During the 🍁Toussaint holidays of 2017, on a 🍂 sunny autumn afternoon, the MBFF tribe (+ one friend) visited Filenvol for the first time . . .
I was personally won over by the location – before the fun in the trees even began – as the afternoon light filtering through the 🍂 golden leaves was magical. And then I heard the laughter of children and adults alike, as they capered through the 🌳 trees . . . the fun that emanated was clear!
🌳 What is Filenvol ? 🌳
Filenvol Parcabout is a fairly new concept of running and bouncing from 🌳 tree to tree (oak and beech at this location) along a series of giant suspended catamaran and fishing nets. There is no need to wear a harness, as you are protected from falling by the huge nets, which are woven together to form giant trampolines, some slides and tunnels . . . there is even a ⚽️ football pitch with goals on one of the trampolines! There is no start nor finish, you just wander (and bounce) at your own pace . . .
history : the innovation of capering high in the trees on these nets was the idea of Cédric Chauvaud, a sailor from the Île de Groix (located off the coast of Britanny), back in 2008.
🌳 Animations Nature 🌳
Throughout the year, Filenvol organises nature workshops for groups . . . for example:
- autour de l’arbre;
- forêt par les 5 sens;
Alternatively, you can organise a birthday party here! See here for more information.
A place to fly your drone within the park . . . for children 7+ years and adults.
🍏 Eating Options 🍏
There is a ☕️ buvette roulotte (Filenbar) for drinks and snacks (sourced locally), otherwise you are encouraged to take a 🍏 picnic or goûter with you. There are some picnic tables located near the entrance, as well as bean bags, dry toilets and some games.
Advice for your family visit
We have now been to Filenvol twice, and the whole MBFF family highly recommend a visit! Our younger son has had just as many whoops of fun as his big brother. Children from 8 years can go unaccompanied; younger children must go with an adult (anyway, most adults won’t want to miss out on the fun!). Do keep close to little ones, as with older children and adults bouncing about around them, they can quickly lose control and be flung around like rag dolls!
If adults choose not to participate, there are some colourful hammocks in place. So take a good book and a thermos and relax!
🧥 what to wear – to avoid slide burns, long trousers and long sleeves are recommended. 👟 Trainers are the most appropriate footwear. Remember to dress warmly during the colder months (though you will heat up quickly, so do wear layers that can be removed!).
- 🎒no bags or backpacks (there are lockers at the entrance);
- 🥾 no shoes with crampons (as these will damage the netting!);
- 💵 empty pockets (loose change, etc . . . );
- 💎 remove jewellery;
- 🤸♂️ no dangerous acrobatics;
- 🍏 no eating and drinking within nets (picnic tables are at your disposal within the grounds);
- no swinging in hammocks;
- older children must respect little ones;
- 🐶 NO dogs allowed on-site;
Sculpture at Filenvol
Filenvol sometimes has sculpture exhibitions . . . the next one, running from April until July 2019: « Variation autour de la figure », by sculptor Laurent Bayet.
Filenvol for now only accepts 💵 cash or checks (no bank cards), so do make sure you go with enough money! Under 5s are FREE!
💵 Entrance prices are slightly reduced for just morning or afternoon visits.
Filenvol is open 🗓 365 days of the year (weather permitting). As mentioned above, we went in 🍁 autumn and the colour of the leaves and the warm afternoon light filtering through the canopy was truly magical, and – for me – added to the experience! At times I just lay down on the nets and looked at the leaves (with children and adults bouncing around me! Not so zen . . . ).
🗓 April until end of October: 9h to 18h;
🗓 November until end of March: 10h to 17h;
In the event of storms, thunder and lightening or strong winds, Filenvol shuts for safety reasons (so do check th weather forecast beforehand or give them a call).
address: 396 chemin du Vallon, 74560, Monnetier-Mornex; website: www.filenvol.com; FB page: www.facebook.com/Filenvol;