November 2015


(entries in red indicate new additions)







This website is 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.





Next Vendee Globe race starts in November 2016

Vendée-Globe “village”  Visit the port of Les Sables to see the yachts that are setting out on their round the world voyages.


Port Olona, Les Sables-d’Olonne

Until 8 Nov 2015

40 Ans d’ambition pour le littoral  Exhibition of photographs of the Vendee coastline.


Historial de la Vendee, Les Lucs sur Boulogne, near La Roche sur Yon


Until late Nov

Migration time  Ornithologists gather at strategic points to witness the countless birds migrating south in great flocks for the winter. Members of the LPO (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux) count the numbers at the Pointe de L’Aiguillon. Last year they clocked 600,000 of more than 70 species.
The public are welcomed on Sat and Sun afternoons, and will be able to ask questions of the experts gathered there.


Pointe de l’Aiguillon, Aiguillon-sur-Mer.

Until 30 Nov 2015

Commemoration du centenaire 14/18   Objects and documents from the museum’s collections that are connected with World War I.


Musee de Fontenay-le-Comte, Place du 137 R.I., Fontenay le Comte





1 Nov

(All Saint’s Day, public holiday)





7-15 Nov 2015

Internationaux de Tennis de Vendée   More than 30 top men players battle it out on the indoor courts


Vendespace, Parc de Beaupuy, Mouilleron-le-Captif, nr La Roche-sur-Yon (tel : 02 51 44 79 85).



11 Nov


ARMISTICE (public holiday)







11 Nov 2015-6 Mar 2016

1914-1918 1939-1945, Artistes en Guerre  Works by Vendée artists showing their experiences in both world wars – on the battlefield, as prisoners, in deportation – and by those who created evocative war memorials.

Tues-Sun 10-6.  Historial admission 8 euros; under-25s 5 euros; under-18s free.


Historial de la Vendee, Les Lucs sur Boulogne, near La Roche sur Yon


12 Nov 2015

Royal Ballet  Live relay from Covent Garden, in London, of a quadruple dance bill:  Visceral/L’Apres-Midi d’un faune/Tchaikovsky pas de deux; Carmen

8.15 pm.


Espace Cinemas, Boulevard Michel Phelippon, Luçon

17 Nov 2015

La Traviata from La Scala, Milan  Live relay from La Scala of Verdi’s three-act opera.

Espace Cinemas, Boulevard Michel Phelippon, Luçon

19 Nov 2015

Armstrong Jazz Ballet   Music and dance from the “Vendee en Scene” season. 8.30pm. Tickets 10 euros; under-26s 6 euros. (Tel: 02 51 44 79 85)

Salle de la Clé des Champs, Saint-Laurent-sur-Sevre, nr Montaigu


28, 29 Nov 2015

Marché de Noël  Christmas market in picturesque hilltop village.

Sat 3-9pm; Sun 10am-7pm. Admission free.


Place du Bail, Vouvant, near La Chataigneraie

28, 29 Nov 2015

Le Mystère de Noël  The first dates for the Puy du Fou’s usual enchanting Christmas event, with certain “villages” open, and a 90-minute indoor Christmas spectacle.

Information on timings etc here.

Tickets 23 euros, 5-13 year-olds 14.50 euros.


Les Epesses, nr Les Herbiers (tel : 02 51 64 11 11)

late Nov

Marché de Noël   Christmas market, in the village centre. Sat 2-6pm; Sun 10am-6pm.


Le Champ-St-Père, nr St Vincent-sur-Graon.


29 Nov 2012

“Musiques de plein air à la cour du Roi Soleil”  Hugo Reyne and the Simphonie du Marais play music by Lully, Philidor and others.  8.30pm. Admission 10 euros.


Theatre Municipal, L’Aiguillon-sur-Vie, near St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (tel: 02 51 44 79 85)


29 Nov-6 Dec 2015

Championnats du Monde de Tennis de Table Juniors  Young table-tennis players from 40 countries compete in world championship singles and doubles.

Vendespace, Parc de Beaupuy, Mouilleron-le-Captif, nr La Roche-sur-Yon (tel : 02 51 44 79 85).





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 fairs 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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