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Don’t Forget! Wyart Exhibition Starts Wednesday

wyart expo july 2015

Exhibition of Paintings by Peter Wyart – Sorrus, Montreuil Sur Mer, Pas De Calais, France
Includes retrospective of 30 years of art works as well as recent paintings of scenes of life in many parts of France.

Le Touquet Races, Sunday August 19: Starts at 14h30!

50 shades of grey?

If you’re going to the races at Le Touquet on Sunday you might have to make a  slightly earlier start than you had planned.

Originally the word was that the programme would start at 4pm (16h00).  Frogsiders has now been informed that the meeting will actually start at 2.30pm (14h30), and this is indeed the time specified on the Le Touquet Hippodrome website.

Usually the British expatriate community are invited to a meeting with a mixed programme of Flat and Jump races, so it is surprising to find that the programme advertised on the racecourse website calendar for August 19 is scheduled to comprise 8 Trotting races.

Will it be a "Trotting" meeting?

Whatever the programme on the day, however, we are sure it will be a very pleasant occasion, with lots to see and do, and plenty of excitement.


Betting on French racecourses is by the Tote system.  There are a number of different types of bet you can place. Here is our summary and guide.


This is the simplest type of bet.  Pick a horse and decide if you want to bet on it to win, or to finish in the top 3 places.

To place this type of bet, go to the  Tote window and say “Gagnant, le …” (followed by the number of your chosen horse) for a Win bet, or “Placé, le …” (number of horse) for a Place bet.

If your horse wins, go back to one of the Tote windows, hand over your ticket and collect your winnings.  If you bet on your horse to be placed, and it finishes in the first 3 (or first 2 if there are between 4 and 7 starters in the race) you will equally be able to collect your winnings by handing over your ticket at the window.

Couplé gagnant

Pick 2 horses.  You will win if your 2 horses are placed first and second, in whichever order they cross the line.  (But in races of 4 to 7 starters you have to specify the actual winning order)

To place this bet, go to the Tote window and say, “Couplé gagnant, le … et le …”  (inserting the numbers of your 2 chosen horses in the spaces)

Couplé placé

Pick two horses as above.  With this bet you win if both your horses are placed anywhere in the first 3 finishers.

For this type of bet there has to be a minimum of 8 starters in the race.

At the Tote window, place your bet by saying, “Couplé placé le … et le …” indicating, of course, the numbers of the horses you have chosen, but not specifying any particular order in which they’ll finish.


For this bet you have to nominate the 3 horses finishing in the first 3 places, but not the finishing order. Trios are restricted to races with more than 8 starters.

At the Tote ask for, “Trio …” (followed by the numbers of your 3 selected horses)

Trio ordre

The “Trio ordre” bet may be permitted in races where there are less than 8 starters.  It’s the same as a Trio, but you have to get the finishing order right in order to claim a win.

Again, just ask for a Trio, giving the numbers of your 3 selected runners.

TV screens around the Tote counters (under the grandstand) will show the projected winnings for each horse before the race.  These projections will change as bets are placed, depending on the popularity of the horse.  After the race the screens will show winning punters how much the various types of bet will have won.

Good Luck!

Fabulous modern chateau style house ~ price now reduced

The "White House" at Conchil Le Temple - For Sale

The British owners of the superb modern chateau-style “White House” at Conchil Le Temple are preparing to sell in order to retire to another part of France.  They have recently announced a price reduction from €769,000 to €720,000 (around £600,000)

The house, which sits in its own 2.5 acre wooded grounds, has 6-8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2 shower rooms, as well as a Grand Salon of 80 sq.m., a large formal dining room, a smaller private dining room, a library, a study/office, a gym,  laundry room, wine cellar, and an integral garage for up to 6 cars!

The former staff apartment, in part of the west wing of the White House, is currently being used as an independent one-bedroom holiday apartment, to provide the present owners with an annual income of over 10,000 euros, but these rooms could be used equally well as a granny flat, self contained student accommodation, or even as professional office/consulting room space.

Only ten minutes from the fabulous beaches at Berck and Fort Mahon, the White House is also conveniently situated for travel to London, Paris and Brussels .  It can be reached by car in less than one hour from the Channel Tunnel, and less than two hours from Paris Charles De Gaulle airport.

More detailed information can be found on the White House website

Living in France

December Events – Frogsiders recommends…

December is so often taken up with sending cards, gift shopping, hanging decorations and preparing for family feasts, that it’s often difficult to get out and do anything more entertaining. Frogsiders comes to the rescue with a few really interesting ideas for December outings.

The Franco-British Christmas Craft Market at Montreuil (already featured in an earlier post, but worth a reminder now. This weekend Sturday and Sunday 4/5 December (afternoons only)

Open Studio at the workshop of Scottish artists Alice Johnston and James Buchanan Johnston. Also already featured here, also in Montreuil this weekend Sunday 5 December 15h00 to 19h00

For tennis fans and all sports lovers, the 17th Le Touquet International Women’s Open Tennis Tournament takes place all next week Monday 6 December to Sunday 11 December at the Le Touquet Tennis Club. See the stars of the future (Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin were successful here on their way to stardom) including two contestants who are already ranked in the world’s top 50. Tickets from only 3€. Telephone 03 21 05 02 97

Ice Sculpture Demonstration at St Pol sur Ternoise.  Free!

A free demonstration by Philippe Gondrand, the champion ice-sculptor of France, at St Pol sur Ternoise, Square Warstein, December 11 at 14h00

Fancy something a bit more tropical?  Latin Singer, Dany Brillant stops off for one night, Saturday 18 December, on his “Salsa Tour” to give a concert at the Palais de Congres, Place de l’Hermitage, Le Touquet. Tickets from 36€ Telephone 03 21 06 72 00.

Traditional Winter Fair at Hesdin December 4 to December 12. A traditional event in the town dating back to the 17th Century. The programme includes a winter market on Saturday December 4, and an indoor Christmas Market in the Salle De Manege on the 11 and 12 December from 10h00 to 19h00. Enjoy also, all week, the traditional pork offal and “tripes” dishes which most of the restaurants in the town will be serving as part of the festival.

During December the villages and towns of the Seven Valleys region hold many events – too many to list here, but you can get the full programme by clicking here

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 Continue reading “Le Touquet’s October “British Week”” »

Free Classified Advertising in Frogsiders!

Do you have something to sell or something to announce to English speaking residents and homeowners in Northern France?

From today all advertising in Frogsiders Classified section is absolutely FREE OF CHARGE!!

Anyone can place an announcement or advert.  To place your announcement or advertisement, click on the “Classified Ads” tag at the top of any Frogsiders page and just follow the easy instructions.