September 2014


(entries in red indicate new additions)

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




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.




Until 1 Sept 2014

La Nature pour Passion  Large exhibition exploring the world of natural sciences, focusing on the work of Vendean historians and naturalists such as Viaud-Grand-Marais, Georges Durand and Marcel Baudouin. Exhibits include pickled snakes, stuffed animals, fossils, shells and plants.

Tues-Sun 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, 18 euros.)


Historial de la Vendée, Les Lucs sur Boulogne.

Until 13 Sept 2014

Cinéscénie  Spectacular night-time son-et-lumiere show, re-telling the history of the Vendee.
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 their spare ones alongside the box office. Usually Fri & Sat nights, from around 10.30pm. 26€, children 18€.


For more information, and to book, click on banner below



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




Until 28 Sept 2014

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. Apr, May open stated days only (see brochure), 10am-7pm; plus evening shows of musical fountains “Organs of Fire”

One-day pass: 33€, children 23€ (if booked in advance, 29€ & 20€); 2-day pass 47€, children 33€ (advance 43€ & 30€); 3-day pass 52€, children 38€ (advance 48€ & 35€) . Under-5s free.

On-site hotels available.

For more information, and to book, click on banner below

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

Until 21 Sept 2014

VUES EN VILLE III  A series of photographs arranged around the central square of La Roche. Daily 1-6pm.

Place Napoléon, La Roche-sur-Yon

Until 28 Sept 2014

Parcours De Sculptures Géantes De Mich'mao   Exhibition of around 30 strange sculptures made from recycled materials by a Breton artist. They are positioned in and arund the streets of this picturesque hilltop village.


Throughout Vouvant, near Fontenay-le-Comte

Until 30 Sept 2014

Expo Sablaise: Femme de marin Exhibition, mounted with the cooperation of the Musée de l’Abbaye Ste-Croix, looks at the wives of Les Sables fishermen who, in bygone times, mended nets, fished for shellfish, and worked in the local fish-canneries. Daily 10.15-1 & 3-6. Admission 5€, children 1.2-€



Musée de la Mer et de la Peche, Château St-Clair, Place Maraud,  La Chaume, nr Les Sables d’Olonne

1 Sept -30 Nov

Migration time  Ornitholoigists 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 12 Oct 2014

Cholet, au Son du Clairon  Exhibition to commemorate the town’s part in World War I, this looks at the military presence in Cholet from the early 19thC to 1928. It shows the various barracks, the different regiments that were stationed here, and the relationship between soldiers and the local residents.

Wed-Sun & public holidays 10-12 & 2-6. Closed Mon, Tues & 1 May; also closed for Cholet carnival (27 Apr-3 May 2014). Admission 3.20 euros, children free.


Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

27 Avenue de l'Abreuvoir


Tél. 02 72 77 23 22


Until 12 Dec 2014

Clemenceau Croqué, Raconté   Follow a series of panels around the streets of this littie town that tell the life and career of one of its most eminent sons, WWI French prime minister Georges Clemenceau. Open at all times, admission free.


Mouilleron-en-Pareds, near La Chataigneraie

1-30 Sept 2014 2014

Gardens open  William Christie’s elegant private gardens, classified “Jardin Remarquable”, may be visited in early July.
Le Jardin du Batiment, at Thiré; daily 1-7pm; admission 4€, children free.


Thiré, Near Sainte Hermine

1 Sept 2013

Fete du Moulin et du Blé Noir   Annual day of old country crafts and techniques, with special emphasis on harvesting and threshing buckwheat. 2.30-6. Admission free.


Moulin a Elise, Le Poiré sur Vie, near Aizenay

5-7 Sept 2014

Festival Face et Si  Series of concerts by rising stars in the worlds of rock, jazz and comedy, given in an open-air concert hall.


Parc de Beaupuy, Mouilleron-le-Captif, near La Roche-sur-Yon (tel : 08 25 82 88 42)


5-9 Sept 2014

Foire des Minées  Annual commercial fair in the centre of town that is a shop window for local businesses.



6 Sept 2014

La Grande Bordée  Festival of the sea, with costumed parade, singing of sea-shanties, plus exhibitions and talks.



Quais de la Chaume


Tél : 02 51 32 36 39


mid Sept

Journées de la Chasse  Events on a hunting theme, in the grounds of the Logis de la Chabotterie. From 2pm.


Logis de la Chabotterie,
St Sulpice le Verdon.

13 Sept 2014

“La Montacutaine”  Popular running event, with 10km and 5km routes through the old town.  Intending participants must have written note from a doctor certifying their fitness. From 3pm.



14 Sept 2014

Vélocéane  Large family cycling event, with routes around the St-Jean-de-Monts area.



Le Perrier, near Challans

14 Sept 2014

Vendée Cheval  A large carriage-driving event, with classes in dressage, manoeuvrability and cross-country for draught horses,  carriage horses and ponies. 9am-6pm. Admission free.


Logis de la Chevillonniere, Route de Sainte Cecile, St-Hilaire-le-Vouhis

mid Sept

Festival des Jardiniers  A day of tastings and advice on all things horticultural at this traditional farm museum, with an emphasis on “forgotten” vegetables. From 2pm/. 6€, children 3€.


Maison de la Vie Rurale. La Flocelliere, nr Pouzauges

mid Sept

Salon des Collectionneurs  Annual collectors’ fair.


Fontenay le-Comte

19-21 Sept 2014

A nous les Belles Anglaises  Beautiful classic British sports cars descend on Les Sables d’Olonne for a three-day festival.



Car parks of:

 l'Institut Sport Océan, Remblai, Prieuré Saint Nicolas, Place Palais de Justice, Jardin du tribunal. Les Sables d’Olonne (Tél : 02 51 32 09 94)


20 Sept 2014

Journée Rabelaisienne  Renaissance-style dance and music brings the ruins of the ancient abbey to life.  10-12.30 and 1.30-6. Admission free; charge for the meal.


Abbaye St-Pierre, Maillezais, near Fontenay-le-Comte.

20, 21 Sept 2014

Journées du Patrimoine  A weekend of special openings and events at heritage sites all over the Vendée – and throughout France.. Times vary; information available from early Sept from Conseil General in La Roche, and tourist offices.

Throughout France

27, 28 Sept 2014

Caval’Océane  Equestrian event on the sands at low tide, with show jumping, pony rides, horse-ball, gymkhana events and a stunt-riding show. On the beach. Admission free.



27, 28 Sept 2014

Raid des Chaussées  A gruelling annual race on bike and on foot along, above and through the river Sèvre Nantaise.  This year the event celebrates its 20th edition.


Starts St-Laurent-sur-Sèvre; finishes Tiffauges.





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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