Visit to Ecomusée de Marquèze – Friday July 16th

Feel like a trip, for all the family, into the local, olde-worlde Landais countryside? Something like a childhood dream, complete with period train, farm, animals, grandfather clocks, sepia photos, the lot?          

A day at Marquèze is the answer.                                                                                                                                 

 Since 1969, the Parc Naturel Régional des Landes de Gascogne authority have reorganised a big clearing of the commune of Sabres in the Landes (40), recreating the system of farming and cattle raising which prevailed 150 years ago, at the time when the ‘landes’ were being transformed into a massive forest. The buildings are local or come from nearby areas and recreate the spheres of the clearing, the farm, the fields, the river and the forest, seen in their original context. Dépaysement garanti¸ quaint, exotic, refreshing right from the start… when you have to leave your car behind and climb into a creaky, puffing period tchoo-tchoo.     You’ll love it, so will the kids

For a group booking and reduced pricing, we need 15 people. If you are interested, please let Alain know, as soon as possible as groups need to be organised four weeks in advance, i.e by mid-June.


Meeting place and time: Gare de Sabres (Landes, 40) between 10.00 and 10.30 with aim of catching the 10.50am train.

HOW MUCH? Day pass includes train fare and entrance fee: adults 14€, youngsters 4-18: 9.50€ to be paid at Gare de Sabres before boarding the train.   

However, Alain has made a group booking to benefit from reduced pricing, as follows:

Group charge:  10.50€ per adult,  7.50€ per child, to be paid on the spot.

Amenities: Picnic area, various catering possibilities; dogs on leash, Museum des Landes.

WHERE? Sabres is on the Bx-Mont-de-Marsan D 834 road, between Belin-Béliet and Mont- de-Marsan and on D 626 between Labouheyre and Roquefort.

Directions from Bordeaux & Arcachon: A63 sortie 18 direction Mont-de-Marsan (1h15);     

Opening times: 10.00h-18.00h

1st train starts 10.10h; last return 18.10h.

Exhibitions in the Pavilion: 10.00-12.00h // 14.00h-18.00h.

Dogs allowed on leash; not allowed inside the exhibition or the old buildings open to visit.                                                  

Catering: two restaurants -l’Estanquet and la Table de Marquèze- provide meals, the Four à  Pain provides various breads, tartines and cakes. There is a picnic area close to the buvette.

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