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What are you doing this weekend?

Fête de la Moule at Wimereux

20 Jul – 11 Aug 2010

Wimereux goes moules-mad for a weekend, with restaurants and stands all over the place, from the square to the beach, offering delicious mussels. Wash your moules-frites down with beer and watch the folk-dancing.

Tourcoing Beach Festival

10 – 25 Jul 2010

An explosion of free fun for all the family, the Tourcoing Beach Festival grows in stature every summer. Expect performing arts, concerts, exhibitions, fireworks and sporting activities like canoeing, all jostling for space during a fortnight of colourful culture.

Website: Tourcoing Beach Website

Hardelot Classical Music Festival

20 Jul – 11 Aug 2010

The Hardelot Classical Music Festival has become one of the Nord-Pas de Calais region’s key summer events, drawing visitors from all over France. The concerts take place in the gardens of the Hôtel du Parc, overlooking the sea.

Website: Hardelot Festival Website


  • Journées des Jardins – Open Days at 10 well-kept gardens

    10 gardens and potagers in villages in the beautiful Course Valley will be open to the public this weekend.  You can tour them in any order, just buy your ticket at the first one you visit.

    Tickets are 3 euros per adult (children free) and visitors will be treated to tea and scones free at one of the gardens.

    Les Journées des Jardins

    Saturday July 10 from 14h till 18.30
    Sunday July 11  from 10.30 till 18.30

    10 jardins d’agrément et potagers ouverts au public

    THE VILLAGES WHERE YOU’LL FIND THE GARDENS ARE:
    Estrée 1, Estréelles 2 Beussent 3 Doudeauville 1 Enquin-sur-Baillons 1 Hucqueliers 1 Bourthes 2

    These are all situated in the Course valley and its surrounding area, just to the north of Montreuil.

    Tea, cake and scones offered at Paul and Lalage’s, 156 rue du moulin, Estréelles

    Tickets 3 euros to visit all 10 gardens can be purchased from any of the gardens open.

    For further information contact Lalage 03 21 81 47 65  e-mail paul.glaister@wanadoo.fr

    The Course is arguably the most beautiful of the famous 7 Valleys, and its villages are renowned as some of the prettiest in northern France.  While you’re on the tour, you might also want to stop to buy some delicious hand-made chocolates at the famous Chocolaterie de Beussent which you’ll pass en route.

  • Royal British Legion Garden Party

    Frogsiders readers are cordially invited to the Royal British Legion,  Boulogne and Pas de Calais Branch, Garden Party. which will take place at:

    10 Chemin de la Foret, 62270 Boubers sur Canche on Saturday, June 26, 14h00 to 17h00.

    The Royal British Legion is a non-political,  inter denominational and multi racial association with two aims that of honouring the memory of those who died in the many conflicts through out the world , assisting the families of those died and aiding those  injured.

    Please help us help them

    Anne and Jeremy Towler.

    Summer Events in Northern France

    The Moonlight family is well known for its love of the arts, culture, and any excuse to have a good time, especially when the weather is good and there are summer festivals to go to.

    Here are a few summertime events in or within reach of Northern France that will almost certainly attract various family members:

    Cabourg, 9-13 June
    Romantic Film Festival, five days of open air screenings of romantic classics and new talent in Normandy. A pass for five days costs 25 euros.  This sounds like fantastic value and a sure way to impress your wife or girlfriend.

    Paris, 18-20 June
    The Shakespeare and Company Literary Festival The theme of this year’s festival is Storytelling and Politics. There will be readings, panel discussions and book signings in the park René Viviani next to Shakespeare & Company.

    Fatima Bhutto, Mark Gevisser, David Hare, Jack Hirschman, Jack Mapanje, Philip Pullman, Will Self, Erica Wagner and Jeanette Winterson are some of the writers on the agenda.  Sounds like a good excuse for a day out in Paris, which will greatly impress your intellectual friends and arm you with plenty of dining-out material for next winter’s dinner parties.

    Evreux, 25-26 June
    Le Rock dans tous ses États Babyshambles, Pony Pony Run Run, The Black Box Revelation, Bloody Beetroots, Death Crew 77, and the Black Keys will be performing, and the festival is even offering music lessons for children. Unmissable!

    Reims, 13-14 July
    Fête Nationale Reims celebrates the French Revolution with concerts and fireworks.

    Paris, 14 July-15 August
    Quartier d’été A month-long festival comprising parties, concerts and street performances, in parks, squares, and open spaces all over the city.  Another Paris outing excuse, with perhaps a good lunch and a free show thrown in.

    Brittany, 15-18 July
    Les Vieilles Charrues
    Mika, Mr Oizo, Alain Souchon and Jamiroquai are lined up for this festival. Camping is usual.  Say no more!

    Paris 15-25 July
    Gospel Festival Gospel Choirs, Gospel singers and dancers. Some acts claim to mix jazz and hip hop into their acts. Some of the shows will be open air.  Less boring than church, anyway

    Paris, 17 July-22 August
    Cinema en plein air festival Outdoor cinema festival in the Parc de la Villette.  This year’s theme is “Being 20 Years Old”.   François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Loach, Maurice Pialat, Leos Carax, Abdellatif Kechiche, Cristian Mungiu, Woody Allen, Sofia Coppola, Stephen Frears, Jim Jarmush and Liu Jie, Hong Sang- Soo are on the programme.  Might make you feel 20 again!

    Etaples & Le Touquet, 31 July-1 August
    Rock en Stock 22 acts on two stages in the Parc de Valigot. There are restaurants, a food and craft market, camping. Bands include Eiffel, Sinsemilia, La Bal des Enragées, Crucified Barbara, Elmer Food Beat, Pigalle and Willie and the Bandits.  Poor Barbara!  What on earth did she do to deserve that?  Go to the show and find out

    St Malo, Brittany, 13-15 August
    La Route Du Rock This year’s lineup includes Massive Attack, The Flaming Lips, The National. Thirty bands will perform in three spectcular coastal venues. One stage is on the beach and another is in the Fort de Saint-Père, an 18th century Vauban fort.