Wine and Cheese Festival : Langon - Saturday 27th August

affiche_2017This is a chance to taste wines, cheeses, various meats and music in a festive atmosphere.

Having paid your 2€ admission (7€ after 18:00), you will be given a glass which entitles you to a free glass of INAO wine, a taste of a wine in most stands and bread, meats and cheeses on the others.

INAO is the French organization charged with regulating French agricultural products with Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs). Controlled by the French government, it forms part of the Ministry of Agriculture.

There are workshops for children and adults, competitions, musical entertainment all day and at 21.30, you have the opportunity of watching a live show if you can manage to keep awake after all the wine intake!!


Lunch can be bought at one of the several mobile restaurants on site. Choices range from seafood through to duck and steak and the quality has always been excellent. Equally, there are stands selling aperitifs if your hunger is not that great! If you fancy dinner, it is advisable to book at lunch time as this festival is very popular.

1314453640_B976118593Z.1_20150721182229_000_G1M4TFJK4.1-0Evening Concert

This year, the evening concert at 21:30 is given by Michael Jones, a Welsh-French rock and blues singer, guitarist and song writer who lives in France. He has made several hit albums and toured with Jean-Jacques Goldman, the American singer Carole Fredericks and even better Status Quo!

Check him out on YouTube here

Meeting and Directions

There is a large car park but even if full, one can find parking within walking distance.

We shall meet at the entrance in Allee Marines at 10.30 and everyone can then discover the numerous attractions the park has to offer at their own leisure. Alternatively, if you prefer to come later in the day, please remember that after 6pm, the entrance fee is 7 euros.

The GPS co-ordinates of the entrance are N 44.555791, W 0.243393   Please click here for a map.


Please click here for the program


Please reserve direct with Colette or book online.

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation


Family Picnic and Beach Party: Hourtin: Sunday 7th August


beach-picnicWe’ll meet up at 13:00 at the île aux enfants at Hourtin Port, ready for a fun afternoon.

There is a bouncy castle for little kids, and a large bouncy structure on the water and a zip wire for wake boarding (extra cost for these activities) as well as a large wooden fort and playground available for everyone to have a fun time.

We shall also organise some ball games and badminton for those who are interested. .

Don’t forget to bring your own picnic and deck chairs!

Last year we all had a great time, so if you’re looking for something fun to do on a Sunday afternoon, and you’ve got family visiting for the holidays, come along and enjoy yourselves!


Please reserve direct with Sarah or book online.

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation

Try a SEGWAY and/or Picnic by Lake - Biscarrosse: Wednesday 6th July

Are you adventurous and would like to try something new? We have arranged to try out some Segways. You will receive instruction to familiarise yourself and learn how to operate the Segway and afterwards, you will be let loose for 30 minutes of fun. The cost for this experience is 20 Euros per person.

If Segway is not to your fancy then perhaps you would like to join everyone and bring a picnic to eat by the lakeside and enjoy the beautiful scenery around the lake and maybe have a swim.

We shall meet up between 10.30 and 11am on Chemin de Maguide by the Paradisio Restaurant. The beach where we will have our picnic is just 100 metres further along the road. Parking along Chemin de Maguide is free and would advise that you park beyond the restaurant.


Please reserve direct with Avril or Norma B or book online.

Please let us know if you wish to try out a Segway or you wish to join us for the picnic only. Closing date is Sunday 3rd July. Directions will be sent out nearer the date.

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation


Family Day - Lacanau to le Moutchic: Wednesday 19th August 2015

Great fun family day, cycling, picnic, beach, swimming ………

bike1This was a great family event with 22 of us including 2 sets of grandparents, 3 sets of parents and 5 children, varying in age from 8 to 5.

The day was not as hot as of late so pleasant for cycling. We started promptly despite the odd hiccoughs like punctures, tantrums and losing the way!!! An advance party raced ahead and got to Le Moutchic in good time, the second group arrived safely and some stragglers missed the turn down to Le Moutchic off the main Lacanau Ocean cycle track. Much banter ensued about not sufficient briefing!!

Ultimately all were assembled for the picnic followed by young and old having a swim in the lake. Some of the young went on the bouncy castle and others complained that they did not!

Ben’s bit:

bike2(Eldest grandson of Chris and Deirdre) It was my first long bike ride on my new orange bike. I used all of my 21 gears and I was often at the front. We had lunch in Le Moutchic on the beach by the lake. After lunch some of us went for a swim in the lake. After we cycled back to the cars, some came back to Grandmère and Grandpère’s house for a swim and a cup of tea and éclairs.

Samantha and Iona:

bike3(Granddaughters of Chris and Deirdre) “The best part of the day was the swim in the lake!”

Report by the Rankin family, photos by Phil (Please ‘click’ here to view the photo album)




Original Invitation

There will be a bike ride for families from Lacanau Ville to the beach at Le Moutchic for a picnic on Wednesday 19th August at 10:45.

We will meet in Lacanau Ville at a car park which is about 50 meters from the cycle track. Norma C has kindly offered to take your picnics, by car, from the car park to the beach at Le Moutchic.


The ride to Le Moutchic will take approximately an hour depending on the length and strength of the legs!! Those who would like to stay on the beach and relax may do so but there are various alternatives for the more energetic who would like to do further cycling, either before or after the picnic. Maps will be provided.

We will meet at 10.45 with an aim to start the ride at 11 o’clock. To find the car park. Get to the roundabout in the centre of Lacanau Ville, do not take the bypass, and head for the Port and Lake. When you see the lake and have passed the Kalicoba Restaurant you will be directed to the right (a one way system).

Follow this road to the end where it will turn to the right and you will see the car park on the left. There are hoops over the entrance to keep out tall vehicles.

Fun on/in the lake! – Biscarrosse

sailingWhat a dreamy day! ‘Fun on/in the lake’ was an enormous success for those present: temperature just perfect for not worrying too much about shade or suncream and as for moseying about on the water in a yacht, not too much wind so ‘tres agréable’ for those without their sea legs! (The skippers may describe the conditions in another way… But this is my rendition of the day!)

As new members we received a warm welcome from the BBC crew who were most accommodating of my 4 year old running around nude demanding attention and my 1 and half year old and his fascination for the only seat present at the picnic…..

Phil and Norma have an idyllic almost private beach near their house. There were all kinds of water ‘toys’ to entertain us and their sailing boat is moored at one of the two jetties. We made great use of these ‘sit on’ toys, and had a short trip in Phil’s boat to meet Gary’s party en route from the sailing club.  Gary then tied up at the jetty where we settled very comfortably for our picnic, literally ‘on’ the water!
More importantly it created a wonderful launching pad for my kids to jump into Phil’s arms in the water!

After lunch we split into three parties, the youngest with Gary, the older ones with Phil whilst the two Normas stayed on the beach in the shade.  The two yachts sailed together in the centre of the lake where there was a little more wind, providing a good opportunity for others to take the helm!

So thank you Phil, and Gary for the initiative and organization! And thank you crew for the company, we really enjoyed meeting you all.  What a fantastic day for (probably) our last lake trip of the season! ”

PS : when Louis had to “write” about his weekend for school he recited going on two boats: a small red  one with a cabin and a big white one with a cabin and the big white one even had a toilet and a bed! That was his weekend!!  (Report by Bindi)

A variety of watersports will be catered for, the major one being sailing on the lake (claimed to be the largest in France!). Several members are offering an excursion under sail, altogether a maximum of 8 (plus skippers) can be accommodated, so depending on numbers, one or more yachts will make more than one excursion, we are also reliant on at least one crew member who has sailed before!

Those not afloat will be based at a lovely semi-private, part shaded beach and adjacent pontoon where windsurfer canoes can be borrowed – it is ideal for swimming and the water is now at its warmest ! It is also ideal for your picnic!  Clearly the organization will be adapted to suit the numbers, so please book early!  If you would like to come, please register with Phil.