Days Out: Aveyron (12)

Chateau Fort de Calmont dOlt
Fortified medieval castle with displays of attack and defense methods used during the 100 years war. Discovery game for children to test powers of observation and courage. Costumes provided free of charge. Open from 14:00-18:00. Espalion (12).
Musee de Geologie Pierre Vetter
Geological museum with displays showing the wealth of minerals and fossils found in the Aveyron. Open all year round. Closed Sundays, Mondays and Bank holidays. Av Paul Ramadier, Decazeville (12).
La Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez
500 lights illuminate the architecture of the cathedral at night. Audio guide relates the history during the visit. Rue de lEmbergue, Rodez (12).
Artisan du Couteau
Traditional manufacture of Laguiole knives with visits available in English all year round. Rte dAubrac, ZA La Poujade, Laguiole (12).
La Foret dAcrobates
A walk in the forest at a height of between 2 and 14 metres above ground. Also organised via ferrata walks. Peyrelade (12).
Musee darts et Traditions Populaires
The interior of a traditional Rouergue house with furniture, household goods etc. showing daily life in the 19th century. 35 rue Droite Ancienne Eglise, St-Jean-Baptiste, Espalion (12).
Par dAnimalier Colombier
The medieval park at the chateau of Colombier offers a glimpse of life in the middle ages in the animal park with wolves, lions, monkeys and birds of prey. Also an enclosure where you walk freely amongst the bears. Salles-la-Source (12).
Roquefort Societe Cellars
Cellars of one of the makers of Roquefort. Visits available with a cheese tasting at the end of the tour. 2 av Francois Galtier, Roquefort-sur-Soulzon (12).
Velo Rail du Larzac
A combination of train and railbike, which is a two person "bike" on a 3 hour trip on an historic and spectacular railway track through magnificent scenery. Almost no effort is needed. Gare de Ste-Eulalie-de-Cernon (12).
Montpellier le Vieux
Park and nature centre covering a large area in which to discover the landscape which has been formed by the elements, and the flora and fauna of the region. With signposted walks and picnic areas. Rock climbing available on reservation. Peyreleau (12).
Musee de la Ferme et du Foie
A museum founded by a group of farmers and producers of foie gras to show how the production of foie gras has developed over the years. Open all year round. Closed Sundays and Mondays. 2 Place Jean Jaures, Villefranche-de-Rouergue (12).
Hungry Bird Tours
Five different visits by minibus with an experienced guide, each explore habitats to showcase the flora and fauna, culinary traditions and people of the UNESCO world heritage site in the  South Aveyron.
Parc Animalier de Pradinas
Animal park with over 300 animals in 20 hectares of land. Visit on foot or by miniature train. Open April to mid November every day, 14:00-19:00; mid November to March Sundays and holidays only; July and August 10:00-20:00. Pradinas (12).
La Foret Enchantee
Activity centre offering the acrobatic sport of accrobranches, canoeing and rock climbing. Labryinth and trampolining for children. All activities supervised by qualified staff. Lac de Pareloup, Les Vernhes, Salles-Curan (12).
Ruchers de la Riviere / Poterie de la Confluence
Visits in English to discover the process of honey production and other products from the hive. Observation of the life of bees. Pottery and candle workshop on the same site at Les Cazelles, Grand-Vabre (12).
Musee de lArcherie
Showing the different uses of archery from weapons to childrens toys. Includes exhibits of arrows used by cave-men, pygmies and bushmen. Open all year round. Chateau de St-Izaire, St-Izaire (12).