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»  Pescalis

79320 Moncoutant

For a watery day out, visit the largest fresh water aquarium in the region before enjoying the 150 hectare nature park with its no-kill fishing lakes. There are plenty of activities for non-fishers, from horse-riding to mini-golf. Entry 6€.

+33 (0)5 49 72 00 01; www.pescalis.com.

»  Parc Ornithologique  Les Oiseaux du Marais Poitevin

79210 Saint Hilaire la Palud

An 8ha park in the midst of the Marais Poitevin, this paradise allows you to discover the 70 species of bird as well as typical marsh flora. You can access the wilder areas by boat. Open from 10am-7:30pm every day. Entry 8€; boat hire from 17€ for an hour.

 +33 (0)5 49 26 04 09; www.oiseauxmaraispoitevin.com

»  Zoodyssée

79360 Villiers en Bois

Wild European animals in large spaces, a mini-farm and a games area. Horse-drawn carts can take you around the circuit. Open every day from 10am-7pm. Entry from 11.50€.

+33 (0)5 49 77 17 17; www.zoodyssee.org

»  Le Petit Train Pibalou

79510 Coulon

A fun way to discover the Marais Poitevin in one hour. Boats, bicycles, and horses-and-carts can also be hired. Cost of the train ride: 9€.

+33 (0)5 49 35 14 14; www.coulontourisme.com

»  Pic Vert Aventure

79320 Moutiers-sous-Chantemerle

Treetop adventures for 2-year-olds upwards. Open from 10am-7pm. Entry from 22€.

+33 (0)6 81 45 71 37; www.parc-aventure-79.fr

» Mouton Village

79340 Vasles

Everything you want to know about sheep and more! Open daily, 10am-7pm, entry 10€.

+33 (0)5 49 69 12 12; www.moutonvillage.fr

 

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The Deux-Sèvres countryside meets the high-powered world of finance in France’s mutual insurance capital – and the country’s fourth financial centre behind Paris, Lyon and Lille.

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