I apologise in advance to those readers who do not live in the Deux Sevres department, but for those who do I have to share this fantastic scheme from the tourist office. If you live elsewhere in France I would check with your local tourist office as a similar scheme may be offered in your department.
If you are over 18 and resident in Deux Sevres you can apply for a FREE card that offers you a variety of discounts when you are out and about sightseeing and discovering the department. Being a member of the club will give you promotional offers throughout the year and also invitations to VIP club events.
A full list of special offers can be found here, but they include a 50% reduction on the entry to some museums (when accompanied by a person paying the full adult tariff), a 25% reduction on a number of leisure facilities including boat hire in the Marais Poitevin, a 10% discount in the tourist office boutiques and aperitifs will be offered in many restaurants when you have a meal. I was advised to regularly check the current offers online as they are being added to all the time.
You can apply online here or in person at an office de tourism. I struggled with the online application but it took less than five minutes to complete in the office de tourism in Melle. Representatives have also been visiting local markets to promote the scheme and complete the application forms and you can find them on Facebook.
Here’s to a summer of discovering more of the delights of Deux Sevres.