Le Touquet’s October “British Week”

It seems that visitors to Le Touquet during the week from 9 to 17 October will find themselves at the centre of a festival of all things British.

An exhibition of classic British cars is promised

There will be such very British events as a “Tea-Time Tennis Tournament” where you’ll be able to play in, or watch a friendly Anglo-French contest after which high tea will be served.

At the Ibis and Novotel hotels they’ll be serving a British style lunch menu, including the customary British “gambas roasted in the curry of India, duck breast Cumberland & pastry buffet“.

There will also be archery lessons and an archery tournament (Britain won the last fixture in 1415), and a seniors golf tournament against Le Touquet’s English twin town of Witney.

The parade of bagpipers should be a hit along with the “Waterloo” expo at the Palais des Congres.

Polo, tennis, croquet and archery are on the menu

In truth, I’m most impressed by the scale and range of the British themed events and activities on offer during the week, and the town of Le Touquet is to be congratulated on getting so many businesses and clubs involved in what I am sure will be a memorable and fun week.

I do admit being a little puzzled by two of the events scheduled.  “Tir aux Helices” seems to translate as “Shooting at Screws”, a pastime I am not yet familiar with, and I hope the “Promenade des Drags” is not what it sounds like – or at least, if it is, that it’s not thought to be a typically British activity.

The week comes to a climax at the “James Bond Ball” at which “Tenue correcte”, presumably Dinner Jacket and Walther PPK pistol, is demanded.

A Pipe band will march through town to the "Waterloo" exhibition

The whole town has gone to a great deal of trouble for us, it seems.  For instance, most restaurants and bars will be offering special menus with complimentary drinks or other attractions, shops will have special fashion shows, and sports clubs will host special tournaments, or lessons. Personally, I’m certainly not going to miss the Fish and Chips menu they’ll be serving at the Escale restaurant at the airport.  It comes with a beer, and Carrot Cake or Cheesecake for afters for just €18.

As the British Ambassador is attending, it would be bad form not to put in an appearance at some time during the week, or even on several occasions if you possibly can.