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Pas de Calais Culture and Events


Car Events, Le Touquet

12 - 14 March 2015

Sports car rally, and classic car exhibition at the Racecourse.


International Kite Festival, Berck-sur-Mer

18 - 26 April 2015 

Berck-sur-Mer hosts Europe's biggest kite festival, bringing together kite-flyers from China, Australia, America and Europe. Visitors can admire the craziest kites, from flying fish to imaginary monsters, take kite-flying classes and try out the latest models. Free to watch.


Scarecrow Festival, Moringhem

April 2015

One day in 1989, the inhabitants of Moringhem woke up to see the streets of their village invaded with scarecrows (known as épeutnaerts’ in the local dialect). Thanks to their mayor, this fearsome display has now become an annual event.


Lille Piano(s) Festival

12 - 14 June 2015

Organised by the city's National Orchestra, pianists perform breathtaking recitals at this annual festival. Concerts take place at grand auditoria across the city, including the Theatre du Nord and Gare Saint Sauveur. For more information you can contact the Lille tourist office on +33 (0) 3 20 12 82 40


Parade of Giants, Arras

14 July 2015

Arras’s giants Colas, Jacqueline and Dede are paraded through the streets and the event is rounded off with evening fireworks. The giants are brought out again in late August as part of the festivities celebrating the end of Spanish occupation in the seventeenth century. Between festivals, you can view the giants in the town hall.


Fete de la Moule, Wimereux

2015 dates tbc

Takes all day in Wimereux and is free of charge. In the summer Wimereux goes moules mad for a weekend with eateries all over the place from the square to the beach. Delicious mussels are offered everywhere and what better way to wash them down than with a beer and watching the folk dancing entertainment.


Midsummer Music Festival, Hardelot Castle

2015 dates tbc

A classical music festival which takes place in the gardens of the Hotel du Parc, overlooking the sea. This festival has become one of the Nord Pas de Calais region's key summer events, where visitors from all over France attend.


Flea Markets (Braderie), Lille

5 - 6 September 2015

Lille in Nord holds an extremely popular 48hr Braderie the first weekend in September. It is said to be the biggest in Europe and dates from medieval times.

Contact local tourist offices for dates and details.


Herring Festival, Etaples

2015 dates tbc

Takes place in Etaples and is free for the public. Saturday 10am to 9pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Fish have been caught off the coast here since the 11th century and this festival celebrates the humble hareng. Fisherman dressed in local costume serve fish at stalls across town and French wines flow freely.  


Christmas Markets

December 2015

Arras, Bethune and Boulogne are some of the best with gifts, decorations, regional produce and gourmet food often with parades, music and fireworks.

Contact tourist offices for dates.



Please check precise details and dates with event organisers before making your holiday and travel arrangements.


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Holiday rental near Le Touquet

Ref: DP000860

Holiday rental near Le Touquet

Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £307 to £392

Lovely 2 bedroom holiday home near Hesdin

Ref: DP004585

Lovely 2 bedroom holiday home near Hesdin

Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £299 to £545

Barn holiday rental, Nord pas de Calais

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Barn holiday rental, Nord pas de Calais

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £590

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