Within about 20 minutes drive:
Aulnay de Saintonge – a market town full of history. The 12th century church, Saint Pierre d’Aulnay de Saintonge, was used by pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The church has now been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. This church is an exceptionally well preserved masterpiece of Aquitainian style romanesque construction. A bar, café and restaurant are all in the town square, which hosts a market every Sunday.
Brioux sur Boutonne – a pictureseque town on the river Boutonne with a handy Supermarket. It also has a market every Thursday
Melle – in the city of Melle there are three roman churches. One of these, Saint-Hilaire was also a significant way stop on the pilgrim route. Here you will find narrow street to wander through, fine restaurants and a selection of supermarkets. On the edge of the town is a silver mine open to visitors.
St. Jean D'Angely is about 20km to the south. It is a medieval town with a large abbey and towers that dominate the skyline. St. Jean has a busy market every Saturday and a good selection of restaurants and bars.
For families with young children
L'Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou
This is a breeding centre for the local Poitevin donkey and mule. Located just outside Dampierre, you can view these animals with their charming dreadlocks and ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
Atlantis in St. Jean D'Angely
This is a large indoor swimming complex with multiple leisure pools and a huge slide.