I first went to the Parc des Épouvantails a couple of years ago, when I accompanied my elder son’s school class on his sortie de fin d’année.
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! It was – quite simply – AMAZING!
What is Le Parc des Épouvantails?
So what exactly is Le Parc des Épouvantails? 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 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: 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 on, a labyrinth, a house to navigate in the dark . . .
NEW for 2019: the patinoire synthétique des Epouvantails . . . ice-skate in a T-shirt!
Le Labyrinthe dans les arbres
More than 650m to traverse in the 🌳 trees! On the school visit, the children absolutely LOVED this!
Throughout the Parc des Epouvantails, you can see animals: farm animals (goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys, ducks, geese), deer and the owls and birds of prey that participate in the spectacles . . .
As well as all of the games and magical discoveries to be made, there are a couple of spectacles performed a couple of times each day:
🦉 le spectacle de chouettes et hiboux: with the collaboration of Les Aigles du Léman;
🎶 L’épouvantesque chef d’orchestre: music and humour . . .
- 🍏 several picnic spots, some in the shade;
- crêperie – shaded terrace;
- bar à salade – salads, saucisse-frites, ice-cream;
- une pause gourmande – sandwiches, snacks and ice-cream;
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
- 🗓 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 “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: 29th June until 1st September 2019, from 10h until 19h, and 4th, 6th & 7th September 2019;
price: adults 14€ and children 3 to 11 years 9€;
🚙 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;