Futuroscope Fabulous at 30!
This year, Futuroscope is enjoying its 30th anniversary as one of France’s and the world’s most popular and innovative amusement parks – all without a single roller coaster! Located in family-friendly, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, just a 15 minute drive from Poitiers, Futuroscope offers a multi-media experience with attractions utilising 3D and 4D techniques incorporating the latest audio-visual simulation right into the theatre experience.
Now positioning itself as the perfect attraction for Fun, Festivities and Family, Futuroscope has launched its new 2017 attraction – Extraordinary Voyage. Completely unique in Europe, visitors are entertained in a flying theatre which will see them turn from horizontal to vertical in 12 seconds. This immersive experience is designed on the voyages of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg and it based on the park’s founding principles of placing the image at the heart of the experience whilst harnessing the incredible capacity of innovation.
In all, there are 25 inter-generational attractions including Dancing with Robots, Aerobar, Raving Rabbids, Arthur the 4D adventure (won The Best Attraction in Europe by TEA – Themed Entertainment Association) and the Time Machine – all best enjoyed by adults and children over eight years old.
Angoulême Welcomes the Dinosaurs
From 20th May – 31st December 2017, the Museum of Angoulême – in collaboration with the Paleocharente Association – will play host to the most amazing exhibition of fossils that have been found around Angeac. The Museum has more than 8,000 pieces including a bone from a massive 2.20 metres long Sauropod. The Comic Book Museum will also show exhibitions, photographs, films, workshops for children and a 3D exhibition of the landscape in prehistoric times – and of course comic strips! The exhibition is likely to travel to La Rochelle and Paris after this year.
Re-opening in 2017 is the unique Accro-Mâts in Rochefort. Instead of accrobranche (tree climbing) this is mast climbing, gliding and abseiling, just like the topmen at the time of Louis XIVth! Based in the Maritime Arsenal of Rochefort, near to the Hermione – the replica of Lafayette’s frigate that sailed to the American War of Independence – this family attraction is open to anyone with a head for heights three years and over with three different levels of difficulty. It will be open from the Easter holidays 2017.
Highland Games in Bressuire 10th – 11th June 2017
Come and see a marvellous demonstration of traditional Highland Games played by renowned international participants from all over the world at the 11th century Chateau de Bressuire. Launched in 1991 due to the efforts of the towns of Fraserburgh, Banff and Buchan in Scotland, the Highland Games has evolved into a unique event that is, in equal parts, a sporting event, a musical celebration and a Celtic Festival.
New Véloroute along the Charente
The V92 opens this year and will be able to link Excideuil in Dordogne to the Île d’Aix in Charente-Maritime, going through Angoulême, Cognac, Saintes, Rochefort and travelling along Charente valley. It will join two Euroveloroutes: La Vélodyssée® joining the Cap Nord in Sagres (Roscoff French part in Hendaye) and the Scandibérique, joining Trondheim to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.
Launch of the TGV Océane 2nd July 2017
The highly anticipated new high-speed rail service between Paris and Bordeaux will begin operating on 2nd July 2017. The NEW TGV L’Océane will reduce journey times by up to one hour and fifteen minutes with a frequency of over 33 return journeys a day. Travellers will cover the 581 km from the centre of Paris to the centre of Bordeaux the capital of New-Aquitaine region in 2 hours and 4 minutes. The new line will also serve other destinations in south-west France including Poitiers (1h18 – 18 mins faster), Angoulême (1h42 – 33 mins faster) and La Rochelle (2h27 – 40 mins faster).
Family Plus for the Ile d’Oléron
Family Plus is a label awarded to places in France that go that one step further to make the holidays even more unforgettable for all the family. They have produced a special brochure listing all the various clubs for kids of all ages, different activities and sports that can be found in Oléron in the summer months. 2017 has seen the award of the label given to the Oléron – Marennes area. In consequence Fort Royer, famous for oyster production, has created a workshop for kiddies in the school holidays.
The Martell Foundation
The oldest of the Cognac houses of this famous wine region, Martell opens its Foundation this year. Whilst here, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Cognac, the Cognac House and the process from vine to bottle.
Photo-credits: Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine / Martinelli / Sue Lowry / Voyages-sncf.com / BOYARDVILLE © CMT17 A. BIRARD-3 / ©Brune Calune; D. LAMING Architecte, FUTUROSCOPE / Highland Games / Martell / Simon David
Notes to Editors: With its equitable climate, Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine – the sunniest part of western France – is an area where you can enjoy many attractions. Visitors may enjoy for example the famous and unique Marais Poitevin, also known as Green Venice, which connects the Poitou and the Vendée; the historic port of La Rochelle with its fine restaurants and magnificent sites; Futuroscope – a theme park for the senses; Cognac and Poitiers or the city of spires. Since January 2017 the region encompasses Bordeaux, the regional capital, The Landes, The Pyrénnée, Biarritz, Limousin and the Dordogne. Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine is easily accessed by land, rail, air and sea for more information on getting to the region click here.
This is the perfect family holiday destination with a wealth of well-run campsites, B&B’s, hotels and gîtes to choose from together with wide open spaces to enjoy activities which range from golf to water-sports.