Dordogne Family Friendly Activities L'Ancienne Ecole our self catering holiday accomodation near Bergerac in Dordogne SW of France

16 Fun Activities To Do With Your Family In Dordogne

Looking for some fun things to do with your family…. here’s some ideas!!!!

1- Feeding Koi carps : Les Jardins D’Eau (Carsac-Aillac )

8km from Sarlat, in Carsac-Aillac, you will be mesmerized by The Water Gardens, Les Jardins d’Eau, with its amazing display of 55 different types of water lilies, 30 Lotus plants and other aquatic plants!

Boardwalk maze, japanese inspired cascade and bridge walk, tame Koi carp you can feed, stroke and have them nibble your finger!

More details:
Website: http://www.jardinsdeau.com/
Location: Les Jardins d’Eau – Saint Rome – 24200 Carsac-Aillac
Each child gets some food for the karp at the entrance.

Feed the tame koi carps

2 -Admire extraordinary stalactites: Maxange Caves

We have now seen several caves in Dordogne and overseas and I must say, Maxange is our number one with its eccentric concretions! It’s a display of rare quality which form bouquets that decorate the roof and walls of the caves.

6km from Cadouin, in Le Buisson de Cadouin, Maxange caves were discovered recently (in 2000) and classified in 2013. They are trully amazing and a must-see!

More details:
Website: http://lesgrottesdemaxange.com/
Location: Lieu dit Mestreguiral, Le Buisson de Cadouin.
Tour takes 40 mins
French and english spoken
Not suitable for wheelchair and buggy
Only photos without flash are allowed in the cave (no video, no flash)

3- Discover the history of our fortified village at night time (Beaumont)

This summer, join a guided torchlight walk through our village to learn more about the history, architecture and tales behind its stone walls.

More details:
Meeting Point: outside the Tourism Office (Place Jean Moulin in Beaumont)
Dates: Every thrusday from 9.30pm
Entrance fees:
6€ per adult (bonus: 1 free torch per family)
free for under 8 years old children
Extra torch: 2€

4- Easy & fun canoeing (Brantome)

Want to give caneing a try but don’t want to go on a tiring journey?

Brantome also called the “Venise du Perigord” is a fabulous place very picturesque with nice relaxed places to eat, beautiful gardens…. and the perfect location to go for an 1 hour of canoe round the town.

The river is often very shallow and feels safe for novice or nervous canoeists with two wiers thrown in for a bit of fun!

More details: http://brantomecanoe.com/english/

5- Become the captain for the day (Bergerac)

Sail one of electric boats: tug, trawler, ferry, steam Mississippi barges in Bergerac.

Adress:
Miniature port, Pond Campréal, Pablo Picasso St, 24100 BERGERAC
GPS 44.849014,0.501981
Price and opening hours: http://bit.ly/2pBWy3Y

6- Fun on tracks: The Velorail (Corgnac sur l’Isle)

This is great if you are looking for a fun day to see some Dordogne countryside with all the family or all your friends or both. Like a land version of a Jules Vernes contraption, let me introduce you to the Velorail. You will be pedaling all the way to a family fun day out guaranteed on an old railway system over bridges, through stations of an older bygone age.
Bring a picnic basket to have along the way or wait to have a refreshment at the train station terminal. Then let off the brakes and roll all the way back down woohoo!!!!!

The track starts at the railway station of Corgnac sur l’Isle (1H45mins from our villa in Beaumont)
Each Velorail has 2 sets of pedals and can take up till 5 people (adults and children all ages)
Price: 27euros per Velorail (11km ie 2 hours of fun)
Reservations are required by phone (tél.: +33 5 53 52 42 93)

In July and August, every thrusday, departure at 7.30pm just before dark for a thrill descent!

Tips:
– arrive early to purchase the tickets and fill in the paperwork, then you can come back later on for the ride without the hassle to queue.
– The extra tener for the electric assistance is wellll  worth it!. You still have to pedal but it is a more enjoyable experience since you don’t break a sweat!!!
– Don’t look for the toilets at the departure, there is none (only at the arrival). So drive up to the village of Corgnac, and use the spotless and free public toilet located next to the post office.
– During the week, you can’t have a pic nic at the arrival  (only at the week end) but in the village, we found a lovely& quiet spot near the river for our lunch.
– Try to be last in the queue so you leave first and arrive at the top for the toilets first. It can get a bit crazy the toilets that is.

For more details:
http://www.veloraildefrance.com/velorail24

7-Glide on a 18th c replica wooden barge to discover the Dordogne (Bergerac)

Tired of walking around trying to discover the treasures and beauties of the Dordogne? Here’s another way to put your feet up and take a short & sweet break!
Comfortably settled on board on one of these 18th c replica barge, let yourself lazily drift on the water, a river once used to transport wood, wine and spices. Learn about the history of the area linked to the 100 years war, admire the splendid views and glide past some of Périgord’s most beautiful castles. The time flies very quickly but you’ll be glad of the experience.

Best to book in advance during the summer months

Different departure ports: 
Bergerac: On the quays (Quai Salvette), Phone: 05 53 24 58 80
Beynac: http://www.gabarre-beynac.com/
La Roque Gageac: http://www.gabarres.com/

8- On the top of the world: Panoramic Gardens (Limeuil)

Classified as “One of the Most Beautiful Villages of France” in 1990, the extraordinary medieval village of Limeuil proudly takes its place as one of the jewels of the Périgord.

Standing on its rocky promontary at the confluence of the two rivers, the Dordogne and the Vézère, Limeuil is well worth a visit. After exploring the village, carry on to the very top to discover The Panoramic Gardens with its exceptional views across the Dordogne Valley.

The gardens are more an educational attraction for kids rather than a formal garden and older visitors will enjoy the identification of plants and herbs. The setting and views are what makes the place unmissable.

For more info: http://jardins-panoramiques-limeuil.com/
Children’s activities available

9-Up up and away, Les Montgolfières du Périgord (La Roque Gageac)

Take advantage of clear day to take off from their base, just accross the village of La Roque Gageac in Dordogne for a breathtaking trip in the air. Open all year, this very professional team offers different types of rides but the most popular is Périgord 360° (1hour flight) where you can enjoy the views of different castles like Beynac, Puymartin, Castelnaud, the gardens of Marqueyssac..

Meeting point in La Roque Gageac
Website https://goo.gl/sF7xj6

10-Spy on the fish in Aquarium du Périgord Noir (Le Bugue)

Watch some wonderful, well-kept soft water creatures like koi carp,mirror carp,common carp, ghost carp, snakes,crocs ..And, if you stay around the carp till around lunch time you can feed them with mussels from one of the parks attendents.

Website: http:// www.aquariumperigordnoir.com

11- Play “Hide and Seek” in The Overhanging Gardens of Marqueyssac (Vezac)

It’s no more than 6 kilometers of shaded paths, edged with 150 000 boxwoods, aged over hundred years  and carefully trimmed twice a year in symmetrical riot of whirls and swirls of curvaceous patterns.

 A real treat for the eyes and a familly day out with plenty of hidding spots, playgrounds, huts and animations for children!

And if you’re feeling peckish, you can always stop by the restaurant/Tea Room inside the castle of Marqueyssac for some refreshments.

For more info:
http://marqueyssac.com/presentation-gardens.html

12- Imagine what roman life was like in Vesunna museum (Perigueux)

This glass atrium hosts a stunning exhibit built over a dig site of a roman villa. It offers a glimpse into the past and brings to life what roman life was like. It includes stone buildings, plaster walls and.displays many original artefacts from the era.
So in all, a must visit if you are in the area. But make sure you purchase the audio guide, it was only a euro and essential as all the signage is in French.

For more info, visit their website: 
http://www.perigueux-vesunna.fr/a-city-under-the-city/

13- Visit a troglodyte dwellings (Belves)

Built on a rock outcrop, Belvès boasts a breathtaking view of the Nauze Valley. It’s a fortified village dated back from the 11th century with a typical bastide layout and centre, and a preserved 15th century covered market hall. Despite the invasions and the wars, it has kept numerous vestiges of its heritages.

One of them are the troglodyte dwellings. Unique in Périgord, these 8 houses carved in the rock were the peasants’s refuge from the 13th to the 18th century are quite fascinating. The 45 mins tour guided will give you an insight of what was life like during medieval time and brings to life the history of this place.

For more details: https://goo.gl/DwE2ua

Tickets sold in the Tourism Office and meeting point at the square
Entrance fees : adults (5,50euros) children (2,50 euros)
No pushchairs or buggies
Tours start at 11am, 3pm and 4pm for a minimum of 4 people and max of 18.

14- Learn about our ancestors: Lascaux 4 caves (Montignac)

The International Centre for Cave Art (Lascaux IV) opened in December 2016 at the foot of the Lascaux hill is a must see if you’re visiting the Dordogne.

Book online your english tour: https://goo.gl/uJS23e
Entrance Fees: 17€ for over 13, 11€ for children 5-12

15- Canoe past picturesque villages

Travel along the majestic Dordogne river and enjoy spectacular views (gorges, towering chateaux, fields of sunflowers, kingfishers, martins, and much more).

16- Revisit your childhood in Bridoire Castle (Ribagnac)

Not like any other castle, this place is nicknamed “The Castle of the Games” because numerous games from the Medieval period have been meticulously researched and brought together for the amusement of the visitors (archery, giant chess game, costume tent where one can get dressed as a typical knight….).

Website: http://www.chateaudebridoire.com/en/
Address:
Chateau de Bridoire, 24240 Ribagnac

Race your best friend!

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