Town/City: Near Cholet
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"A theme park without rides…"
We've visited twice and have continued to bore people rigid with videos, photos and anecdotes ever since. We didn't manage to stay for the whole day the first time as it was a long trek from our campsite on the coast and our younger daughter had to be carried out of the park asleep in her father's arms. However we did fit in ALL the main shows (due to timings unless it is a) quiet and b) you are an Olympic sprinter this is no longer possible).
Prior to our second visit we went on line and checked out the timings for the shows and then planned our day (a bit regimented but worthwhile). This time we hired the head sets since our French wasn't quite up to scratch. Personally I wish we hadn't as the explanations the children came up with for what happened were more entertaining (first time around) and you can get the gist of the plot from the action. Rather heavy on religion in places.
Take your own food, the food is on the whole bog standard chips and hot dogs etc unless you book a meal at one of the restaurants. The Field of Gold meal was worth doing once just because it is such a Hoot (be prepared for fellow "English" team members to be French and apt to gesticulate wildly and yell insults at their fellow countrymen and women for the over the top win at any costs tactics in the "trials by combat").
Take a change of clothing (or possibly several) for those members of your party apt to "play" with the musical fountains. You can go back and forth to the car park if you need to but if you don't arrive early (Do otherwise you will miss out) it maybe quite a trek to your car.
We bought our tickets via Tourist Information at a discount (a better deal than if we had used our travel company's voucher) but on each occasion had to pay in cash as the Tourist Information teams did not have a credit card machine.
How can you describe Puy du Fou? Mind blowing, exciting and at times jaw droopingly bonkers. Somehow you just know this would never be allowed in UK and at times it feels like a huge treat especially as the Health and Safety Elves are clearly locked in a trunk somewhere. Please do stay for the music and lights show in the evening which involves piano playing musicians in full 17th Century costumes covered in light bulbs emerging from the lake (seriously I kid you not) and surfing matadors (again in lights).
Third time lucky we hope to wangle tickets for the huge weekend historical pageant which takes place in the summer! It will be completely over the top, slightly bonkers and with a very particular and unusual slant on French history but Hey it will be nothing less than spectacular.
It is peculiarly eccentric, charming, totally over the top and possibly like marmite (you will love it or hate it) but something you will find yourself talking about for years to come (usually in tones of disbelief). Please go, join in, have fun and rave about it to all your friends.Read moreLess
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"Awesome spectacular for kids and adults…"
Dh and I took the two kids (5 and 3). All loved it. Knights, Vikings, Musketeers, Romans - chariot racing, feeding Christians to the (real!) lions, King Arthur and also the most amazing bird display. Took own food as there is a mark up.Read moreLess
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