Sandwich Goes French for Le Weekend
Le Weekend 2015 will be on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June
The programme is still being updated but is nearing completion. Scroll down to find some 2014 web pages are to give you a good idea of what 2015 holds in store.
Registration for Le Tour de sandwich cycling event on Sunday 7th June is now open:
click here for details and the link to the British Cycling web pages.
Back by popular request in 2015 - the DAPA dancers on Saturday! Look out for their wonderful performance of the Can Can
Headline band at the free concerts: Sur Les Docks from Dunkerque - a very lively addition to Le Weekend!
See photos from 2014:
Le Weekend: June 6th, 7th 2015
Click for Information on:
Le Tour de Sandwich Cycle Sportif
Music and free concerts
La Balade Classic Cars Meet
Family Fun area on Quay Green
Brocante in St Peters
Free Parking at Cow Leas Meadow
Hog Roast In King Street
Le Tour de Sandwich Sunday June 7th 2015
A choice of 3 distances through East Kent's beautiful countryside, starting and finishing in Sandwichs Town:
Red route: 100k
Blue route: 75k
White route: 50k
Routes can be viewed through this link.
Refreshment stops en route and on completion included in entry price:
Pre registered £15.00 registered on the day £20.00. Medal for all finishers.
Registration for cyclists wishing to enter via British Cycling web site is now open...just click the Britich Cycling logo to go straight to the registration page
The start and finish in 2015 is in King Street Sandwich. Free parking for cars just a quater of a mile away in Cow Leas Meadow - behind the petrol Station.
£1000 was donated to the charity REACH in 2013: Photo below:
£1500 has gone to the Phoenix Youth project in Sandwich in 2014.
Sandwich Goes French for Le Weekend
with a packed programme including 'France at Home' Normany Market
French Market – an authentic Normandy Market all day Saturday and Sunday. ‘France at Home’ bring with them foods, cheeses soaps, leathers, clothing, and all the sights, sounds and smells of a genuine French Market. The aromas of tartiflette and crepes cooking always draws people in! The market will be open on Saturday from 0900 am and may still be open at 6.00pm as it was last year! On Sunday it will trade from 10.00am to 4.00pm
Street Music and Dancing
Two days of free outdoor music with styles to suit all tastes
Headline acts in 2015 include Sur Les Docks from Dunkerque; Traddz from Calais and Les Sonneurs de la Côte also from Calais.
English performers include Les Capers (Based on the well known local band Celtic Capers) and talented young accordianist Ruben Apps.
Street dancing by DAPA will hopefully again include their wonderful interpretation of the Can Can.
On Sunday tradtional French music will be played by resident players from Les Batons club, Hollingbourne, Kent with 'Les Vieux Schnocks' taking the lead.
Steet furniture will be provided to help you sit and enjoy these concerts: 11.00am to 5pm Saturday; 11.00am to 4.00 Sunday
Moules Frites and Music at the Kings Arms on Sunday from 1.00pm wil feature local favourite Michael Appleton.
Sur Les Docks
Born on the docks of Dunkirk by firelight, this seven-piece assault to harbours, pubs and taverns is a melting pot of reggae punk, irish shanties, french ballads, celtic rock.
Regularly touring Brittany, Germany and England this band are no stranger to the folk-pub-festival scene.
A big band with a big sound that loves to cram into cosy spaces in pub corners and busk till dawn.
Sur Les Docks is ready to spend a good time with you and enjoy the craic, sharing their sense of the fete ( and to communicate with the audience with no frontier…)
So refill your glasses and join in the rawcous fun – APERO!
Ruben, young accordian player
This young man is a sensation - and completely self taught!
Watch this space for more details
The singing senation of the very first Le Weekend, Jenny Lawford, is visiting again - and will sing Edith Piaf amongst other numbers. Jenny as Edith 'The Little Sparrow' was a great hit in 2010. Since then she has been singing professionally around the world - we are so lucky to have her back. We have kep a pic of Jenny singing on the banner of our music page.
Here is her professional promo:
Jenny trained at Rose Bruford College, graduating with a 1st Class in American Theatre. From this she went to work in a 5 star resort in Rhodes as part of the Show Team, and has spent the last two years working for Thomson Cruises as Lead Vocalist, sailing from The Caribbean to Scandinavia.
New for 2014: Breton steps dancing with music from Rough Musycke
Also, back by popular demand: Les Troubadors de Paris
Market Street will again be transformed into an outdoor Cafe concert venue from 11.00am to 5.00pm on Sunday and 4.00pm Saturday. Stalls will sell refreshments and tables and chairs will be availbale for your comfort.
On Sunday the dancers will be the Phoenix Performing Arts from Canterbury
Pierrot Panse, one third of Les Troubadours de Paris takes to the market St stage
Cafe concert area
La Balade de Sandwich
Sponsored bt Roses Garage, King Street Sandwich.
Classic cars meet French Style! On both days participants will gather on the Quay Green for a continental breakfast.
On Saturday they will then go on un petit tour, a short road run, returning to Sandwich for a riverside picnic and enjoyment of the many other French themed activities.
On Sunday after petite dejeuner the participants will depart on un grand tour of around 45 miles, visiting places of interest and returning to the Quay for a riverside picnic, prizes and an opportunity to enjoy the other festivities.
If you have a vintage car or motorised cycle and would like more info, click here: e mail La Balade.
To register, click here and e mail your name, address, car model and confrim if you pefer to pay by
Click Here for more photos
E Mail (Click Here)
Your name, address, model and year of car, and which days you will attend.
Confirm payment method - Pay Pal or Cheque, payable to Le Weekend and
sent to 104 St Georges Rd Sandwich CT13 9LE
Pay By PayPal - Use the'Buy Now' button at the top left of this page. Payment will go to SCEA - Sandwich Community Events Association.
Family Fun area
Bouncy castle, slides and other entertainments to keep the kids happy
Managed by SL amusements these rides are commercially operated with associated charges and conditions.
A small medieval encampment will set up at the far end of the Quay Green.
Come along and watch medieval crafts and cooking skills and meet the enactors.
In addition to the French Market in teh Guildhall Forecourt there will be a range of stalls in Market Street and on the Quay Green.
If you would like to book stall email us
Brocante (curios and collectibles) at St Peter’s church from 10am to 4pm
Pitches: (or stalls if you prefer) £15
Please contact Anne Evans: 01304 621554
Please note that the streets around St Peter’s will be closed to traffic before and during the event
Free Parking on both days on the grass meadow behing Malcolm Waite Service forcourt and petrol station, not far from Sandwich Railway Station. Look out for the Total petrol station signs and you have found the entrance.
Click here for map
Keep clicking the plus sign on the map to zoom in enough to see Maolcom Waite venue appear at the foot of the map frame.
Le Tour de Sandwich Routes
All routes will include at least one refreshment stop. Further refreshments and a medal for all participants on return to Sandwich.
Fee for 2014: £15 pre-registered with British Cycling and £20 on the day. Fee includes route maps, refreshments, medal and insurance.
Register at 08.45 for a 0900 start for the 100k and 75k rides and 9.15 for 9.30 start for the 50k ride. All rides finish in Sandwich Town Centre, in St Peter's Church Gardens - Velo Parc St Pierre!! Collect your medal and enjoy some complementary refreshments on completion. (Late registrants may miss out on the medal due to numbers.)
Ship Matthew fires canon to start the 2012 ride
Photos - Phil Whittaker
Le Petit Tour de Sandwich
A free to enter fun ride on Saturday June 7th.
Assemble at the Quay Green for a 12 noon start and join in. The route is flat, towards the Bay and then towards Deal. Simply return when you have reached your personal half-way stage. A free medal will be given to all under 14 year olds.
More Photos from La Balade 2011
For a bit of fun we have added this question - what is the name of the pig? Answer Pierre!
Clich here to e mail the name and win a free hog roast bap voucher.