Sompt - Days out

Plan d'eau du Lambon Celles
DescriptionLeisure beachPlan d'eau le Lamdon .
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Location79370, Celles-sur-Belle, just outside Melle
Map of 79370, Celles-sur-Belle, just outside Melle
Travel time from SomptLess than 20 minutes
More informationA 15 hectare site with a beach and supervised swimming lake. Canoes, wind surfing and pedal boats are available to hire. Fishing is also avilable with carp ranging between 6 and 7 kgs.

The full range of activities include Canoeing, Wind Surfing, Pedal boats, Bike surfing, Miniature golf, Fishing and Swimming.

Entrance is free for children under 8 years old and is less than €2.00 (Euros) for older children and adults
Opening timesUsually between 10am and 7pm (including public holidays)


La Marais Poitevin (Green Venice)
DescriptionGreen VeniceGreen Venice
Location79210 Arcais, to the west of Niort
Map of 79210 Arcais, to the west of Niort
Travel time from Sompt45 minutes
More informationThe famous Green Venice is a labyrinth of water and greenery, which can be toured on foot, on bicycles, in canoes or in the traditional boat with guide. The bicycle tours last between 1 and 3 hours and are clearly marked. Life jackets are available for the boat trips. Bicycles and boats are available to hire. The marshland village of Coulon with its typical whitewashed buildings makes a good base to explore the park.
Opening timesAll year


DescriptionEuropean ZooZoorama
Location79360, Chizé Forest, Villiers-en-bois
Map of 79360, Chizé Forest, Villiers-en-bois
Travel time from SomptAround 25 minutes
More informationSet in a 25 hectare site in the Chizé forest, this zoo has over 600 European animals. The zoo breeds many of its own animals including Stags, Bisons, Snakes and the Poitou Donkey. Entrance is around €3.00 (Euros) for children aged between 4 and 12 and €6.00 (Euros) for adults.
Opening timesOpen all year except January, and 6 days a week (closed on Tuesdays between May and August).
More information above the zoo is available on their website.


La Vallee des Singes (The valley of the monkeys)
DescriptionValley of the MonkeysValley of the Monkeys
Location86700, Romage
Map of 86700, Romage
Travel time from SomptHalf an hour
More informationA totally wooded island with 250 animals, with 20 varieties of primates including Gorillas, Pygmy Marmosets and Mandrills.
Opening timesThe opening times are 10am to 6pm for most of the year (until 7pm in July and August)


DescriptionImage theme parkFuturoscope
Location86000, Poitiers
Map of 86000, Poitiers
Travel time from Sompt45 minutes
More informationIn 2003, Futuroscope is beaming its futuristic domes, its translucent glass roofs and its shimmering crystals into the confines of the imagination. 8 new attractions have been added to the park including 'Space Station 3D', 'Hanuted Mine' and 'Digital City'. A must see attraction for all those in the area. A 1 day ticket costs 21€ for adults and 16€ for children.
Opening timesFrom 10 am each morning, until nightfall for most of the season.


A full day out by the sea
DescriptionSea side towns and zooRoyan
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LocationRoyan, St Palais-sur-Mer and Zoo La Palmyre
Map of Royan, St Palais-sur-Mer and Zoo La Palmyre
Travel time from SomptJust over the hour
More informationA great line of coastal towns with many attractions to keep kids of all ages happy. There are a very good selection of restaurants to cater for all tastes, including some great sea food restaurants in the port. What a better way to spend the day than a trip to the zoo (La Palmyre) in the morning, followed by a seaside lunch and then lets the kids burn off their energy on the vast stretches of beach in the afternoon, before an easy drive home.
Opening timesNot applicable


Festival des Jeux (Festival of games)
DescriptionFestival des Jeux (Festival of games)Festival des Jeux
Location79200, Parthenay
Map of 79200, Parthenay
Travel time from Sompt1 hour
More informationEach year, during July, the whole town is transformed into a town of games for all ages. Check out the schedule for the 2004 event at their website.
Opening timesJuly