Days Out: Aisne (02)

The Stronghold of The Dukes of Guise (La Forteresse des Ducs...
1 000 year old keep overlooking the Oise valley. Visit the many vaulted rooms in the tower and underground, archaeology museum. Events throughout August. See website for opening times. Club de Vieux Manoir, BP13 02120 Guise.
Strawberries of Voyenne (La Fraise de Voyenne).
Nurseries where strawberries and cherries are grown and sold in season. Workshops for jam, juice and pickle-making, 6 Grande Rue, 02250 Voyenne.
Cap Aisne
Home to the sailing Club, this stretch of water is open to the public. You can go and walk along the waterside or take a picnic or perhaps swim or windsurf. Complexe Nautique de lAisne, Chamouille (02).
Area Socio-Cultural animation Lannois
Club for teenagers with cooking lessons, introduction to gardening classes, drumming lessons and other courses. 63 rue Serrurier, Laon (02).
The Stronghold of The Dukes of Guise (La Forteresse des Ducs...
1 000 year old keep overlooking the Oise valley. Visit the many vaulted rooms in the tower and underground, archaeology museum. Events throughout August. See website for opening times. Club de Vieux Manoir, BP13 02120 Guise.
Abbey of Saint Michael (LAbbaye de Saint Michel).
One of the few surviving Benedictine monasteries in northern France. 300 year-old organ, murals and the old Abby Farm, home to the Museum of Rural & Forest Life. 8 rue du Chamiteau, 02830 Saint Michel.
Hottee du Diable
This natural site which is near Fere-en-Tardenois is an outcrop which is above a landscape of large shaped rocks, caves and blocks of sandstone. You can walk to it from the car park. La hottee du diable, Coincy (02)
Parc du Donjon de Septmonts
Arboretum and park of the Septmonts Castle Keep. Plants from Europe, America and Asia. Apple orchard, vineyard and aromatic herb garden. Place de la Mairie, 02200 Septmonts.
Butterfly Museum
Museum housing a collection of 20,000 butterflies. Espace Saint-Jacques, 14 rue de la Sellerie, Saint-Quentin (02).
La Hottee du Diable
Walk that takes you through a landscape of huge boulders and woods.also an important archaeological site. Suitable for the whole family. La Hottee du Diable, Coincy (02).
Arboretum Craon
During World War I the village of Caronne was completely destroyed. It was rebuilt some miles away from the original site. In memory of this 7 hectares were planted with trees on the original site of the village and formed the Arboretum. Craon (02).
A World of Wood (Un Monde de Bois).
Wood turning workshop making toys. Open from 02/01/2014 to 24/12/14 from 14:00 to 18:30. Closed Sunday - Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday morning - Friday morning - Saturday morning. 1 rue de Verdun, 02140 La Bouteille.
Base Nautique de la Frette
A 35-hectare water sports centre with lake, between Laon and Noyon. Windsurfing, dinghies, canoes and kayaks. Equipment can be hired. Sailing and kayaking courses available. Tergnier (02).
Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation en Picardie
A museum commerating the work of the Resistance in Picardy. Free admission for war veterans. Place Carnegie, Fargniers (02).
Village of Old Trades & The Motobecane Museum (Village des M...
Museum illustrating our lives of yesteryear, shops, schools, trades. Horse-drawn vehicles. Plus Motobecane museum, French cycles and motorised two-wheelers. Open every day except Mondays. See website for times 5 rue de la Fere, 02100 Saint-Quentin.
Base Nautique de la Frette
Lakeside park between St. Quention and Laon with a mini-golf range, picnic areas as well as places for beach games and a fitness trail. Rue de la prairie, Tergnier (02).
Base de Loisirs AxoPlage
40-hectare resort with mini-golf range, sandy beach, sports pitch, swimming area and observatory. Restaurant and a protected natural area. Children under 5 admitted free. Chemin du Reel, Monampteuil (02).
The Maison du Textile, A Living Museum of the Traditional Te...
A living museum with many family activities. Learn about the textile industry and the mills. The workshop contains 28 looms, shows interactive activities and demonstrations. See website for opening times. 54 rue Roger Salengro, 02230 Fresnoy le Grand.
Aisne Ostriches (Aisne Autruches).
This 15 acre ostrich farm is open to the public for most of the year. As well as teaching about Ostrichs they sell products derived from them. Visitors can also ride Ponies and view Lama and a host of other animals. Verneuil Sous Coucy (02).
Laon: The Hill-top Medieval City. (Cite Medievale Perchee).
"The Crowned Mountain" With its gothic cathedral, labrynthine streets perched on its hilltop perch and surrounded by the city walls. Audioguide tours available. Office de Tourisme, Hotel Dieu, 02000 Laon.
A World of Wood (Un Monde de Bois).
Wood turning workshop making toys. Open from 02/01/2014 to 24/12/14 from 14:00 to 18:30. Closed Sunday - Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday morning - Friday morning - Saturday morning. 1 rue de Verdun, 02140 La Bouteille.
Berque Farm (La Ferme de la Berque).
Large traditional farm offering an introduction to the rural life, with gypsy caravan trips, snacks, a picnic area, nature and hiking trail. 6 rue du Pontceau, 02200 Nampteuil-sous-Muret.
Familistere in Guise (La Familistere de Guise).
Founded by the radical industrialist Godin, this "workers paradise" was a revolutionary concept in accommodation and working conditions, complete with gardens, theatre and swimming pool. Le Familistere de Guise, 02120 Guise.
Petting Learning Farm (Ferme pedagogique de Concevreux).
Petting farm, where children can touch, see smell and taste. They can discover the animals and gardens and the farmer and his wife are available to guide you. Hamemade snacks available. 1 Place de lEglise, 02160 Concevreux.
Chateau de Coucy
Ruined 13th century chateau situated on a rocky outcrop. Unaccompanied and guided tours available. Open every day but times may vary. Chateau de Coucy, 02380 Coucy-le-Chateau-Auffrique.
The Bees Worksops (Les Ateliers de lAbeille)
The Bees Worksops includes a film and a a tour of the workshop. Honey and mead-tasting and a visitors shop. Close to the Chemin des Dames. See websites for opening times. Route Departementale 23, 0200 Chavignon
Marie-Jeannes House (La Maison de Marie-Jeanne).
100 years of household history. A collection of thousands of everyday items from 20th century life. Five areas of exhibits plus two for temporary exhibitions. Open Tuesdays to Sunday. 14:00-18:00 39 rue du General de Gaulle, 02240 Alaincourt.
Musee Antoine Lecuyer
Collection of 18th century pastels of Maurice Quentin de la Tour. Audioguides in English available. 28 rue Antoine Lecuyer Saint-Quentin (02).
Notre-Dame of Laon
This gothic cathedral of architectural importance is one of the earliest built in France. Older than Notre Dame in Paris, it is a unique and important part of the history of the region.
Musee Franco-Americain du Chateau de Blerancourt
Museum, in a chateau purchased in 1917 by American Anne Morgan, that serves to document and commemorate Americas involvement in the World Wars and the subsequent reconstruction of Europe. Chateau de Blerancourt, Blerancourt (02).
The Museum of The Dark Ages (Le Musee des Temps Barbares).
Museum and archeological site covering the Merovingian era (early middle-ages). Live days including Live History Festival and "Merovingian Days" organised at Marle. Open March to October (except Tuesdays), 14:00-19:00. 02250 Marle.

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