Castel Camping La Bien Assise is a three star french campsite that is located in the countryside and is just a short drive from the Channel Tunnel and Ferry Ports. The camping site has a moated chateau and 198 emplacements set in an 18 hectare site. You are assured of a warm welcome here whether you plan to have a short stopover on your journey or to take a longer stay in this interesting region which is often overlooked.
This campsite is in the heart of the "3-Pays" area which offers 300km of designated and well maintained paths which are ideal for cycling, riding or walking.
If you are going to drive then here are the distances from the Channel Ports :
Local Railway Calais, 11km
Services to: Paris
Whilst you are on the coast, head for the splendid Nausicaà national aquarium in Boulogne-sur-Mer, where you come face to face with hammerhead sharks and tuna shoals. It is Europe's largest aquarium and there are 4000 Fish to look at and touch in the various aquariums. There is also a seal pool. You can hire an audio guide. Nausicaa Website
You can walk into Guînes village which takes 15 minutes. You will be able to buys meat/bread/fresh fruit and even small gifts in this attractive little town.
A large mall with 140 shops, 12 screen cinema, restaurants and takeaways, 10 pin bowling at Coquelles. There are also nature workshops which might be interesting. https://www.citeeurope.com/
Nature lovers will be in bird-spotting heaven in the Marquenterre reserve, between the Canche and Somme estuaries, while other highlights on the Côte d’Opale are the vertiginous headlands of Cap Griz-Nez and Cap Blanc-Nez.
Looking onto the plains of Champagne and Picardy, Laon is dominated by one of France’s earliest and finest Gothic cathedrals.
Lille has a main TGV station from where you can travel to a variety of destinations. it is also great for shopping and open-air chess-playing. You can visit the Ancienne Bourse (old exchange building), the Euralille shopping centre and the Opéra which are all worth a visit. You can also visit the birthplace of General Charles de Gaulle in Lille at 9 rue Princess.
This town on the Belgian border has an amazing Art Deco swimming pool-cum-art gallery which is well worth a visit. It also has two large factory outlet centres - "McArtur Glen" and "A L'Usine".
The glass factory at Arques is the region's largest employer and is also a good place to go for a bargain or for a factory tour of the glass factory where you can see glass being made. The factory tour lasts 1hr 30 mins and you must be aged over 8. For information about the tour : http://visite-usine-fr.arc-intl.com/uk/decouvrez/individuels.html
The factory was founded in 1825, and in 1930 Jacques Durand went to the USA and visited several American glassworks, learning about the latest mass-production techniques. On his return, the old mouth-blowing craft techniques were replaced by industrial methods - tank furnaces and non-stop production. It produces over 5.5 million articles daily. There is a factory shop as well so you might find a bargain !
Near Cambrai, is the birthplace of painter Matisse. For more information please see this blog posting about the childhood home of Matisse : http://souvenirsdemonpasse.blogspot.com/2011/04/bohain-is-first-place-where-my-dad.html
Amiens is Picardy’s capital city and, like Beauvais, it has a magnificent cathedral which has a son-et-lumière season (when the west façade becomes a riot of colour). You can also visit its charming canals and the cottages of the St-Leu quarter.
Visit the elegant coastal resort of Le Touquet nestling amid dunes and pines.
This factory which is 35miles (50 minutes) from the campsite is great for everyone with a sweet tooth ! There is also a factory further away at Lachelle. For more information have a look at their website at http://www.choco-france.com/
To the north of Paris, you will find this fantastic theme park based on the French cartoons characters Asterix and Obelix. With rollercoasters, medieval banquets etc it makes for a great day out. The address is Parc Astérix BP8 60128 PLAILLY, France.
Upper Somme Valley - St Valery sur Somme to Le Croyton.
A KID STATION is holiday resort that provides particularly good facilities for children, and has taken care to ensure their safety. It is a national scheme, with "KID certified" resorts all over France. In this area, they include: Bray-Dunes, Dunkerque (54km), Gravelines, Wissant, Wimereux, Boulogne and its suburb Le Portel, Hardelot and Berck-sur-Mer.
Each centre offers menus for children in restaurants, also high-chairs, information at the local Office de Tourisme about children's facilities. There should also be plenty of activities such as beach clubs and sports facilities e.g. watersports, tennis, horse-riding, etc. There should also be shows and entertainment for children including competitions and games. Safety is also a high priority so there should be a first aid booth on beach and the environment should be clean with seawater tested daily for quality and suitable public toilets.