March 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 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

Until 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

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 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)


13 March 2015

Les encombrants font leur cirque

The Compagnie La Licorne is a troupe of actors and acrobats bringing puppets to join them in this entertainment that involves tightrope-walking paying mantis, trapeze-artist sardines and acrobatic goldfish.


Office de Tourisme des Sables d'Olonne




13 March 2015

Concert Gospel pour 100 voix

One of the world’s top gospel choirs is performing performing throughout Europe this year.


Admission 39-59 euros


Vendéspace, Mouilleron-le-Captif, nr La Roche sur Yon (tel :


15 March 2015

Carnival de mi-Carême  Famous mid-Lent carnival parade through the village streets. 2pm.

Coëx, near Aizenay

17 March 2015

LE LAC DES CYGNES (Swan Lake)   Marius Petipa’s much-loved ballet, screened live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.




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


20-29 March 2015

Festival de Magie  Seventh annual Magic Festival to be held at Olonne, with performances in different venues by a variety of magicians


Theatre de la Licorne, Le Havre d’Olonne,  Rue du 8 mai 1945, , Olonne sur Mer, near Les Sables

22 Mar 2015

Cholet Pays de la Loire  35th edition of this well-known cycle race, with circuits for both men and women.


Cholet area

27-29 Mar 2015

Acoustic Festival  Guitar-playing singer-songwriters strum their stuff. Performers include Miossec, Charlie Winston, and the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain.


Salle de l’Idonniere,
Le Poiré-sur-Vie, near Aizenay


27-29 Mar 2015

Printemps du Livre de Montaigu  Annual (French) literary festival, with a chance to talk to around 250 authors from the French-speaking world, and see their latest works.

Daily 10-7.

Admission free.


Théâtre de Thalie, Montaigu

28 Mar 2015

Erwin List Ensemble Concert of baroque music by Charpentier, Vivaldi and others..


Tickets 10€


Eglise de Sainte-Flaive-des-Loups, near La Mothe Achard

28, 29 Mar 2015

Galopades Tranchaises  Running event, with an evening race on the Sat, and on Sun 8km, 13km and 26km circuits for various age groups. Mass start 10am, on the beach


La Tranche-sur-Mer

31 Mar-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.







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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