Sandwich Goes French for Le Weekend
Le Weekend: June 7th, 8th 2014
The 2014 programme is currently being put together. The main activites that are still featured on this web page that formed the 2013 programme will be repeated.
Le Tour de Sandwich cycling team raised £1000 for the charity REACH in 2013.
Main Events in 2013:
Two Day French Market
Cycling - Le Tour de Sandwich Starts at Bay Point Club and ends at Le Velo Parc St Peter's; and Le Petit Tour
Classic Cars - La Balade
Street Music and Dance - Les Troubadours de Paris free cafe concerts in Market Street with dancing
Family Fun Area on the Quay Green
Medieval Encampment by the Quay Green
Hog Roast in King Street Saturday noon onwards and meat roast Sunday noon onwards
Moules Frites et Music - at Kings Arms 1.00pm on Sunday
Registration for cyclists wishing to enter Le Tour de Sandwich on Sunday 9th via British Cycling was open until 05-06 - and is now closed! Register by email and pay by PayPal or join on the day for £20
Routes can be viewed through this link.
Start at Bay Point Club, Ramsgate Road - 0900 for 100k and 75k; 10.30am for 50K
Sandwich Goes French for Le Weekend wiith a packed programme including
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
Market Street will again be transformed into an outdoor Cafe concert venue from 11.00am to 4.00pm both days. Stalls will sell refreshments and tables and chairs will be availbale for your comfort
Saturday and Sunday11am to 4pm Street closures allow Sandwich to transform itself into a free outdoor French ‘Theatre de Music’ with music from ‘Les Troubadours de Paris’ and others. And, by popular request, the Can Can dnacers are back in 2013!
On Saturday the very popular dancers from DAPA - Dean Academy of Peforming Arts will dance sets between 11.00am and 3.00pm.
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
Family Fun area
Bouncy castle, slides and other entertainments to keep the kids happy
If you would like to book stall email us
La Balade de 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
La Balade 2013 is being sponsored by Roses Garage.
Click Here for more photos from 2011
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.
Cycling-Le Tour de Sandwich and Le Petit Tour de Sandwich
Le Petit Tour asembles at the Quay Green at 12 noon on Saturday 8th. All riders receive a medal. This is a gentle ride for mums, dads and kids.
Le Tour de Sandwich 2013 will take place on Sunday 9th June.
Le Tour 2013 will start from Bay Point Leisure Centre (
on the site of the former Pfizer Club between Sandwich and Ramsgate) and end in Sandwich Town Velo Parc St Peters. The event is being supported by the British Cycling Association who will handle pre-registration.
There will be three routes in 2013: Red White and Blue:
Red is the 100k sportive taking in some of the finest views in East Kent
White is a 50K ride with a more gentle profile
Blue is the in-between 75k
See the routes at Map my Ride
All routes will include at least one refreshment stop. Further refreshments and a tour T shirt for all participants on return to Sandwich.
Fee for 2013: £15 pre-registered with British Cycling and £20 on the day. Fee includes route maps, refreshments, T shirt and insurance.
Reister at 08.45 for a 0900 start for the 100k and 75k rides and 10.15 for 10.30 start for the 50k ride. All rides finish in Sandwich Town Centre, in St Peter's Church Gardens - Velo Parc St Pierre!! Collect your Tee Shirt on completion. (Late registrants may miss out on the tee shirt subject to numbers).
Click here for more information.
Ship Matthew fires canon to start the 2012 ride
Photos - Phil Whittaker
Le Petit Tour
A free to enter fun ride on Saturday June 8th.
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.