February 2015

(entries in red indicate new additions)


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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.




Until 15 Feb 2015

Clemenceau, le Tigre et l'Asie

Exhibition offering a glimpse of early-20th-century politician Georges Clemenceau’s enthusiasm for all things oriental, particularly Japanese.

Tues-Sun 10-6.

Museum admission 8€, children free.


Historial de la Vendee, Les Lucs sur Boulogne

Until 29 Mar 2015

Festival Chant'Appart  An annual series of recitals in private homes and other small venues, usually followed by a buffet supper and a chance to mingle with the artistes.

8.30pm weekdays; Sun 4pm.


Various venues. Advance booking essential

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 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 Feb 2015

International Wetlands Day (always 2 Feb)

A time to look for migrating birds that stop off on the flooded marshland near the coast.

Beauvoir-sur-Mer, near Challans


Champagné les Marais, near Fontenay


5 Feb 2015

Circus : Alice in China   Acrobats, gymnasts and others from the Chinese National Circus in a performance loosely themed on Alice in Wonderland. 8.30pm. Admission 25€, studens & children 18€.


Theatre Thalie, Montaigu




6 Feb 2015

Quintette Obéron  Concert by five members of the Orchestra National des Pays de la Loire, featuring Mozart, Ligeti, Rossini and other composers.


Tickets 18.80€, children under 12 free.


Pôle Culturel Les Floralies La Tranche sur Mer


7 Feb- 1 Mar 2015

Sports d’Hiver a la Mer  “Winter sports” by the sea include – not skiiing and skating, but rather sand-yachting, roller hockey, “snowshoe” rambles through the dunes and Nordic walking through the forests.


La Barre-de-Monts/Fromentine area

8 Feb-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


14-22 Feb 2015

29e Circuit des Plages  A week-long prestigious cycle race through the Vendee’s seaside resorts.

14/02 Soullans

15/02  Fontenay-le-Comte

17/02  Fougeré

19/02  Nieul-le-Dolent

21/02  Challans

22/02  Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez


Various venues (tel: 02 52 55 47 84).

21, 22 Feb 2015

EXPO 100% LEGO® EN VENDÉE Exhibitors come from all over western France to show wonderful constructions in Lego on a great variety of themes.

Sat 2-7pm, Sun 9.30am-5.30pm.


Salle polyvalente, Rue de la Fontaine, St Georges de Pointindoux, nr La Mothe Achard

24 Feb 2015

LE VAISSEAU FANTÔME (Der fliegende Holländer)

Bryn Terfel is in the title role of Richard Wagner’s opera The Flying Dutchman – part of a season of opera and ballet from Covent Garden Opera House in London.


Tickets 16€.


Cinema des Yoles, Notre Dame de Monts (booking via Notre-Dame de Monts tourist office)


and at


Cinéma Caméra 5,

21 Avenue Villebois Mareuil, Montaigu

Tél: 02 51 46 44 44 or


28 Feb-29 March 2015

« Les illusions d'optique »  Running concurrently with Olonne’s 7th Festival of Magic, this exhibition shows amusing and interactive optical illusions

Admission free.


Tourist office, Olonne sur Mer





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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