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Theme Parks in the Loire

Fancy a rollercoaster?

If you fancy a bit more excitement or have children who want to have some fun; there are several theme parks within striking distance, two of the most famous ones being:-



This is about an hours drive away from Le Chardon, near to Poitiers and is a theme park dedicated to future technology, film and cinema, providing some spectacular entertainment for all ages. It is best to avoid going here in August as the queues at this time can be horrendous. www.futuroscope.com


Le Puy du Fou

This is a spectacular place just over an hour from Le Chardon which attracts people from all over France and beyond.

By day it is a medieval village with falconry, jousting, ‘La Bataille du Donjon’, a trial by fire, medieval combat with swordplay and fire, also a Viking ship emerging from flames with a multitude of special effects.

There is also a Roman arena with chariot racing, gladiatorial combats and displays of wild beasts which bring back the chilling thrills of the games of ancient Rome.

By night there is Cinéscenie: where 2700 amateur performers tell the epic tale of the Maupilliers, a family of Peasants from the Vendee. The production involves 4000 costumes, 300 sets of fireworks, 2000 computer controlled lights and 1500 computer controlled fountains.

Together, in a deluge of high tech splendour, they create the most spectacular combination of water and fire ever seen anywhere in the world. It is likely that in 2009 they will have an even more spectacular subject and performance. www.puydufou.com


Others within an hours drive away or less include:-

  • Holly Park – near Baugé www.hollypark.fr
  • La Possonniere – between Cholet and Angers
  • Parc Anjou Aventure- - Les Sabliéres – between Cholet and Angers. This is an activity park combining nature with activities and includes walking, orienteering , walking and other sports all within a wooded area – for all ages. www.parcanjouoaventure.fr
  • Parc de la Valée – Massais – only 20 minutes from Le Chardon, a theme park for all the family, although it is mostly suited to kids. It has all the usual ingredients including water slides, tourist train, karting, rides, picnic area etc. http://:parc.delavallee.fre.fr


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