Bouchain is a small town with a population of approximately 4000, situated a two hour drive from Calais and half an hour from Lille. It has strong connections with the battlefields of WW1 and for boating enthusiasts, it sits on the impressive and lovely river Escaut.
The Society have an annual trip to Bouchain in December to attend their Marché de Noel, where we have a stall selling British food and drink. Every alternate year we are invited for a summer trip, which is usually in June.
Eitorf is a larger town (population 20,000) just a half hour drive from Cologne-Bonn airport, or 5 hour drive from Calais. In addition to Bonn and Cologne, there are numerous attractions in this lovely part of Germany, such as the river Rhine and many lovely wooded valleys, vineyards and fairy-tale castles.
The Society normally visit Eitorf for their spring fair in April and again for special trips arranged by our very friendly German hosts.