Video. Lille and the metropolis: fun activities, guinguettes, exhibitions… Our ideas for outings
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Fancy a gig?
Fifty thousand festival-goers are expected from Thursday to Sunday in a pasture in Heuvelland (B) for the Dranouter Festival. On the program: the English of Tindersticks (pop), the duo of virtuoso guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela, the Courtraisiens of Sx and Zaz. There are places left.
From Thursday to Sunday. 4-day pass: 142 euros; duo pass (Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday), 118 euros; Friday or Sunday day pass (all Thursday and Saturday passes are sold out), 87 euros. Information on www.festivaldranouter.be
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Also eagerly awaited are the Coldplay concerts on August 5, 6, 8 and 9 at Brussels Expo. There are also places left. Prices: from €30.80 to €138.80. Résa: usual points of sale.
Ephemeral gardens in Mons
The ephemeral gardens are reopening their doors on the Grand-Place, where you can admire horticultural works, flowerbeds and charming wooded paths. Summer gardens will be held in parallel on the Place du Marché-aux-Herbes where a green space and furniture will be installed, fun activities, games for young and old. A sporty bike ride is planned for Sunday, to discover the Mons region. In addition, every Sunday, lovers of salsa, bachata, kizomba or other Latin dances meet on the Grand-Place to dance all afternoon in the middle of the gardens.
Until August 29, on the Grand-Place. Free access. www.visitmons.be
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At Mont Noir, just next to Saint-Jans-Cappel, a vintage chairlift has been used for 65 years to connect Mont Rouge without getting tired. A disorienting experience.
Cordoba chairlift, Rodebergstraat 75 at Westouter (B). 00 32 57 44 60 35 or 0032 473 17 69 04. Every day (except Friday) from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Sundays and public holidays from 1.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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How about going to Aqua Tournai?
A stone’s throw from the city center, an old quarry has been transformed into a leisure center with a vast body of water surrounded by vegetation, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool (the communal swimming pool of the Orient), tree climbing with the largest zip line line in Belgium, paintball…), a cafeteria, a fishing area…
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Discover the Leers-Nord lock site
Do you know the Leers-Nord lock site? You can cycle along the bank, pedal boat, stroll on the Espierres canal aboard the “Satcheu” (Sundays in summer at 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Information on 00.32.56.48.20.20) or even take a break facing the water at the Maison du canal.
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Want to hunt?
In the parking lot of the Les Bastions shopping center in Tournai, on Sunday morning, it’s a flea market. Sellers and buyers from both sides of the border gather there from early morning until 1 p.m.
Info on www.facebook.com/labrocantedesbastions
Bellewaerde and Pairi Daiza, in night mode
In Bellewaerde, every Tuesday and Thursday, until August 25, the amusement park remains open until 8 p.m. Visitors can enjoy additional entertainment from 5 p.m. Tuesday, street theater with La Caravane des couleurs. Thursday, diabolo and juggling with Alexis and Friends (photo). At 8 p.m., Place du Mexico, a special number will be offered each time to end the day in style: acrobatics on Tuesday, illusion show on Thursday.
Until August 27, Bellewaerde Park will also be open seven Saturdays in a row from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the day ending with a spectacular fire show at 10 p.m. in Place Mexico.
During the summer evenings, visitors can also experience the brand new show, Bengali.
Bellewaerde Park is open every day in July and August from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Until August 27, until 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Saturday. 497 Meenseweg. Adults, €37; child, €33. www.bellewaerde.be
In Pairi Daiza, Les Estivales are back: 300 artists from around sixty companies will enchant the paths of the garden. Singers, actors, acrobats and clowns await you until 11 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays until August 20, at 6 p.m., Domaine de Cambron in Brugelette. Open every day. €40/34 (3-11 years old). Program on the website www.pairidaiza.eu.
At the Château de Beloeil, it’s Brazil!
Throughout the summer, the Château de Beloeil hosts an exhibition dedicated to the most beautiful costumes of the Rio Carnival. On the program: know-how worthy of haute couture, a colorful flight of feathers and rhinestones and a trip to a country dear to the family of the Princes de Ligne, owners of the Domaine.
Until August 31. Every day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 11, rue du Château, 7970 Beloeil. www.chateaudebeloeil.com [email protected] 00.32.69.68.94.26. Price: €15 (adults), €14 (seniors, students), €7.50 (children aged 6 to 12), Free (-6 years old).
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Also, Pinocchio is in the spotlight. In the park transformed into a huge puppet theatre, actors, lyrical singer, aerial acrobats, jugglers, puppeteers, dancers, jugglers and fire actors give life to a singular piece of wood so that it metamorphoses into a mischievous boy. About forty performances are scheduled, with three departures per evening, at 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. The ambulatory course lasts between an hour and a half and two hours.
Saturday and Sunday, and until August 21, at the Château de Beloeil. Doors open from 6 p.m. €25/€18.50, free for children under 4 years old. www.nocturnales.be
As part of these performances, the public will be able to stay in splendid fully equipped, decorated and personalized tents. Each tent declines a different universe with a thematic decoration: Pinocchio, Gepetto or even the Blue Fairy and Jiminy Cricket. It is necessary to count 200€ for a tent of 1 to 2 person(s) and 25€ per additional person. A unique opportunity to stay at the Château de Beloeil estate.
Info and reservations for glamping: by phone 0032 470 98 40 01 or by email at [email protected]
Accompanied courses on all-terrain electric scooters between France and Belgium
It’s new: the Wervicquoise Lys Aventure leisure center offers guided courses on all-terrain electric scooters. A mixture of mountain bikes and scooters that offers incredible sensations and allows you to discover the landscapes on both sides of the border along the Lys.
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Lys Aventure is located in Wervicq-Sud (25 minutes from Lille, on the Belgian border), at 21 rue de Linselles (free parking). Departure of guided walks at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Prices: €35 (1h30 visit) and €45 (2h visit); online booking and payment on site (credit card, check, holiday vouchers and cash accepted).
Go green at Your Nature
The Sports and Nature Center located in Antoing (B) (between Saint-Amand-les-Eaux and Tournai) has just opened its doors. It covers 280 hectares including 18 lakes. 188 family residences await you. You can practice there, in addition to swimming in the pool, archery, mini-golf, paddle, water skiing, kayaking, hot air ballooning, hiking and cycling. , fish there too. For the moment the complex is only accessible to people staying on site. But from September, a daily pass will be implemented. It will give access to swimming pools and outdoor activities for the sum of €90 per person.
More info on votrenature.be
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The Flower Carpet in Brussels
It is about to cover the cobblestones of the Grand-Place in Brussels. What is an event? It is 70 m long and 24 m wide, i.e. 1680 m2 of begonias, dahlias, grasses and bark. This event takes place every two years, and this year it will be on August 12, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on August 13, 14, 15, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. flowercarpet.be