Find Herbert: a long-lost relative

John Ruler looks at how his love of Nord-Pas de Calais helped him discover a long-lost relative who perished in World War I.

The Battle of Arras

John Ruler discusses the Battle of Arras, one of the defining moments of World War I.

The cemeteries of Boulogne

One of the top three cross-Channel ports that received supplies and troops in World War I, Boulogne-sur-Mer still bears the scars today.

Where to travel in April

From kite festivals to coastal hiking trails, here are our picks of the best places to visit in April. 

Where to go in December

Whether it’s carnivals, ghost towns or turkey soup that you’re after, here’s where to head in December.


John Ruler looks at the Louvre’s out-of-town gallery of glittering glass in the heart of King Coal country.

No use whining – beer’s the winner!

Find out why in this region it is beer, not wine, that has traditionally accompanied cheese for almost a century.

Calais to Boulogne on foot: 40km

From Calais to Boulogne, take in the sights of Nord-Pas de Calais on this scenic walk along the beaches and cliff tops.

Blockbuster film brings Ch’ti to millions

The blockbuster Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis paints a new image of Nord-Pas de Calais and has seen an increase in visitors to the town of Bergues.

Saddle up for pedalling pleasures

Veteran cyclist Brian McEwan from West Wickham, Kent, offers his advice on cycling in France.