Young at heart
What could offer more fun for a family than experiencing the 4 seater velo-rail. For a unique day out, travel the restored section of a disused railway by pedal power and enjoy the wonderful countryside, ‘the velo rail’ ~ take turns to cycle whilst the others sit back and view the scenery. There are several stopping points for picnics and there are two options of distance ~ dependant on how much pedalling you can handle …
Adventure parc, Messignac
Aerial adventure park where children and adults walk, swing, and climb between trees. The park caters for the very young, with a bouncy castle type experience, through to teenagers and adults with four different coloured courses.
Safety is paramount and you must use the TWO safety ropes that are attached to your harness at all times. Full instructions are given. Parents/grandparents/non-participants can walk through the trees and watch the participants. About 10 minutes drive.
An Adventure Park with tree top courses, there are 7 different courses ranging from a white course for 3 year olds, to a black course for 14 year olds through to brave adults! There is also a zip wire across the swimming lake; a velo-rail (with electric assisted cars if required) mini golf, a miniature train, cafe etc. About 40 minutes drive.
St Estephe Swimming Lake:
A fully equipped swimming lake with kayaks and supervised bathing in the summer months. Childrens play area, cafe, ‘fitness’ equipment around the lake, lakeside walk with a pontoon halfway round which you need to pull yourselves across on. About 35 minutes drive.
Roumazieres-Loubert Swimming Pond:
Small man-made swimming pond in the shape of a donut, with a small fountain from one side. Ideal for younger children as only about 30 meters in diameter. There is a cafe on site, as well as showers and toilets and volley-ball court. Behind the pond is a large fishing lake, which is not for swimming in. About 30minutes drive.
St Junien Aiga Bluia swimming pools:
If you want to swim in a pool the closest centre is at St Junien; which has 5 pools in total, 3 outside and 2 inside, with a water slide. There is also a sauna / steam room and two squash courts. It is suitable / and caters for all ages; with a cafe and sun loungers on site.
- Parc Zoo du Reynou: large zoo set over 110 hectares, with a 19th century castle and over 600 animals
- Aquarium du Limoges: small aquarium with lovely, clean exhibits from sea-horses to alligators!
Many activities are seasonal or open on reduced days between September and May; it is always best to check the relevant websites before attending.
One website to look at is ‘family fun in France’ which is full of useful information, more than we could list; in fact at the time of writing it has 46 family activities: