At Le Clos St Armel watch and learn the whole process of cider making, taste the product and buy some direct from the manufacturer Alternatively go to the Maison du Cidre at Ploermel and see how it used to be done. In Brittany old straw presses used to crush the apples -not to mention the barefoot method -and you can see it all happening There`s also a large museum of cider making at Le Hezo
A trip to the stunning bay at Penerf is definitely recommended and see the fishermen there catching and farming their oysters. This is where they really come from to get to your plate. It`s a ramshackle place with old oyster beds, some small machines and storage pens for the oysters. Very small but also very real ! Have lunch in the Pecher afterwards -see the restaurant page for more information
The village of St-Jean-la Poterie near Redon (not far from our gites) is a good place to visit if you like a bit of pottery. See the potters at work then visit the exhibition and shop. There's also a pottery at Lizio and at Chapelle Caro but our recommendation is the one at Peillac which is open most days and sells an interesting variety: well worth a visit
Nearby at La Gacilly are the mysterious African figures lurking by the side of the river. La Gacilly has loads of things to see and do- from boat trips to a perfume factory. Have a look at the Brittany Local Towns page for lots more info. The town is packed with specialist artisans making all sorts of arts and crafts
Located at Bignan near Josselin. This sculpture Park and contemporary art centre is definitely worth a visit. Basically it is a large chateau set in hundreds of acres of gardens with numerous sculptures dotted around. It's Brittanys premier centre of art
The sculptures are all by contemporary artists and range from the bizarre looking thing in the photo below right to stone carvings and an odd creation of a thousand red plant pots. It probably sounds a bit alternative and indeed it is. In addition, there is a rolling art exhibition in part of the chateau, again of modern art.
We recommend that you take a picnic, as the grounds are a beautiful place to sit and eat lunch or if you prefer you could pop into the local town of Bignan which is really pretty and have a bit of lunch at the Chouanniere where there`s loads to choose from in a really nice atmosphere
Located near Lizio this local artisan's work must be seen. Using recycled materials he creates moving, musical and even aquatic sculptures. He's also quite keen on building odd moving machines and bizarre fountains There`s over sixty moving works of art. The kids can push buttons, pedal things, turn odd looking handles and the `sculptures` all come to life. It really is amazing. We reckon it's totally unique