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Stunning views, sandy beaches, historic châteaux, vibrant cities - however long you plan to stay in the region there is plenty for you, your family and visiting friends to do. Recently recognised by Lonely Planet as one of the Top Ten Regions of the world to visit, it's easy to see why and we show you how to make the most of your time here...

A Vintage Wine Family

A Vintage Wine Family

Under the careful stewardship of four generations of the Denis family Domaine du Petit Clocher has not only grown in size but also become an award-winning winery. Mike Davis paid a visit…

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A pressing time - cider-making in Deux-Sèvres

A pressing time - cider-making in Deux-Sèvres

This is the time to turn apples into a delicious drink to keep you going through the cold winter months. Mike Davis, a cider man from way back, explains just how to go about it – and to cook with it too... 

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Independently minded - unique shops in Poitou-Charentes

Independently minded - unique shops in Poitou-Charentes

Faced with brutal competition from larger stores many small shops have gone out of business over the years, unable to attract enough
customers. But, as we report, some individual shopkeepers in the region are bucking the trend and continuing to thrive....

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Make mine a lobster!

Make mine a lobster!

The Thouarsais are proud of an apéritif inspired by a blague eighty years ago... 

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It’s all boules to me

It’s all boules to me

Ron Cousins discovers why the french are mad about pétanque and tries his hand at one of the nation’s favourite sports...

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Chips with every train on the Ile d'Oléron

Chips with every train on the Ile d'Oléron

What happens to all that oil your frites are cooked in? If you’re on Ile d’Oléron, finds Rebecca Lawn, it becomes fuel to drive the island’s major tourist attraction...

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Bressuire Highland Games - discover the celtic traditions

Bressuire Highland Games - discover the celtic traditions

Tossing the caber and throwing a stone in the heart of the Deux-Sèvres? You’d better believe it! For the town of Bressuire has become the focal point of the Highland Games and Scottish culture in France ...

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Tales from the monkey park - Vallée des Singes

Tales from the monkey park - Vallée des Singes

The Vallée des Singes is one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions. But what does it take to keep 350 monkeys happy? We spent a day with head keeper Jean-Pascal Guéry to find out...

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Truly remarkable - Jardins du Chaigne

Truly remarkable - Jardins du Chaigne

For beauty and a wonderful sense of calm and tranquility wander the paths of the award-winning Les Jardins du Chaigne...

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Farm to Fork in Charente

With the current food trend focusing on the idea of ‘Farm to Fork’, and with some supermarkets even putting pictures of individual farmers alongside their products, today the emphasis is definitely on good, locally grown food.

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