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Pas de-Calais Press File 2018

  1. 1. PAS-DE-CALAIS TOURISM PRESS FILE 2018
  2. 2. 2 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
  3. 3. 3 SUMMARY The Pas-de-Calais : 3 destinations, 3 ambiances p. 4 Key fi gures p. 5 10 must-sees on the seaside p. 8 10 must-sees in the countryside p. 18 10 must-sees in town p. 28 CÔTE D’OPALE Boulogne - Calais - Le Touquet - Berck p. 6 HILLS & DALES Saint-Omer - Montreuil-sur-Mer - Hesdin p. 16 AROUND LOUVRE-LENS Arras - Lens - Béthune p. 26 2018 EVENTS CALENDAR p. 36 What’s new p. 12 What’s new p. 22 What’s new p. 32 Not to be missed in 2018 p. 14 Not to be missed in 2018 p. 24 Not to be missed in 2018 p. 34
  4. 4. EXPLORE PAS-DE-CALAIS’ COAST, TOWNS & VILLAGES 4 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 cliff s, 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 off ers a thousand and one faces and its people have so many stories to share... CÔTE D’OPALE HILLS & DALES AROUND LOUVRE-LENS
  5. 5. Your press contact : Benoît Diéval Mobile : 00336.83.15.72.67 benoit@pas-de-calais.com PAS-DE-CALAIS TOURISM Route de la Trésorerie 62126 Wimille FRANCE Landline : 00333.21.10.34.60 Photos credits : Anne-Sophie Flament, Brigitte Baudesson, Yannick Cadart, Éric Desaunois, Frédérik Astier, Rémi Vimont, RCL Promotion, Office de Tourisme de Saint-Omer, Sophie et Jacques Rougerie, CAHC, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, Karl Bruninx, Route du Louvre, Bas van Oort, Les Faiseurs de Bateaux, Ville de Boulogne-sur-Mer, musée des Beaux-Arts de Calais, Château d’Hallines 5 Key figures 895 towns and villages 120km coastline (dunes, cliffs, sand and rocky beaches) 40 museums (16 listed Musée de France) Listed sites : 4 UNESCO listed sites (mining area, belfries, audoma- rois marshes, Arras citadelle) Grand Site de France Les 2 Caps Most visited sites : Nausicaa sea life centre 595.000 Louvre-Lens 500.000 Bagatelle fun park 310..000 La Coupole 150.000 The Wellington Quarry 77.000 WW1 & WW2 sites 600 CWGC cemeteries 19 German cemeteries 5 French cemeteries, of which the largest French necropolis : Notre-Dame-de-Lorette 6 WW2 museums Foreign tourists : 35% of hotel stays UK : 55%, Belgium 21%, Germany 6%, Netherlands 5% Cross-Channel traffic 10.372.000 passengers at Calais Port 10.115.000 Eurotunnel shuttle passengers 10.133.00 Eurostar passengers 207 hotels (7.800 rooms) 216 campsites (24.500 pitches) 831 gites 480 B&Bs (gîtes de France & Clevacances):
  6. 6. CÔTE D’OPALE 6 The Opal Coast Calais, Boulogne, Le Touquet, Berck-sur-Mer
  7. 7. Between Calais and Berck-sur-Mer, the Opal Coast, stretches out its 120km of beaches, dunes and cliffs. The term Opal Coast was coined in 1911 by Edouard Lévêque. This painter, writer, botanist and native of Le Touquet gave this coastline its name in tribute to the light that is so singular and ever changing. Nowadays, the coast distinguishes itself with its wellpreserved landscapes, its varied architectural heritage and seaside resorts, and its savoir-faire with regards to fi shing. 7
  8. 8. 8 Côte d’Opale, 10 must-sees on the seaside Nausicaa, Becomes one of the world’s largest aquariums On Saturday 19th May 2018, a massive expansion of NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer (France), will open to the public for the first time. 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 will recreate 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, will also give spectacular views for the visitor. The exhibition will also feature interactive attractions and dazzling new sights Grand Nausicaa opens on19th May 2018 Boulevard Sainte-Beuve, à Boulogne-sur-Mer www.nausicaa.fr - Tél : 00333 21 30 99 99
  9. 9. 9 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 fl ora. 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 fl oor 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
  10. 10. 10 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 offi ce 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 fi ne 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 fi nd the very best fi sh at the markets and on the stalls on the quayside. Good to know: in Etaples-sur-Mer, Maréis off ers a programme of culinary workshops based on fi sh, 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
  11. 11. 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 fortifi cations 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 confl ict along the Opal Coast. Addresses for the sites and museums on www.history-pas-de-calais.com, Second World War section. 11
  12. 12. 12 Best Western Hôtel Le Sémaphore, in Berck-sur-Mer On the doorstep of the Opal Coast and 10 minutes from the beach at Berck, Le Sémaphore nestles within a modern and sleek building. The golf courses of Le Touquet, Nampont-Saint-Martin, Belle-Dune and Hardelot are located less than 30 minutes from the hotel. The 47 bright rooms off er everything necessary for rest and relaxation. Communicating rooms are available for families and groups of friends. Opening during March Rates : confort room from 75 €, premium from 95 € Le Sémaphore, 142, chemin du petit bois Le Champs de Gretz, à Rang-du-Fliers hotelsemaphore@gmail.com - Tél 00336 99 55 21 09 Le Manoir Hôtel, at Le Touquet-Paris-Plage Situated slightly back from the resort in amongst the pine trees, this establishment has shed its skin. Following a complete renovation of the bedrooms and the restaurant, it’s time for the bar and reception rooms to be rejuvenated. The plus: excellent cuisine by Chef Fabrice Chérault who works at the restaurant of Le Manoir. Reopening on 2nd March 2018 Le Manoir Hôtel Avenue du golf, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage www.manoirhotel.com - 00333 21 06 28 28 What’s new
  13. 13. 13 Lestienne Tea Rooms, in Boulogne-sur-Mer After the hotel-restaurant La Matelote, the gardens of La Matelote and the boulangerie, chef Tony Lestienne now welcomes you to his new tea rooms. Ideally placed between the upper town and the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, this new modern and cosy establishment will allow visitors to enjoy a break whilst savouring some delicious pastries. Salon de thé Lestienne Rue Thiers, à Boulogne-sur-Mer Hôtel Métropole, in Boulogne-sur-Mer Entirely renovated, the hotel benefi ts from an exceptional location in the heart of the town centre near the pedestrianised streets, just 5 minutes’ walk from the upper town, the quayside and Nausicaa. In an ambiance of graphic design, the Hôtel Métropole boasts 25 rooms, including 1 suite, a bar, gardens and paid private parking 50 metres from the hotel. The Hôtel Métropole welcomes its guests 24/7. Rates : standard room from 69€, privilège from 85€ and suite from 99€ Hôtel Métropole 51 rue Thiers, à Boulogne-sur-Mer www.hotel-metropole-boulogne.com Tél : 00333 21 31 54 30
  14. 14. 14 Opening of the Grand Nausicaa Saturday May 19th Nausicaa becomes Europe’s largest aquarium with 15.000m² exhibition, holding a staggering 10,000 m3 of water, 60,000 creatures, an 18 metre- long transparent tunnel, a 100m² viewing panel, measuring 20 metres long and 5 metres high, will also give spectacular views on the high seas for the visitor Nausicaa, boulevard Sainte-Beuve, à Boulogne-sur-Mer www.nausicaa.fr - Tél : 00333 21 30 99 99 Exhibition Haute Dentelle : Designer Lace in Calais Du 9 June - 6 January 2019 Chanel, Dior, Iris van Herpen, Valentino… 13 maisons de mode propose a selection of exceptional works, off ering a unique insight into the contemporary uses by fashion designers of lace woven on Leavers looms. Implicitly, exhibition curator Sylvie Marot weaves a unique dialogue between lace houses and fashion houses Cité de la dentelle et de la mode 135 Quai du Commerce, à Calais www.cite-dentelle.fr Tél : 00333 21 00 42 30 International kite festival, in Berck-sur-Mer 14 to 22 April Thousands of butterfl ies, giant octopusses, fl ying puppets, colourful birds take over the skies at Berck-sur-Mer ! 600.000 visitors, golden sand, windy beach, workshops, world- class kite fl ying skills contests, music shows, cafés, brasserie terraces, street food Berck-sur-Mer - free access www.cerf-volant-berck.com Not to be missed in 2018
  15. 15. 15 Retro festival of the Opal Coast, in Marquise Sunday 29th July Welcome to the 1960s ! For just one day, modern cars make way for combis, mopeds and classic automobiles. Shop windows, streets, road signs…the entire town is transformed and a retro camp site is set up especially for the occasion. Festival goers are invited to put on their fi nest vintage outfi ts. On the programme: the « Mode & Elegance 1960 » exhibition, redesigned shops and streets, retro market, concerts, entertainments. Marquise, between Boulogne-sur-Mer & Calais - free access retrofestivalcotedopale.com Tél : 00336 28 52 36 00 Sea fishing in Le Touquet Easter holidays, July/August and Autumn half term: every day Dédé, a passionate and distinguished fi sherman, invites you to come aboard his boat and set out from Le Touquet for a spot of sea fi shing. You can share his passion in a small group aboard the Eloé-Maël, a boat that was made for fi shing. He will off er advice and share his savoir-faire throughout a fi shing trip that lasts 4 hours. Rates : half day 85€ Ampibia Bay, Centre Nautique de la Canche 1 avenue Jean Ruet, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage www.amphibia-bay.fr – Tél : 06 12 64 00 18
  16. 16. VALLEES & MARAIS w Saint-Omer, Montreuil-sur-Mer, Hesdin Saint-Omer, Montreuil-sur-Mer, Hesdin 16 HILLS & DALES Saint-Omer, Montreuil-sur-Mer, Hesdin
  17. 17. De la région de Saint-Omer aux 7 Vallées, il existe un territoire où la nature est reine. A travers un paysage de bocages et de marais, la campagne du Pas-de-Calais incarne le slow and cool tourism. Tout respire la douceur et le retour aux sources... Une destination idéale pour les visiteurs qui souhaitent prendre le temps, fl âner sur les marchés, randonner, s’off rir une balade en barque et faire de belles rencontres. De la région de Saint-Omer aux 7 Vallées, il existe un territoire où la nature est reine. A travers un paysage de bocages et de marais, la campagne du Pas-de-Calais incarne le slow and cool tourism. Tout respire la douceur et le retour aux sources... Une destination idéale pour les visiteurs qui souhaitent prendre le temps, fl âner sur les marchés, randonner, s’off rir une balade en barque et faire de belles rencontres. From the Saint-Omer region to Montreuil and the 7 Vallées, through bocage hedgerows and marshland, the countryside destination of the Pas-de-Calais is synonymous with serenity and with recharging the batteries. It is the ideal destination for visitors who want to take their time; the time to relax, to disconnect from city life, to stroll lazily through markets and sample a few local products, to enjoy a boat trip and enjoy some beautiful encounters… 17
  18. 18. 18 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
  19. 19. 19 Vintage motoring with « Les belles échappées » In the Audomarois countryside, « Les belles échappées » off ers 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 off ers 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 off ers an unforgettable journey into Space La Coupole, rue André Clabaux, 62570 Wizernes www.lacoupole-france.com Tél : 00333 21 12 27 27
  20. 20. 20 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
  21. 21. 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 fortifi ed 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 fortifi ed 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 21
  22. 22. 22 Le Passage Merveilleux tea room, Saint-Omer Another tea room, another ambiance with Le Passage Merveilleux situated in the courtyard of the Tourist Office. It is a place in which to relax with views of the cathedral, away from the noise of the town… All the beverages and treats are created by local producers. It’s an essential stop before you set off for a visit ! Le Passage Merveilleux 7 place Victor Hugo, à Saint-Omer Tél : 00333 21 98 08 51 What’s new ? Le Boudoir tea room, in Saint-Omer Both a tea room and a luxury patisserie, Le Boudoir offers a refined setting in which to enjoy brunch or a sweet snack. We love the garden and outdoor terrace, as well as pastries that look like jewels ! Le Boudoir, 82 rue de Dunkerque, Saint-Omer Tél : 00339 51 29 14 01
  23. 23. 23 Le château d’Hallines One year ago, Dan and Amanda, a British couple that regularly visited France, purchased this immense building set in a wooded park. They decided to restore the former hotel-restaurant and turn it into a gîte. The result: 12 rooms and 11 bathrooms that can accommodate up to 26 people. It is the perfect venue for a family reunion, a wedding or a seminar. 3 nights from 2640€ Le château d’Hallines, 1 Rue du Moulin Leuillieux, à Hallines https://fr.bigchateau.com - Tél : +44 7920 055252
  24. 24. 24 « From Delft to Desvres » exhibition April to September 2018 From the Flemish fl atlands to the hillsides of the Boulonnais, passing through the Audomarois, six museums are welcoming visitors to reveal the marvellous evolution of pottery and motifs. Every exhibition will reveal part of the story, from the ceramic tiles of northern Europe and the Dutch majolica of the 16th century, right up to the creations of the 19th century from productions such as Delft, Desvres or even Gand. It is the opportunity to look at pottery in a new light. Montreuil in your mouth Sunday 7th May This is a rendezvous that puts all your senses on high alert ! Awaken your taste buds, open your eyes wide and lend an ear to the second ‘Montreuil en Bouche’ festival. Featuring more than 15 chefs and 19 culinary crafts from Montreuil-sur-Mer, it is accompanied by live music in the streets and bars, as well as a spectacular vintage car rally. LaDestinationGastronomique.com Shopping on the waters of the Audomarois Marshes 21st May, 17th June, 14th July, 15th August and 2nd Sep- tember In the Audomarois Marshes, market gardeners and artisans from the region off er you the very best produce at a grand market on the water organised by the Isnor Company. Aperitif-cruises, gourmet trips, night-time visits or market garden visits: once the fi ne weather returns and throughout the whole summer, Isnor off ers original ways to discover the Audomarois Marshes in a diff erent way! Halte fluviale de Clairmarais www.isnor.fr Tél : 00333 21 39 15 15 Not to be missed in 2018
  25. 25. photo 25 photoAgincourt Medieval Centre refurbished 2018 Scientifi c and educational in its purpose, the historical centre introduces visitors to the late Middle Ages through everyday life and war. Particularly suitable for children, the Medieval Historic Centre is also an essential resource for anyone fascinated by the Middle Ages. The centre will undergo major works in 2018, after the 600th anniversary of the battle in 1415. Details and dates to be confi rmed. 24 rue Charles VI, 62310 AZINCOURT Tel :00333.21.47.27.53 www.azincourt1415.fr 100 years of the Royal Air Force June 2018 From 1914 to 1916, the British Army Headquarters was stationed in Saint-Omer. The first squadrons of the Royal Flying Corps sent over the front lines were based at the aerodrome of Les Bruyères that, in 1918, became the spiritual birthplace of the Royal Air Force. To mark the occasion of the centenary of the Royal Air Force, several highlights are planned for 2018: from 9th June to October, the « 1918-2018, Saint-Omer cradle of the Royal Air Force » exhibition at the Jesuit Chapel in Saint-Omer; from June 2018 to June 2019 the « Centenary of the Royal Air Force » exhibition at La Coupole in Helfaut.On 9th and 10th June there will be a gathering of aircraft and historical reconstructions (camp, aircraft, vehicles, entertainments…) at the aerodrome of Les Bruyères in Longuenesse. Office de Tourisme du Pays de Saint-Omer www.tourisme-saintomer.com - Tél : 03 21 98 08 51
  26. 26. AROUND LOUVRE-LENS Arras, Béthune, Lens 26
  27. 27. Here is a destination that has energy to burn ! The latest of the European cultural destinations between Paris, London and Brussels, Around Louvre-Lens surprises visitors with its dynamic events scene. Festivals, exhibitions and sporting events run all year long. Staying in Around Louvre-Lens also off ers the unique opportunity to climb the highest slagheaps in Europe, to meet the families of giants, to experience the ambiance at the Stade Bollaert- Delelis, to visit one of the most beautiful museums in Europe, to journey to the heart of Art deco… 27
  28. 28. 28 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 «The Rose Empire: Masterpieces of 19th-Century Persian Art» exhibition From 28th March to 22d July, The first major exhibition dedicated to the magnificent art of the Qajar dynasty – which ruled Iran from 1786 to 1925, an unprecedented overview of Qajar art, showcasing more than 400 works from a wide range of private collections and important European, North American and Middle Eastern institutions. It brings together paintings, drawings, jewelry, enamels, rugs, clothing, photographs and ceremonial weapons, many of which are being displayed for the first time. Temporary exhibitions : 10€ Free of charge for under 18s
  29. 29. Expe- riencing major events in Around Louvre- Lens 29 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, off ering 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, fi ve 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
  30. 30. 30 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 classifi ed 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 battlefi elds 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 off er some of its fi nest examples. www.printempsartdeco.fr
  31. 31. 31 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 fi ne, the terraces that fl ank 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 fl agship 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
  32. 32. 32 Hôtel Louvre-Lens, Esprit de France, Lens Esprit de France has teamed up with eighbouring Musée du Louvre Lens (just 50m from the hotel) and Around the Louvre-Lens tourism partnership to defi ne its identity. Old miners’ houses are being transformed into a beautiful new hotel. The 52 rooms, braserrie, bar, meeting rooms and wellbeing sections are conserving the mining-village structure and restoring the original brick work which gives the site so much character and Sense of Place. An authentic, casual design where both hotel guests and the local public can enjoy a modern version of the region’s ancient traverns. Opening summer 2018 Hôtel Louvre-Lens 168 de la rue Paul Bert, 62300 Lens Résidence des Béthunoises, Béthune « A unique customer experience » is what Sophie Krzyzak would like to off er her guests when they stay at the Résidence des Béthunoises. To achieve this, the owner has decided upon an innovative concept: seven rooms inspired by the area that evoke the Louvre-Lens, the mines, RC Lens, the Coron villages, pigeon fancying, the nature of the Nord and the Charbonnay wine. The plus: rooms are equipped with kitchenettes, Jacuzzis and a system of boxes in which breakfast is dropped off . 79€ to 109€ a night Résidence des Béthunoises 78 rue Berthelot à Béthune www.lesbethunoises.com Tel : 00336 30 89 61 69 contact@lesbethunoises.com What’s new
  33. 33. 33 The Chambres de L’Arbre, in Lens It is close to the railway station and on the way to Louvre-Lens that the Chambres de l’Arbre has been established. The owners are of Italian origin and have the soul of true epicureans, giving the venue a touch of the Dolce Vita that makes all the diff erence. As well as the carefully crafted and comfortable decoration in the fi ve rooms, guests are sure to appreciate the garden, terrace and patio that provide absolute calm in the city centre. From 92€ Les chambres de l’arbre 85 bis rue Jean Letienne à Lens www.les-chambres-de-larbre.fr Tel : 00333 21 67 06 86 contact@les-chambres-de-larbre.fr Le Dôme, in Arras It is at the rear of the La Coupole restaurant that Le Dôme is hidden away, a 10-room hotel with modern decor. Close to the station, the pedestrian streets and the town squares, Le Dôme is ideal for a car-free break in Arras. From 129€ Le Dôme 26 boulevard de Strasbourg, à Arras www.le-dome-hotel-lpa.fr Tél : 00333 66 74 11 22 reservation@hotel-ledome.fr The Pavillon du Golf, near Arras This is a venue that will delight golfers as well as other, non-golfi ng guests. Located a stone’s throw from Arras and just 10 minutes from the town centre, the Pavillon of- fers fi ve rooms that ally design and comfort. What we love: breakfast made up entirely of fresh products, delivered to the room and the L’In- fi ni restaurant that allows guests to dine on the terrace with panoramic views of the Arras golf course. From 90€ Le Pavillon 1 rue Briquet-Taillandier, à An- zin-Saint-Aubin www.arras-golf-resort.com Tél : 0033 21 50 27 22 pavillon@arras-golf-resort.com
  34. 34. 34 Opening of the Cité des Électriciens Spring 2018 This is the oldest mining town in the Pas-de-Calais, providing extraordinary evidence of the very fi rst type of miners’ settlements, the Coron. Following its complete restoration, the Cité des Électriciens aims to be a place of remembrance, shared experiences and creativity. The museographic centre and communal gardens off er the keys to understanding the evolution of miners’ villages and daily life in the Corons. Shows and exhibitions organised alongside the artists in residence provide a new lease of life and a creative and collaborative energy to the mining town. La Cité des électriciens Rue Franklin, à Bruay-la-Buissière citedeselectriciens@bethunebruay.fr Tél : 00336 74 74 65 75 The « Grande Veillée » The night of the 10th to 11th November To mark the end of the First World War and pay tribute to the thousands of soldiers that fell on the battlefi elds of the Artois, 250 military cemeteries will be showcased during one special night. From 10th to 11th November 2018, a « Grande Veillée » over- night event will be arranged to mark the Armistice and the return of peace to Europe. Free access. Tour de France Arras- Roubaix, 9th stage Sunday 15th July Now here is a date that promises to be sporty ! On Sunday 15th July, the fi nal day of the football World Cup, the riders of the Tour de France will leave the citadel of Arras for a 154km stage that takes them to Roubaix. With sections of 21 kilometres along the cobble-stones, this 9th stage of the Tour de France will have the feel of the Paris-Roubaix race. A decisive stage before the riders head into the Alps. www.letour.fr/fr/etape-9 Not to be missed in 2018
  35. 35. 35 « Napoléon » Exhibition Until 4th November The partnership between Arras and the Palace of Versailles is continuing with a new exhibition dedicated to Napoleon. Visitors can discover the history of Napoleon in chronological order, from General Bonaparte to the fallen Emperor. The exhibition also throws the spotlight on the Emperor’s close circle (family, important offi cers, imperial Court) and the Parisian and international societies of the time (artists, scholars, foreign sovereigns etc.) Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Arras Rue Paul Doumert, à Arras www.versaillesarras.com The Monument des Fraternisations in the digital age To mark the anniversary of the inauguration of the Monument des Fraternisations in Neuville-Saint- Vaast, the Arras - Pays d’Artois Tourist Offi ce has installed a Timescope. This veritable time machine allows visitors to discover the atmosphere of life in the trenches in an instant. Neuville-Saint-Vaast Free access all year round www.explorearras.com « La Route du Louvre » Sunday 13th May For over 10 years « la Route du Louvre » race has been a major sporting event. It is a fun sporting event linking the Lille metropolitan area with the coal-mining area, using the site of the Louvre-Lens museum. It gathered lore than 16.000 runners and hikers in 2017. In 2018, the arrival is within the parc of the Louvre-Lens museum. www.laroutedulouvre.fr
  36. 36. 36 2018 Events in Pas-de-Calais Spring of Art deco From 1st March to 30th April The Hauts-de-France territory was particularly affected by the destruction of the Great War and now shows evidence of how the Art deco style was employed in the reconstruction of its communes devastated by combat. Guided visits and entertainments allow visitors to discover this artistic movement and to appreciate the diversity of this heritage that is so widely represented across the Hauts-de-France region (Amiens Métropole, Arras, Béthune-Bruay, Cambrai, Douai, Lens-Liévin, Roubaix, Saint-Omer, Saint- Quentin) www.printempsartdeco.fr «The Rose Empire: Masterpieces of 19th-Century Persian Art» exhibition From 28th March to 22d July, The first major exhibition dedicated to the magnificent art of the Qajar dynasty – which ruled Iran from 1786 to 1925, an unprecedented overview of Qajar art, showcasing more than 400 works from a wide range of private collections and important European, North American and Middle Eastern institutions. It brings together paintings, drawings, jewelry, enamels, rugs, clothing, photographs and ceremonial weapons, many of which are being displayed for the first time. www.louvrelens.fr Plant Festival in Locon 31st March and 1st April The first horticultural event of the year in the Hauts-de-France region, this festival allows budding or experienced gardeners to uncover that original plant that is missing from their collection, with an exhibition-sale of plants for collectors and decorative garden furniture. French and Belgian nurseries specialising in rare plants, landscape gardeners, artists, environmental associations and gardeners all come together here. www.fetedesplanteslocon.com « Gainsbourg & Birkin » exhibition at the Museum of Fine-Arts in Calais From 7th April to 4th November The Museum of Fine-Arts in Calais has invited Andrew Birkin to display around sixty photographs selected from among the many snaps taken during the 60s and 70s of the legendary artistic couple made up of his sister, Jane Birkin, and Serge Gainsbourg. The exhibition reveals snapshots of the life of this duo that contributed to the reinvigoration of French chanson and European cinema. www.musee.calais.fr
  37. 37. 37 The Wellington Tunnels, Memorial to the Battle of Arras 9th April, 6.30am 5.30am English time A Memorial ceremony paying tribute to the British and the Commonwealth soldiers who fought in the Battle of Arras. www.carrierewellington.com International Kite Festival Berck- sur-Mer 14th to 22d April Thousands of butterflies, giant octopusses, flying puppets, colourful birds take over the skies at Berck-sur-Mer ! 600.000 visitors, golden sand, windy beach, workshops, world- class kite flying skills contests, music shows, cafés, brasserie terraces, street food Free access www.cerf-volant-berck.com « La Route du Louvre » race Sunday 13th May The marathon links the Lille metropolitan area with the coal- mining area, using the site of the Louvre-Lens museum. www.laroutedulouvre.fr Opening of the Grand Nausicaa, Boulogne-sur-Mer 19th may A massive expansion of NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre will open to the public for the first time. An amazing destination for lovers of the sea, where you can experience the vastness and fragility of the Ocean. This opening will make NAUSICAA one of the World’s largest aquariums. www.nausicaa.fr Opening of the Cité des Electriciens, in Bruay-la- Buissière Spring 2018 This is the oldest mining town in the Pas-de-Calais, providing extraordinary evidence of the very first type of miners’ settlements, the Coron. Following its complete restoration, the Cité des Électriciens aims to be a place of remembrance, shared experiences and creativity. The museographic centre and communal gardens offer the keys to understanding the evolution of miners’ villages and daily life in the Corons. Shows and exhibitions organised alongside the artists in residence provide a new lease of life and a creative and collaborative energy to the mining town. The Trail of the Black Pyramids Saturday 26th May Climb the slagheaps, travel along the miners’ trails, pass through the most beautiful mining towns...Because of its specific topography and landscapes, the Mining Basin of the Nord and the Pas-de-Calais provides a unique circuit of 5 trails ranging from 22km to 105km. www.traildespyramidesnoires- bassinminier.com The « A l’ombre de Belval Abbaye » show 18th-19th and 25th-26th May This show that combines music and theatre, retraces the history of the abbey and the Cistercian community that brought the
  38. 38. 38 venue to life for nearly a century. Performances at 21h30. www.abbayedebelval.fr « The Holiday Road », from Lens to Berck-sur-Mer Sunday 3rd June Relive the «Route du Bonheur », the road leading from the Mining Basin to the Opal Coast, passing through Pernes-en-Artois, Hesdin and Montreuil-sur-Mer. Step aboard some authentic and magnificent coaches from the 50s-60s, followed by hundreds of classic cars, on a one-day escapade full of charm and discovery. Exhibition « Haute Dentelle - Designer Lace », Cité de la dentelle et de la mode 9th June to 6th January 2019 Chanel, Dior, Iris van Herpen, Valentino… 13 maisons de mode propose a selection of exceptional works, offering a unique insight into the contemporary uses by fashion designers of lace woven on Leavers looms. Implicitly, exhibition curator Sylvie Marot weaves a unique dialogue between lace houses and fashion houses www.cite-dentelle.fr The mining bassin celebrates World Heritage 23rd June to 8th July The mining bassin was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2012. Since then, a yearly fortnight of entertainment, shows and special visits give a new light on the riches of the mining heritage. www.bassinminierenfete.fr Main Square Festival in Arras 9th - 8th July Thousands of music fans from all over Europe gather in the UNESCO listed Citadelle in Arras every summer to enjoy the best of the pop and rock international scene In 2018, the big names are Depeche Mode, Jamiroquai, Liam Gallagher, Iam... www.mainsquarefestival.fr Midsummer Festival at château d’Hardelot Early July The Midsummer Festival proposes classical and baroque music in a Franco-British perspective. The recently inaugurated Elisabethan Theatre seats 388 in a modern venue entirely made of wood. www.chateau-hardelot.fr Tour de France, Arras-Roubaix, 9th stage Dimanche 15 juillet Now here is a date that promises to be sporty ! On Sunday 15th July, the final day of the football World Cup, the riders of the Tour de France will leave the citadel of Arras for a 154km stage that takes them to Roubaix. With sections of 21 kilometres along the cobble-stones, this 9th stage of the Tour de France will have the feel of the Paris-Roubaix race. A decisive stage before the riders head into the Alps. www.letour.fr/fr/etape-9 Saint-Omer Jaaz Festival Mid-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
  39. 39. 39 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 Agincourt Medieval Festival Sunday 22d July With its annual medieval festival, the Centre Historique Médiéval offers total immersion in the 15th century. Discover the daily life of the combatants through a medieval encampment, equestrian tournaments and demonstrations of combat, archery and war machines. Medieval market and forge demonstrations. www.azincourt1415.fr The Mussels Festival in Wimereux 21st and 22nd July The unmissable rendezvous of the summer, the Mussel Festival takes place over two days. On the programme: the famous « moules-frites » prepared on site or enjoyed at nearby restaurants, entertainments, concerts and the parade, with a theme that changes every year. « Les misérables » sound & light show in Montreuil-sur-Mer 27th July - 6th 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 Retro festival of the Opal Coast, in Marquise Sunday 29th July Welcome to the 1960s! For just one day, modern cars make way for combis, mopeds and classic automobiles. Shop windows, streets, road signs… the entire town is transformed and a retro camp site is set up especially for the occasion. Festival goers are invited to put on their finest vintage outfits. On the programme: the « Mode & Elegance 1960 » exhibition, redesigned shops and streets, retro market, concerts, entertainments. www.retrofestivalcotedopale.com Saint-Omer boat parade on the river Aa Sunday 29th 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 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
  40. 40. 40 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 Rétro Festival 23rd - 26th August During 3 days the heart of the town beats to the rhythm of rock’n’roll: concerts, exhibition of cars, retro catwalk show, spare parts fair.... www.bethuneretro.ville-bethune.fr Flobart Fishing Boat Festival 26th & 27th 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 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 2d 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 Côte d’Opale Trail 8th & 9th September A true human adventure, here you can walk or run anything between 7 and 67 km along well signposted routes… www.trailcotedopale.com The Beer Festival of Saint-Omer Early September In September, Saint-Omer celebrates beer and the Flemish brewing traditions linked to the history of the town. On the programme: parades of giants, a market of local products and, of course, beer tastings. The abuse of alcohol is dangerous to your health. www.tourisme- saintomer.com Poulpaphone music Festival Late September An eclectic and relevant festival of current music, Le Poulpaphone has been an unmissable musical event in the Boulonnais for 10 years. Rendezvous on 29th and 30th September at the industrial
  41. 41. 41 site of Garromanche for 16 concerts of rap, rock, electro, reggae. www.poulpaphone.com The « Lumière Minérale » exhibition at the Hôtel Sandelin Museum From 19th September 2018 to 6th January 2019 Prepare to be blown away by the beauty of minerals and surprised by the secrets of light and colour! For this exhibition, the Hôtel Sandelin Museum focuses on minerals, primarily for their aesthetic appeal, but also centres on a subject that is not often tackled; their crystalline composition and their diffusion of light, which lies at the origin of their colours. « Festi mômes » kids Fest in Hardelot Autumn half term During the holidays, the resort hosts the « Festi’mômes », a rendezvous entirely devoted to children. From street performances to magic, featuring theatre and craft workshops, children can enjoy all manner of activities. www.festimomes- hardelot.fr « Napoléon » exhibition, a Versailles-Arras partnership Until 4th November Discover the history of Napoleon in chronological order, from General Bonaparte to the fallen Emperor. The exhibition also throws the spotlight on the Emperor’s close circle (family, important officers, imperial Court) and the Parisian and international societies of the time (artists, scholars, foreign sovereigns etc.) www.versaillesarras.com Arras Film Festival November 2018 The essential event of the autumn, this festival provides a comprehensive panorama of French and European cinema with the screening of original works, classic films and sneak previews. Known for uncovering young talent, the festival also offers the chance to meet those who are making waves in the cinema industry through discussions and meetings. www.arrasfilmfestival. com « Grande Veillée » WW1 commemorations Overnight 10th - 11th November To mark the end of the First World War and pay tribute to the thou- sands of soldiers that fell on the battlefields of the Artois, 250 mili- tary cemeteries will be showcased during one special overnight event arranged to mark the Armistice and the return of peace to Europe. www.explorearras.com 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,
  42. 42. 42 grilled or marinated, the Cité des Pêcheurs invites you all to come and sample this seasonal fish. www.etaples-tourisme.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 28th November to 30th 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 Once Upon a time in Le Touquet 28th November to 30th 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 28th 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
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