Castel Camping Domaine du Chateau de Drancourt is a lovely campsite set in the Picardy countryside around a château, whose grounds provide an ideal setting for your holiday. The old stables have been converted to house many of the excellent on-site facilities, including the popular French bistro-style restaurant.
The campsite is 2 km from Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, which is a natural harbour and amedieval port with a rich historic heritage (and a steam train for any Thomas the Tank Engine fans !).
It is an ideal campsite to stay with a young family as it is very spacious with a generous pitch size and offers a selection of kids clubs in high season. It is also only a short journey from the ferry ports yet is set in the countryside.
Children will enjoy the three pools (one covered) and they can hire go-karts to explore the paths of the campsite. There is a golf driving range, tennis and pitch and putt and if you are looking for something more relaxing then there are sunloungers at the pool or you can enjoy a drink in the very cosy bar.
There is lots to see in this area as well, fantastic wide beaches, including some in resorts that are designated as Kids Stations (see below). There are also World War 1 and World War 2 sites to visit and some great shopping and factory tours so in fact something for everyone !
Booking Your Holiday
The Domaine du Drancourt campsite is near the coast of the North East of France and is close to many of the cross channel ferry ports.
- • Calais: 113 km
- • St Malo: 417 km
- • Rotterdam: 385 km
- • Caen: 249 km
- • Dieppe: 63 km
- • Cherbourg: 369 km
- • Le Havre: 179 km
- • Zeebrugge: 228 km
- • Oostende: 210 km
- • Beauvais : 126 km
- • Paris (Charles de Gaulle) : 202 km
- • Paris (Orly) : 216 km
- • Train station: Abbeville 12 Km
- • Services to: Calais, Paris, Amiens
Things to Do in the Area
St Valery sur Somme
A lovely little mediaeval town with a pretty harbour that led to the bay of the Somme. There is the Bay of the Somme steam train. The line starts at the picturesque town of Le Crotoy and runs past fields alongside the Somme to Noyelles, where it reverses (and makes a connection with SNCF main line). It then crosses the Somme estuary on a long viaduct, before arriving at the charming old fortified port town of St Valery sur Somme. (Also famous as the embarkation point for William the Conqueror in 1066). The line continues through more fields to Cayeux-sur-Mer, another small seaside village with a lovely beach.
The train can be boarded at any of these main stations. Return runs operate from Le Crotoy to St Valery, and St Valery to Cayeux. The line to Cayeux is diesel operated and only runs in high summer. A must for all Thomas the tank Engine fans! For more information about the train here is the "Website Link
There is apparently a good playpark designed like a fortress in St Valery - but I am afraid I havent been able to find out exactly where it is ! The town has a website - Link to website
Le Parc Salomon
The Parc Salomon tree climbing adventure parc has different levels of course for everyone from age 3 up. Link to Website
A nice town with a magnificent Abbey as well as plenty of lovely shops and restaurants.
Spectacular white headland cliffs on the Channel (or La Manche !)
Spectacular grey/white headland cliffs on the Channel (or La Manche!)
Cité de l'Europe
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. Cite de l'Europe website
Bird Watching Ornithology and Nature
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.
World War 1 and World War 2
- • The Somme - You can visit the Somme’s war memorials to reflect and remember, or visit the huge port of Dunkerque, scene of an heroic troop evacuation in 1940. Eperlecques
- • The Blockhaus bunker at Eperlecques - where Germans assembled V2 rockets : Website (watch out for the noise of the rocket on the website !)
- • La Coupole - an excellent war museum in an underground bunker near St Omer : http://www.lacoupole-france.com/en/default.asp
- • Calais World War 2 Museum Famous for the Anglo French summit - cloth of Gold
- • Forteresse de Minoyecques - Underground World War II bunker which was to house V3 supergun which was intended to destroy London. Guided tours available. Shop, tea room and picnic area.Forteresse de Minoyecques
- • Canadian War Memorial / Vimy Memorial Park 115kms (1hr 45mins drive) from the campsite, you will find the Canadian War Memorial. There are numerous war memorials, but the Canadian one is perhaps the most spectacular. It also features some preserved original Allied and German trenches. They have been preserved using concrete sandbags and duckboards. This area is open for visiting at all hours. This is one of the few places on the old Western Front where visitors can walk though an “original” section of Allied and German Front Line Trenches. To view the position on google maps follow this link http://g.co/maps/552rp It is near the towns of Givency-en-Gohelle and Le Petit Vimy on the D55 off the European main route road E26.
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".
Arques (an industrial town next to St Omer)
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 : Factory Website
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 !
Other places to visit :
- • Cambrai
- • Arras
- • Douai
Near Cambrai, is the birthplace of painter Matisse. For more information about his childhood home please see this blog posting : Website
The hilltop settlement Cassel has mansions of note and fascinating connections with the grand old Duke of York.
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.
Montreuil-sur-Mer (15kms inland)
A son et lumiere live event of the musical Les Miserables, invoving hundreds of singers and actors, has taken place in the grounds of a chateau here since 1996. It usually takes place at the end of July/beginning of August. For more information : http://www.lesmiserables-montreuil.com/
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.
Beussent Chocolate Factory
This factory 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/ Parc Asterix 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.
Steam Train ride
Upper Somme Valley
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.
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