Days Out – for all ages up to twelve
Up to 30 minutes by car
Le Lac Vert, Catus (5 minutes drive)
This is our village lake in Catus. It has a small sandy beach with a gentle sloping waters edge and a grass area to sit. There is an open café in high season and open all year round is the little play area. The sand is replaced every year and the local Mayors office checks the water quality regularly so hygiene is good. A lovely afternoon out, you can also walk with a pushchair all the way around the lake. There are pedalos for hire which are cheap and fun!
Horse Riding, Catus (5 minutes drive)
Suitable for all ages from 3 upwards being led by a leading reign or a hack out into the local area. It needs to be booked in advance 0565 20 06 24.
Canoeing at Le Base Nautique de Caix (15 minutes drive)
Canoe hire available for one hour or more and there is a restaurant on site.
Cap Nature, Cahors (20 minutes drive)
A fantastic climbing park next to the river in Pradines, Cahors. You spend two hours up in the trees with safety harnesses going from tree to tree testing balance and courage! It does need to be booked as very popular. There is a little café there for someone who wants to watch or look after a little brother or sister.
Handgliding, Cahors (20 minutes drive)
Parents and children are catered for… not one for the faint hearted but a possible adventure to be had at Parapente Douelle, Cahors.
Water Park, L’Archipel, Cahors (30 minutes drive)
There are two large pools; one for diving and swimming and the other with four water slides. They are gentle, perfect for young children and there is a little shallow pool with a children’s play area. Our Mollie loved it at 1.5 yrs . There are bigger slides for older children and adults. The restaurant on site is good value and clean with good baby changing facilities. A good day out for all of the family. It is always spotlessly clean with a shaded grass area for picnics.
Le Petit Train, Cahors (30 minutes drive)
Board the little train next to the Pont Valentre in Cahors along the rivers edge. A lovely way to see Cahors and fun for little ones. The train is on wheels on the road! The train departs at times between 10am to 12 and then 2pm to 7pm.
A Carousel, Cahors (30 minutes drive)
A traditional Carousel in the centre of Cahors next to the fountain on the main Gambetta, next to the fountains. It is lovely for little ones combined with a lunch out for Mummy and Daddy in one of the outside cafes.
Boat Rides, Pont Valentre, Cahors (30 minutes drive)
Trips are around 1.5 hours and run along the river past old Cahors. There is an ice-cream shop next to the boat and the trip is fun and not too long. Open Mid-June to Mid-September.
Up to 60 minutes by car
Le Caillau – Puy L’Eveque (40 minutes drive)
Pottery painting and delicious cakes!! Go early in the week as it can take a few days to fire your pottery.
Rocamadour (45 minutes drive)
Stunning famous medieval village hanging off a cliff with a shrine to a Saint with many family activities in the area.
St Cirq La Popie (50 minutes drive)
Another stunning French village with a view east and west along the River Lot.
Animal Park, Gramat (45 minutes drive)
Has a central picnic and café/bar area. The whole animal park is pushchair friendly. It is a lovely park with a variety of animals from wolves, bears and otters to local farm animals. There are also little bus stop type shelters all around the park for sheltering from the rain or shine.
Monkey Park, Rocamadour (45 minutes drive)
Walk through the park and feed the monkeys popcorn by hand. There are park attendants everywhere and it is quite safe and great fun. It is open everyday but does close from 12 to 2.00 for lunch.
Prehistoric Park, La Cave (45 minutes drive)
Near Rocamadour. A wonderful morning or afternoon for dinosaur fans. Walk through a forest spread over several hectares (pushchair friendly) and walk back into the past with life size dinosaurs around every corner. A great fun trip with the chance for a photo in a dinosaur’s mouth at the end and an ice-cream. Shuts from 12 to 2.
Castle of Beynac (45 minutes drive)
A lovely drive into the Dordogne and a great day out – fabulous example of castle living with areas for picnics and the village of Beynac nearby.
The Chateau de Castelnaud (45 minutes drive)
Drive again into the Dordogne. This the very best and most exciting place my boys have visited whilst living here. Room after room of swords, chain mail, armour and examples of weapons and video footage explaining what it “used to be like”. The whole place is a discovery of bygone age. There are well kept picnic areas and toilets and English tours available. Open 10.30 am to 6pm. The Gardens de Marqueyssac are nearby and there is a price reduction for a twin ticket.
Gouffre de Padirac (45 minutes drive)
A great inside adventure 100 metres below ground – take a lift, then a Gondola type boat along the river and then into the magical, spectacular caves. Not so good for children under 3 or 4 (not pushchair friendly).
Gardens de Marqueyssac, near Chateau de Castelnaud (45 minutes drive)
There is a lovely place to have a coffee, drink and snack and a maze to delight little adventurers. There is also a children’s play area and supervised children’s activities are available in July and August. There is an undercover picnic area close to the Peacocks. Fun for everyone. Every Thursday night in July and August it is also open from 7 pm to midnight as they light the gardens with candles and it really is quite wonderful.
Reptile Land, Martel (60 minutes drive)
At least an hour but good inside outing for a rainy day. 92 species of lizards, snakes, little crocodiles, scorpions and spiders. Not for the faint hearted!
Up to 2 hours by car
Aquarium du Perigord (1.5 hours drive)
A good day out, not a short trip. Good for a rainy day but we wouldn’t recommend rushing there when there is so much else to do nearby. There are over 6000 fish.