Cité Europe's spring fair commences on Good Friday and runs until 13 April. It's a celebration of French life, food & drink, with many of the stores offering special deals, promotions and themed events throughout the fortnight.

The on-site Carrefour hypermarket is hosting a number of activities, including a tasting of Brittany charcuterie and cheddar cheese on 28, 29 & 30 March. There will also be tastings in store by wine producers from the regions of Muscadet and Chateauneuf du Pape. Other events include: Shrimp cooking, food tastings and shows.

There are plenty of bargains to be snapped up too with some 'buy one get one free offers' on Cotes du Rhone reduced to €1.28, normally €2.55, and their French Country wine collection is down to €2.48, normally €4.95 per bottle.

"Terre de Boissons" the new wine superstore, is also hosting a wine tasting event on 29 March. They have a great deal on a light and crisp Pinot Grigio – 'buy one get one free', reducing the price to €1.50 per bottle. Within the store you'll find a vast range of wine from around the world, plus Champagne and a wide selection of beers, many of which are available for tasting.

The eating area, Cité Gourmand, features a choice of 15 restaurants, including fast-food outlets, cafés and restaurants. Next door, the Channel Outlet store, L'Usine, has top branded goods at heavily discounted prices.

Cité Europe is the largest shopping Centre in Northern France, offering a wide assortment of fashion goods, beauty, gifts and accessories amongst its 140 shops. More information can be found at

It is a five minute drive from Calais at Junction 41 off the A16 Motorway, next to the Eurotunnel Terminal. Parking is free. The shopping centre is open Monday – Saturday from 10am – 8pm (9pm on Friday).

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