Activities – ANTIBES (Piccolo Festival – children’s theatre 02-05 Nov 2012)

The first weekend in November is the 3rd edition of the Piccolo Festival – a local theatre event for children in Antibes (aged 8 months and upwards).

Piccolo Festival

There will be sessions with clowns, magicians, marionnette dolls, dancing and songs.

Location: Salle du huit Mai, 06600 Antibes

Cost:  6€ per child per session, or 15€ for three sessions / 9€ adults, or 24€ for three sessions

Reservations are essential by either email or in person in advance at the ticket office at Espace Bonzai, 21 avenue Gazan, 06600 Antibes, open Tuesday-Thursday 10am-5pm

For show times and dates:  see the programme here


Sightseeing – ANTIBES (Antibes Côte d’Azur Rally 12-14 Oct 2012)

The 47th Antibes Côte d’Azur Rally is being held this weekend (race days Saturday and Sunday) and is a great free event for families to see the rally cars up-close and also partake in some sightseeing in the region.  While the event is named the ‘Antibes Rally’, all vehicles actually depart from Juan les Pins.

Antibes Rally cars at Place de Gaulle, Antibes

On Saturday, the first car leaves at 9.30am from Square Gould (Pinede Gould) in Juan les Pins with the circuit heading to Nice, then up to the picturesque Gréolières area and Col de Bleine via La Colle sur Loup.

picturesque Coursegoules village on the edge of the Gréolières

On Sunday, the first car leaves from the same departure point at an earlier time of 7.00am with the circuit heading to Nice, then Piera, Cava and Col de Turini before returning back to Juan les Pins via St-Laurent du Var and Villeneuve Loubet.

There is a public children’s playground at Pinede Gould, and a mini-train and carousel so you can take photos of the rally cars then head to the park.  Pinede Gould is on flat ground and accessible for those people with restricted mobility, with an automated pay-to-access toilet.

Podium ceremonies for the various categories (National and Classic rallies) are held Sunday at Pinede Gould in Juan les Pins from 4.30pm onwards.


Accommodation – SAINT CÉZAIRE (Gem in Provence rural gîte)

The medieval village of Saint Cézaire hangs over the Siagne river and valley and forms a barrier to the neighbouring Var department.  It is a lovely village with old stone houses, a church in the centre and the remnants of the old ‘lavoir’ (wash house).

houses in St Cézaire

old town wash house (lavoir)

Not far from the village, is a local rural gîte nestled in a quiet location down a driveway.  It is a great spot to base yourself so you can enjoy the sights of the area, and is only 15 kilometres from Grasse and 30 kilometres from Cannes so you can be at the coast in a short period of time.

The gîte occupies the ground-floor of a Provençal homestead and sleeps up to 6 guests comfortably – there is one bedroom with a double bed, one bedroom with 2 x single beds and also a double sofabed.  There is a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering, or the gîte owners can offer meals by request.

the ground-floor gîte and pool area © Photo courtesy of Gem in Provence

The entrance to the gîte is past a wide open pool area with deck, and there is a treehouse and trampoline for children.  WiFi and Sky Freeview is also offered.

gîte entrance © Photo courtesy of Gem in Provence

The gîte is on the ground-floor so it is stroller-friendly and wheelchair accessible, and there is plenty of carparking.

Some other options that the owners can assist you with when booking are:

Crew Getaways – Team building and ‘down-time’ for yacht crew, spend a weekend away from the coast in a Provençal setting (cheaper than the cost of a crew house).

Hiking: The SD2 trail, marked as a GR (Grande Randonnée) passes through St. Cézaire. To the southeast, the SD2 connects with the GR51 (Balcony of the Cote d’Azur) near Le Tignet. To the north, the SD2 goes up through some beautiful valleys, passing the village of Escragnolles about 6-7 km away.




Skiing – St Cézaire is located halfway between the coast and the mountains.

Yoga or beauty weekends (hair, nails, massage) – good for Hen’s weekends!

Picnics and Barbeques – the gîte owners can custom-make picnic baskets and barbeque supplies

Mini conferences

Travel tip:  For autumn/winter, they have a special deal:  Book a minimum 2-night stay you receive a complimentary bottle of house wine per booking and a daily continental breakfast.  For bookings go to