It’s Easter. In the UK this means a long 4-day weekend and the start of the school holidays. In France it means a long weekend (3-day) and the start of many activities, with the school holidays coming later.
There really is an awakening this weekend. There are so many activities on but as myself and others have noticed, finding out about any of them is near on impossible unless you either know someone who is going and who passes the information onto you or you happen upon a poster pinned on a tree, a post, or outside a local mairie’s office. And so the side project is to set up a Facebook group and website that will enable us to share information about the many great family-friendly activities in the area. I have a couple of motivated friends so now all we need is to carve out time to make it happen. Watch this space!
Until that’s up and running I wanted to make sure the full list of everything going on this Easter weekend (that I know about anyway) is all in one place. So here’s a post about it.
Friday 30th March / Vendredi 30éme Mars
16h-20h Mask-making Workshop / Atelier Masques – Puivert 11230
In advance of the Bal Mâsque event tomorrow, the second mask-making workshop is on in the afternoon. Everything supplied free of charge. See below (Samedi 31eme á 16h) for the details. See also pics of the 2016 event on the MJC website.
Saturday 31st March / Samedi 31éme Mars
10h “Vibes” info here – Chez Adeline & Yoan, Puivert 11230
10h á 17h Big Air Session – Monts d’Olmes, Montferrier 09300
For bigger kids who like chucking themselves around in the snow, there’s an airbag up at Monts D’Olmes all day. Free of charge – just pay for your lift pass (it looks like it’s in the park so not accessible from the lower slopes. More info on the Monts D’Olmes website.
15h Fundraiser for the Twilight Dog’s Home – Moulin de L’evêque, Rivel 11230
There’s nothing on their Facebook or web pages but the signs are on the streets and I know a few people are going along, so it’s definitely on.
18h á 22h Bal Masqué, salle de la Mairie – Puivert 11230
Sunday April 1st (Easter Sunday) / Dimânche 1ere Avril (Jour de Pâques)
14h a 18h Easter Carnival / Kermesse Déguisée de Pâques – Quillan 11500
Date/time info (and description, in French) on the Facebook page.
Monday April 2nd (Easter Monday) / Lundi 2éme Avril (Lundi de Pâques)
11h Easter Egg Hunt / Pâques chasse aux oeufs gratuit – Les arpents verts Km 14, Belvèze-du-Razès 11240
An Easter egg hunt, followed by petanque competition – buvette on site. Advertised as a family event.
12h Omelette de Pâques – au Lac á Puivert 11230
Details of this one are to be confirmed (keep an eye on the MJC Facebook page) but it’s a French tradition to meet on the Monday, a public holiday, and cook/share omelettes. No chocolate eggs here!
27th March to 2nd April / 27éme Mars á 2éme Avril – Escale á Sete 34200
Further afield (Sete) but it looks like a very nice event for anyone into boats! Info on the Escale á Sete website.
And that’s not all. I’ll update this post when I have more info.