Twin Town Challenge 2020 Witney Le Touquet

Twin Town Challenge 2020

What is the Twin Town Challenge?


Established in 2014, the Twin Town Challenge takes place every two years. To date the event has raised over £850,000 for Special Effect. Twin Town 2020 is the final event and they hope to take the fundraising total to over £1m! for SpecialEffect.

Twin towns Witney – Le Touquet, 100 cars, 1 amazing weekend. The Twin Town Challenge is a fun, team-based car challenge. Buy a £500 banger, add your own style and drive it from Oxfordshire to Le Touquet, France, competing in challenges along the way. All to raise money for technology charity SpecialEffect.

What is the Twin Town Challenge?
At its simplest, the Twin Town Challenge is a fun charity car rally. Teams buy a £500 banger and pimp their ride however they like. Then over Spring Bank Holiday weekend they take an epic road trip.

Twin Town Set Off Blenheim

The route goes from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire to Witney’s twin town, Le Touquet in northern France. Along the way you’ll take on challenges and the occasional lap of a circuit. The event is in aid of SpecialEffect – a charity focused on improving the lives of the physically disabled.

They arrange a series of fun events and challenges before the main event to help you get in the spirit and meet your fellow Twin Towners. These will see you rubbing shoulders with celebrities, stoking team rivalries and having great fun.

The big jamboree is in Le Touquet itself, where our French compatriots throw a street party extravagaza. Expect live bands, fine French food and flowing drinks to help you toast your successful trip!

On the return to Merry England, afternoon tea and an awards ceremony round off a fantastic, fun weekend. All in aid of a great cause.


If you are planning on attending the event and you need some accommodation in Le Touquet then please take a look at our website. We  still have availability for this weekend.

Twin Town Challenge Le Touquet


The Twin Town Challenge exists to support the fantastic work of SpecialEffect. They use technology to bring joy and fulfilment to the lives of physically disabled people. If you can’t take part in the Twin Town Challenge you can do your bit by donating. All money raised goes directly to SpecialEffect so please donate what you can today to help SpecialEffect improve more lives.

Every penny you donate will go directly to SpecialEffect. This helps them to provide one-to-one support that enables disabled people to work, play and lead more fulfilling lives through the use of technology.

Your donation will help to pay for occupational therapists, who take the time to understand each person’s needs. They then create customised controllers that can take the smallest movements from any part of the body and use this to control games, programs and other technology.

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International Kite Festival at Berck-sur-Mer

Kite Festival Berck sur mer

Kite Festival Berck sur mer

The International Kite Festival has taken place in Berck-sur-Mer for over 25 years. This year’s 33nd  RICV event takes place from Saturday 6th to Sunday the 14th April 2019. Over the years it has become an event not to be missed on the Côte d’Opale. For 8 days in wind and sea enthusiasts, athletes or thrill-seekers can admire many giant kites, each with its own unique design. 
Due to the numerous visitors during the festival days and the high demand for accommodation it is recommended to check availability and book rooms well in advance.

A Family Activity Day Out

Almost 700,000 spectators come to the vast Berck-sur-Mer beach to marvel the world’s best kite-makers’ new creations.  Open to everyone, there is entertainment for all ages. Children can learn how to make and fly kites in a safe environment. Marine life, astonishing flying creatures, giant octopuses, even memorable cartoon characters drift across the sky. A colourful festival where you have your feet in the sand and your head in the sky. 

Every Spring, the skies above the beach of Berck-sur-Mer explode with colour. Kites line up in well orchestrated displays for the crowds.  Berck-sur-Mer is pretty seaside town 40 minutes from Calais. Is is also a short 25 mins drive from our holiday rental accommodation in Le Touquet. The Kite Festival takes place on the beautiful sandy beach, its a great thing to do for all members of the family young and old. If you can’t make it to the event then why not peek at the Live Webcam on the beach.

Things to See

One of the favourite things to see at the Berck sur Mer kite festival are the flying battles between experts. International teams from all over the world come to take part in this colourful spectacular. On the last evening there is a night time flying display backed up with a firework show. There are many stalls at the event with Kites from many countries. Learn the history of kites or feast on the explosion of colour.
There are fantastic activities for kids. You not only make kites but get to have a go at flying some of the more exotic designs yourself.  .  For more information about the event visit the organisers website.
Kites Berck Plage

Le Touquet is a great base for visiting the Kite Festival and local attractions. Go swimming in the Aqualud, visit the Aquarium in Boulogne (Nausica)  try some Sand yachting in Le Touquet, visit the maze at Laby’Parc.

Berck sur Mer Kite Festival Accommodation

If you are coming to the kite festival we currently have plenty of accommodation in Le Touquet just 25 minutes drive away.

Wine Club au Feminin – Wine Festival

Womens Wine Club Le Touquet
Organised by the Club du Vin au Féminin. The Le Touquet Wine Festival brings together 85 exhibitors presenting the wine and gastronomic wealth of France.
Many appellations are present: Alsace, Loire, Jura, Champagne, Languedoc, Bordeaux, Provence, Rhone Valley, Burgundy, South West … from the most prestigious to the newcomers all is to discover.  The 35 members of the Wine Club au Féminin, all dressed in pink and black, welcome you and guide you during the show.
This year marks the 27th anniversary of the wine festival and upwards of 4000 visitors are likely to pass the gates.
Visitors have plenty of time to chat with those who have worked the vineyards and know their product. Wine growers present their know-how and offer advice on tasting, conservation or even food and wine pairing.

Taste buds will be buzzing with a wide range of regional flavors. From foie gras to cheeses and chocolate, gourmands appreciate the many on-site delights.

Why not  book one of our apartments or villas.  Sample some of the great wines the Le Touquet Wine Festival has to offer.

Wine Club Le Touquet

Wine In France

Regarded as the world’s premier wine making country, France produces eight billion bottles every year. Foreign wines get labelled according to the grape used.  French wine is identified by the soil on which the grapes are grown. The term “terroir”, often heard in conversations about wine translates, as the specificity of place.  This has come to include not only the soil in a region, but also the climate. This is why the same grape variety that is planted in different regions can produce wines so different from each other. 

Wine Health

Of course your doctor advises you to drink wine in moderation.  
Several human trial’s have shown moderate red wine consumption to be better for you than not drinking at all.  The antioxidants found in red wine lower incidences of cardiovascular disease, mortality, and type-2 diabetes.

Le Touquet Christmas Lights 2018

Christmas Lights Le Touquet

Le Touquet Paris-Plage is a stylish and fashionable seaside resort, they organise an excellent Christmas celebration. With the Village Noel, great food, music its a fantastic weekend break not to be missed.  The town and surrounding forest areas take on a magical feel as the trees twinkle with fairy lights and illuminations. There is a full program of events all the way into the New Year. November 30th sees the switch on of the lights and the opening of the Ice Rink. The 1st December celebrates  the arrival of Papa Noel in to Le Touquet concluding with fireworks on the sea front. So why not go along and get into the Christmas spirit, drink some wine and listen to the harmonic Jazz band.   The Christmas village and other activities go on every weekend until the 6th January.

We have some great low season Christmas market accommodation deals – Please see our special offers page for details.

Le Touquet Christmas Lights 2018

Listen to Jazz In Le Touquet

The Primatics Le Touquet

Touquet Blues Cabaret

If you love Louis Prima, you will love The Primatics! The irresistible energy of the band provides a great tribute to the extravagant 1950’s showman. 
Louis Leo Prima  was an American singer, actor, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter. While rooted in New Orleans Jazz, Swing Music, and Jump Blues, Prima touched on various genres throughout his career and helped to popularise jump blues in the late 1940s and early to mid 1950s

Why not come and see The Primatics at the Le Touquet Blues Cabaret on Saturday 27th October.  Venue – Opale Corner, Equestrian park, Avenue de la Canche.  An evening not to be missed under any circumstances for all lovers of a warm atmosphere and communicative swing.

Gilles BERTHENET: trumpet 
Simon BOYER: drums 
Stéphane BARRAL: contrabass 
Fabien SAUSSAYE: piano 
Drew DAVIES: saxophone 
Marc DELHAYE: trombone



The price is 40 euros for the concert and a meal meal (plate garnished + drink + coffee) 22 euros concert only.
Reservations at the Tourist Office on 03 21 06 72 00 or and


Jazz At Christmas Le Touquet

Look out for other some other great Jazz at Christmas events in Le Touquet. All hosted in the Four Season Room.

Jazz at Christmas Le Touquet

Me And My Camera in Le Touquet

Shoes Le Touquet

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If you haven’t taken your camera out in Le Touquet then you are missing some great architectural  and sporting shots for your portfolio.  There is very little time left to get your entries in for the 2018 Le Touquet Photo competition. The competition is free and open to adults and children. This years theme is Le Touquet Sport  but you must register by October 10th  to be in with a chance of winning.

FOR ADULTS: drop them off or send them by post to:
Hôtel de Ville – Photo competition – Boulevard Daloz – 62520 LE TOUQUET-PARIS-PLAGE

FOR CHILDREN: drop them off or send them by post to:
Social Center – Photo competition – Avenue de Villemessant – 62520 LE TOUQUET-PARIS-PLAGE

The exhibition will take place at the Le Touquet Town Hall from Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28, 2018. The hours are from 10:00 to 18:30. The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at 5 pm, at City Hall.


Whats On In Le Touquet This Weekend 10KM – Half Marathon

Le Touquet Marathon

Le Touquet 10KM and Half Marathon

This Saturday, August 4th see’s the start of the famous race labelled between the Sea and the Forest. Reflecting the unique surroundings of Le Touquet. Departure is at 18h from  Avenue de Picardie! 

The 2018 course, will be identical to that of 2017 and as in previous years implemented under the principle of loops. Two almost identical loops. One for the 10km, two for the half marathon.

Once out of the Quentovic district the route will take you to the Corniche and the wide open spaces of the Canche bay. Enjoy, admire the colours of the opal coast.

After this magnificent section you will pass the nautical center of Le Touquet.  Walking along the Molières you will end with the most exposed part. The rest of the loop will take you through the cool forest and on to the athletics track finish. 

For on-site registration and collection of bibs, go on Friday from 16h to 18h30 and Saturday from 9h to 16h to the  Paul Olombel room at the sports complex.
Whether you are a runner, waterfront or spectator, do not forget to take a look at the traffic and parking restriction plan.  Full information may be found on the official website.

Le Touquet Marathon - Sea

The Route


If you are struggling for some last minute accommodation in Le Touquet  for the half marathon or 10k run then  we still have some availability. Or alternatively why not extend your stay after the race and enjoy the beach. Please take a look at our St Josse property which sleeps up to 12 people.

The Best Children’s Activity in Le Touquet

Le Touquet Beach Child

Festival of Toddlers.

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage becomes a paradise for children this summer from July 18th to August 19th.  For the 11th year in a row, Le Touquet offers an entertainment and cultural fun festival  entirely dedicated to children.
Storytellers, Comedians, Musicians, Dancers, Puppeteers and, Street Performers will perform in the town. The interactive shows and demonstrations will captivate  young and old! The Toddlers Festival welcomed more than 5000 children and parents during its 10th year in 2017. In 2018 it continues to develop throughout the town.

Childrens Puppet Le Touquet

Most of the activities focus around the Four Seasons Hall, Ypres Garden or Town Hall. The shows and indoor entertainment will be presented at price of €4  and those outside are completely free !! Various walks will enliven the town centre and the sports facilities of the resort.

Schedule Of Events

Mercredi 1er aout – Jardin d’Ypres
Animation / Atelier cerfs-volants
Samedi 4 Août – Salle des quatre saisons
Jeux géants Monstribilis et Archeodino par la Cie NJOY
Mercredi 8 aout – Jardin d’Ypres
Animation Structures gonflables
Journée petite enfance
Samedi 11 Août – Salle Suzanne Lenglen
Les P’tites bulles par la Cie La Boussole

Partners Supporting the Event

– Le Centre tennistique Pierre de Courbetin
– Le Centre équestre
– Le Centre Nautique de la Manche Bertrand Lambert
– Le Centre social du Touquet-Paris-Plage
– Le Golf du Touquet
… et les clubs de plage :
Ojem Mickey et Jeunesse, Hippojem
– Caddy sport
– Helio plage

We hope you are able to attend some of the events and enjoy the fun with your children.

Beach Volleyball Tournament Le Touquet

Beach Volleyball Le Touquet

Beach Volleyball Returns to Le Touquet.

Between the 4th and 8th July Le Touquet plays host to one of the biggest Volleyball tournaments of the national circuit. The 8th Open Beach Volley and the Tournée des Sables.  All the action takes place on the beach close to the Aqualud water park. Come and discover high-level beach volleyball in a summer atmosphere!  Hosted by the Le Touquet A.C. Volley-Ball & Beach Club Its a great event for kids and promises to be an exciting few days.

If you want to have a go, improve your  Volleyball or find out what a Pancake is the club is open all summer long. Located on the Patio Central by the Promenade. Activity focuses on morning workout sessions  10 until 12, followed by tournaments between 14:30 and 18:30.  Friday Afternoon is set aside for Youth Tournaments.

The Ladies and Men’s Beach volleyball competition is located just a short 5 minute drive from our L’Opale holiday rental villa.

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