Things to do

Surrounded by history, No.fifty6 is the perfect base from which to explore the region of Picardy and the Somme. 

THE SOMME BATTLE EXPERIENCE – WALK WITH ME.
Whether you’ve been to the Somme before or visiting for the first time, David and Julie offer a battlefield experience like no other.  Don’t expect a dry, old history lesson here.  Their passion and knowledge of WW1 history is brought to life as they take you through a fully immersive, emotional journey and sensory experience.

Whether you’re interested in tracking down family ties or simply interested in the history, your hosts will personalise your experience with real, individual stories and accounts of life as a soldier in 1916.

A SLICE OF FRENCH LIFE
From coffee to cognac, painting to photography, shopping to people watching, the nearby towns offer a taste of French life at its best.

  • Take a coffee in Albert Square and marvel at the Basilica
  • Fill your suitcase with gifts from the Christmas markets in Arras and Amiens
  • Enjoy the beautiful countryside and quietly watch the native wildlife
  • Go on a steam train at Le p'tit train de la Haute Somme
  • Experience the big town atmosphere on a day out to Lille or Paris
  • Enjoy fine French dining at one of many wonderful restaurants
  • At the end of the day, relax with interesting people in the warm, candle lit lounge at No.fifty6

We are happy to recommend places to visit and restaurants to eat at in the evenings.  If you would like any further information, please contact us.

31st August 2017

August is always a strange month in France. It is time of “Les Vacances” when most French families take their holidays. Businesses shut down, including hotels and restaurants, things are quieter. It is also a time when we welcome families to The Somme as the UK schools are on holiday too. At times it seems only the farmers are working…crops brought in, hay bales rolled, ground prepared for the next seeding. The constant cycle of agriculture. This month too has been hot and dry, with a mini heatwave ending in a storm to end the month. However, we have not been quiet, there is plenty to report from No.fifty6 and there is never a dull moment here.

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