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THEME PARKS & ATTRACTIONS PUY DU FOU DESTINATIONS Living @juliet_dennis I


magine a theme park dedicated to historical re-enactments, theatrical


shows and entertainment – without a rollercoaster in sight. Voilà! That’s Puy du Fou, a theme park in western France, about an hour’s drive from Nantes, yet largely unknown to the UK market – until now. Instead of traditional rides,


gladiators race on horse-drawn chariots, birds of prey swoop inches from your head, a Viking ship charges to battle, knights joust and a castle catches fire. And all that in the space of a day,


spliced with comedy and acrobatics that had our children splitting their sides one moment and gasping in astonishment the next. France’s second-most-popular theme park, after Disneyland Paris, has experiences that educate, inspire and shock by the bucketload.


w SHOW TIME There are seven ‘grand’ historical shows, each of which is staged up to seven times per day. They include the large-scale, night-time spectacular Les Orgues de Feu, in which ballerinas glide serenely across a lake dotted


with multicoloured fountains to the strains of classical music. Other smaller, walk-through


attractions include Les Amoureux de Verdun, a recreation of a First World War trench and, new for this year, Le Mystère de la Pérouse. This follows in the footsteps of a famous French explorer on his 1785 sailing, using special effects and 3D videos. In addition, there is the hugely popular La Cinéscénie night show, upon which the park was founded and which features up to 4,000 volunteer actors. It’s staged only on Friday and Saturday nights from June to September – although we had a great time without seeing it. Tickets cost €27 and should be booked well in advance. Meanwhile, traditional craftsmen


work in four period villages ranging from the first to the 20th century. The park also boasts lush vegetation, a rose garden, labyrinth, ponds and lakes, piped classical musical playing as you walk down its paths, as well as restaurants and on-site hotels. Queues? All bearable. Stress factor?


Low to non-existent. Parents, rejoice – this is the theme park you have been waiting for.


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Juliet Dennis finds thrills without the spills at little-known French theme park Puy du Fou


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