Can you believe that summer is here? The days are finally stretching longer, gifting us with more time for fresh air and good company. Summertime in Lille has a special charm, and with better weather comes a wave of new pastimes and activities. If you are unsure of how to fill your summertime schedule, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here are our recommendations on how to spend your summer in Lille!
Open-Air Tango Classes
Moving your body is always a great way to unwind in the summertime. What better way to get moving than dancing Tango in the cool evening air? Every Sunday “La vieille Bourse Lille Tango” offers open-air Tango Classes amidst the regal arches of the Vieille Bourse Square. Classes are open to all levels and run from July 2nd to September 24th, 7:30PM to 11PM. The artistic environment is perfect for making new friends, connecting with knowledgable dance instructors and unleashing your inner creativity.
Let’s hit the beach! Bray-Dunes, the northernmost point in all of France, is an ideal destination for a quick summer getaway. The area is made up of peaceful beaches and large sand dunes, with plenty of space to stroll, bike, or picnic. You can also explore the Reserve Naturelle Dune Marchand, a protected area known for its diverse wildlife and green vegetation. Bray-Dunes is an easy 55 minute car ride from Lille, or you can take a 30 minute train to Dunkerque followed by a free 50 minute bus.
La Deule Canal
La Deule is one of the oldest canals in Northern France. It is a calm waterway with almost no current, perfect for a breezy afternoon canal ride. First constructed in 1631, La Deule was modernized in the 1880s and now runs approximately 60km across the entire Hauts-de-France region. It is centrally positioned in Lille with proximity to the old town, the commercial port, and even modern sites like the Cita Parc amusement park. Rally your colivers from Urban Campus Saint So’, Lille Coliving and enjoy the history and scenic views of La Deule.
Les Nuits Secrètes Music Festival
For any live music fans out there, you know that summer music festivals are a must. Luckily, one of the biggest music festivals in all of France takes place just 1 hour outside of Lille. Les Nuits Secrètes Aulnoye-Aymeries is 3 days and 3 nights of French pop and electronic music. This year’s festival is scheduled for July 21st – 23rd and will feature artists like Angèle, Aime Simon, and Lomepal. The festival even offers cutting-edge camping accommodation with amenities like lockers, breakfast, phone charging stations and yoga classes.
The National Day of France
Mark your calendar for July 14th, the National Day of France! This holiday commemorates the Fête de la Fédération held on July 14th, 1790, which celebrated national unity after the French Revolution. Now, July 14th is a day of national pride filled with music, dancing, military parades, and fireworks. The holiday is proudly celebrated throughout the country, and Lille is no exception. There will be a traditional firework display at the Champs de Mars at 11pm – don’t miss out on the celebration!
The only thing better than a movie night is one under the summer sky. On Wednesday, August 2nd in Marcq-en-Barœul, you can catch an outdoor screening of the famous french comedy Astérix et Obélix Mission Cléopâtre. The movie centers on a fictional bet made between Queen Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, and the unusual plot will have you laughing at every dramatic twist. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this French classic with your colivers and some popcorn.