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The Charente-Maritime has loads on offer for those seeking a more action-packed holiday. From surfing to horseriding to boating to wine-tasting and much much more, we are sure you will be able to find just the activity for you. Read on for some great ideas...
Take a Willy-Wonka style tour at Chocolaterie Letuffe in Angoulême. Okay, so you don't get to float down a chocolate river, and as far as we know there's not an oompa-loompa in site. But, they do offer a 90 minute workshop which teaches you to make and decorate your very own chocolate creations. The workshops are open to adults (cost €10.50) and children (€8.50).
Hire your own boat and take a cruise down the River Charente, one of the most beautiful waterways in France. Sail past historical towns, wildlife-rich river banks and the regimented vineyards of Cognac country. Several companies offer boats with a fully equipped kitchen, so you can make stops wherever you please.
The donkeys on Ile de Ré were once used for work in the salt marshes, wearing trousers to protect their legs from mosquitoes. That's no longer the case today, but Parc de la Barbette in Saint-Martin-de-Ré, now offer donkey rides for children.
Outdoor go-karting circuit with three professionals on hand, situated in Saint-Jean d'Angély. Open every day in July and August from 3pm-8pm. Open weekends and bank holidays from March - June and September - October.
Chouette Land, not far from Poitiers, accommodates children aged 2 - 12. Giant Inflatable slides await them , as well as a a go-karting track and forts animals. There is a snack bar sering sandwiches, icecreams and drinks.or track.
Opening hours: 1.30pm-7pm, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, public holidays and school holidays. 10am-8pm during the summer school holidays. The go-kart track is only open to 5pm.
Under 3s: €6.50; 3-12 years : €8; Accompanying adults are free.
Reportedly the best aquarium in Europe, this is home to 12,000 marine animals, and includes an impressive shark tank over three levels.
Open 365 days a year
April to June: 9am-8pm
July and August: 9am-11pm
October - March: 10am - 8pm
3-17 yrs: €11,50
under 3s: free