Taking a holiday in Picardy, France

The department of Oise in situated in the west of Picardy, and has much to offer its visitors. There are historical towns to explore, as well as buildings and sites of historical importance, that date from medieval times through to WW I. There are some great amusement parks in the area to entertain families, and horse lovers will be in there element with several equestrian centres to choose from.

One such town that should not be misses in Beauvais, complete with its famous unfinished cathedral. Construction on the St Pierre began in the 13th century, was abandoned three centuries later, and the work was never resumed. What is does have, however, is the highest chancel you will find anywhere in France, as well as stained glass windows and the stunning astronomical clock which, with its 90,000 moving parts, still works today.

The most famous of the theme parks in Oise is the Asterix park, named after and inspired by the famous cartoon characters. There are many roller coasters and other rides to enjoy here and it will appeal to visitors of all ages. Nearby, situated on a huge inland sand dune is the Mer Sable park, which as well as the usual rides also features entertainment and live shows and you are well advised, if you have the time, to visit both.

Both of these parks a re located at the edge of Oise-France Regional Nature Park, which itself provides an altogether more sedate kind of entertainment for those whose idea of fun isn’t flying around on roller coasters and the like.

Three forests are within the boundaries of this park and they are perfect for cycling, horse ride and walking, and there are several trails of varying length and difficulty so you can choose one that best suits you.