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Travel and tourism new openings (hotels, restaurants, museums), main events, not to be missed in Pas-de-Calais, Northern France.
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Pas de-calais 2019 press file

  1. 1. PAS-DE-CALAIS TOURISM PRESS FILE 2019
  2. 2. Press contact Benoît Diéval PAS-DE-CALAIS TOURISM Route de la Trésorerie - 62126 Wimille 00336 83 15 72 67 benoit@pas-de-calais.com
  3. 3. 3 SUMMARY p. 6 p. 26 © Aurélie Leclercq, Pidz, Max LesZed, Anne-Sophie Flament, Jean-Michel André, Brigitte Baudesson, Shutterstock, Yannick Cadart, Éric Desaunois, Fabien Coisy, Frédérik Astier, Alice Chaput Rémi Vimont, Philippe Hudelle, Sophie Stalnikiewicz, Gilles Trillard, AccorHotels, Holiday Suites, La Grenouillère, Le Château, Le roi des Oiseaux, Le domaine des Câlines, Sam Bellet, Christophe Gilliot François Goudeau, Vincent Muteau, Ronald Piclin, Jardins de Séricourt, Offices de Tourisme de Béthune-Bruay, Saint-Omer, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, Sophie et Jacques Rougerie, CAHC, Karl Bruninx, Bas van Oort, Les Faiseurs de Bateaux, Ville de Boulogne-sur-Mer, Cituation et Ensemble, Jérôme Pouille. p. 6 p. 12 p. 20 p. 34 Mining Heritage p. 6 Craft beer p. 12 In the countryide p. 14 Staring at the sea p. 20 Events calendar 2019 p. 26 The highlights p. 34 p. 14
  4. 4. 4 ACCESS Ferry : P&O Ferries : Dover – Calais : 90 min DFDS Seaways : Dover – Calais : 90 min Dover - Dunkirk : 120 min By train : Eurostar : London – Calais : 1h00 Paris – Calais : 1h30 Eurotunnel : Folkestone - Calais : 35 min TGV Nord : Paris – Calais : 1h30 Paris – Arras : 50 min From main airports, by car To Calais Paris Charles de Gaulle : 2h30 Paris Orly : 2h40 Zaventem-Brussels : 2h00 Brussels Charleroi : 2h20 London Heathrow : 3h00 Paris - Beauvais Tillé : 1h00 Lille Lesquin : 1h30 Motorways : A1, A16, A26
  5. 5. 5 The Pas-de-Calais : Three destinations, three ambiances The « Grand Site de France » label awarded to the Deux Caps, the opening of Louvre-Lens, the awarding of the UNESCO « Man and Biosphere » label to the Audomarois marshlands, the Versailles- Arras partnership, the classifi cation of the belfries and the Coalfi eld Area as UNESCO World Heritage sites... Pas-de-Calais is experiencing an unprecedented cultural and touristic dynamism. Open to Europe, this area is represented by 3 tourism destinations: the Opal Coast with its infi nite shades of blue and green, Hills & Dales with the gentle tranquillity of the countryside and the innovative and cultural personality of the youthful Around Louvre- Lens destination. With sea and cliffs, marshes and forests, slagheaps and belfries, the Pas-de-Calais has become a European destination that is bursting with memories and brimming with culture. Multi-faceted, the department offers a thousand and one faces and its people have so many stories to share... OPAL COAST p34 HILLS & DALES p38 AROUND LOUVRE-LENS p42 EXPLORE PAS-DE-CALAIS’ COAST, TOWNS & VILLAGES
  6. 6. 6 THE WORLD OF THE MINES Welcome to the homes of Roland, Roger, Liliane, Hélène and Jean-Baptiste; the new accommodation sites set up at the heart of the oldest mining town in the Nord-Pas de Calais. Here, every room bears the name of a former resident about whom we learn during out visit to the site... This quirky accommodation offers thoughtful retro-design comfort and décor, making every guest feel right at home. They are ideally situated for enjoying a few days discovering the area’s mining heritage. > Cité des électriciens Rue Franklin, 62700 Bruay-La-Buissière Information and bookings at 00336 74 74 65 75 ou citedeselectriciens@bethunebruay.fr http://citedeselectriciens.fr Opening May 2019: the Gîtes at the Cité des Électriciens
  7. 7. 7 The Hôtel Louvre-Lens : the metamorphosis of a mining village The silhouette of the Hôtel Louvre- Lens is, much like the mining basin that surrounds it, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a testament to the industrial past that has fashioned the memory of the local people and the landscape of this region; that of an authentic mining village, formerly known as Cité 9. Transforming this ensemble of workers’ houses into a four star hotel required great tact and sensitivity. Esprit de France discovered these qualities in a team of locals. The regular scansion of the façades linked by glass apertures and a large garden is now home to 52 rooms, a fitness and wellbeing space, seminar rooms, a brasserie and a bar. It projects the little- known history of the destination into the present day, one that has become even more significant following the opening of the Louvre-Lens Museum located opposite the hotel. Rates: from €100 to €180 Breakfast 8€ / 18€ > Hôtel Louvre-Lens 4* 168 rue Paul Bert 62300 Lens Tél : 00333 66 98 10 40 www.hotel-louvre-lens.com
  8. 8. 8 The machine awakens at 9-9 bis The shale heaps invite you to enjoy nature In December 1990 the last load of coal was lifted out of Pit n°9 in Oignies. The machine that carried miners deep below ground and brought the coal to the surface stopped running, putting an end to 270 years of mining in the Nord and the Pas-de-Calais areas.  Fast forward to December 2018 and the extraction machinery at Pit n°9 is back in business! This veritable technical feat was undertaken by the Aretec Company of Lens with the support of ACCCUSTO SECI, an association of former miners who have been passionate about maintaining the mining site for nearly 30 years.  In 2019, the general public can discover the extraction machinery during visits with commentary and other highlights provided by 9-9bis.  > 9-9bis Chemin du Tordoir, 62590 Oignies Tel : 00333 21 08 08 00 – www.9-9bis.com Slow down, take the time to watch, listen, breathe... Early in the morning or at dusk, witness the spectacle of nature awakening on the shale heaps and sharpen your senses: listen to the birdsong, breathe in the aromas of the undergrowth, walk with bare feet, observe the animals that emerge from their shelters as the day dawns or as darkness falls, gaze at the sunrise or the sunset from the black mountains and truly grasp the magic of these places. Night walk: Sunset and nightfall Friday 19th April at 8pm Breakfast on the shale heaps : Wednesday 17th April at 8am Rates: €10, €7 (U18), free for children under 6 Meet: The Café-Rando at Lens-Liévin Tourism - Base 11/19 in Loos-en-Gohelle
  9. 9. 9 Rendez-vous 2019 The Feast of Saint Barbara at Lens For over 100 years, Saint Barbara, patron saint of miners, fire fighters and pyrotechnicians has been a symbol of the area, celebrated traditionally by the mining communes and associations of former mine workers on 4th December with processions and festive gatherings. For the Feast of Saint Barbara in 2019, Lens-Liévin rekindles this tradition with artistic, cultural and festive happenings that rally people to the emblematic sites of local mining heritage. > Decembre 2019 FREE www.fetesdebarbara.com Combi ticket: « Lens; a mine of Art deco » visit + football match In the afternoon, follow a guided visit entitled «Lens; a mine of Art deco» that combines the history of the mining site on which the Louvre-Lens now stands and a discovery of the Art Deco façades in the city centre of Lens, followed by a match at the Bollaert Stadium in the company of the best supporters in France. Combi ticket on sale from Lens-Liévin Tourist Office and available on match days only. Price: €14 Poland Exhibition at the Louvre-Lens 2019 marks a century since the signing of the convention between France and Poland « relating to emigration and immigration », which led to the large scale arrival of Polish workers in France and, more specifically, in the mining basin to the north of the country. Between 1919 and 1928, 280,000 employment contracts were signed because of this. In order to commemorate this defining event for the identity of the local area, the Louvre-Lens Museum is presenting a major retrospective of Polish paintings from the 19th Century in conjunction with the National Museum in Warsaw. The exhibition retraces this very special moment in Polish cultural history when, despite the partitioning of the country between Russia, the Austrian Empire and Prussia, artists forged a veritable Polish national identity, something that we are able to refer to as « Polishness ». Thanks to prestigious loans from the national museums of Poland, the exhibition brings together around 150 tableaux dated between 1840 and 1918 by the greatest names in Polish art, such as Matejko, Chelmonski, Malczewski or Kossak.. > From 25th September 2019 to 20th January 2020 Full rate €10/ 18 – 25 years: €5€ / U 18: free 99 Rue Paul Bert, 62300 Lens Tel : 00333 21 18 62 62 - www.louvrelens.fr Départ du roi Jean III © Dąbrowa Tomasz/Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie
  10. 10. 10 The Around the Louvre-Lens product range The slagheap snow globes, Boulets du Mineur chocolate balls, miniature mining villages, chicory confit…the Autour du Louvre-Lens destination has developed a lovely collection of products under the ALL brand. Trendy and representative of the area, these products dreamed up for visitors in search of souvenirs are available from the Louvre-Lens boutique and certain tourist offices. Every item is a nod to mining heritage, local savoir- faire or the links established with Japan. > Prices: from €4.50 to €34 Available from shops at the Louvre-Lens, and tourist office in Lens and Béthune. www.autourdulouvrelens.fr The latest item in the collection: the Furoshiki bag. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of artistic packaging, the Furoshiki in washed linen employs this ancestral art form to create an original bag. The added extra of the ALL range: partnerships with local artisans and designers ensuring a short supply chain.
  11. 11. 11 CWGC Experience THE CWGC EXPERIENCE In June 2019 the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) will open The CWGC Experience – a unique new visitor attraction that will shine a light on the work of the remarkable organisation at the heart of remem- brance of the war dead. Highlights will include access to the headstone engraving process, an overview of the metal and carpentry workshops and insights into our pro- cess of recovery and identification of soldiers found on the battlefields after ten decades. > Opening June 2019 Admission: free. Parking fee for groups from 12 to 20: €20 / over 20: €50. Booking on www.cwgc.org. Open Monday to Friday from February to November. 10 am-4 pm. Closed on bank holidays. 5-7 rue Angèle Richard. 62217 Beau- rains. Tel: 00 33 (0)3 21 21 77 00 cwgc.experience@cwgc.org www.cwgc.org The Commonwealth War Graves Commission announces ‘behind the scenes’ Visitor Centre in June 2019
  12. 12. 12 ALL ABOUT BEER The beer route aboard a VW Combi with Les Belles Echappées In the heart of the Audomarois, the company Les Belles Echappées offers trips with a retro accent aboard a Citroën 2CV, Volkswagen Combi, Vespa Calessino…In spring 2019, Les Belles Echappées launch the Combeer Tour. This new itinerary lets you take the wheel of a VW Combi in an ambiance that is vintage and convivial, as you explore the brewing traditions of the Nord and the Pas-de-Calais. It offers a veritable immersion into the land of the brewers, ideal for deepening your historic, cultural and gourmet knowledge! It also provides an opportunity to chat with producers about the secrets of their beers. Another new feature: you are able to book trips and guided tours directly on line. > Les Belles Echappées 1 Voie Communale des Murs 62500 Clairmarais Tel : 00333 21 98 11 72 www.les-belles-echappees.com * A consommer avec modération.
  13. 13. 13 Rendez-vous 2019 Get-together (aperitifs) around beer and cheese by Lens-Liévin The Spring Beer Fair of Hauts-de-France, in Arras This event focusing on the history of beer in Arras brings together around thirty brewers. On the programme: an exhibition, regional products and entertainment for everyone, even the children. 30th and 31st March > 30th and 31st March Cité Nature, Boulevard Schuman, 62000 Arras The Beer Festival in Saint-Omer Beer has been one of the town’s crown jewels since 1866, the year in which the Saint-Omer Brewery was established. For this weekend the town gives pride of place to its brewing and folkloric traditions. Breweries and micro- breweries offer up their creations for tasting. > September 2019 www.tourisme-saintomer.com Every month there is a surprising venue to discover, passionate and fascinating guests, local beers and a wide range of cheeses: this is the tried and tested recipe for creating a lovely after-work moment to enjoy with colleagues, or a night out with friends and loved ones! > One Friday every month at 6:30pm Rates: €8/pers. Lens-Liévin Tourist Office Tel : 00333 21 67 66 66 - www.tourisme-lenslievin.fr We like : The tasting board Lens-Liévin Tourism serves up the tasting board, a new gourmet discovery of the area that provides a convivial experience rich in flavour. This tasting board showcases regional gastronomy and the people that bring this to life: the Saint-Germain and Castelain breweries, but also a Polish charcutier, a coffee roaster, a pig farmer, a cheesemaker, the owner of a wine cellar…What we love: tasting notes are presented on a wooden board, the symbol of sharing and of conviviality so common across the area. Rates: 1 board + tastings 1 person: €24.50 / 1 board + tastings 2 people: €34.50 Available on line from the web site www.tourisme-lenslievin.fr or at the Lens-Liévin tourist office
  14. 14. 14 IN THE COUNTRYSIDE Set between the village and the marsh, this practically secret refuge of La Grenouillère with a table by Michelin star chef Alexandre Gauthier, offers three original 60m² suites: The Eau Vive suite, all on one level with private garden, outdoor hot- tub, winter garden, Italian shower and bath, skincare products based on flower and wood essential oils. The Âtre suite, a duplex with private garden, conservatory, 100% cotton perfumed linen, bathroom, Italian shower, skincare products based on flower and wood essential oils, light well. The Pommier Blanc suite, with mezzanine and private garden, outdoor hot-tub, conservatory, 100% cotton perfumed linen, Japanese bath, skincare products based on flower and wood essential oils. La Maison de la Source in La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil > La Maison de la Source From €390, breakfast included. 19 rue de la Grenouillère, 62170 La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil Tel : 00333 21 06 07 22 www.lagrenouillere.fr
  15. 15. 15 Le Domaine des Câlines in Baralle Le Roi des Oiseaux in Montcavrel > Le domaine des câlines Stéphanie Cloart Rates: suite €250 per night / €300 per night for the gîte 63 Grand Rue 62860 Baralle Tel : 00336 66 98 63 45 www.domainedescalines.fr Situated just a few kilometres from Montreuil- sur-Mer, the Le Roi des Oiseaux gîte is a pretty little house made of earth and painted with lime, typifying a rural heritage that contributes to the authenticity and charm of the villages of the Course Valley. Tucked away in this cocoon that can sleep four travellers, wood is subtly combined with grey and natural tones. This veritable haven of peace is perfect for nature lovers in search of peace and quiet. The plus: this gîte offers table d’hôte meals and breakfast. > Le roi des oiseaux Camille Dubois et Marion Joly Rates from €78 to €118 a night 8 Rue de la Brasserie, 62170 Montcavrel Tel : 00336 12 14 57 87 - www.leroidesoiseaux.com n the « Suite de Jeanne » that has been set up in a former pigeon loft, everything has been thought out to ensure the visitor’s wellbeing. On the ground floor you can take advantage of a spa corner with sauna and Balneotherapy Jacuzzi0. Within a former farmhouse, the « Gîte d’Hortense » houses two rooms dotted here and there along a walkway that overlooks the lounge. We love the large spaces, the sleek decor and the comfort of the venue, as well as the immense garden that encircles the property. The plus: access to an outdoor Jacuzzi to enhance your stay and the possibility of purchasing some of the actual furniture.
  16. 16. 16 Le château in Fresnoy-en-Gohelle Situated at the heart of a vast flower and tree filled park, the façade of this superb Art Deco home has just been fully restored. Inside, guests can take advantage of a lounge with wood fire, a boudoir and a reading area with a refined ambiance. A magnificent staircase in the Art Deco style provides access to the three bedrooms. With their wide windows that open out over the park, they exude a gentle elegance. The plus: access to a pretty roof terrace, fitness area and sauna and the use of bicycles. > Le Château Jannick Blavier Rates: from €125 to €139 per night 9 Rue du puits 62580 Fresnoy-en-Gohelle Tel : 00336.22.19.87.25 - www. lechateau-fresnoy-en-gohelle.com « Wellness and relaxation » weekends from Un Matin dans les Bois > Les 17 et 18 mai Relaxation treatments are subject to a fee (per pers. €15 yoga session / €25 massage / €8 naturopathy) Un matin dans les bois 100 Impasse de Fresnoy, 62990 Loison-sur-Créquoise Tel : 00333 21 05 74 32 - unmatindanslesbois.com In order to accentuate the benefits of a countryside break, the guest house establishment Un Matin dans les Bois organises energising weekends of relaxation and wellness during May. Saturday begins with a yoga session in the heart of nature with an instructor. To enhance this moment of release, guests can enjoy a reflexology foot massage with essential oils. On Sunday, a naturopathy initiation presents the virtues of this discipline.
  17. 17. 17 Discover the Audomarois Marsh differently The Pays de Saint-Omer is home to the Audomarois Marsh; a corner of paradise created by waterways and cultivated land. In spring and throughout the summer, the company Isnor offers original ways of discovering the Audomarois from a different angle. Among its new services for 2019: visits to the marsh at sunrise, boat trips with commentary, visits featuring an initiation into Nordic walking, musical cruises and special children’s trips. Another new feature is the ability to book your visit on line. > Société Isnor Halte fluviale de Clairmarais Tel : 00333 21 39 15 15 - www.isnor.fr Rendez-vous 2019 The Rose Festival in the Gardens of Séricourt This 4 hectare park listed as a Remarkable Garden is renowned as one of the most beautiful gardens in France. During spring it opens up its picturesque series of surprising «rooms» and landscaped spaces. For the very first time on the occasion of Rose Fortnight, the Gardens of Séricourt will stage a rose festival; a weekend of workshops and entertainments in the presence of florists that explores the diversity and history of the Séricourt rose gardens. > 22nd and 23rd June Jardins de Séricourt, 2 rue du bois, 62270 Séricourt Tel. : 00333 21 03 64 42 www.jardindesericourt.com Following the success of the maiden edition, the Château d’Humeroeuille once again opens its gardens up to the public in June 2019. On the programme: expo-sale of exceptional plants and trees from a selection of the very best nurseries in France, a fine flea market with a variety of professional stall-holders, antique dealers, collectors and artisans; free valuation of items and curiosities by Mr Fabien Mirabaud, an auctioneer from Paris, countless entertainments and excellent eateries and bars. > Sunday 30th June Château d’Humerœuille 1 place publique 62130 Humeroeuille www.chateauflore.com Plant Festival and flea market at the Château d’Humeroeuille
  18. 18. 18 On Saturday 15th June 2019, the site opens to the public following 10 years of research, tenders and works. > Opening on 15th June Donjon de Bours 29 rue de l’Église 62550 Bours Tel : 00333 21 47 95 59 www.donjondebours.fr Constructed in the 14th Century, listed as a Historic Monument since 1965, this astonishing medieval tower in the Artois provides a rare example of a Lord-Knight’s residence. It has been preserved in a truly exceptional state. One objective: show everyone the history of this fascinating monument through a well- illustrated and dedicated scenography.. Opening of the Maison de l’Archéologie in Thérouanne Two thousand years of history and more than a century of archaeology. Children and adults are invited to unearth the secrets of the « Pompéï of the north »… Through collections of objects and interpretation facilities, the public travels back to Tarvena, the capital of the Les Morins Gauls that became a flourishing Gallo-Roman city following Julius Caesar’s conquest. It goes on to explore the vast medieval bishopric, which was later transformed into a bastioned fortified square that withstood attacks from the French King François I, Spanish Emperor Charles Quint and King Henry VIII of England. You can witness the annihilation of Thérouanne in 1553 and then its renaissance as a rural burg, which would become an extraordinary playground for archaeologists. > Opening during the National Archaeology Days on 14th and 15th June. Archaeological site : Rue Saint-Jean – 62129 Thérouanne Tel : 00333 21 38 01 62 - www.patrimoines-saint-omer.fr Inauguration of the Bours Dungeon
  19. 19. 19 New walking and cycling brochure Pas-de-Calais Tourism will bring out its brand new walking and cycling guide in spring 2019. A practical tool that features 16 walking trails, 16 cycling loops and a wide variety of tourist information, it will help visitors explore the most beautiful rural, coastal and urban landscapes of the Pas-de-Calais. Every itinerary will be available to download and print from the web site ign.com. The guide also presents some original initiatives that operate across the region on the theme of walking and cycling. Published in spring 2019. Available by request from Pas-de-Calais Tourism at 00333 21 10 34 60. New medieval historic centre of Agincourt Dedicated to the most famous and most well-documented battle of the Hundred Years War, the Medieval Historic Centre of Azincourt aims to pen a new chapter of its history. Extended spaces and new technical and scenography facilities will allow visitors to rediscover this celebrated confrontation of 1415, defined by the crushing defeat of the King of France, Charles VI, by the English forces of Henry V. The aim of this new Medieval Historic Centre is also to place this event in its geo-political, social and cultural context. It will invite visitors to discover the daily life of the townsfolk in the XV Century. > Opening late 2019 Agincourt Medieval Centre 24 Rue Charles VI 62310 Azincourt Tel : 00333 21 47 70 21 https://chmazincourt. wixsite.com/monsite-1
  20. 20. 20 STARING AT THE SEA Thalassa sea & spa in Le Touquet totally reimagined Following nine months of works, this 145-room establishment has once again opened its doors. Quite literally sitting on the sand, the hotel is located in the heart of the elegant seaside resort of Le Touquet. This establishment has been totally redesigned in an extremely contemporary style. The institute and the Ibis hotel, currently undergoing renovation, will also be completely reimagined. Accor Hotels has chosen a sleek decoration that allows guests to fully appreciate the incredible scenery and that, thanks to vast openings, bathes the premises in natural light. An open kitchen encourages an interaction between guests and the chef, who expertly serves up each of the dishes on the new menu. > Thalassa sea & spa Front de Mer Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
  21. 21. 21 La Matelote, 40 years of savoir-faire Opening June 2019: Holiday Suites in Boulogne-sur-Mer > Hôtel & Restaurant La Matelote 4* 70 / 80 Boulevard Sainte Beuve, 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer Tel : 00333 21 30 33 33 - www.la-matelote.com Boulogne-sur-Mer is readying itself to welcome its very first tourist residence! The new Holiday Suites will offer 108 apartments and studios that sleep 2 to 6 people, all fully-equipped. With bright interior spaces and transparent balconies, this accommodation will provide unbeatable views of the port and fortified town of Boulogne-sur-Mer. Guests will also be able to book stays from just one night. > Holiday Suites 3* Average rate / night: €120. Breakfast: €10. Pets welcome. Boulevard du quai Chanzy 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer  Tel : 00339 74 59 59 53 - www.holidaysuites.fr Established in 1979, La Matelote is part of Boulogne’s identity. The restaurant earned a Michelin star 38 years ago and it has never once let it out of its grasp. The secret of this longevity: Chef Tony Lestienne has been working in the kitchens since the start of this adventure and is now assisted by his son Stellio. At home here in the greatest fishing port in France, the Chef excels in the art of preparing fish. One of the real classics that simply must be sampled is the warm lobster salad. To mark its 40th year, the La Matelote restaurant has a new look and is having flagship recipes from the past 4 decades back on the menu.
  22. 22. 22 L’Atlantic in Wimereux, a balcony over the sea What is the common factor that links the two restaurants and the 18 rooms of the L’Atlantic? All of them have a sea view! Situated on the Wimereux Dyke, facing the Channel, it is the only 4* establishment on the Opal Coast that provides direct views of the sea. Here you can take advantage of the sea air, the skies and their changing light, the aerial ballet of the gulls over the beach… Highlights include: the new privilege room, entirely redesigned, with views of the sea from its bathroom and a modern decor with woody tones; the light gourmet cuisine of young Michelin star chef Benjamin Delpierre who has skilfully taken over from his father Alain Delpierre. Rates for Privilege room from 157€. > Hôtel & Restaurant L’Atlantic 4*     6 rue Notre Dame 62390 Wimereux Tel : 00333 21 32 41 01  www.atlantic-delpierre.com
  23. 23. 23 E.Manet, détail, Clair de lune sur le port de Boulogne, 1869, huile sur toile©RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay) Hervé Lewandowski Rendez-vous 2019 A conversation with Edouard Manet’s masterpiece From the mid-1860s onwards, the painter Edouard Manet spent the bulk of his holidays on the Opal Coast, and more specifically at Boulogne-sur- Mer. Inspired by the light along the coast and by the life of the sailors and fishermen, he painted most of his key sea-themed works here. An exceptional loan from the Musée d’Orsay is exposed, a major work by the Master Edouard Manet,; Moonlight over the Port of Boulogne. On this occasion, the museum will offer a new presentation of its spaces devoted to the landscapes of the Opal Coast. > From 26th January to 25th March Musée de Boulogne-sur-Mer Château comtal, Fortified city 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer http://musee.ville-boulogne-sur-mer.fr The Fêtes de la Mer festival, Boulogne The sea and the maritime world are honoured in Boulogne-sur- Mer. Over four days, tens of thousands of people, enthusiasts and professionals alike, gather to discover or rediscover the sea and all its aspects. On the programme: a gathering of tall ships and traditional boats, trips out to sea aboard heritage sailing boats, ships that are open to visitors, nautical parades, a village showcasing maritime savoir- faire and traditions, a market of the sea, songs & dances, tastings of seafood products, exhibitions and countless entertainments for people of all ages. > From 11th to 14th July Gambetta and port in Boulogne-sur-Mer - free of charge Office de tourisme du Boulonnais Tel : 0033 21 10 88 10 - www.ville-boulogne-sur-mer.fr
  24. 24. 24 Learn how to cook fish in Etaples-sur-Mer Maréis offer a programme of culinary workshops based on fish. This teaching kitchen provides a unique opportunity along the Opal Coast to learn how to prepare locally caught seafood products. Open to all-comers, the cookery courses are accessible and convivial, allowing everyone to debunk the myths associated with the preparation of fish dishes. For the very first time in 2019, Maréis are running themed cookery courses. For St Valentines, Easter and New Year, Chef Cyrille Dimanche supervises and offers advice to participants as they create a full starter/main/dessert menu. > Maréis, centre de découverte de la pêche en mer By reservation only Rates: €20 to €50 /pers.  Boulevard Bigot Descelers, 62630 Etaples-sur-mer  Tel : 00333 21 09 04 00 www.mareis.fr We like : The photo spots of the Deux-Caps Site FREE Limestone cliffs, immense beaches of fine sand, dune massifs…the Grand Site de France labelled Deux-Caps concentrates everything that is most stunning about nature across a 23km site. In order to help visitors immortalise this exceptional landscape, the visitor centre has set up photo spots at the very best viewpoints. Each spot is sign-posted by a device designed for Smartphones, tablets, reflex…Once you have set up your camera, you just have press click to achieve a wonderful and perfectly framed snap! Maison du Site des Deux-Caps La Sence, 62179 Audinghen www.lesdeuxcaps.fr
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  26. 26. 26 EVENTS CALENDAR 2019 The Beatles photos by Jean-Marie Périer Jean-Marie Périer rubbed shoulders with and immortalised all the artists that defined the 1960s. The exhibition at the Château d’Hardelot is dedicated to the appearance of the Fab Four from Liverpool through the eyes of Jean-Marie Périer. Blending pop sophistication and a joyfully relaxed feel, the photographs on display reveal the ties of confidence and friendship that existed between the band and the photographer for several years. Exhibition designed and presented by the Pas-de- Calais Council. > From 6th July to 3rd November 2019 Château d’Hardelot, Centre culturel de l’Entente cordiale 1, rue de la Source, 62360 Condette Tél : 00333 21 21 73 65 www.chateau-hardelot.com Le printemps de l’Art déco In the 1920s the communes of Northern France that had been devastated by WW1 began their reconstruction. Architects called upon the style that was in vogue during the inter-war years; Art deco. Arras, Béthune and Lens saw countless Art deco buildings spring up. Lens railway station, whose silhouette recalls a steam locomotive, the former headquarters of the Lens Mining Company and the Art deco swimming pool of Bruay-la-Buissière offer some of its finest examples. The spring of Art Deco is an occasion to explore the diversity of this art form through guided visits and special events in the Hauts-de-France region that has a particularly rich heritage, especially around Amiens, Arras, Béthune-Bruay, Cambrai, Douai, Lens-Liévin, Roubaix, Saint-Omer and Saint-Quentin. > From 1st March to 30th April www.printempsartdeco.fr © Jean-Marie Périer
  27. 27. 27 The love of the coastline; a conversation with Edouard Manet’s masterpiece in Boulogne-sur-Mer From 26th January to 25th March Thanks to an exceptional loan from the Musée d’Orsay, visitors can discover a major work by the Master Edouard Manet, painted during one of his stays in Boulogne- sur-Mer; Moonlight over the Port of Boulogne. On this occasion, the museum will offer a new presentation of its spaces devoted to the landscapes of the Opal Coast. http://musee.ville-boulogne-sur-mer.fr The « Next to Your Skin » Exhibition; the intimate story of the collections FREE From 7th February to 14th April  The Museum of Béthune presents part of its collection on the theme of textiles at the chapel of Saint-Pry. The history of the textile industry has left its mark on our region, and notably the towns of Roubaix and Tourcoing. Thread and textiles had great commercial value and were traded everywhere. Béthune was a town of great significance where not only cloth but the linen required for everyday life could be purchased. The museum’s collection is so eclectic that this visit makes use of a range of facilities to allow visitors to explore the intimate history of textiles. http://ville-bethune.fr Baroque Nights From 20th to 25th February Although the frosts of winter are still being felt, the Baroque Nights are sure to bring a touch of springtime to February thanks to an explosion of spectacles: theatre, opera, music! This festival showcases the arts of the stage in Europe during the XVII and XVIII Centuries, between Le Touquet- Paris-Plage and Berck-sur-mer, Montreuil-sur-Mer and Etaples-sur- mer. www.lesmalinsplaisirs.com Spring of Art déco From 1st March to 30th April In the 1920s the communes of Northern France that had been devastated by WW1 began their reconstruction. Architects called upon the style that was in vogue during the inter-war years; Art deco. Arras, Béthune and Lens saw countless Art deco buildings spring up. Lens railway station, whose silhouette recalls a steam locomotive and the Art deco swimming pool of Bruay-la- Buissière offer some of its finest examples. www.printempsartdeco.frwww. printempsartdeco.fr To Arms! Exhibition: Knights, mercenaries and pirates, in Saint-Omer From 8th March to 1st September 2019 The Sandelin Museum boasts the most significant collection of weaponry in Northern France. The exhibition presents visitors with a chronological trail: from the predominance of cavalry using swords and lances, to the great manoeuvres of the 18th Century and through the evolution of hand- held firearms. A focus on three leading figures punctuates this trail: knights, mercenaries and pirates. www.patrimoines-saint-omer.fr Hervé Di Rosa and Giulia Andreani in Béthune From 9th March to 14th July  Hervé Di Rosa is on display at Labanque with works created during his world tour. The variety of topics underlines the blend of reference points and cultures that feed his creativity. Labanque also hosts Italian artist Giulia Andreani. She works with photographic documents that evoke the episodes of XX Century history, affirming the fact of « being in the time of painting, that of historic perspective and the problems of painting in history ». www.facebook.com/ labanquebethune
  28. 28. 28 Locon plants festival 23rd and 24th March This is the first horticultural event in the Hauts-de-France region, where the amateur and professional gardner alike can find a wide variety of plants and flowers. A rendez-vous for artists, landscape designers and garden lovers. www.fetedesplanteslocon.com Homer at the Louvre-Lens From 27th March to 22nd July 2019 The Louvre-Lens Museum presents the largest ever exhibition in France dedicated to Homer, author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, these two famous epic poems that form the basis of Western culture. It offers an unexpected journey into the rich Homeric world, a universe as beautiful as it is mysterious. After a prelude devoted to the Gods of Olympus and the Muse that inspired Homer, this exhibition sets out to explore the « Prince of Poets », whose very existence is disputed. The exhibition then brings back to life the main heroes and storylines of The Iliad and The Odyssey. The trail also takes you back to some of the most famous scenes of the Trojan War featured in other epic poems that have now disappeared but were still popular during Antiquity. These reveal the profusion on ancient epic literature and the miraculous preservation of the works of Homer. www.louvrelens.fr The Spring Beer Fair of Hauts-de- France, in Arras 30th and 31st March This event focusing on the history of beer in Arras brings together around thirty brewers. On the programme: an exhibition, regional products and entertainment for everyone, even the children. The Urban Conquest exhibition in Calais From 6th April to 3rd November The museum of fine-arts in Calais opens its doors to street-art, a phenomenon that has earned a major place in the recent history of creativity. This exhibition also reaffirms that the museum is open to multiple art forms with exhibitions that are accessible to the uninitiated. Through more than 60 works and creations by pioneering artists from the 60s to the present day, URBAN CONQUEST goes back to the origins and the evolution of urban art. www.calais.fr Anniversary of the Battle of Arras Tuesday 9th March 9th avril 1917, 24 000 soldiers emerged from the Wellington Quarry to start the Battle of Arras, an operation of diversion before the attack of the CHemin des Dames. they lived in those underground tunnels, dug by the New Zealand Tunneliers, during the weeks which preceded the offensive A ceremony is held at 6.30am, French time, in front of the Memorial Wall. www.carrierewellington.com The international kite Festival at Berck-sur-Mer FREE From 6th to 14th April Focusing on the theme of the voyage, the 33rd edition will take place on the beaches of Berck, a seaside resort in the natural setting of the Baie d’Authie. Over a whole week, hundreds of butterflies, octopuses, puppets and birds will fill the sky with colour. Along the paths of the « Gardens of the Wind » or during the traditional « Night Flight », spectators will be treated to some poetic and magical moments. At the crossroads of European, Asian, Oriental and Trans-Atlantic cultures, this meeting will host a selection of the very best kite flyers in the world. www.cerf-volant-berck.com Portrait imaginaire du poère Homère © Musée du Louvre - Thierry Ollivier 2011
  29. 29. 29 The Scallop Festival at Etaples- sur-Mer 20th and 21st April It is one of the star products of the « City of Fishermen », a renowned shellfish for which the fishing community of Etaples is strongly represented among the scallop fleet of the Opal Coast. For two days, the scallop takes pride of place amidst a backdrop of folk music and gastronomy. https://etaples-sur-mer.fr Wellbeing weekend at Belval Abbey 27th and 28th April Through workshops and conferences, participants will explore various methods of relaxation. Individual sessions, group workshops, conferences, walks, detox meals. Organised by « Ternois Bien-être ». http://belval.fr Shakespeare Nights From 4th to 23rd May / Mentored by Michael Lonsdale The only Elizabethan theatre in France, inaugurated in 2016, is proud to host Shakespeare Nights*. This high-point on the calendar will allow the greatest number of people possible to experience the universal appeal of Shakespeare: set off to discover an Elizabethan theatre and the work of Shakespeare. *In partnership with Shakespeare Days organised by Saint-Omer. www.chateau-hardelot.fr Shakespeare Days From 11th to 28th May The Shakespeare Days adventure began in 2015, when an original edition of the complete works of Shakespeare, the « First folio », was identified by the Library of Saint-Omer. Ever since that day, the Pays de Saint-Omer and La Barcarolle have organised a month-long annual event that showcases the great English playwright. The 2019 edition will tackle the theme of power that so greatly inspired the works of Shakespeare. www.labarcarolle.org Opening of the Cité des Électriciens 17th May 2019 Totally redesigned, the oldest mining town in Pas-de-Calais has become a reference point for exploring the landscapes, the towns and the living conditions of the mining communities. The site features an interpretation centre of 1000m² equipped with numerous interactive facilities and rounded off with educational, artistic and communal gardens. A venue for artistic residencies and tourist breaks, the Cité boasts three artists’ residences, four gîtes and a furnished room that have all been set up in former miners’ dwellings. The so-called Carins, small outbuildings, have been converted and fully restored, as chicken coops, saunas or laundry rooms that can be used by guests who are staying on site. www.citedeselectriciens.fr Opening of the Maison de l’Archéologie in Thérouanne 14th and 15th June This new archaeological centre plunges the visitor into the adventure of Thérouanne; two thousand years of history and more than a century of archaeology. Children and adults are invited to unearth the secrets of the « Pompéï of the north »…The public travels back to Tarvena, the capital of the Les Morins Gauls; exploring the vast medieval bishopric, which was later transformed into a bastioned fortified square and witnesses the annihilation of Thérouanne in 1553 and its renaissance as a rural burg. www.patrimoines-saint-omer.fr Inauguration of the Bours Dungeon Sunday 15th June Constructed in the 14th Century, this astonishing medieval tower in the Artois provides a rare example of a Lord-Knight’s residence. Following 10 years of research, tenders and works, the site opens to the public! On this occasion, entertainments, shows and music will all take place around this fortified house... www.donjondebours.fr
  30. 30. 30 Carte blanche to Olivier Theyskens; In Praesentia From 15th June 2019 to 5th January 2020 On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode has given carte blanche to Belgian designer Olivier Theyskens who is known for reveries in which the costume is the principal actor. « In Praesentia » is a project constructed in fragments and through collisions, inspired by a creative dialogue between the singular work of Olivier Theyskens and the historic, textile and industrial collections of the Cité. www.cite-dentelle.fr The Rose Festival in Séricourt 22nd and 23rd June This 4 hectare park listed as a Remarkable Garden is renowned as one of the most beautiful gardens in France. During spring it opens up to passionate visitors and novices alike to offer a stroll through its picturesque series of surprising «rooms» and landscaped spaces. For the very first time on the occasion of Rose Fortnight, the Gardens of Séricourt will stage a rose festival. A weekend of workshops and entertainments in the presence of florists that explore the diversity and history of the Séricourt rose gardens. www.jardindesericourt.com Memories of the Treaty of Versailles From 28th June to 11th November Within the framework of the commemorations to mark the First World War, the « Château de Versailles in Arras » partnership presents a definitive event based around the Treaty of Versailles, signed in the Hall of Mirrors on 28th June 1919 and marking the end of the conflict. In order to retrace this historic event, around a dozen works taken from the collections of the Château de Versailles will be displayed exclusively at the Museum of Fine- Arts of Arras. www.facebook.com/mbaarras The Plant Festival and flea market at the Château d’Humeroeuille Sunday 30th June Following the success of the maiden edition, the Château d’Humeroeuille once again opens its gardens up to the public in June 2019. On the programme: expo-sale of exceptional plants and trees from a selection of the very best nurseries in France, a fine flea market with a variety of professional stall-holders, antique dealers, collectors and artisans; free valuation of items and curiosities by Mr Fabien Mirabaud, an auctioneer from Paris, countless entertainments and excellent eateries and bars. www.chateauflore.com Main Square Festival From 5th to 7th July Every year, the Citadelle hosts the Main Square festival that brings together big name acts from the world of pop, rock and electro on the same bill. Over three days, the biggest international artists lay siege to the citadelle of Arras www.mainsquarefestival.fr Saint-Omer Jaaz Festival 5th to 9th July Over 30 jazz concerts are held around the town. Enjoy an afternoon drink laying on a deck chair in the garden of the Motte Castrale to the sound of free jazz or a big band concert sitting on a terrasse after dinner. The Jaaz festival is growing year on year. www.saintomerjaazfestival.fr The Beatles photos by Jean- Marie Périer From 6th July to 3rd November 2019 See page 26 www.chateau-hardelot.fr The Fêtes de la Mer festival in Boulogne-sur-Mer From 11th to 14th July Over four days, the sea and the maritime world are showcased at Boulogne-sur-Mer. On the programme: a gathering of tall ships and traditional boats, trips out to sea aboard heritage sailing boats, ships that are open to visitors, nautical parades, a village showcasing maritime savoir-faire and traditions, a market of the sea, songs & dances, tastings of seafood products, exhibitions and countless entertainments. www.ville-boulogne-sur-mer.fr
  31. 31. 31 The Redcurrant Festival in Loison-sur-Créquoise 20th and 21st July The Le Perlé de Groseille wine cellar presents two festive days exploring the ancient way of pressing redcurrants. Fizz, cider, preserves…visitors will be invited to sample all the specialties of the house to a backdrop of Gypsy Jazz, old-fashioned games and donkey rides. On Saturday evening, a fireworks display will light up the valley. On Sunday, a market of red fruits and flea market will take place in the wine cellar and the village. www.leperle.fr « Les misérables » sound & light show in Montreuil-sur-Mer 26th July - 5th August On the 4th September 1837, Victor Hugo visited Montreuil-sur- Mer, its ramparts and its abbey. A few years later, he chose to use this city as the setting for much of the first part of his most famous novel... 500 volunteers are involved in the show, wearing the costumes of their forebears and the characters from the novel. Mixing reality and fiction, history and literary life, all are brought together under the magic of the medieval city ramparts www.lesmiserables-montreuil.com Saint-Omer boat parade on the river Aa Sunday 28th July Traditional bacove boats from the audomarois marshes are decorated with thousands of flowers and greenery to parade on the canal. A local market, fair and concerts add some coulours to this quirky event ! www.tourisme-saintomer.com 50 years ago; Mankind’s first steps on the Moon  On 21st July 1969, Mankind set foot on the surface of the Moon for the very first time, an amazing feat undertaken by the United States. The whole world had its eyes fixed on the Moon and the stars. To mark the 50th anniversary of Mankind’s first steps on the Moon, La Coupole presents an original exhibition on the origins and fundamentals of the quest to conquer Space. Displayed in four major sections, the exhibition tackles the technological and scientific challenges that such an expedition involved, the Moon Hoax or science in the face of conspiracy theories, a few perspectives of the Earth and the Moon and the race to the Moon between USSR and the USA. From July 2019 to June 2020 La Coupole, Rue André Clabaux 62570 Wizernes Tel. : 00333 21 12 27 27 - www. lacoupole-france.com Piano folies festival in Le Touquet August 2018 150 artists, 60 concerts unfolding wherever the public may be, at any moment and in any place : in the casino, on the beach, even at the horse riding centre ! www.lespianosfolies.com The Fêtes d’Arras August 2018 The flea market at Bidasse, the Andouillette Festival, the conflagration of the belfry: over the course of three weeks, the city of Arras beats to the rhythm of local festivals, colourful rendezvous that delight locals and visitors alike. Béthune Retro From 23rd to 25th August Festival-goers are plunged into the world of the 50s and 60s; the beautiful American cars, the fashion and music that defines Rock’n’roll. This three-day free festival is the perfect place in which to stick to the 1950s dress code. A gathering of hot-rods and other U.S cars & bikes, more than 40 concerts by international bands across the six stages, dance floors, pin-up parades, exhibitions, vintage market, hair and make- up salons, barbers, camping for festival-goers. http://bethuneretro.ville- bethune.fr Flobart Fishing Boat Festival Late August Wissant celebrates traditional fishing and honours the boat of the Boulonnais coast. Tastings of local seafood, maritime crafts stands, exhibition of Flobart boats, streetartists, concerts of sea shanties and maritime folk music in the open air. www.terredes2capstourisme.fr
  32. 32. 32 Locon Garlic fair Sunday 26th August An unusual fair that is perfect for a pleasant Sunday in the country. A rural village fete at the heart of which local producers sell garlic, onions and shallots in this countryside setting. www.foirealail.fr Festival of the andouille in Aire-sur-la-Lys Sunday 1st September Speciality of the town, the Andouille sausage is celebrated every year on the first Sunday of September. In the morning: fun- run. In the afternoon: at 15h there is a carnival procession followed, at 18h, by the traditional throwing of the Andouille from the bailiff’s balcony. www.tourisme-saintomer.com The Beer Festival in Saint-Omer September 2019 Beer has been one of the town’s crown jewels since 1866, the year in which the Saint-Omer Brewery was established. For this weekend the town gives pride of place to its brewing and folkloric traditions. Breweries and micro-breweries offer up their creations for tasting. www.tourisme-saintomer.com The Poland Exhibition at the Louvre-Lens From 25th September 2019 to 20th January 20202019 marks a century since the signing of the convention between France and Poland « relating to emigration and immigration », that led to the large scale arrival of Polish workers in France and, more specifically, in the mining Basin of the north of the country. In order to commemorate this defining event for the identity of the local area, the Louvre-Lens Museum is presenting a major retrospective of Polish paintings from the 19th Century in conjunction with the National Museum in Warsaw. www.louvrelens.fr Herring King Festival in Etaples 10th & 11th November For a whole weekend, this «traditional» rendezvous floods Etaples with all the effervescence of past fishing seasons. Smoked, grilled or marinated, the Cité des Pêcheurs invites you all to come and sample this seasonal fish. www.etaples-tourisme.com The Feast of Saint Barbara in Lens-Liévin FREE Early December For over 100 years, Saint Barbara, patron saint of miners, fire fighters and pyrotechnicians has been a symbol of the area, celebrated traditionally by the mining communes and associations of former mine workers on 4th December with processions and festive gatherings. For the Feast of Saint Barbara in 2019, Lens- Liévin rekindles this tradition with artistic, cultural and festive happenings that rally people to the emblematic sites of local mining heritage. www.fetesdebarbara.com Licques Turquey Festival Mid-December Every year, just before Christmas, the village of Licques beats to the rhythm of the Turkey Festival (classified as one of the 100 most beautiful festivals in France): terroir market, procession of the noble Ladies and Gentlemen of the Confraternity of the Turkey of Licques, tasting of Licquoise stew, lunches and dinners with entertainment… www.paysdopale-tourisme.fr Arras Christmas market Late November to late December The Christmas village in Arras is set up in the Main Square and has become one of the largest north of Paris. The collection of magnificent baroque façades is unique in Europe and provides a prestigious showcase for this location which is completely devoted to the festivities. With its chalets, skating rink, merry- go-round, musical shows and workshops, and the delicious smells floating around, the Christmas village goes all out to create a festive atmosphere in anticipation of Christmas Eve. www.noelarras.com
  33. 33. 33 Once Upon a time in Le Touquet Late November to late December The town transforms into a real Christmas village, with a unique display of Christmas lights. Children delight in the magic of the Enchanted Forest, and can even take their wish lists to Father Christmas’ grotto and have their picture taken with the man himself§ From the picturesque Christmas market to horse and carriage rides, and even an ice rink; you won’t be left disappointed ! www.letouquet.com Béthune Christmas market Late November - 31st December Béthune Christmas market is located in the Town Square, by the Belfry Tower. The public can enjoy the open-air skating rink, horse-drawn carriage rides, children’s workshops, and a host of entertainment, as well as all the produce and gifts for sale at the chalets set up on the cobblestones. There’s something for everyone at the Christmas Town, from the delicious smell of sausages cooking, to roast chestnut sandwiches from Alsace to the traditional waffles of the North. www.tourisme-bethune-bruay.fr The Winter Illuminations in Calais From 27th to 31st December Designed and created by Le Channel National Theatre in Calais with the support of the Hauts-de- France region, this event looks set to illuminate the end of 2019 and will provide a festive occasion for its many spectators as we look forward to the new decade! http://lechannel.fr
  34. 34. 3434 Côte d’Opale, 10 must-sees on the seaside Nausicaa, Becomes one of the world’s largest aquariums In 2018, a massive expansion of NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer (France), opened to the public.. An amazing destination for lovers of the sea, where you can experience the vastness and fragility of the Ocean. Built in the shape of a Manta Ray, the new building houses one of the largest aquariums in the World, holding a staggering 10,000 m3 of water (to give an idea of the scale, the equivalent of 4 Olympic pools). Modelled on the island of Malpelo, off the coast of Colombia, this giant aquarium recreates the ecosystem of the high seas. Sharks, manta rays and shoals of other fish will populate this ecosystem, with almost 60,000 creatures in the community! An 18 metre-long transparent tunnel offers a totally immersive experience with panoramic viewing angles. A vast viewing panel, measuring 20 metres long and 5 metres high, gives spectacular views for the visitor. The exhibition also features interactive attractions and dazzling new sights Grand Nausicaa opened on19th May 2018 Boulevard Sainte-Beuve, à Boulogne-sur-Mer www.nausicaa.fr - Tél : 00333 21 30 99 99
  35. 35. 35 Hiking on the Grand Site des Deux-Caps The 23km stretch of protected landscapes and habitats from Cap Blanc-Nez et Wimereux boasts a rich fauna and flora. The best thing to do is to explore on foot along the GR 120 walking route and the countless other walking trails. The Maison du Site des Deux- Caps welcomes visitors with a programme of nature and disco- very activities : Nordic walking, electric bike hire, departure points for walks and mountain bike trails. Maison du site des Deux-Caps Ferme d’Haringzelle, à Audinghen www.lesdeuxcaps.fr Tél : 00333 21 21 62 22 Explore the Crypt in Boulogne-sur-Mer One of the largest in all France, the crypt is a veritable maze of galleries that stretch beneath the entire surface of the basilica of Notre-Dame. In a space that has been completely redesigned, from the floor to the restored frescoes, a trail highlights the collections of tombstones and religious art, evidence of the medieval church and of the cult of Notre-Dame de Boulogne The Crypt in Boulogne-sur-Mer Rue de Lille, à Boulogne-sur-Mer crypte.ville-boulogne-sur-mer.fr Tél : 03 21 87 81 79 Discover France’s largest WW1 Cemetery Etaples Military Cemetery is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the whole of France, with more than 11.000 male and female soldiers graves. During the First World War. the military had extended the largest British base in France. Over a million men passed through the training camp and hospitals between March 1915 and November 1918 A sign at the entrance summarises in English the history of the cemetery and a QR code provides access to additional content. Route départementale 940 ETAPLES Tel : +33 (0)3.21.09.56.94 Website : www.cwgc.org
  36. 36. 3636 Exploring the seafront architecture of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage This resort is over a century old and carries its age with charm! Beyond the dynamism of its events and sports scene, Le Touquet stands out because of its seafront architecture. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the resort experienced a veritable «Golden Age». The covered market, the Westminster, the race course, the aerodrome, the town hall, the post office and the Quételart villas all provide precious evidence of this era. A bike ride is the best way to appreciate the architectural elements of the resort. Office de Tourisme du Touquet-Paris-Plage Palais des Congrès www.letouquet.com – Tél : 00333 21 06 72 00 An initiation into sand yachting The Opal Coast is undoubtedly the cradle of this sport that became popular in the 1910s. With their long expanses of fine sand, the beaches of the Opal Coast provide the perfect playgrounds for enjoying this discipline that requires just one thing: wind. The enormous advantage of this sport is that that you can very quickly pick up the technique and start enjoying yourself ! Many clubs propose this activity, with English-speaking instructors Sampling the fruits of the sea Cod, whiting, sole, herring… the fruits of the sea are the pride of local gastronomy! The port of Boulogne-sur-Mer supplies most of what is served by local restaurateurs as well as supplying members of the public that find the very best fish at the markets and on the stalls on the quayside. Good to know: in Etaples-sur-Mer, Maréis offers a programme of culinary workshops based on fish, a unique opportunity on the Opal Coast to learn how to prepare the local catch. 10 pers. / course. Rate: 20€ per pers Mareis, sea fishing centre Boulevard Bigot Descelers, à Étaples-sur-Mer www.mareis.fr – Tél : 03 21 09 04 00
  37. 37. 3737 Discover the Centre for Lace & Fashion in Calais Emblematic of a savoir-faire that is unique in the world, this centre is the leading museum of lace woven on a draw-loom. Housed within an authentic lace manufacture site of the 19th Century, the collections retrace the history of lace from its manual production right up to the most contemporary creations. The high-point of the visit: seeing the famous Leavers in action, monumental cast-iron machines that allow exceptional fabric to be produced. Cité de la dentelle et de la mode 135 Quai du Commerce, à Calais www.cite-dentelle.fr Tél : 00333 21 00 42 30 Entente Cordiale at the Château d’Hardelot How could you fail to be surprised by the fantasy of this building with allures of a Tudor manor ! Restored by two English aristocrats in the 19th century, the château became a hot-spot for the British « gentry ». Nowadays, a visit to the fully-furnished interior plunges the general public into a truly Victorian ambiance. As well as the château there is the Elizabethan theatre, whose music and theatre programme celebrates Franco-British cultural relationships. Château d’Hardelot 1 Rue de la Source, à Condette www.chateau-hardelot.fr Tél : 03 21 21 73 65 Set off in the tracks of the Second World War During the Second World War, the coast of the Nord became one of the key sections of the Atlantic Wall, a system of German coastal fortifications that stretched from Norway to Spain. The beaches of the Opal Coast still retain a number of reminders of these defences. The Remembrance Museum in Calais, the Todt Battery in Audinghen, the 39-45 Museum in Ambleteuse and the Mimoyecques Fortress reveal all aspects of the conflict along the Opal Coast. Addresses for the sites and museums on www.history-pas-de-calais.com, Second World War section.
  38. 38. 38 Hills & Dales, 10 must-sees in the countryside A boat trip around the Audomarois Marshes Saint-Omer, city of art and history has a lovely market and a preserved heritage : cathedral, Jesuit chapel, castle mound, great houses… The Hôtel Sandelin, which houses the collections of the museum, is one of the finest examples of an XVIIIth Century mansion house. This is without doubt one of the most pleasant spots in the Pas-de-Calais. Situated in Saint-Omer, the Audomarois Marshes earned the UNESCO « Men and Biosphere » label in 2013. This area covers 3,700 hectares and stems from 13 centuries of work in altering the course of the River Aa, clearing and transforming a swamp into a marshland that can be cultivated and inhabited. Today, the marshes can be visited on Bacôves; small traditional wooden boats. La Maison du Marais visitor centre presents the natural environment of the marshes as well as guided boat tours La Maison du Marais 36 Avenue du Maréchal Joffre, à Saint-Omer www.maison-du-marais.fr – Tél : 00333 21 11 96 10 Rémi Colin, the last local boat maker, or « Faiseur de Bateau » proposes visits of his workshop as well as boat trips onboard his hand-made embarcations, from April to September Les Faiseurs de Bateaux 48 route de Clairemarais, à Saint-Omer Tél : 00336 08 09 94 88
  39. 39. 39 Vintage motoring with « Les belles échappées » In the Audomarois countryside, « Les belles échappées » offers excursions with retro accents aboard a Citroën 2CV, Combi Volkswagen, Vespa Calessino… Combining the pleasures of driving with discoveries, a road book is supplied to every driver prior to departure. Among the new offers to explore in 2018: trips on classic mopeds that have returned in force and themed circuits with a chauffeur so you can be guided in total freedom. « Les belles échappées » Chemin des murs, ferme de l’abbaye, à Clairmarais www.les-belles-echappees.com Tél : 00333 21 98 11 72 Travelling along the Via Francigena, From Canterbury to Rome In the Pas-de-Calais, one road in particular leads to Rome. The Via Francigena begins in Calais and crosses the department up until Rocquigny in around a dozen stages of approximately 20 kilometres. This former pilgrimage route is a blessing for walkers that want to head off the beaten track. On the way, the Via Francigena reveals one or two secrets: Licques Abbey, the old linden of Quercamps, the Acquin- Wesbtécourt grotto, the birth house of Saint-Benoît Labre... www.mongr.fr : Via Francigena in the Pas-de-Calais, four days in the footsteps of the pilgrims of Rome Dive into history at La Coupole A gigantic WW2 underground bunker, La Coupole was designed to prepare and launch V2 rockets, the secret weapons with which Hitler planned to destroy London. Converted into a historic remembrance centre, La Coupole allows visitors to understand the challenges of total war and the stages in the conquest of space that stemmed from the technology used for the V2. La Coupole also includes a 3D Planetarium that offers an unforgettable journey into Space La Coupole, rue André Clabaux, 62570 Wizernes www.lacoupole-france.com Tél : 00333 21 12 27 27
  40. 40. 40 Take your time in the gardens The countryside is brimming with scenery that recalls Monet. At Reflets de Jardin in Penin, magnolias and rhododendrons stretch out around a body of water that is dotted with water lilies. In Chériennes, the Jardin des Lianes offers a horticultural trail that is reputed for its rare hortensias. At La Caloterie, the Jardin de la Goutte d’Eau is home to an English-style quadrille with mixed border. In Séricourt, people flock to see the cathedral of roses and the topiary garden. Whilst at Bergueneuse, steel sculptures sit alongside the irises and the peonies. Association des Parcs et Jardins du Nord/Pas-de-Calais www.parcsetjardins-npdc.fr - Tél : 00333 21 03 62 31 Discover the pottery of Desvres For three centuries, the potters of Desvres have excelled in the art of ceramics. At its high point, the production at Desvres exported to the whole world, with its all-round knowledge a particularity of the site. The museum showcases the history of this savoir-faire through a presentation of 600 objects, from the very first production in the 18th Century to the most contemporary creations. Musée de la Céramique Rue Jean Macé, à Desvres www.musee-ceramique-desvres.com Tél : 00333 21 83 23 23 Discover the Pas-de-Calais in the company of a greeter ! Pas-de-Calais Tourism has established a network of greeters « Made in Pas-de-Calais ». This volunteer network now has sixty members. It allows visitors to see the area in a different way, in the company of a local who knows and loves the area. Visits are free of charge, for 6 people maximum Booking required www.greeters62.com - Tél : 00333 21 34 10 60 accueil@pas-de-calais.com
  41. 41. 41 Strolling on the ramparts of Montreuil-sur-Mer Montreuil-sur-Mer is just the type of little town that people love to explore when on holiday. With is narrow, cobble-stone streets, its picturesque houses and fine restaurants, this fortified town seduces visitors immediately. To fully appreciate the charm of Montreuil-sur-Mer, the simplest thing to do is to take the path along the ramparts, a circuit spanning 3km between the town and the countryside. Office de Tourisme de Montreuil-sur-Mer 11-13 rue Ledent www.tourisme-montreuillois.com Tél : 03 21 06 04 27 Sampling the best of gastronomy For several years, Montreuil-sur- Mer has forged a reputation for its culinary savoir-faire. Michelin star chefs and local producers have contributed to making this fortified town with just 1000 inhabitants one of the hotspots of French gastronomy. In order to promote the arts of the kitchen and advise visitors, Chef Alexandre Gauthier and expat Londoner Tim Matthews, owner of Maison 76, had the idea of creating La Destination Gastronomique: an on-line guide to help you sample the best of Montreuil-sur-Mer. ladestinationgastronomique.com Treat yourself to the chocolates of Beussent These « Grand Cru » chocolates are among the very best. Reputed for the quality and care taken in their production, the chocolatiers at Beussent produce their chocolate from beans grown at their own plantation situated in the Amazon region of Ecuador. Visiting the chocolate factory and enjoying a tasting allows enthusiasts to discover all the secrets of this exceptional chocolate. Visits and sampling on site with prior booking 66 Route de Desvres, à Beussent www.choco-france.com Tél : 03 21 86 17 62
  42. 42. 42 Around Louvre-Lens, 10 must-sees in town Another way of visiting the Louvre Among its treasures, his museum houses «the time gallery ». With more than 200 works taken from the Louvre in Paris, it offers a trip through 5000 years of the history of art, from the birth of the written word up until the mid-XIXth Century. It provides an unexpected connection between works drawn from different schools of art, techniques and civilisations. A partial renovation of the time gallery is carried out every year, around the date of the museum’s anniversary. Since the museum opened in 2012 access to the time gallery has been free. Louvre-Lens, rue Paul Bert, Lens www.louvrelens.fr – Tél : 00333 21 18 62 62 Homer at the Louvre-Lens From 27th March to 22nd July 2019 The Louvre-Lens Museum presents the largest ever exhibition in France dedicated to Homer, author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, these two famous epic poems that form the basis of Western culture. It offers an unexpected journey into the rich Homeric world, a universe as beautiful as it is mysterious. This exhibition sets out to explore the « Prince of Poets », whose very existence is disputed. The exhibition brings back to life the main heroes and storylines of The Iliad and The Odyssey and some of the most famous scenes of the Trojan War featured in other epic poems that have now disappeared but were still popular during Antiquity. These reveal the profusion on ancient epic literature and the miraculous preservation of the works of Homer. Temporary exhibition
  43. 43. 43 Experience the main events Around the Louvre-Lens People in the Mining Basin have always loved getting together for a celebration. More than ever, the destination Around Louvre-Lens is bursting with energy, offering a multitude of gatherings, big and small. Exhibitions at the Louvre-Lens, the Les Enchanteurs festival, Les Rutilants, the Main Square Festival, Béthune Retro, the arts and crafts fair… a month never goes by without there being a rendez-vous to experience or a festival to share ! www.aroundlouvrelens.com Discover the remarkable mining heritage sites. Across 353 sites in the Mining Basin that are listed by UNESCO, five are recognised as remarkable sites. Pit 11/19 in Loos-en-Gohelle has become a knowledge hub with regards to sustainable development; the Mining History Centre of Lewarde is the largest mining museum in France ; the 9-9 Bis in Oignies combines heritage and regeneration, focusing on current music; Wallers- Arenberg is home to the « Creative Mine » audio-visual centre and the Cité des Electriciens in Bruay-la- Buissière, the oldest Coron mining village in the Mining Basin, which has been entirely restored (opening May 2018). UNESCO sites listed here : www.bassinminier-patrimoinemondial.org Climb the highest slagheaps in Europe From the summit of the twin slagheaps of Loos-en-Gohelle, the views are unbeatable. At 145 metres above sea level, the view stretches for 30 kilometres in all directions. Nature has steadily reconquered these mountains of schist that, nowadays, provide a veritable playground for walkers, sporty types and families. A walk reveals some beautiful botanical surprises, with a chance to discover dozens of rare plants known as thermophiles. La Chaîne des terrils Rue Léon Blum, à Loos-en-Gohelle www.chainedesterrils.eu Tél : 00333 21 28 17 28 Expe- riencing major events in Around Louvre- Lens
  44. 44. 44 Going from belfry to belfry Whether you are in Arras, Béthune or Douai, they are impossible to miss ! The belfries, veritable reference points for locals and visitors alike, proudly loom above the heart of the towns of Northern France. Built in the Middle Ages as a symbol of the freedom of local communities, they have been classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Special mention must go to the one in Douai, whose incredibly entertaining visit retraces the history of belfries across the region. www.douaitourisme.fr – Tél : 00333 27 88 26 79 They came from across the Globe In this key sector between the Ypres battlefields and the River Somme, the Artois was defended by the French until February 1916, and then by the Commonwealth nations (British, Canadians, Newfoundlanders, South Africans, Indians, Australians and New Zealanders). Many cemeteries and memorials are witnesses of this diversity. Find out more on www.history-pas-de-calais.com Explore the treasures of Art deco In the 1920s the communes of Northern France that had been devastated by WW1 began their reconstruction. Architects called upon the style that was in vogue during the inter-war years; Art deco. Arras, Béthune and Lens saw countless Art deco buildings spring up. Lens railway station, whose silhouette recalls a steam locomotive, the former headquarters of the Lens Mining Company and the Art deco swimming pool of Bruay-la-Buissière offer some of its finest examples. www.printempsartdeco.fr
  45. 45. 45 Admire the architecture of the squares of Arras Discovering Arras begins at the Grand’Place and the Place des Héros, famous for their façades in the Flemish-Baroque style. On the Place des Héros, the Town Hall can be visited from top to bottom by scaling the belfry and descending into the Boves, an underground network of galleries beneath the building. When the weather is fine, the terraces that flank these squares are the ideal places for enjoying the unique architectural setting. Pass Boves + belfry available Arras tourism office Hôtel de Ville – Place des Héros www.explorearras.com Tél : 0033 21 51 26 95 Sample Page 24 craft beer at the Saint-Germain brewery At the origin of this brewery established in 2003 are three beer enthusiasts that wanted to bring their own recipes to life. From the outset, the brewery’s philosophy was founded on using local ingredients in order to carry on the brewing and agricultural traditions of the region. The result: the flagship beers of the Page 24 range are brewed exclusively from local hops Tours each Saturday Brasserie Saint-Germain 26, route d’Arras, à Aix-Noulette www.page24.fr Tél : 00333 21 72 24 24 Step into the history of WW1 Major museums and visitor centres allow the public to understand the causes and consequences of the First World War. The largest French cemetery at Notre-Dame de Lorette and the Ring of Remembrance international memorial, Lens’14- 18 war & peace centre, the Wellington Quarry, the visitor centre, parc and Canadian memorial et Vimy Ridge. Details can be found on www.history-pas-de-calais.com
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