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Sandwich Goes French for Le Weekend


Le Weekend 2016 is on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June


Le Tour de Sandwich will be on Sunday 12th


The web pages will be updated as the programme is agreed, but in the meantime the 2015 pages have been left in place to give you a good idea what Le Weekend has to offer.

Film footage of Le Weekend from DDC tourism - click here


New for 2016:  A Can Can Street dancing competition and an evening with the P&O Ferries Workplace Choir on Saturday 11th in St Mary's Arts Centre. The choir won the BBC challenge in 2013 and became the UK's 'Best Workplace Choir'.   P&O have sponsored Le Weekend each year, we are delighted that the choir will join us in 2016.

Click here for more Choir information,





Can Can Street Dancing competition.  Sunday 12th June 2016.

We just love the various can can dancers that have entertained us in recent years.  So much so that we are inviting them all back for a dance off!  Each team will dance the famous can can and also one contemporary dance.  There is a cash prize for the winning team and the runners up.  Click here for photos of previous years dancing.

The street concert will be as good as last year:  Sur Les Docks are back by popular demand!

Le Weekend 2015 was the sixth year, this most popular event took over Sandwich Town centre for two days of French themed Fun and Festivities.


Click for Information on:


       French Market


       Music and free concerts


       Le Tour de Sandwich Cycle Sportif


       La Balade Classic Cars Meet


       Street Stalls


       Family Fun area on Quay Green


       Brocante in St Peters on Saturday


       Free Parking at Cow Leas Meadow


       Hog Roast In King Street (tbc)


       Saturday evening special at the Hop & Huffkin, a set price French menu




Le Weekend is sponsored By






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.



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






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.




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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 Reuben Apps.

Street dancing by DAPA will hopefully again include their wonderful interpretation of the Can Can.

This year there will be a stage with amplified music in Market Street and also street level music in Delf Street and King Street.

On Saturday tradtional French music and dance will be played by resident players from Dansez Francais club, Brighton.  On Sunday tradtional regional 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.


Provisional programme for Market Street Free Concerts:





Market Street Stage

11.00 am

Les Capers


Accordion Boy: Reuben Apps


Dansez Francais


Sur Les Docks


Les Capers


Accordion Boy: Reuben Apps


Dansez Francais


Sur Les Docks






Accordian Boy Reuben


Sur Les Docks


Vieux Schnocks – with friends and dancers from Les Batons club


Traddz and Les Sonneurs de la Côte


Sur Les Docks


Vieux Schnocks – with friends and dancers from Les Batons club



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!



Reuben, young accordian player

This young man is a sensation - and completely self taught!




Les Sonneurs de la côte


Performing primarily with bagpipes from central France, the band "Les Sonneurs De La Côte" is strongly influenced by traditional music. Enriched by the sounds of an accordion, a guitar, a violin, a clarinet and percussion, the band interprets traditional pieces, contemporary melodies and some compositions written by members of the band which all have a common point; music to dance to (waltz, bourrées, mazurkas, branles, scottisches...). The musicians are connected to their home port Calais and to its renowned music conservatory where they all come from.





Traddz from Calais




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




Can Can dancing













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



To Register:

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.




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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.








Medieval Encampment


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.






Street Stalls


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 on Saturday


Brocante (curios and collectibles) at St Peter’s church from 10am to 4pm

Pitches: (or stalls if you prefer) £20

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





The P&O Ferries Workplace Choir


The P&O Ferries workplace choir have been performing together now for just over two years after being selected and formed as part of BBC TV’s ‘The Choir: Sing While You Work’ Series 2 in 2013. The choir eventually triumphed over its rival companies after performing an original piece of music by Royal composer Paul Mealor and took home the title ‘Best Workplace Choir’.

In 2014 the choir went on to perform on even more impressive stages, including joining Susan Boyle for her first UK tour at London’s Eventim Apollo, headlining at Leeds Castle Classical Open Air Concert and singing to 50,000 plus at London’s Hyde Park for The Last Night of the Proms alongside Earth Wind & Fire, Terry Wogan, Rufus Wainwright and many other well know names in music and entertainment. They concluded 2014 by hosting their debut concert at the beautiful and historic Dover Castle and singing at The Mission to Seafarers Christmas carol concert in central London with HRH Princess Anne in attendance.

The choir has already performed at a variety of important events in 2015 beginning the year with a live performance at ‘The France Show’ held in London’s Olympia, Earls Court and also performing during a beautiful weekend in July where they joined Channel 4’s Gogglebox stars Steph & Dom Parker at their humble abode ‘The Salutation’ in Sandwich, Kent, for a Charity Summer Prom.

Most recently the choir recorded their first album at St. James’ church, Paddington which will be available to buy before Christmas. Music includes classical pieces by Mozart and Bruckner as well as gospel, pop and Irish folk.

For choir enquiries or to book the choir for your event please contact:

Miss Stacey Young | Email: stacey.young@poferries.com | Tel: 07749490964






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.



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