Coudray-Salbart Castle near Niort.
One of the last English castles built on French soil with walkways inside the walls secretly linking the towers.
Maillezais Abbey and Gardens.
The Norman & Gothic ruins come alive with day theatres and amazing evening Son et Lumiere shows.
Stone Age Bougon & the Roman city of Saintes.
Bougon’s burial mounds pre-date the pyramids. SAINTES’ Roman Archway and its arena will astound you.
Oleron island and its Oyster Shacks.
On the way to Oleron, visit the fortified Salt City of BROUAGE and Rochefort's Maritime Museum before seeing the colourful Artist Oyster Shacks on the OLERON island
Sunday 20th May..Angelica Festival.Bessines
Folk dancing, local delicaties, vintage cars and crafts.
Biannual Harvest Festival, 19th and 20th May 2019, Nieul sur l'Autise.
21st June..National Music Festival Day, Niort.
Coulon Marathon, Pasta Party, Sat 16th-Sun 17th June.
Coulon Fancy dress Canoë Rally,Sat 23rd June.
Sun 1st July..Wine & Bread Festival. Coulon.
Floating Market, Sat 21st July.Le Vanneau-Irleau.
Painting Festival, Sat 21st-Sun 22nd July.Magné.
Floral Boats Festival, Sun 29th July. St Maxire.
August..Car Boot Sales in the Marais.
La Garette and Coulon lots of fun in the streets of these riverside villages.
September..Bread Festival Epannes.
Local Produce Market, and car boot sale in the streets of Epannes.
The Magnificent Elephant of NANTES
This HUGE animal, 5 times larger than life goes out for a walk along the quayside of the ILE DE NANTES, you can hardly believe your eyes! Up to 49 passengers can take an elevated ride on this 36 feet high giant automaton made out of 50 tons of steel, wood and leather. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the banks of the Loire, while the elephant stomps, trumpets and sprays passers by with water from its trunk. One of the truly amazing creatures born in the artists' new high tech workshops of the shipyard's converted buildings.