Days Out: Pas-de-Calais (62)

Recreation centre with ice rink, swimming pool, jacuzzi and saunas. Z.A.C. Mont Joie, Saint-Martin-Boulogne (62).
Louvre Lens
The Louvre in the north. Housed in a spacious purpose built complex with easy parking. permanent exhibits and temporary exhibitions. Open every day except Tuesday and 1 May. 10:00-18:00 (Last admission 17:15). Rue Paul Bert, 62300 Lens
Museum about fishing, the history of fishing in the region and the lives of the local fishermen. Workshops and activities for children are available. Boulevard Bigot Descelers, Etaples sur Mer (62).
Interactive sea-life centre with sea lions, penguins, rays, sharks, giant tortoises and fish as well as feeding pools, touch lagoons and shows. Boulevard Sainte Beuve, Boulogne-sur-Mer (62).
Indoor discovery centre offering entertainment and an educational experience exploring sand, its uses and the creatures that live in and around it. Chemin de la Warenne, Ecault (62).
Golf a la Ferme (Golf at the Farm)
Rustic golf. Nine holes over several hectares amongst the cows and the moles. The course also allows one to admire the Cistercian Abbey of Clairmarais. Chemin des murs, Ferme de lAbbaye, 62500 Clairmarais.
Naviboat Boat Trips
Self-guided boat trips from Calais to Ardres (or Les Attaques) for those not holding a licence. La Citadelle, Boulevard de lesplanade, Calais (62).
La Maison de la Beuriere
Unique and tiny museum in an authentic fishermans house in the old fishermans centre. 16 Rue du Machicoulis, Boulogne-sur Mer (62).
Jardin du Chateau dHumeroeuille
Gardens at the Chateau dHumeroeuille, designed to resemble rooms, where visitors can walk among scented plants and flowers, hedges and a maze. 1 place Boncourt, Humeroeuille (62).
Rando-Rail du Pays de Lumbres
Foot-powered individual pedal trains. Can accommodate those with reduced mobility. Follows the route of the old railway line from St. Omer to Boulogne sur Mer. Route de la Gare, Nielles-les-Blequin (62).
Calais Lighthouse
A 51m high lighthouse with 271 steps to the top. Place Henri Barbusse, Calais (62).
Verger dEpinoy
Pick your own apples and pears as well as some other fruits. The orchard is open from late August to mid May. They also have a shop selling their own preserves and juices. 1, route nationale, Epinoy (62).
Domaine du Chateau Fort de Rambures
Medieval castle which has been restored and furnished in the period. The ten hectare park is famous for the 418 species of roses contained within. Events are held from March to November. 8 rue du Chateau, Rambures. (80).
Large park with swimming pool, video games, adventure playground, horse riding, sand yachting, brasseries and bar. Esplanade Parmentier, Berck-sur-Mer, Le Touquet (62).
Saint-Joseph Village
A village recreating life in the 20th century. There are plenty of activities, including dancing and visiting the eco museum. There is a restaurant in the village and the museum of man. Le Marais de Guines, Guines (62).
Faire Plaisir
Family-run farm which makes corn dollies as well as other decorative items from braided straw. Workshops, demonstrations and lunches for groups provided. Clenlieu (62).
La Maison du Papier
Workshop and museum, housed in an old mill, which details the history of paper. 15 rue Bernard Chochoy, Esquerdes (62).
Maison de la Faience
Artist studios and ceramics museum about the history and manufacture of Desvres china. Rue Jean Mace, Desvres (62).
La Coupole
History Centre, Museum and planetarium built in WWII bunker that was to be launching base for V2 rockets against London. A26 near St Omer. Website in english. Open all year 09:00-18:00. Average visit 2h30m. La Coupole, rue Clabaux (D210), 62570 Hellcat
Dennlys Parc
Amusement park with water rides, rollercoasters and other activities for children. Shop and restaurant on site. Groups welcome. Le Parc du Moulin de la Tour, 11 rue du Moulin, Dennbroeucq (62).
Hippodrome du Touquet
Historical horse racing track with notable architecture. Facilities for children. Bar, restaurant and terrace on site. Avenue de lHippodrome, Le Touquet (62).
La Carrieere Wellington (The Wellington Quarry).
Underground quarries that were interconnected via tunnels to house 24 000 troops prior for the Battle of Arras. Regular guided tours and film show. Open all year 10:00-12:30 and 13:30-18:00. Rue Aurthur Deletoille, 62000 Arras.
Maritime Museum Etaples
Museum about the history of the Etaplois fishing trade, including exhibits on methods, clothing and equipment. Closed January. Boulevard de l’Imperatrice, Etaples-sur-mer (62).
Citadelle dArras
Built by Sebastien Le Prestre de Vauban the, building and its surrounding are a designated UNESCO World Heritage site along with 11 other fortifications along the French borders. It also hosts music festivals and concerts. Boulevard du General de Gaulle.
Canadian National Vimy Memorial
Canadian First World War (WWI) memorial site. Situated On the site of Battle of Vimy Ridge. Memorial, cemeteries battlefield, trenches and guided tours through the tunnels (Call 03 21 50 68 68). Open All year. Route Departementale 55, 62580 Vimy
La Coupole
La Coupole, or the Dome is a large underground structure built and used by the Nazis to launch the V2 rockets. There is also a Wall of Remembrance in the structure. Rue du Mont-a-Car (D210) Helfaut (62).
Chateau dHardelot
This magnificant Chateau was actually built on the ruins of the original medieval castle by an English man. It is now a centre for the Arts, and plays host to a variety of local events. Theatre in the chateau. 1, rue de la Source, Condette (62).
Leisure park with bouncy castles, pedal boats, carousels and electric boat trips. Restaurant on site. 1098 avenue du Lac, Ardres (62).
Cite internationale de la dentelle et de la mode de Calais
Extending over 2.500 m², in a converted lace factory. The museum has 5 galleries exhibiting the techniques and the history of lace-making. Textile shop and restaurant on site. 135, Quai du Commerce. Calais. (62)
Musee 39-45. Le Musee de la Cote dOpale
Museum detailing the Second World War with thousands of artifacts and documents. Open every day from 1 April until 31 October and weekends during March and November. Historique de la seconde Guerre Mondiale, 2 rue des Garennes (CD 940), Ambleteuse (62)