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Festivals, exhibitions, concerts and major events... On France.fr and everywhere in France, there's always something going on.

Things to do


Visit outstanding cultural attractions or take a hike amongst the peaks? A romantic tour of the wine route or a family cruise? What will this year's
French holiday bring?

Northern France: what to do, what to see…

An aerial view of Lille with its big wheel all lit up
Stunning, surprising, full of life, vibrant... no wonder Northern France is so talked about. From the old city of Lille to the kite festival at Berck, and from Dunkerque to Wissant, there’s something here for everyone, and especially those who like surprises. It’s just as easy to enjoy a traditional meal and move on to the Villa Cavrois, or take in the Braderie de Lille market before visiting the museum. Families are spoilt for choice... and so are the memories. 

• The Lewarde mining history centre
• The Louvre in Lens
• The Tripostal Arts Centre in Lille
• The Château de Chantilly
• La Piscine, musée d'art et d'industrie André-Diligent (Art and industry museum) in Roubaix
• Amiens Cathedral
• The fortified town of Montreuil
• The Canadian National Vimy Memorial
• Le Touquet and the Opal Coast
• The Grand-Place in Arras


• Lose yourself in the old city of Lille and make friends with its students
• Watch a football match in the Bollaert-Delelis Stadium in Lens
• Be amazed by the dancing kites of Berck
• Mingle with the crowd at Dunkerque Carnival
• Find a bargain at the Braderie de Lille annual open-air flea market
• Discover the joys of sand yachting at Wimereux
• Watch the sunset over the Bay of the Somme
• Get a taste of power kite flying at Wissant
• Stroll around the Citadel of Lille
• Be amazed by the Gare Saint-Sauveur art space


• Glasswort
• Maroilles cheese
• Fricadelle
• Merveilleux
• Méert waffles
• Ratte du Touquet potatoes
• Flamiche au maroilles
• Ficelle picarde
• Waterzooï
• Sugar Pie


• Bêtises de Cambrai boiled sweets
• Gaufres du Nord waffles
• Brown sugar
• Local traditional beers
• Jean Trogneux and Chat Bleu chocolates
• A kite
• Babeluttes du Nord toffees
• Calais-Caudry lace

Getting to Northern France