We are delighted to announce our appointment as the UK PR representatives of the town of Le Mans. Located in the Sarthe, Grand-Ouest, about an hour from Paris, the city is easily accessible by road or rail.
Le Mans enjoys strong links to the UK as it’s often known known as the Plantagenet City and an historical gem. At the same time however, Le Mans is not steeped in the past and enjoys a reputation today for innovation in technical, medical and educational excellence. It’s best known throughout the world as the home of the 24-hour car race and there’s even a Racing Driver Walk of Fame similar to the one in Hollywood with their hand prints.
The Old Town, a ‘ville d’art et histoire’ comprises of twenty hectares of cobbled streets, half-timbered houses, Renaissance mansions and the eleventh–century St. Julien Cathedral, highly praised by Rodin, famous for the oldest stained glass window in France and the largest painted representation of angels (47) dating from the fourteenth century. The vestiges of the Roman wall is the best conserved of any in Europe and under consideration for UNESCO heritage status. Le Mans has the largest enamel dating from the Middle-Ages – a unique piece representing Geoffrey V – founder of the Plantagenet dynasty which adorns his tomb. There’s a link to Egypt too with their historic tombs – nothing so glorious exists anywhere else but Egypt itself.
Le Mans is a very green town with glorious gardens, many hidden and secreted away. It is well-known for the ‘Nuit des Chimères’ (Night of Dreams) which take place annually throughout mid-summer. Over 25,000 visitors come to experience the visual and musical animation that starts when night falls, with eight different sites taking part all over the Old Town. This event highlights the cultural importance of Le Mans, which is also known for its Circus School which opened in 2008 and is named after mime maestro Marcel Marceau.
The National Music Hall Institute is unique in France and the Tessé Museum is a must visit for the outstanding Eclipse Hourglass sculpture marking the rhythms of the universe.
Le Mans is the perfect gateway to the Loir Valley – the smaller cousin of the larger Loire – sleepy, rolling French countryside with charming villages and enchanting towns that seem to belong to a past, less complicated era. Attractions include the amazing zoo at La Flèche where you can stay overnight, the painted chapels at Poncé-sur-Loir, the unusual Vauboin Priory Gardens, the magniﬁcent Forest of Bercy.
If you are planning to write a news piece or feature on Le Mans and or the Loir, need any further information or images or simply want to talk through ideas and promotions, please contact either Gillian Green (Gillian@magellan-pr.com; 07515 283287) or Alexandra Pinhorn (Alexandra@magellan-pr.com; 07515 283040). Alternatively, our office number is +44 (0)20 7470 8760.
Photo credit thanks to: Le Loir / Gilles Moussé
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