasure! Games and manipulations for the youngest and the oldest.

Firm. Opens at 14:30 p.m.
Place de l’église
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  • Price: €6 per family made up of 2 adults and 1 child, €1 per additional child.

Bell tower of the church of Saint-Michel-Mont-Mercure

A sporting challenge, and why not? To go up at the bell tower of the church of Saint Michel Mont Mercure, climbing the 199 steps is the challenge! In the end, you can observe the panorama over the landscape of the Vendée bocage and admire the Archangel Saint Michael. A unique view!

The Salette sanctuary at La Rabatelière

It is an unusual site, built on the hillside overlooking the Petite Maine river. THE La Salette sanctuary is made up of different brick constructions that marked parish life at the end of the XNUMXth century and shows the fervor of the Vendée people for the cult of the Virgin.

The Notre Dame de Lorette chapel at La Flocellière – Sèvremont

This small chapel is the church of the former Carmelite convent, founded in 1640 and restored around 1870. It houses a replica of the Santa casa de Lorette in Italy, erected in 1873. A nugget of religious heritage to be discovered through the door to the left of the altar.

Where to stay during the April holidays in Vendée near Puy du Fou?

Do you want to get together with your family, in a tribe with your parents and grandparents, to go on vacation in the middle of nature, to have a weekend with friends in the countryside? Le bocage offers many accommodations for the April holidays!

En campings, to take advantage of a chalet rental, mobile home, or unusual accommodation in the heart of nature, on the banks of the river. The campsites in the heart of the bocage in Vendée even have indoor swimming pools or heated to enjoy the water on rainy days!

In gites, a vacation location for a week with family or a weekend with friends around Puy du Fou®, choose from 300 furnished accommodations for 2 to 15 people. A fully equipped kitchen allows you to prepare meals and picnics. The gîtes are often close to outdoor spaces with a playground, the start of a hiking trail or even a village to discover nearby.

You come with your camping-car ? Many service areas, garbage dumps and campsites offer a stopover for one or more nights. Travel serene!

You prefer the comfort of a hotel, the services of a castle hotel with spa, jacuzzi… guest rooms… take the time to choose a room according to your tastes!

For all our accommodation lists, tick the criteria that suit you: number of people, swimming pool... or contact the Tourist Offices at 02 44 40 20 16, the tourism pros are there to advise you!

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