We think Calais is an hidden gem: a mere stone’s throw from British shores, it’s the ideal destination for a day trip or short break. The surrounding area is a treasure trove of fun activities, fantastic places to eat and immersive local markets and boutique shops. Shake up your next trip to Majestic Wine in France with some of these recommendations.

Forget Buckets and Spades

Want to explore the stunning beaches around Calais but fancy doing it a little differently? Sand Yachting is one of the area's most popular sports and now you can try it too. Be sure to book before you go to try this exhilarating and unusual sport. Just pray the wind is blowing!

Come Fly With Me

Itching to feel the wind beneath your wings? Join pilot Laurent as he takes you on a whirlwind tour of the Opal Coast in his plane. Or better yet, man the controls yourself with short flying lessons: the ideal day out for aviation fiends. Prices start from €35/€99 respectively. Book here.

Visit a Local Producer

The newest additions to our growing European craft beer range in Calais are the delicious beers from Brasserie des 2 caps. Situated halfway between the Cap Gris-Nez and Cap Blanc-Nez, this stunning brewery offers tours every Friday at 3pm throughout the summer months. Offering a great opportunity to meet one of our producers, this is not to be missed whether or not you are a beer fan. Don't forget to pick up a selection from us on your way home!

Ramblers Delight

With more than 3000km of well signposted footpaths around Pas de Calais there’s plenty of opportunity to take in the dramatic vistas of the Opal Coast. The stunning coastal walk from Sangatte offers enthusiastic walkers a 5 mile tour of the beautiful bay of Wissant with views of Cap Gris Nez.

Fun for Foodies

The area surrounding Calais offers surprising variety for food lovers, from discount emporiums to specialist delis, from Michelin starred restaurants to beach front cafes. Boulogne, 26 miles up the coast is home to a staggering 200 restaurants, plus five traditional French markets every week. The small fishing town of Audresselles is also a foodie paradise with Le Retour des Flobards, a bustling no-frills fish restaurant set on the seafront, being a local favourite.

Explore the War

Exploring the history of last century’s two world wars is an exciting way to explore Pas-de-Calais. A visit to La Coupole near St Omer, one of Europe's most impressive WW2 ruins, is guaranteed fun for kids and adults alike, while back on the coast lies the historic town of Dunkirk. The Dover Patrol Memorial at Cap Blanc Nez makes the perfect final stop before taking the ferry home.

Nature Lovers

Those who prefer more of a stroll should head north of Calais to the Réserve Naturelle Nationale du Platier d'Oye. The ideal place to explore the beach as it interacts with the surrounding countryside; this is a protected park which is free to enter.

Further Afield

A day trip to France doesn't necessarily mean you're confined to Calais and the immediate surrounds. There are many picturesque seaside towns and sleepy villages which make the ideal place to take lunch or explore a little. Along the D940 you'll find Wissant's enormous sand dune beaches. They're now a mecca for surfers, but they were also reportedly those from which Julius Caesar sailed to conquer Britain in 55BC. Further south still you'll encounter the beautiful fishing town of Audresselles, the perfect place to get away from it all for a few hours over a leisurely lunch.