Are you Getting Married in Hauts-de-France ?
A welcoming and authentic land that combines nature, culture and traditions, the Hauts-de-France region offers visitors a wide variety of landscapes, ranging from forests, hedged farmlands and open plains to the hortillonnages (floating gardens) in Amiens.
There are beaches and chalk cliffs, hiking paths in the natural parks of Avesnois, Les Caps et Marais d’Opale, Scarpe-Escaut and Oise-Pays de France, immense beaches of fine sand, picturesque fishing villages and elegant seaside resorts of the Opal and the Picard Coast.
The two departments of Nord (59) and Pas-de-Calais (62), previously a region in their own right, joined neighbouring Picardy to form a new region Hauts de France in 2016. This is the region of France that is most easily accessible from the UK, perfect for a destination wedding or special event!
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Visiting Northern France means going back in time, dazzling monuments stand out like the splendid Gothic cathedral of Amiens, Arras square with its Flemish Baroque influences, and Renaissance-inspired Chateau de Chantilly.
Flanders and Artois lay historically at the heart of Europe; before becoming part of France in 1713, This region has been fought over by the French, the English, the Austrians, the Spanish and the Dutch and more recently, witnessed the terrible warfare of the Great War and the evacuation of Dunkirk in the Second World War. So when it comes to heritage, the cities of art and history include Lille, the old capital of Flanders, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Cambrai, Laon, Lille and Roubaix, with many cultural and architectural treasures that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The small and charming town of Senlis, the wonderful castles of Chantilly, Compiègne and Pierrefonds, the superb medieval city of Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique, the beautiful fortified churches of Thiérache, and the picturesque little town of Bergues are all appealing destinations.
The Opal Coast, includes Montreuil-sur-Mer, a pretty town whose imposing 13th-century ramparts dominate the Canche River. Along the water we arrive at Le Touquet Paris-Plage, a chic Art-Déco seaside resort. The ‘Jardin de la Manche’ with around 20 buildings listed as historical monuments, and not forgetting one of the world’s most beautiful bays, the famous Bay of Somme is a birdwatcher’s paradise.
If you have a sweet tooth, you should taste the double meringues welded together with a chocolate whipped cream, or the tarte au sucre, made with brown sugar from sugar beet and of course the waffle from Méert filled with Madagascan vanilla. And for savoury treats the Picardy ficelle is a crêpe (pancake) stuffed with ham and mushroom duxelle and topped with cream and grated Gruyère cheese.
02 – Aisne (02) | Nord (59) | Oise (60) | Pas-de-Calais (62) | Somme (80)
This region may not be the first area that spring to mind as a wedding or event destination but with Lille being under two hours train journey from London by Eurostar and Calais even closer for anyone travelling by car from the UK, it is very accessible. Given its oft turbulent and frequently affluent history it does have more than it’s fair share of fabulous venues!