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The es­sen­tial in­for­ma­tion and key con­tacts you’ll need for a life in Pas-de-Calais

The name Pas-de-Calais is the French equiv­a­lent of Strait of Dover and the depart­ment shares a nom­i­nal bor­der with Kent half­way through the Chan­nel Tun­nel, which should give you an idea of just how close it is to the UK. And yet with its colour­ful fish­ing vil­lages, beau­ti­ful coastal re­sorts and bustling cities, it could be a whole world away

POP­U­LA­TION

1,475,142 (2018) Source: insee.fr

CLI­MATE

Av­er­age min tem­per­a­ture: 8.4°C Av­er­age max temp: 13.4°C Av. num­ber of rainy days: 127.4 Av. num­ber of sunny days: 44.5

ED­U­CA­TION

School term dates Pas-de Calais is in Zone B. ed­u­ca­tion.gouv.fr

League ta­ble of schools in Pas-de-Calais lin­ter­naute.com/ville/lycee/pasde-calais/de­parte­ment-62

EX­PAT GROUPS

7 Val­leys Drama Group This ama­teur drama group dou­bles up as a friendly ex­pat club that or­gan­ises a range of ac­tiv­i­ties to al­low new­com­ers to so­cialise. A few times a year, they per­form at The Lit­tle The­atre in Cavron-St-Martin. Tel: 03 21 86 85 99 face­book.com/cavron­play­ers

The First Tues­day Club A monthly so­cial group for English speak­ers liv­ing in France, this club is a great place to pick up rec­om­men­da­tions for trades­men, or sim­ply to play bingo and make new friends. 7 Rue D’Abbeville 62140 Mar­conne mar­conne62.wordpress.com

WORK AND BUSI­NESS

Cham­bre de Com­merce et d’In­dus­trie Of­fices in Ar­ras, Béthune and Lens Ar­ras Tel: 03 21 23 24 24 Béthune Tel: 03 21 23 24 24 Lens Tel: 03 21 69 23 23

HEALTH­CARE AND SO­CIAL SE­CU­RITY

Find your near­est CPAM at al­loc­pam.fr/pas-de-calais-62 and your near­est CARSAT at carsat-nord­pi­cardie.fr

BROAD­BAND

A pro­gramme to roll out high-speed broad­band ( très haut débit) to ev­ery sin­gle home in Nord-Pas-de-Calais is planned to be com­pleted by 2022. There may be de­lays so check any prop­erty be­fore you buy!

PROP­ERTY

Cham­bre des No­taires du Pas de Calais 1 Bis Rue du Col­lege 62000 Ar­ras Tel: 03 21 51 81 91 Email: cham­bre-pas-de-calais@ no­taires.fr

WHERE TO EAT

Sofish 16 Boule­vard de l’Im­péra­tric 62630 Eta­ples Sur Mer Tel: 03 21 09 10 42 Belle Epoque 30 Rue Daniel Lereuil 62140 Hes­din Tel: 03 21 86 42 89

La Des­ti­na­tion Gas­tronomique Shop­keep­ers, hote­liers, restau­ra­teurs and chefs have come to­gether to show­case Mon­treuil-sur-Mer as a culinary hotspot lades­ti­na­tion­gas­tronomique.com

MAR­KETS

Le Tou­quet The town’s listed Art Deco mar­ket comes alive on Satur­day morn­ing with stalls of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from wicker bas­kets to sec­ond­hand linen. The fish mar­ket is open daily

St-Omer This Satur­day morn­ing mar­ket has a great at­mos­phere and sells the best veg­gies you can get in the area – brought straight over from the lo­cal marshes Boulogne-sur-Mer Ev­ery day is mar­ket day in this pop­u­lar ex­pat hub. The daily fish mar­kets are joined on Wed­nes­days and Satur­days with a bustling pro­duce mar­ket – cheese be­ing a par­tic­u­lar pun­gent spe­cial­ity in th­ese parts

Hes­din The main square of this lovely town is fit-to-burst­ing on Thurs­day morn­ings – es­pe­cially in the sum­mer when there are free con­certs on the streets

GET­TING AROUND

Bus ser­vices can be found on­line at sitac-calaisopale-bus.fr School trans­port in­for­ma­tion can be found at trans­portsco­laire. hauts­de­france.fr The Ma­jest’In boat ser­vice runs along the Calais canal Self-ser­vice cy­cle hire scheme Vel’in op­er­ates in Calais ( vel-in.fr)

GET­TING THERE

By road: You can reach Calais from Kent in just 35 min­utes us­ing the Eu­ro­tun­nel By ferry: The ferry port in Calais wel­comes reg­u­lar fer­ries from Dover

USE­FUL WEB­SITES

Tourist in­for­ma­tion: pas-de-calais-tourisme.com Con­seil dé­parte­men­tal: pas­de­calais.fr

Re­gion: Hauts-de-FranceCap­i­tal: Ar­ras

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