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August 2016

WHAT’S ON IN THE VENDÉE

(entries in red indicate new additions)

For Vendée vide-greniers, I have made a selection from
this excellent specialised website.

 

 



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PLEASE NOTE

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.
For 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.

 

 

 

22 July -3 Aug 2016

Musiques à La Chabotterie    18th edition of the Vendée’s baroque music festival at the Logis de la Chabotterie country house..

Tickets 14€-18€

 

Logis de la Chabotterie, St Sulpice le Verdon, nr La Roche sur Yon (Booking on tel: 02 51 43 31 01)

Until 16 Aug 2016

Fontenay sens dessus dessous  Family-friendly guided tours at nightfall through some unusual cellars and other dark places. Bring a torch. Tuesday 9pm. Admission 6 euros, children 4 euros. Advance booking essential.

 

Mardi 2 août

Mardi 9 août

Mardi 16 août

Mardi 23 août

 

 

Depart from Musée Vendéen, Fontenay-le-Comte (booking on Tél. : 02 51 53 40 05)

Until 22 Aug 2016

Les Veillées Du Prieuré  Atmospheric evenings when you can visit this little country priory by candlelight, accompanied by the sounds of religious music.

Mondays;

1, 8, 22 August, 9.30-midnight in August.

Admission 8€, 18-25-year-olds 6€, children free.

 

 

Prieuré de Grammont – Saint Prouant (Information and réservations  tel: 02 51 66 47 18)

Until 24 Aug 2016

Les Nocturnes de Tiffauges  The evening starts with loads of medieval-style entertainment in the castle’s courtyards. There is also an open-air musical specially written by Jacques Ravelleau Duparc based around the history of “Bluebeard’s castle”.   Wed.  Starts promptly at 9pm; -11.30pm.  8€, children 6€; family 23€.

 

Chateau de Tiffauges, Tiffauges, near Montaigu

Until 31 Aug 2016

Mémoire/s  Large exhibition using science and history to explore the multiple facets of memory

Tues-Sun 10-7 (1 July-31 Aug, daily 10-7). Admission 8 euros, students 5 euros, under-18s free.

(Annual pass for Historial 12 euros;

Pass Vendée, one year's admission to Historial plus 7 other major historical sites in the Vendée, 21 euros.)

 

Historial de la Vendée, Les Lucs sur Boulogne.

 

Until 10 Sept 2016

Cinéscénie  Spectacular night-time son-et-lumiere show, re-telling the history of the Vendee.
Usually Fri & Sat nights, from around 10pm. 26€, children 18€.
Tickets are usually sold out well before the summer, but if you haven’t been able to get any, it’s worth turning up on the night in case people are selling off spare ones alongside the box office. (The box office does not deal in any returns, so this is the only way customers can sell back their spare tickets)

 

 

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

 

Until 18 Sept 2016

Le Port des Sables-d’Olonne  Exhibition about the history of the Vendée’s largest fishing port, from the days it was created in the late 18th century.

daily 10.15-12.30 & 3-6. Tues-Fri 2-6; Sat, Sun 11-1 & 2-6.

Admission 5,00 €.

 

Musée de la Mer et de la Peche, Chateau St-Clair, La Chaume, nr Les Sables

Tél : 02 51 32 01 16

 

Until 25 Sept 2016

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. Daily 10am-7pm; plus evening shows of musical fountains “Organs of Fire”

One-day pass: 37€, children 26€ (if booked in advance, 32€ & 22€); 2-day pass 55€, children 39€ (advance 48€ & 33€); 3-day pass 60€, children 44€ (advance 53€ & 38€) . Under-5s free.

On-site hotels available.

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

1 Aug 2016

“Nuits Musicales en Vendee Romane”  Six communes classified as “Petites cités de caractère”, or villages of charm, hold concerts in romanesque settings.  This is the final one of the season

 

The Ensemble Amarillis, with Stéphanie d'Oustrac, mezzo-soprano

and Violaine Cochard, harpsichord and organ. Baroque pieces: « Ferveur et Extase - L'amour aux deux visages»

 

Parsh church, Foussais-Payré, nr La Chataigneraie

2-13 Aug 2016

Festival de l’Ile Chauvet   Music and operetta in the open air – mostly – around the ruins of a small abbey.

Tickets from 19€, children under 12 free.

 

Abbaye de l’Ile Chauvet, Bois de Cene, near Challans (booking via Challans tourist office, tel : 02 51 93 19 75) 

4, 5 Aug 2016

Cette nuit Pierre-Levée   Enjoyable son-et-lumière production, with 200 locals acting out the history of the Olonnes area against the backdrop of the pretty little Château de Pierre Levée. 10.30pm (food available from 7.30pm). 20 euros, students 17 euros, children 10 euros.



Château de Pierre-Levée, (near Olonne golf course), Olonne-sur-Mer (tel : 02 51 23 71 54).

5-7 Aug 2016

Régates du Bois de la Chaise  130 working wooden sailing boats compete in a series of races off the coast of Noirmoutier. Parade of boats into Noirmoutier town port in the evenings, and a host of musical and other entertainment around the event.

 

Bois de la Chaise and Noirmoutier town, Noirmoutier

 

 

5-8 Aug 2016

Festival de l’Histoire de France  Day- and night-time events around the town’s chateau bring an atmosphere of earlier times. This year’s event features Gallo-Roman times

 

Ste-Hermine (tel: 06 49 15 84 73).

6 Aug 2016

33e Marché aux Puces/Vide Greniers  Large flea market and car-boot sale throughout the town.  7am-7pm.

 

Moutiers-les-Mauxfaits

6 Aug 2016

La Nuit des Etoiles  Do some stargazing in the wide skies of the Breton-Vendeen marshes, and try and spot the shooting-stars, with guidance from experts. 9pm, screening of a film about the stars; from 10pm, look through telescopes (about a dozen will be available) set out around the foot of the water tower; possibility of ascending the tower by lift to the viewing room at the summit.

Admission free.

 

Kulmino (water tower), La Grande Croix, La Barre de Monts, nr St Jean de Monts

7 Aug 2016

Puces Olonnaises, large flea-market. 8am-6pm.

 

Havre d’Olonne car park,  Rue du 8 mai, Olonne-sur-Mer

 

7 Aug 2016

Fête des Battages  Grand, early-20th-century-style harvest-home event and agricultural fun and games. Main activities from 2pm.

 

Aire de Loisirs de la Coulée Verte, St-Andre-Treize-Voies, near Montaigu

 

7 Aug 2016

Fête du Melon  A day devoted to the Charentais melon, in the area of the South Vendée where it is most grown.

 

Chaillé-les-Marais

8-10 Aug 2016

Cette nuit Pierre-Levée   Enjoyable son-et-lumière production, with 200 locals acting out the history of the Olonnes area against the backdrop of the pretty little Château de Pierre Levée. 10.30pm (food available from 7.30pm). 20 euros, students 17 euros, children 10 euros.



Château de Pierre-Levée, (near Olonne golf course), Olonne-sur-Mer (tel : 02 51 23 71 54).

8-19 Aug 2016

Festival de Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile  Season of plays, acted out against the backdrop of the historic castle, and at other places around the island.



Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile, Noirmoutier island (tel : 02 51 35 87 24).

 

10-12 Aug 2016

Noirmoutier Classic  Races for classic yachts, such as Dragon and Requin class, with about 50 taking part.

 

Plage des Dames, Noirmoutier island

11 Aug 2016

 

 

Autrefois . . . Challans  Wonderful old-time fair days throughout this pleasant market town, with traditional activities and a good deal of family fun. 10-6. Admission free

 

Challans

 

 

 

 

 

14 Aug 2016

Puces Lignéronnaises  August edition of the Vendée’s largest open-air flea-market. 9am-7pm. 1€.

 

St Christophe du Ligneron, near Challans

14 Aug 2016

Nuit de la Mogette  The annual festival devoted to the white haricot bean of the Vendée. Old-time agricultural methods, music, and, of course, a beanfeast. From 3pm. Admission free.

By the Moulin à Elise, Le Poiré-sur-Vie, near Aizenay


15 Aug


FETE DE L’ASSOMPTION 
(Feast of the Assumption),
public holiday

 

 

15 Aug 2016

 

Fête  du Lac  Fun and games in, around and on the lake, with a grand firework finale over the water after dark.

 

Rue du Moulin-a-Eau, Maché, near Aizenay

15 Aug 2016

Fête de la Brouette  Annual “wheelbarrow day”, famous for its wild fancy-dress wheelbarrow race (starts 3pm).  From noon; 2pm parade of barrows; 3pm racing; followed by meal, dancing and at 11pm fireworks

 

Parc de la Mairie, Saligny, nr La Roche-sur-Yon

15 Aug 2016

Fête du Cheval, de l’Ane, et des Metiers Traditionnelles  Annual festival and fair devoted to donkeys, horses and old-tyme activities.

 

Sainte-Christine, Benet, nr Fontenay-le-Comte

15 Aug 2016

Fête du Pain  The village bread-oven will be fired up for baking. There will also be a craft market, and exhibition of old agricultural machinery. From 2pm. Admission free.

 

St-Père-en-Retz, (Loire-Atlantique), near Pornic, at the Conservatoire des Vieux Métiers.

15 Aug 2016

Fête des Pêcheurs  The annual chance for the public to see the centre of the mysterious Lac de Grand Lieu. Fishermen sell their fish (at 9am), demonstrate fishing with senne nets (9-11am) and run boat trips into the watery interior.  evening market from 6pm; firework show later.

 

 

Passay, near La Chevroliere (in Loire-Atlantique)

18 Aug 2016

 

 

Autrefois . . . Challans  Wonderful old-time fair days throughout this pleasant market town, with traditional activities and a good deal of family fun. 10-6. Admission free

 

Challans

18-21 Aug 2016

Festival Danses et Musiques du Monde  Annual festival of world music, with colourful teams performing traditional music and dance on the open-air stage. Line-up this year includes Russia, Ireland, Guinea, Madagascar and Mexico.  9.30pm. 14€, children 7€.

Cugand, near Clisson (tel: 02 51 36 93 60).
Booking opens 19 July. Can also book via website www.vendee.fr

 

20-27 Aug 2016

Festival “Dans les Jardins de William Christie” Soloists from Christie’s Jardin des Voix, accompanied by musicians from the Juilliard School in New York, play 20-min extracts from works by baroque composers at various points in this beautiful garden. Christie himself conducts. Admission 20€.

 

Le Jardin du Batiment, Rue du Batiment, Thiré, near Ste-Hermine (booking opens 4 June on tel : 02 51 44 79 85)

27 Aug 2016

Festival Pyrotechnique International  International firework competition, set off over the Plage de l’Océan beach. 10.30pm. Admission free.

 

St-Brévin-les-Pins, near Pornic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

For brocante fairs and vide-greniers, check out this specialised website. 
If you wish to see those in another département, simply change the Vendee code (85) at the end of the link to that of your chosen département: i.e. 44 for Loire-Atlantique; 49 for Maine-et-Loire etc.



 

MORE EVENTS

 

The Vendée Tourist Board website has many events listed under
various categories, starting from this page

 

The Conseil-Général’s website also has a regularly updated
calendar of events on its site, under “Agenda”
(click on “Evenements suivants” for later events, or on the names
of the other months shown)

 

For Vendée vide-greniers (brocante fairs and car-boot sales),
I have made a selection from 
this excellent specialised website.

If you wish to see those in another département, simply change the Vendee code (85) at the end of the link to that of your chosen département: i.e. 44 for Loire-Atlantique; 49 for Maine-et-Loire etc

 

 

 

 

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