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Visit Le Bournat
In the centre of Le Bugue the animated 'village' of Le Bournat is an interesting and educational insight into life in times gone by.
Le Bournat is a theme-village showing life as it was in rural France around about the year of 1900. Each building has been equiped with authentic tools, machines and furniture of the era and as you walk round you can visit wood carvers, potters, basket weavers, knife sharpeners, clog-makers and lots more.
To make it even more interesting each of these has people carrying out these trades using the tools of 1900. It is fascinating to see.
There is even a working windmill making flour that you can buy and take home with you. There is also a brewery where you can taste the home-made beer - and yes, you can buy this too in the Le-Bournat shop.
As well as these activities inside the buildings, outside you can watch a sheperdess and her dog herding a flock of geese around the park, you can watch a harvest being collected and you can admire the herb garden and the farm animals which are in the village.
Scattered around the village are a fascinating collection of old machines including an old hand pulled fire engine and an old still .
Throughout the day there are various different animations such as riding in a horse and carriage or taking part in a bread-making workshop.
To keep young children entertained there is a fairground which is also in the style of the 1900s and includes a big wheel, galloping horses and spinning chairs.
There is also a restaurant, a snack bar and a picnic area.
Visiting Le Bournat
Le Bournat is open every day from the 30 March to the 30th September.
March, April, May, June and September: 10.00-18.00
July and August: 10.00-19.00
On Wednesdays in the second half of July and most of August the park is open until midnight.
Another excellent place to visit with children is the Aquarium of Le Bugue which is next door.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.