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The miles of fine sandy beaches along the coast from the Bay of the Somme to Boulogne may prove too strong an attraction to the family to give you much time for anything else.  But, just in case you could do with some ideas for outings during your holiday stay, here are a few suggestions.

For the children:

The Bagatelle Theme park at Rang du Fliers

Nausicaa sealife centre at Boulogne

Ride the water slides and surf the waves in a tropical climate at The AquaClub at Fort Mahon

Karting at Berck or Abbeville

Play Mini-golf at Fort Mahon

Swing from Tree to Tree at an Adventure Park at Quend Plage


For the whole family:

A boat trip around the Bay of the Somme

A visit to the wildlife and bird sanctuary of Marquenterre

River Kayaking from Beaurainville to the sea at Etaples

Horse Riding at Fort Mahon

Learn to sail at L’Ecole de Voile at Berck, or at Fort Mahon

Sand Yachting at Fort Mahon

Hire Bikes to ride on the cycle track from Le Crotoy to St Valery - and return on the steam train

See the seal colony at Le Hourdel  


For parents and older family

The Battlefield Memorials and War Cemeteries of the  Somme

Visit the battlefield of Crecy and the superb visitor centre and Museum at Agincourt (Azincourt)

The light show on summer evenings at Amiens Cathedral

A day out shopping in Lille

Walk the ramparts of  the old town of Montreuil

Visit the medieval walled town and the fishing harbour of St Valery

Play a round of golf on the famous courses at Belle Dune, Le Touquet, or Hardelot

Buy fish straight from the boat on the quay at Etaples


There are so many other possibilities we can’t list everything, but we recommend the following websites for more ideas and information:   The Somme Tourist Board,  The 7 Valleys Tourist Board