ANOTHER SUMMER OF FESTIVITIES IN THE NORD!

Come and join us at the parade of the famous UNESCO World Heritage listed Gayant giants, soak up the past in the former mining region - itself also listed, visit our great museums or simply wonder at the treasures of our heritage, all of this within 30 minutes of Lille! I’ve lined up a range of special offers to suit you all!

THE GAYANTS OF DOUAI - 7TH TO 9TH JULY 2013

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Meet the Gayant family, Douai’s doughty dignitaries whose towering presence draws the crowds for July’s three–day Festival of Giants and family fun. Measuring 8.50m – around 28 ft – are Mr Gayant and his wife, herself 6.5m or around 20 ft. Joining them are the youngsters, Jacquot, Fillon and baby Binbin, all around 2.40m, or seven ft. Watch them dance, swaying and swirling in the town hall courtyard as the bands play, the belfry bells ring out and sweets are thrown by the mayor. Grab a seat in a café, dig into a plate of pot’je vleesch (a dish of pâté –style meats) and chips and enjoy a ringside view of the action and the street entertainers and the sheer joy of a festival dating back to 1479.

From 46€ pp (offer available all year during special events)

Discover the Giants and the traditional festivals you fancy with our breaks offer which includes:

  • 1 night in a hotel or b&b (based on two persons sharing)
  • The parade, entertainment and activities
  • 1 Douai treasure hunt
  • 1 visit to the Douai belfry
  • 1 giants souvenir gift

To book, just email tourisme@ville-douai.fr and say Nicole sent you!

DEEP DOWN IN THE MINE: FOSSILS & CO

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Tap into the rich seam of coal–mining history at Lewarde, where France’s foremost mining museum is based on what was once a major pithead. Walk along a replica mining tunnel on a guided tour. Take a pictorial peep at how mining families once lived and look up at the rows of miners’ overalls dangling from the ceiling of the cloakroom and lamp room. With helmets on, parents and children alike will make a simulated descent into 450 metres of tunnels.

Discover the impressive collection of fossils brought up by miners. You’ll understand how the landscape was created million years ago, long before dinosaurs…  So, ready to go down the mine?

Make the most of your visit with a carillon concert at Douai belfry and a visit to Cambrai, famous for its “bêtise” sweets. 

From 55€ pp (offer available all year except during January)

Discover the Douai district’s mining heritage (self-guided):

  • 1 night in a hotel or b&b (based on two persons sharing)
  • 1 guide to the Douai district’s mining heritage (itineraries and addresses included)
  • 1 admission to the Centre for Mining History in Lewarde http://www2.chm-lewarde.com/english/index2.htm
  • 1 admission to the Slagheaps visitor centre in Rieulay

To book, just email tourisme@ville-douai.fr and say Nicole sent you

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