April 2015
(entries in red indicate new additions)





This website is really just a supplement to Angela Bird’s guidebook, The Vendée (left), which gives full details
in its 176 pages of hundreds of interesting and off-beat tourist sites throughout the region.
What you see on the website consists of either extra topics not covered in the book (Calendar, Restaurants, Travel routes, Internet links etc), or updated information (new tourist attractions open – or old ones closed)
since the most recent edition of the book appeared.
the complete picture, order The Vendée through bookshops in the UK and Ireland, or from Amazon ; it is also on sale in good bookshops throughout the Vendée.


The listings on this site are supplied in good faith, gathered by the author from various Vendée sources.

However it is always wise to check details with organisers or tourist offices before making a special journey.




Until 6 Apr 2015

Mondial des Minimes  41st edition of this annual junior international football competition, held over Easter weekend, with young teams from 12 nations including Saudi Arabia, Belgium, England, France, Ivory Coast, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil.  There will also be an exhibition on the main site.


Matches aso at :

other venues.


Until 17 May 2015

Bernadette Chéné. Son lieu  Exhibition of installations by this Vendée-based artist that reveal different facets as the visitor wanders through them.

Tues-Fri 2-6; Sat, Sun 11-1 & 2-6. Closed 1 May.

Admission 5,00 €, students 3,00 €, children – and everybody on first Sun of month – free.



Musée de l'abbaye Sainte-Croix

Rue de Verdun

Les Sables d' Olonne

Tél : 02 51 32 01 16


Until 17 May 2015

De Kandinsky a Kapoor. Les Chemins de l'abstraction

In conjunction with the Beaux-Arts Museum in Nantes, this exhibition brings together 30 artists, covering a century of Abstractionism, starting with the first Kandinsky watercolour, through the geometric forms of the 1930s, Surrealism, the PopArt of the 1960s

Tues-Fri 2-6; Sat, Sun 11-1 & 2-6. Closed 1 May.

Admission 5,00 €, students 3,00 €, children – and everybody on first Sun of month – free.


Musée de l'abbaye Sainte-Croix

Rue de Verdun

Les Sables d' Olonne

Tél : 02 51 32 01 16


Until 31 Aug 2015

Beauté fragile: La diversité des papillons de la collection de Georges Durand (1886-1964)  Display cases of butterflies mostly gathered in the Vendée, amassed by a collector from days gone by who used to own this property and who willed it to the Paris natural-history museum. You can also wander the grounds of this eco-park on the hunt for insects and typical Vendée flora.

Tues-Sat & public holidays 2-6pm.

Admission 5 €, chldren 3,50 €


Centre Beautour, Route de Beautour, Accès Parc Eco 85, near La Roche-sur-Yon (off D948 between Bourg sous La Roche and La Chaize le Vicomte)

(tel: 02 51 24 32 40)


2-4 Apr 2015

Festival Nouvelle Chanson  Pop, rock and folk songs from six talented young artists, two each evening.  Times vary. 18€.


Les Atlantes, Les Sables d’Olonne (Réservations Office de Tourisme des Sables d'Olonne 02 51 96 85 78)






5 April 2015


(public holiday)




6 April 2015


LUNDI DE PAQUES (Easter Monday)
(public holiday)






11 Apr-
27 Sept 2015

Le Grand Parc. New season for the hugely enjoyable “historical theme park”. High points include the storming of the “donjon médiéval”, the “Vikings”, and a fabulous falconry show. New for 2014 Is the “Renaissance at the Castle” show, within the ruins of the Chateau deu Puy du Fou. Among other dazzling entertainments are chariot-racing, and faithful recreations of medieval, 18th- and 19th-century villages. Apr, May open stated days only (see brochure), 10am-7pm; plus evening shows of musical fountains “Organs of Fire”

One-day pass: 33€, children 23€ (if booked in advance, 29€ & 20€); 2-day pass 47€, children 33€ (advance 43€ & 30€); 3-day pass 52€, children 38€ (advance 48€ & 35€) . Under-5s free.

Puy du Fou, Les Epesses, nr Les Herbiers
(tel : 02 51 64 11 11).

12 Apr-10 May 2015

Festival “Kid’s Folies”  Lots of fun events for children, this year on the theme of “games”.



12 Apr 2015

Organ Concert   Concertos for flute and organ by Handel, Haydn and Telemann. With Hugo Reyne, flute. 3.30pm. Tickets 12 euros and 16 euros.


Parish church, Chavagnes-en-Paillers

(Tel : 02 51 42 30 24)


25 Apr-13 Sept 2015

Culture TV, Saga de la télévision française  A look at the evolution of technology in French television, with a chance to relive French TV favorites, and to visit a recreation of a television studio.

Tues-Sun 10-7 (closed Mon); 1 July-31 Aug, daily 10-7.

Museum admission 8€; 18-25 years 5€, children free.



Historial de la Vendée, Les Lucs sur Boulogne.

26 Apr 2015

Carnival de Cholet  Daytime parade through the streets of the town, with impressive carnival figures and floats. (On 2 May the famous evening parade takes place, illuminated by  20,000 lightbulbs.)


Cholet, Maine et Loire




The Conseil-Général’s website also has a regularly updated calendar of events
on its site, under “Agenda”.

A free quarterly publication called Musique-Danse lists many concerts of all kinds in the Vendee. You can find it in Mairies and tourist offices.
There is an online version here.


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