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5 Family Fun days in France

Something for everyone, from inflatable fun by the River Loire for younger children, swinging through the forest for all ages in Saumur to an amazing theme park with a trip through the ages for the whole family.

1.     Saumur Forest Adventures

A 5 hectare park where you can follow different games, climb from tree to tree, climb a rope ladder, swing on a pendulum to name just a few. Paintball and Laser games in the forest available too. The routes are graded according to age and there is a special area for the very young climbers.  Perfect for families for a whole day’s entertainment in their parkland.

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Saumur Forest Adventures

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Re-opens for 2017 on April 1st.

2.     Lulu Parc

Lulu Parc is by the River Loire and aimed at younger children, inflatables, bouncy castles, zip wires and rides. The rides and inflatables are graded by height of the children. Next to the park is a ‘ginguette’, the name for an open-air eating place by water, which usually has evening entertainment.

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Lulu Parc

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3.     Lac Rille

The trains at Lac Rille delight young children and parents alike as they run along by the lake. The steam and diesel trains have been beautifully renovated by a team of volunteers. By the lake is also a collection of climbing frames and dens made from natural wood forms, including a chance to make music out of wood.  The café which forms part of the campsite is open to the public and serves excellent ice-cream as well as drinks and snacks.

The area is a stopping off point for migrating birds and on the far side of the lake is a marked nature walk, bird hide and information board.

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 A walk around Lac de Rillé

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4.     Puy de Fou

Something for all ages at Puy de Fou. It was voted the best theme park in the world, but ironically not as well known as some of the bigger names. A tremendous visit  which is bound to catch the imagination of the whole family. It is essential to book in advance. Each event is a huge extravaganza with special effects,  well researched historical content and a dash of artistic licence to complete the performance.

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Puy de Fou Spectacles

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5. Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci spent the last three years of his life at Clos Lucé, Amboise, which now houses models of many of his designs. In the grounds are working models of his designs displaying his amazing ingenuity.  It is well worth a visit and, being inter-active is great for children. A video of these amazing machines taken during one of our visits is available here

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Chateau de Clos Lucé

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Just 5 of family fun days out enjoyed by guests at www.frenchholiday.co.uk

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5 Family Friendly Restaurants

Children are welcome in French restaurants but not all children enjoy French food. Here are 5 restaurants which cater well for families with a mixture of French and other cuisines.

1    Crêperie Saint Pierre La Quichenotte

La Quichenotte is tucked away a short way down a passageway by the church in Place St. Pierre in Saumur. A cosy family run restaurant with lovely food (including galettes or a 3 course lunch ,’menu de jour’. It is excellent value. Welcoming staff and English spoken. Galettes, a savoury pancake with a choice of fillings, and crepes with chocolate sauce and ice-cream should keep any youngster happy. Recommended for a stress-free family meal with children or a great refuge after too much shopping!

2 Rue Haute Saint-Pierre, 49400 Saumur

2    Le Panorama

Le Panorama has a magnificent view of the Chateau of Saumur and the River Loire. There is  a large outdoor terrace and indoor seating. The view from the terrace is truly panoramic. It is a good place for either a drink (hot or cold) or a meal.  Friendly owners and a menu in French, delightfully translated into English too. The menu is comprehensive and serving times not restricted to French eating times.  Handy to know if you are with children.

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Le Panorama, Parking Du Château Rue Des Moulins, 49400 Saumur

3    Les Farmers

A very innovative place to eat, ingredients sourced locally as the name implies, and there is a bar.  Run by a  young and lively crew with various entertainment events throughout the season, with some new events planned for the 2017 season. The situation is great for families as it looks over the lake at Hommes. There are five lakes, fishing, swimming in one lake, picnic areas and woodland walks.

Les Farmers is a ‘ginguette’ which is a traditional French concept of somewhere to eat and enjoy music, often by a lake or river.

This short video gives a good idea of what it is all about!

Open seasonally, so check first on their Facebook page.

4    Caves des Marson

Something a bit different. Eat like a trogolodyte in a cave! Fouées, similar to pitta bread, are cooked in a traditional bread oven and served with a variety of fillings, beans, garlic butter, rillette, cheese and Nutella.  At Les Mortiers, we make them in our bread oven  as a change from pizzas. They were originally testers to see if the oven was hot enough to bake bread. There is more on fouées (also know as fouaces) here –  Wikipedia on fouées

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1 rue Henri Fricotelle 49400 ROU MARSON

5    Cafe Le Musée

The  café/bar in Parcay Les Pins serves a very good ‘plat du jour’, as well as snacks and will appeal to children too. The pizza van is there once a week, buy a pizza and the friendly café owners will provide you with cutlery, seating and the change to buy liquid refreshments of all types. There is also a van serving fish and chips once a week, which is particularly loved by the french residents of our village.

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2 Bis Place Jules Desbois, 49390 Parçay-les-Pins

Family friendly restaurants recommended by guests at Frenchholiday

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