I first went to the 🌈 Le Grand Parc d’Andilly en été (back then known as the 🌈 Parc des Épouvantails) a few years ago, when I accompanied my elder son’s school class on his sortie de fin de l’année scolaire.
I’ll admit that I hadn’t heard much about it until that point and when I heard that it was a fun park ” inhabited by resident scarecrows “, I was expecting something a little spooky!
I could not have been more incorrect! The scarecrows are all very friendly and the park is – quite simply – AMAZING!
What is Le Grand Parc d’Andilly en été ?
So what exactly is 🌈 Le Grand Parc d’Andilly en été? It is a family amusement park, set across 12 hectares, located in a magical spot in 🌳 the countryside in Andilly; indeed inhabited by scarecrows, but very friendly ones! Do not go expecting 🎢 roller coasters and adrenalin rides . . . no, this is 🎠 good old-fashioned fun: family games, just giant-sized! The park is landscaped within a 🌳 forest – La Forêt des Moulins – with ambling paths that are easy for buggies and 💦 little lakes here and there . . . The ambience is magical, welcoming . . . around every corner is a surprise, so I won’t give it all away in this article!
One of the added bonuses for a summer visit is that, being located within 🌳 a forest, there is plenty of shade to be found!
[ NB – if you have ever been to 🎪 Les Grandes Médiévales d’Andilly, you will notice that this medieval extravaganza it is located within the same park! ]
Les Épouvantails (scarecrows)
Every summer, a host of scarecrows (122 of them, apparently!) take residence in the park. They create a whole village, and each has his own job or leisure pursuit! You’ll find: 👩🏫 a teacher, ✉️ a postman, 👨🚒 a fireman, 🎶 musicians . . . you’ll even find some having a Zumba class!
These scarecrows don’t scare!
Activities & Games
Throughout the park you will find all sorts of 🤹♀️ GAMES and ACTIVITIES . . . some old family favourites, but in giant form! Our favourites? The Jeu de l’Oie géant, Les Hommes Forts, the wheel barrow race (la course de brouettes) . . . And there is also an area to try out 🎪 circus activities, 🥁 musical instruments to bang upon, a labyrinth, a house to navigate in the dark . . .
🗺 map of all the activities and games: here;
Le Labyrinthe dans les arbres
More than 1km to traverse in the 🌳 trees on this giant labyrinth! On the school visit, the children absolutely LOVED this!
Look at the cute fairies we spotted! (one is slightly bearded though!)
Throughout the 🌈 🌈 Le Grand Parc d’Andilly en été, you can see plenty of animals: 🐷 farm animals (goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys, ducks, geese), 🦌 deer and 🦉 the owls and 🦅 birds of prey that participate in the spectacles . . .
Spectacles & Ateliers
As well as all of the games and magical discoveries to be had, the following 🏟 spectacles are performed a couple of times each day:
🎶 spectacle de magie;
💃 spectacle danse de l’été;
🦉🦅 spectacle de chouettes et hiboux;
NEW for 2021! Le P’tit Fauconnier – a special moment with owls! Learn about their daily lives, their needs, and also what you can do to help protect them in the wild . . . watch them fly, and have a little stroll with one on your shoulder / for children 7+ years (with an accompanying adult) / you need a special P’tit Fauconnier ticket for this / when? at 14h30 by the volières;
You have lots of options for dining at the 🌈 Le Grand Parc d’Andilly en été!
- 🍏 several picnic spots, some in the shade;
- 🥞🍨 and plenty of spots for lunch and snacks – juice bar, salad bar . . .
🌟 NEW for 2020: 🥘 Le Palais du Père Gourmand – “ 200m2 dédié aux gourmandises “ – learn recipe secrets;
How grateful we were for those lovely chairs, dotted around the park! I would like one on my terrace. Only problem? I did nearly have 💤 a nap, so my then 3 year old might have wandered off for a zumba session with a scarecrow!
MBFF’s top tips for a great day at the Le Grand Parc d’Andilly en été
- 🗓 plan a whole day – there is so much to see and do!
- 👟 wear comfortable shoes and take 🎒 a big enough backpack to carry all that you need / also, remember 🧢 hats as there is not much shade for the spectacles;
- 🖊 write your name and phone number on a bracelet to give to children at the entrance, and arrange a meeting spot for a potential “getting lost” moment;
- 🗺 pick up a map and programme at the entrance!
- 🍏 prepare a great picnic;
- 🐶 NO dogs allowed!
- 🎁 shop – you will leave via the shop, so if you do not intend to buy anything, warn the children!
🗓 opening hours: from 26th June 2021 (from 10h until 19h) ⇒ 5th September 2021;
💶 price: adults 15€ and children 3 to 11 years 12€;
📱 online booking: here;
🚙 getting there by car: A41 sortie 18, A40 sortie 13, RN201 follow signs from Jussy d’Andilly / for directions by bus from Annecy or Geneva, see website;
🅿️ parking: €1,50 per vehicle;
😷 Covid measures & restrictions:
[ good to know: in ❄️ wintetimer, the park now transforms into ⛄️ a winter wonderland! – see here for more information about the Grand Parc de Noël. And, together with Le Hameau du Père Noël (open ALL YEAR!) and Les Grandes Médiévales, all is known as le Grand Parc d’Andilly! ]