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Vendée Miniature : an unusual place to visit the Vendée of yesteryear

Posted the 10 August 2021
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Looking for an unusual place to visit, where you can travel back in time? Vendée Miniature in Brétignolles sur Mer is that place, and is just 600 metres from the coast. Ideal to visit before or after a trip to the beach. Vendée Miniature invites families to discover its incredible 450m² model (based on a scale of 1/10) which recreates everyday life in a village situated in the Vendean bocage.

A miniature village made with passion and awarded the best one in France

Here, all the Vendée’s traditions are acknowledged - from the famous dance of the “brioche” at a local wedding, the traditional game of “palets” to even local culinary specialities such as the “mogette”. To fully understand this interesting and intriguing place, guided tours are possible in English.

For more than 15 years, Marie-Françoise and Yves Aubron have created each backdrop and every figure with great devotion, to recreate the daily life of an old village situated in the Bocage region during the 1920s. An original way of sharing their childhood in a rural village. Since 2019, Thomas Legris and Juliette Moret have taken over the site and continue to bring it to life. They promote it to as many people as possible by introducing new ideas and activities such as the pottery discovery workshop.

Vendée Miniature has the Accueil Vélo (bike welcome), Tourisme et handicap labels. In addition to being a living heritage site it has received the well-deserved distinction of the most beautiful miniature village in France.

So now, why not just push open the doors of Vendée Miniature and get a preview of a visit that will undoubtedly appeal to the whole family!

How to make the most of your visit at Vendée Miniature ?

If you want to avoid busy periods, Vendée Miniature recommends coming at the following times:

• Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from June to August: these are off-peak hours and as a bonus, the site provides picnic tables to take full advantage of the visit at lunchtime.

• Hot days: looking for a little shade and freshness? This indoor museum is air conditioned and offers cold drinks in its shop area.

• Saturdays in July and August: a perfect time to enjoy Vendée Miniature is on busy changeover days during the main holiday season.  

• Out of season: Vendée Miniature is open from April to September, and then during Mid-term (October)as well as during the Christmas holidays.

To find out more about Vendée Miniature

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