With two exciting events taking place at Hotel du Vin in Tunbridge Wells this month, the Opal Coast in Northern France has never been closer or more accessible. From indulgent chocolate makers and exclusive golf courses to luxury hotels and insightful museums, we take a look at some of the exhibitors who will be offering a firsthand taster of the region.
If you’ve ever fancied getting away to Northern France, now’s your chance to see what this beautiful place has in store. For an idea of what to expect, head to Hotel du Vin in Tunbridge Wells on Tuesday October 8and Wednesday October 9 for two unmissable events from So Magazines and The Courier Media Group.
The Tuesday will see the hotel hosting the inaugural Transmanche Business Club event. This is a unique opportunity to meet and network with likeminded business people from the Côte d’Opale region, while enjoying an exclusive preview of what’s on offer.
On the Wednesday, which is open to the public, exhibitors from all over the region will be on hand to provide a glimpse of its many delights, from culture and food to history and leisure. Admission for both days is free, so don’t miss out on this fantastic event at Hotel du Vin, your gateway to the Opal Coast. Read on for our look at the days’ exhibitors and what you can expect from a trip to the region…
Blockhaus d’Eperlecques: The Blockhaus d’Eperlecques is the world’s biggest bunker, where you can discover, explore and visit its amazing hidden forest location and rocket launch pads. A very interesting and moving experience! www.leblockhaus.com/fr
Chocolat de Beussent-Lachelle: Few French chocolate makers are ‘bean to bar’ and only one is a cocoa planter: the Chocolaterie de Beussent. Chocolate lovers won’t want to miss their factory near Le Touquet. www.choco-france.com
Jenlain: Since 1922, Jenlain beer’s Brasserie Duyck brewery has been located two hours from Calais. Using traditional methods of manufacture, it remains one of the last independent family breweries in France. www.jenlain.fr
La Tour de l’Horloge: The Tour de l’Horloge is a hands on museum in which the visitor is allowed to smell, touch, play and even dress up like a Viking or like a knight! www.tour-horloge-guines.com/en
La Voix-l’Etudiant: La Voix-l’Etudiant is a private office in Lille. Its aim is to help young people in high school discover what to study, where to work and which university to choose! www.lavoixletudiant.com
Les Halles de Quercamps: Les Halles de Quercamps only offer French wines in their cellar. You can choose from over 3,500 wines from all French regions. The choice, quality counselling and price are their priorities. www.leshallesdequercamps.com
Musée de la Céramique: Stunning scenery, spectacular collections, games and technology await you and your family or friends, where you can dive into a fascinating history of the ceramics from the North of France. www.musee-ceramique-desvres.com
Najeti Hotels & Golfs: Najeti Hotels & Golfs is a family group running eight 4* hotels and two international championship golf courses. Their focus is quality, with wellness, gastronomy, leisure and business facilities available. www.najeti.fr
Premier Choice – Where to sleep and eat in Calais in style
The Hotel Meurice Calais is five minutes from the beach, while Le Grand Bleu offers an inventive cuisine and the Mercure Calais enjoys a premium location in the city centre. Mercure Calais, in partnership with My Ferry Link, will also be offering a prize draw on the day, with your chance to win a two night stay (including breakfast and room) at this luxurious hotel. www.hotel-meurice.fr , www.legrandbleu-calais.com/fr , www.mercure.com
Rediscover Calais: On the ‘Rediscover Calais, an exceptional stay!’ website, you will find details from all the institutions that will allow you to prepare for your trip to Calais. www.rediscover-calais.com/gb
Terre de Boissons: Terre de Boissons is a world tour of wines, beers and spirits from over 200 countries. This friendly bar holds 40 wines, over 100 beers, Champagne and cocktails to discover. www.terredeboissons.com
Ville de Calais: Calais is not only the gateway to Europe, but also a real destination with its historic sites and museums, offering a variety of high quality food and very interesting shops. www.calais.fr
The Côte d’Opale exhibition:
- Wednesday October 9 at Hotel du Vin from 9am – 7pm
- Free entrance
- Large range of products and ideas
- Free samples and tastings
- A draw to win a weekend on the Côte d’Opale