What to do with the family on rainy days in Poitiers and surrounding areas?

It's raining, it's wet, and it's always a family celebration in the Vienne ! In case of gray or rain, you are always in trouble choice to occupy the children and come have fun with our collection of Autumn/Winter activities to share as a tribe, dry and warm. Let's go for the tour of outings on rainy days in Poitiers and surrounding areas !

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Travel to the extraordinary greenhouse of Land of Dragons

The hunt for dragons begins in the immense 5000m² bioclimatic dome of Terre de dragons. Here, we immediately forget the weather and the winter atmosphere! Different species of reptilians and crocodilians live there all year round: alligators, crocodiles, snakes, turtles, iguanas... Observe them in a lush tropical jungle at the edge of the pools or in a net 50 meters above the ground!

They will be the key to help you find Professor Sheppard who disappeared, while he was trying at all costs to prove the existence of dragons... and will lead you to the mysterious 6nd continent !

Have fun like never before at Center Parcs Domaine du Bois aux Daims

The rain will not ruin your stay at Center Parcs Bois aux Daims located in the north of the department of Vienne, a few kilometers from Loudun. While temperatures drop to close to 0° outside, AquaMundo has aquatic pleasures in store for you indoors in water at 29° all year round!

If water really isn't your preferred environment, head to the indoor space where dozens of games and activities are available for the whole family : bowling, climbing, structures for children... Thematic workshops will also keep the children busy: making bread, painting workshops...

Explore heritage in all seasons

Autumn offers us magnificent colors before the leaves fall from the trees and the season of frost and snow. These two seasons are an opportunity to (re)discover the Château de La Mothe-Chandeniers, the romantic ruin nestled in the heart of splendid nature. Don't miss the month of December observe its rich and diverse architecture and enjoy the Christmas entertainment: Les Féériques. The lighting of the place will definitely make you fall in love with this place filled with serenity, even on rainy days.

Chateau de la Mothe-Chandeniers where nature takes back its rights©Clo et Clem

Another essential nugget for your visit to the department: the Abbey of Saint-Savin. The abbey and its monastic buildings are among the jewels of Romanesque art. A multitude of activities for heritage lovers or those in the making of all ages await you: the free visit, the guided tour, the visits with digital tablets, or even the theatrical visits. All are complementary and offer you a different experience of this magical place.

The frescoes of the Abbey are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

True jewels to be preserved, the wall paintings on the ceiling of the abbey date from the XNUMXth century.nd and XIIInd centuries. They are unique in Europe and tell part of the Old Testament.

I want to know more !
Abbey of Saint Savin sur Gartempe Creativity and attractiveness agency of Poitou 2047 - Tourism Vienne©ACAP

Get moving with indoor sports when it rains

Fortunately it is possible to practice indoor sports even in autumn-winter! Challenge your children now and warm up with bouldering provided by The Roof in Poitiers : who will be the first to the top of the climbing wall? Football fans will be won over with the indoor football pitches open to all at Game Park, or Goolfy, mini golf in a colorful and crazy environment!

For the more daring, an activity that is at least original: wind tunnel flight at zerOGravity, at the gates of the Futuroscope park where the indoor attractions will delight young and old alike.

And if a clearing period appears on the horizon, animal lovers will be able to enjoy a gentle hike in the forest with donkeys or llamas around the charming village of Jazeneuil.

1268 - Tourism Vienne©Fabrique de Parapluies François Frères

Did you forget your umbrella during the holidays?

Don't panic, go to the Umbrella Factory in the historic city center of Poitiers. There you will find handcrafted umbrellas for all tastes, created by hand by the François family since 1882. Even Edouard Baer fell for it some time ago! This one will not leave you for years and will accompany you throughout the Vienne during the cold season.

François Umbrella Factory

Couples: pamper yourself in a Spa

Want a little break as a couple? The Spas of the Vienne are the ideal place for spend a moment with lovers when it rains outside !

Imagine yourself and your other half, lying on a massage table, completely relaxed, then going through the Hammam afterwards, while the rain is in full swing outside. Magnificent residences like the Clos de la Ribaudière or the Château de Dissay.

Lots of other outings to have fun!

At the Meeting of Artisans

From leather goods to jewelry, including engraving or calligraphy... how about discovering these manual arts and the people who bring them to life every day?

Let's go !
Family leather, Sensory and creative discovery at the Cité des Tanneurs ©Pomme-verte
On an Adventure with Tèrra Aventura

Take advantage of the calm after the storm, or sunny winter Sunday afternoons for free, connected treasure hunts throughout the Vienne. The 41 courses Tèrra Aventura full Vienne will be your…

Let's go on an adventure!
Terra Aventura South Vienne Poitou Momentum Productions Mickael PLANES 9911 - Tourism Vienne ©Momentum Productions – Mickaël PLANES

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