July 2016


(entries in red indicate new additions)

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




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.




30 June-3 July 2016

Trophées Equivendée   Annual equestrian event featuring dressage, cross-country and show-jumping competitions, as well as carriage-driving and gymkhana games.

Admission free.


Menjopolis estate, near Bazoges en Pareds

Until late July

Les Soldes / Sales!  This is the official period for which French shops are authorised to hold sales.  Make the most of it!


Throughout France

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 10.30pm. 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.

Until 1 May, daily 3-6; 2 May-3 July, 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. The “Renaissance at the Castle” show is enacted within the ruins of the Chateau du 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: 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.

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







3 July 2016

Les Coloriades du Pays de Palluau  The picturesque village of Apremont holds a painting competition on a historic theme.


Apremont, near Challans

9 July 2016

Jardin en Fete  Evening event, when this lovely town park is illuminated with hundreds of lanterns


Jardin Dumaine, Luçon


14 July

(Bastille Day, public holiday)






14 July


Brocante fairs



Barbatre and La Gueriniere, on Noirmoutier island ; Aubigny ;


21 July 2016


Also 28 July &
11 & 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



17 July 2016


& 4 Aug 2016

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


St Christophe du Ligneron, near Challans

28 July 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











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



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