Fauntastic, a marvelous fantasy story!

A brand new Furry convention in France! A 4 days long friendly gathering dedicated to anthropomorphic characters and art that will take place from May 30th to June 2nd in Montalieu Vercieu (38), near Lyon. Enjoy your Fauntastic Celtic Tales!

We aim to be a small and fun convention for everyone to enjoy. A gathering place to hang out with your friends and meet new furries from France and beyond.

For our first edition, we are enjoying Celtic Tales ! Raise your horns, bring your sword and grab a beer or two : this year, you’re the hero of your journey through ancient times. Will you be a mysterious druid, or perhaps a fierce warrior ?

Venue Events

The Venue

Fauntastic is taking place at Hôtel Vallée Bleue, a calm and rural venue a few hundred meters away from the Rhône, one of the biggest french river.

Next to the hotel is the Vallée Bleue, a leisure park dedicated to water activities on the river.

Hôtel Vallée Bleue 19 Rue des Carrières Rive gauche 38390 Montalieu-Vercieu France

TRAVEL INSTRUCTIONS

By car - recommended

Driving to the location is the easiest option, since it’s in the country. The hotel is at a 50min drive from Lyon, the biggest french city nearby, or 1h30 from Geneva. You’ll find plenty free parking spaces around the hotel to park your vehicle.
Check our dedicated webpage to organize car sharing !

Come by plane or by train

If you’re coming by plane or by train, the biggest city near Montalieu is Lyon, where you can find train stations and an international airport. Then, the nearest train station to the hotel is located at Ambérieu en Bugey (01). You can travel from Lyon to Ambérieu en Bugey by train (regional trains called TER).

From Ambérieu to the hotel itself, you’ll need a car ride. You can check our dedicated webpage to organize car sharing. To be announced : more informations will be provided about a possible shuttle between the train station and the hotel organised by the convention ( for an additionnal price ).

Practical info

From Lyon St Exupéry Airport :
The Lyon St Exupéry airport ( LYS ) is located a few kilometers away from the center of the city. If you arrive there, you’ll need to take the Rhônexpress, an exterior tram train ( 20min, about 15€ ) to go to Lyon.

Leave the Rhônexpress at its last stop, “Gare Part Dieu”, which is the main train station at the center of the city of Lyon.

From Gare Part Dieu :
At Gare Part Dieu, you’ll have to take a regional train ( TER ) to Ambérieu en Bugey. There are trains available every 15min at the busiest times. A ticket costs about 10€, and you’ll travel for 30 to 45 min. You can book your ticket here ( from Lyon Part Dieu to Ambérieu en Bugey ), or buy it directly on the train station machines. A ticket is valid for a whole day for this particular trip, so your ticket will stay valid for previous or next trains if your plane or first train is late.

NB:
If you come by train, there are two big train stations in Lyon : Gare Perrache, and Gare Part Dieu. If you arrive at Gare Perrache, you’ll need to go to Gare Part Dieu in order to take the regional train that’ll lead you to the hotel’s nearest train station. Check out Lyon public’s transports website to organize your journey : you’ll need to take the tramway T1. A ticket is about 1,90€.

The leisure park Vallée Bleue

The leisure park “Vallée Bleue” offers numerous aquatic activities outside the hotel. While some activities on the park will be organised by the convention, there are plenty others to enjoy during your stay at Fauntastic.
Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect to find at the leisure park :

  • Heated Aquaparc:, exterior swimming pool with water slides. Access is included with your hotel room during the pool opening hours. NB: The pool opening is subject to change, depending on the weather ! Let’s hope for a clear sky :)
  • Aquatic sports: Try out kayak, hydrospeed and canoraft on an artifical, whitewater river. Directly on the Rhône river, you will be able to ride jetskis or flyboard for the bravest ones!
  • Fun time at the leisure park: You can rent a kart, a paddle boat or even a bigger boat for a quieter experience!
  • Discovering nature: If you are longing for nature on solid ground, hiking is also possible around the park, be it with a bike or by foot.

EAT & DRINK FACILITIES

Your convention ticket includes accomodation for 1 person in the hotel for the duration of the convention, breakfast and dinner. We are happy to announce that both breakfast and dinner can be vegetarian and vegan friendly. Please check the option during registration to help us plan the meals!

Breakfast: A continental breakfast buffet will be served every convention morning between 8am and 10am.

Lunch: During lunch, different options are available. Outside the hotel, the leisure park Vallée Bleue features different restaurants, bars and snackings for all your needs.

  • “Les Quatres Élements” , restaurant & lounge bar. Traditional french cooking, fresh and seasonal products.
  • “Le Rive Gauche”, restaurant, bar, snacking. Ice creams, pizzas, mussels and french fries ranging from 7€ to 16€.
  • “Vanden’ Crèpes”, snacking & bar. Crèpes, waffles, hot dogs, ice creams, drinks.
  • The hotel also offers the option to book a lunchbox every convention day. The lunchbox includes a sandwich, fruit, cheese, and a drink. You can book your lunchbox in your registration option for an additional price per extra meal (10€).

Dinner: Every evening from 7pm to 9pm, the hotel’s restaurant will serve a four-course meal including starter, main dish, cheese, and dessert.

AVAILABLE ROOMS

There are two room types at Hôtel Vallée Bleue : 2 people rooms, and 3 people rooms. Both categories offer the same commodities, except the 3 people rooms being bigger enough to have an additional bed. Individual prices are the same for both categories.

You’ll be able to select your room type as soon as you are registered. Some rooms have twin beds, while others have double beds. This doesn’t affect the room size. Please be aware of that detail while you select your room type.

All the rooms feature a private bathroom with toilet, as well as towels. Please note that there’s no mini fridge in the rooms.

Your convention registration gives you access to the hotel, a spot in a room, breakfast and dinner, from thursday evening to sunday morning.

Events

The Fauntastic convention is held from May 30th (thursday) to June 2nd (sunday). The official convention beginning is on thursday, at 5pm. It’ll end on sunday, at 10am (checkout time).

So, what should you expect from the Fauntastic convention? While we don’t have a fixed program for now as it’s a work in progress, there are a lot of activities we are organizing right now for you to enjoy!

Dances
Are you a music lover? We are too! We are planning some nice dances for you, brought to you by our passionnate DJ team. Some chill minimal will entertain the beginning of the evening, while the dancefloor will be wilder at night. Dances are fursuit friendly for all our fuzzy friends!

Dealers Den :
There will be a Dealers Den at Fauntastic! Come and buy furry related merchandise, original art, commissions, and support our artists! The Den will be open on Friday and Saturday, from morning to the middle of the afternoon. Are you an artist and would you like to apply for a table at the Dealer’s Den? Follow this link!

Fursuit lounge :
An entire room will be dedicated to the care of fursuits & fursuiters. Take a break, dry a bit, and supply yourself in water and candies!

Outdoor artist lounge :
A chill, shaded outdoor space will be available for anyone wanting to take a breather and enjoy the hotel’s garden! Bring your art furnitures!

Sigs :
SIGs and open panels are perfect to share with fellow furries about subjects that matters to you. Come sit and have a talk about art, writing, tatoos, or anything else of your interest! We’ll do our best to held activities and sigs in english.

If you’re interested in helping the convention and holding a SIG you can contact us here.

Social events :
At Fauntastic, we believe conventions are made to meet new people and enjoy friends company. Social events help breaking the ice! You can expect some board games, snack exchange, cheese tasting, and more to be announced!

Stay tuned! Prices Our team

Prices and tickets

Residential pack

Residential package includes:

  • One spot in a Hotel room from thursday night to sunday morning. While different room types are available, the price remains the same for each option.
  • Access to the Aquaparc pool outside the hotel, depending on the weather (please check the venue page for more infos)
  • Convention ticket and access to convention rooms
  • Breakfast on friday, saturday and sunday morning.
  • Dinner on thursday, friday, and saturday (please check the venue page for more details about food!)
  • Fauntastic con badge
  • Fauntastic lanyard
  • Fauntastic conbook

Sponsor pack (add-on)

If you’d like to donate more to the convention, becoming a sponsor is a perfect way to support our volunteer work. It ensures the future of the convention and helps us creating a better experience for everyone. You also get nice goodies in return of your appreciated gesture!
Sponsor’s package is an add-on that can be chosen when you register!

Sponsor’s package includes:

  • This package is an add-on to the residential package!
  • Fauntastic 2019 official tshirt (this year’s design is being worked on by Faol & Kosse, come back later for a preview! it’s gonna be celtic themed!)
  • Stickers

Our team

VOLUNTEERING

Fauntastic’s convention needs you!

We are always in need of more paws to help us during the convention. More staff means less work shifts for everyone and more fun. Be it for conops, security team or the setup team, we are looking for help!

You can contact us at this email adress if you’d like to get in touch.
Please state what you’d ideally like to do: volunteering works best if a job is pleasant to do!

CONBOOK PARTICIPATION:

If you’d like to contribute to the conbook, you can write to the conbook team at this email adress. Contributions must be A5 sized, 300dpi.