Sunday, 19 April 2015

French wetlands new tourist centre set to re-open

The new interpretation centre in the fascinating, ancient French wetlands known as the Audomarois marshes is scheduled to open for summer on May 2 (until September 18). The Maison du Marais, is close to the centre of St Omer, about 45 minutes from the Channel Tunnel or the Calais ferry terminal. It houses permanent and temporary exhibitions focusing on themes such as their history, daily life, culture, flora and fauna and using audio, video and olfactory systems. Outside, around the Moulin d’Aile drainage windmill, is a conservation garden, access to a 4km educational trail – and a jetty where visitors may board boats for trips (possibly not before May25) around the marshes. Kayak rental is also available.

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