Spend a weekend in Lille this autumn and enjoy a cookery lesson / lunch for a mere €17 with the celebrated Atelier des Chefs school. The price includes a 30-minute preparation session and a demonstration with the chef in a professional kitchen; then eat your lunch and a complimentary pudding in the dining room next door. Numbers are limited to groups of six – eight; longer lessons are available for a more hands-on experience. There is also a wonderfully stocked shop.

The school, on 74 boulevard de la Liberté, is a stone’s throw from the excellent Beaux Arts Museum, next only to the Louvre at Paris for its fabulous collections. Visit http://www.atelierdeschefs.fr/; www.lilltourism.com

Travel with P&O Ferries www.poferries.com and stay at the centrally located Hotel Up http://www.hotelup.fr/fr/ which offers sleek doubles with Nespresso Machines & Occitane amenities from €99 per night including breakfast.

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