If there is a city conducive to leisure, it’s Le Mans!
Here the bounty of nature has opened the door to many outdoor activities: walks among the trees, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, or water and river activities such as fishing and cruises on the Sarthe. All of this is enriched by sports activities such as doing a lap on the international karting circuit, discovering one of the 2 golf courses of the urban area or taking a first flight. Relax with family, meet farm animals in the Arche de la Nature, enjoy the benefits of water in the many pools and aquatic centres…all of this is possible. Over to you!
THE PERFORMANCE HALLS
Most theatres issue a detailed annual program. These are available online and at the Le Mans tourist office.
This cultural centre brings the cultural life of the city into full bloom; a strong signal in the heart of the city which combines and synergises a wealth of cultural and artistic initiatives structured around six people-friendly themes: reaching out to all, openness to creativity, promoting dissemination, welcoming the lyrical arts, classical and contemporary music.
- An 832-seat theatre covering 3,800 m², which can accommodate live performances, opera, concerts, dance and creative arts
- Exhibition and entertainment facilities, including a multipurpose area of 330 sq. m, a contemporary art hall of 320 m² operating in sync with Quinconces events.
The Palais des Congrès et de la Culture
Easily reachable because of city’s geography, the conference centre stands in the heart of town 5 minutes’ walk from the train station. The advantage of its location in Le Mans is that you can walk to your hotel from there. This comfortable venue with its modern architecture provides you with various solutions and services to meet your expectations. It can host as from 100 to 1400 people with many interconnected halls, making it easy to organise plenary meetings and workshops. For shows and concerts, the configuration of the large auditorium makes for closeness and genuine interaction between stage and audience.
Plenary capacity: 1,400 people
Capacity for seated meals: 900
Cocktail capacity: 1000 people
U-shaped capacity: 50 people
Exhibition Capacity: 500 m2
Number of flat halls: 10
Number of lecture halls: 4
It offers a season of nationally acclaimed theatre, dance, circus and musical events and a program of exhibitions on creative works and contemporary art.
The Théâtre Paul Scarron
The Théâtre de l’Ephémère, a subsidised theatre company, has been putting on shows since 1991 in the Paul Scarron theatre, made available to them by the city. The company produces a wide range of shows which, in recent years, have focused exclusively on contemporary drama.
It hosts companies and artists, French or foreign, conducting research in the fields of theatre, dance, music, visual arts and writing.
Managed by the Pièces et Main d’œuvre theatre company, the l’Écluse auditorium is equipped to receive theatre companies in creative gestation. It offers an eclectic program.
This small theatre in a vaulted cellar of the Cité Plantagenet is managed by the Le Champ des Possibles theatre company. It offers weekly events with a whip-round (you pay what you can) in theatre, music, reading aloud, puppet shows, storytelling, etc. It welcomes artists for residential programs during the school holidays and offers rehearsal time on weekdays.
This hall appeared like a flying saucer at the entrance to the Hunaudières in late 1995. Intended to accommodate 5,000 to 8,000 spectators, it hosts shows, concerts, rock opera, recitals and basketball games. Further facilities include a sports complex.
The Centre des expositions
The Le Mans Fair is the most important event of the Centre des Expositions (Exhibition Centre). It takes place every year in mid-September. Concerts, shows and fairs are organised in the Forum and in the amplified music room, Oasis.
The entertainment and cultural centre offers mainly musical events: contemporary music, jazz, world music, not forgetting chanson française and classical music. Performances for younger audience are also on offer, as are exhibitions and conferences.
2, Paderborn Avenue, Le Mans
02 43 47 38 51
Rue des Fosses-Saint-Pierre Le Mans
02 43 47 38 51
Paul-Courboulay Exhibition Centre
Rue Paul-Courboulay, Le Mans
02 43 47 36 56
square Dubois, Le Mans
02 43 47 36 23
Lobby of Le Mans city hall
02 43 47 43 56
rue de l’Estérel, Le Mans
02 43 81 44 44
Palais des congrès et de la Culture
rue d’Arcole, Le Mans
02 43 43 59 59
Le Mans Métropole has five cinemas with a total of 33 halls for various uses.
Les Quinconces: In the city centre, this new cinema in Les Quinconces cultural centre with 11 comfortable rooms covering 5,250 m² and 2,000 seats allow for a variety of programmes and also includes a literary café (210m) and an exhibition gallery (130m).
Les Cinéastes: The four halls dedicated to art-house cinema are managed by MJC Jacques Prévert (a cultural organisation). They have access for disabled people and equipment for the deaf.
Le Colisée: The cinema has seven halls, three of which have access for the disabled.
Mega CGR of St Saturnin: This multiplex located in St Saturnin is top of the Le Mans range and located in the heart of a commercial area. It has 12 rooms for 2,077 seats.
Le Royal: This local cinema, fully renovated, offers programmes for all ages. The projections are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Monday and Sunday; and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
THE MEDIA NETWORK
– Louis Aragon
– Relais lecture