WHEN IN NÎMES

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Nîmes is of­ten re­ferred to as the ‘Rome of France’ and this month its an­cient her­itage is cel­e­brated in the grand­est of ways with the Grand Jeux Ro­mains. From 29 April to 1 May, the city’s am­phithe­atre will host a re-en­act­ment of the ‘Great Ro­man Games’ where vis­i­tors can travel back in time by cheer­ing on a spec­ta­cle of char­iot rac­ing, eques­trian vault­ing demon­stra­tions, glad­i­a­to­rial com­bat and more. Out­side the arena’s walls, the city’s streets come alive with fancy dress pa­rades and in­ter­ac­tive work­shops for chil­dren. Ev­ery year the fes­ti­val takes on a dif­fer­ent theme and, this year, the fes­ti­val cel­e­brates the Celtic queen, Boudicca. arenes-nimes.com

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