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Come and enjoy your family holidays in France at The Old Forge self catering holiday cottage to rent located in Antigny near the historic port of La Rochelle and the vineyards of the Vendee region. Set in the countryside and sleeping up to 12, the accommodation consists of three double bedrooms, two twin rooms and a double bunk bed, three bathrooms, kitchen, lounge, snug, dining room, study, and courtyard. Lesley Bridge - Owner of The Old Forge

A true family day out at Futuroscope with interactive experiences for everyone!

by French Gite on January 25, 2010

Futuroscope, a famil day out in the Vendée regionOn family holidays it can sometimes be difficult to find that once place which offers something for everyone, but situated just over an hour from The Old Forge at Antigny is Futuroscope. The theme park has over 25 different experiences, helping you to explore the World in a new way with extreme thrills, images in giant-screen format, breathtaking shows and interactive adventures making this little part of the Vendée a ‘must see’ place to visit.

Some of the key highlights of Futuroscope are:

‘The Gyrotour’ – A 360° observatory that gently spirals 45 metres (150 ft) up into the air for an outstanding panoramic view complete with commentary.

The Best of Dynamic Cinema – Treats thrill fans to its greatest films festival, getting to whiz through Devil’s Mine Ride, hurtling into the harrowing world of Superstition – an adrenalin overdrive!

Travellers by air and by sea – Meet the masters of the air and the sea and join them as they journey free across their habitats. Two gigantic screens, one in front and one under your feet, let you fly like a bird above the whales and dolphins.

Cyber Avenue – Sixty arcade games (extreme skiing, Formula 1, Soccer, Jet Ski…) make your wildest dreams come to life with extreme sensations guaranteed!

Childrens World – Children’s World is a unique place where both young and old can play a range of amazing games. Come and play in a vast, open-air world of games, have a great time laughing and relaxing with your kids.

Dynamic Vienne, + added effects – Discover or rediscover the Vienne by train, hang-glider and Formula 3 car in this crazy ride as you rock and roll along to the prankish whims of Guerliguet, the mischievous tree goblin. Futuroscope’s 20th birthday celebrations see the white-knuckle thrills of the moving seats topped off with startling effects to crank up the excitement level even more.

Dances with Robots – Enter the vast ballroom, climb on board one of the 10 moving robot arms and prepare to be whisked off on a wild waltz 7 metres up in the air! If you prefer, you can choose to be a spectator and look on amazed at this new form of dance designed and performed by Kamel Ouali exclusively for Futuroscope.

Deep Sea 3D - A fascinating display by the hidden beauty of the ocean depths as the Giant Pacific octopus, sunfish, mantis shrimp and more of the planet’s most exotic creatures turn and sway amongst us. The spectacular 3D images take you deep into the last uncharted territories on Earth. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Music by Danny Elfman.

Magical Illusions – See the fascinating magic of Bertran Lotth, one of the most outstanding illusionists in Europe! A prestigious production where the tricks come thick and fast in a blaze of light and music.

In addition to the attractions and shows at Futuroscope there are a wide range of places to eat including:

KaDéliceScope Restaurant (all-you-can-eat theme buffet)

La Crêpe Volante (Pastry cake and crêpe)

Saveurs du Soleil (Tapas, planchas, pizzas and fresh pasta)

Le Cristal Restaurant “The Cusine of the Future” – Bio, molecular in a neverending possibility of colours, shapes and textures!

Comptoirs du Monde – pasta, burger, salads, kebab, Tex-Mex

Studio Grill -Grilled and roast meats a speciality, fresh salad buffet, cold meats and desserts.

Le Lac Cafeteria – Traditional cuisine that caters for all tastes as you relax on the terrace by the lake.

Illico Resto Takeaway service – sandwiches, wraps, salads, crêpes, waffles, sweets, ice creams and drinks… at any time of day.

Picnic area -  A covered area designed for those snack breaks.

In 2010 the park is open every day from 6th Feb to the 14th of November. Between 20th Nov and the 12th of Dec it is open weekends only and from the 18th of Dec through to the 2nd of January 2011 it is open every day again.

For further information please see the official website at: http://uk.futuroscope.com/

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