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what to do with children if it's raining in Le Touquet

Evening, given the present weather, with girls of 10 and 13 who are not easily placated with too many trips around art galleries etc - any suggestions what to do if this horrendous downpour continues? They love shopping - even the chainstore shopping centre type arenas! We are self catering with a car for a week in early August

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The "Mareis" attraction at Etaples,. just across the estuary from Le Touquet is excellent. It shows the life and work of today's sea-fishermen. Almost everything is in English as well as French (except for the film show at the beginning, interviewing Parisians on what they know about fishing - not a lot by all accounts!) The tides are explained, you can have a go at tying knots, tickling small rays in a tank, experience a storm.

Of course there is Nausicaa, the aquarium, at Boulogne, but on a rainy day in August the queues would stretch halfway round town! Just across the road from Nausicaa, up a street called Rue du Machicoulis, which is really a flight of steep steps, is a charming little house called the Maison de la Beuriere. It's a typical former home of a fishing family (not many left, as the area was very bombed in WW2). Has pristine front parlour, and in the kitchen are cupboards where the children would be put to sleep on shelves slotted into the space.

Boulogne's Chateau Museum (Chateau Musee) is very state of the art. It's in the picturesque higher town. I know you say the family isn't keen on museums, but it's got a great Egyptian mummy, and some fantastic Eskimo masks. Admission is pretty cheap, so even if you don't stay long it's not a huge investment...

If you go due east for about half an hour you can go to the visitor centre about the Battle of Agincourt. It's in a village called Azincourt (with a z) just south of Fruges. I thought the upstairs area was the most fun, where you can peer through a knight's visor to see how limited his field of vision was, wield a broadsword with two hands, and pull a rpoe that gives a feel of the power needed by English archers to draw their longbows.


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I returned from Le Touquet yesterday.

If your children like swimming, the Nemo aqua centre on the seafront is fun. It has an indoor pool. There were loads of teenagers using the slides etc. It has a nice little cafe too. You could easily pass a pleasant couple of hours in there as a family.

The Citi Europe shopping centre at Coquelles has loads of shops and eateries. It's safe and spotlessly clean, with a straighforward layout. There were scores of UK schoolchildren wandering round on their own; it would be perfectly safe to afford your 13 year old some independence to explore it on her own, which she'd probably enjoy.


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Go home?

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