Northern France
What to do and see within 90 minutes of Calais


January 2016

(entries in red indicate new additions)

Départements are identified with their official number:
59=Nord; 62=Pas-de-Calais; 80=Somme



This website is really just a supplement to Angela Bird's guidebook, Northern France: What to do and see within 90 minutes of Calais (left), now out of print pending a new edition for about 2016.


If you can borrow a copy of the old edition from a library, you will find full details in its 176 pages of hundreds of interesting and off-beat tourist sites throughout the region.
What you see on the website consists of either extra topics not covered in the book (Calendar, Restaurants, Travel routes, Internet links etc), or updated information (new tourist attractions open - or old ones closed) since the last book appeared.

The listings on this site are supplied in good faith, gathered by the author from various sources.

However it is always wise to check details with organisers or tourist offices before making a special journey.

The “département”, or county, is indicated by the following official figures:

=Pas de Calais







Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne; closed 15 Dec 2015 – 25 Jan 2016.

La Coupole, Helfaut, closed 4-17 Jan 2016.


Thiepval visitor centre, near Albert, closed 15 Dec 2015-18 Jan 2016.


Wellington Quarry, Arras, closed three weeks after Christmas holidays.



Until 1 Jan 2016

La Cathédrale en couleurs  See the magical effects of light on the west front of the cathedral, as the original colours of the cathedral’s saints and scenes are projected onto the naked stone. Stand outside to watch this popular nightly show, which was first launched for the Millennium. It runs about half an hour. Daily 7pm. Admission free.


Cathedral square, Amiens 80

Until 24 Jan 2016

Teniers, indémodable !   Exhibition of some 60 engravings by Flemish artist David Teniers II (1610-90), alongside some of the paintings they inspired. Teniers was known for his lively depictions of festivals, pubs and strange aspects of daily life of his time.
Tues-Sun 10-12.30 & 2-6. Closed Mon. Admission 5 euros; under-18s free.


Musée départemental de Flandre

26 Grand’Place


TL 03 59 73 45 60

Until 31 Jan 2016

2e BIENNALE DE MOSAÏQUE  The works of Gérard Brand, an artist who explores different ways of using mosaic – from monumental sculptures to more intimate-scale pictures.

Tues-Sun 2-5.30pm. Admission 3 euros; under-18s free.


Musée des Augustins,




Until 31 Jan 2016

MARC CHAGALL : LES SOURCES DE LA MUSIQUE  The third in a series of exhibitions (the first two were on “ceramics” and “volume”) on the great painter examines themes connected with music in Chagall’s work.  It is organised in partnership with the Musée de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris.


Musée de la Piscine, Roubaix, nr Lille 59

Until 15 Feb 2016

La Collection Bellon « Racines Régionales »   Exhibition of antiquities amassed in the 19th century by Louis-Gabriel Bellon (1819 – 1899) that range from Greek vases and statuettes from Tanagra, to treasures unearthed at sites in Artois and Picardie.

Museum closed Mon morning and all day Tuesday.


Musée d’Opale Sud, Berck/Mer, 62



Until 29 Feb 2016

« DANSEZ, EMBRASSEZ QUI VOUS VOUDREZ » Fêtes Et Plaisirs D’amour Au Siècle De Madame De Pompadour

Exhibition paying homage to the 18th-century artists such as Boucher, Fragonard and Watteau, who portrayed the sentimentality and libertarianism of the period.

Wed-Mon 10-6. Closed Tues.

Admission 9€ , concessions 8€



Rue Paul Bert

62300 Lens

TL 03 21 18 62 62

Until 20 Mar 2016

Le Chateau de Versailles en 100 Chefs-d’Oeuvre  Exhibition of masterpieces from the magnificent collection of the Chateau de Versailles. They include paintings, sculptures, sleighs, sedan chairs, harness. Wed-Fri & Mon 11-6; Sat, Sun 10-6.30; closed Tues, & some bank holidays such as 14 July, 1 Nov, 25 Dec. Admission 7.50 euros; seniors & students 5 euros; under-18s free (free for everyone on first Sun of month).


Musee des Beaux-Arts, Abbaye St-Vaast, Arras, 62

Until 6 Mar 2016

Cher Modèle  Exhibition of drawings and sculptures of the human body by Frédérique Lucien, in collaboration with the Musee du Dessin at Gravelines. Held in Bourbourg;s cultural centre and also in the neighbouring church.

Mon-Sat 9-12 & 1.30-5.30.

Admission free.


CIAC, 1 Rue Pasteur, Bourbourg, nr Gravelines, 59

Until 19 Mar 2016

"La Grande Guerre par le rire"

Exhibition put on by the town’s archive service to look at the Great War through a series of comic postcards by Robert Mallet.

Wed-Fri 2-6, Sat 10-12  2-5  (closed Sun-Tues). Admission free


Hôtel d'Émonville - Place Clemenceau, Abbeville, (Tel 03 22 24 95 16)


Until 21 Mar 2016

MÉTAMORPHOSES  Around 20 works drawn from collections in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, demonstrate how Ovid’s epic poem Métamorphoses has inspired artists from the Middle Ages to today with its mixture of mythological and historical characters.

Wed-Mon 10-6; closed Tues. Admission free.


LOUVRE-LENS, Pavillon de Verre,

Rue Paul Bert

62300 Lens

TL 03 21 18 62 62

Until 28 Mar 2016

Laissez vous conter une histoire !   Taking “Once upon a time…” as a theme, this exhibition looks at stories and legends from antique myths to some more familiar fairy stories.



Chateau-Musée de Boulogne,  62 – Tél  03 21 10 02 20.

Until 9 May 2016

Histoires : Splendeurs et miseres d’une collection redecouverte  Exhibition of 19th-century works, hung in the museum’s Grand Salon looks at the narrative of the paintings.

Tues-Sat 10-12 & 2-6 (Wed 10-6, Thurs until 9), Sun 2-7. Closed public holidays.


Musée de Picardie, 48 Rue de la République, Amiens (80)

Until 15 May 2016

Dessus-Dessous  Exhibition on two sites of installations by Annette Messager, in a variety of shapes and materials, inlcuding soft toys, embroidery, photographs and drawings.

Beaux-Arts: Tues-Sat 10-12 & 2-6; Sun 2-5; admission 4 euros, concessions 3 euros, under-5s and everyone on first Sun of month free. Closed Mon & public holidays.

Cité de la Dentelle: Wed-Mon 10-5; admission 5 euros, concessions 3.50 euros; under-5s and everyone on first Sun of month free. Closed Tues, 25 Dec, & 1-15 Jan.


Musee des Beaux-Arts, 25 Rue Richelieu


Cité de la Dentelle et de la mode, 135 Quai du Commerce;

Calais, 62


Until 22 May 2016

La Fougue du Pinceau  Exhibition of works by painter Robert Combas.

Wed-Mon 2-6.

Closed Tues, and also 25 Dec, 1 Jan & 1 May.

Admission 3.50 euros; children, students and disabled free; free for all on first Sun of month.


Musee du Touquet-Paris-Plage, Villa Way Side, corner of Avenue du Golf and Avenue du Chateau, Le Touquet, 62


13 Jan 2016

Centenaire 14-18   During World War I, the St-Jacques school in Hazebrouck was used as a hospital by French, British and New Zealand forces.  Several thousand soldiers and civilians were operated on and treated here between October 1914 and August 1917. And through it all, school lessons continued for the town’s teenagers.

A guided tour of the exhibition, and a documentary film, are offered by the town’s tourist office (advance booking essential).

(tours also on Wed 10 Feb 2016 and Wed 9 Mar 2016)



Collège Saint-Jacques – Hazebrouck (reservations via Tourist Office, Hotel de Ville, Hazebrouck


29-31 Jan 2016

Enduropale – Le Touquet   Famous motorcycle scramble through the dunes, after negotiating the Rue St-Jean to get to the beach in the first place.

Different events take place at different times over the three days; full programme here


Le Touquet. 62

Information from

Office de Tourisme – Tel –

30 Jan 2016

The Britches Live  An evening of Irish folk music.

Starts 8.45pm.

A l’Hotel de Ville café-brasserie,

21 Grand’ Place, Cassel 59 (booking on 03 28 42 41 38).

31 Jan 2016

Carnaval de Godewaersvelde

From 3pm



31 Jan 2016

Nana Mouskouri in concert  Can it be true?  The Greek chanteuse is on tour again…

3pm. Tickets 55 euros.


Espace Mac Orlan, Péronne, 80







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