Venue & travel

eceee's new Summer Study venue Center Parcs Lac d'Ailette is a large holiday resort and conference centre located about an hour northeast of Paris, in the direction of Reims and the Champagne-Ardenne region.

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What sort of venue is this?

The venue is large and will not be privatised for our event. However, the conference centre is clearly separated from the rest of the facilities. There will be a private bar and lounge area with an adjacent terrace for conference participants. The restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be reserved for summer study participants and any accompanying persons. 

Accommodation is spread around a large area and all rooms are located in cottages. All participants will have access to free bikes to move around the area. For accommodation options, please see the registration pages. Rooms are generally located on the 1st floor, and there are cottages for people with reduced mobility which can be booked on request.

Facilities

There are many facilities for leisure: an "aqualand", various sports facilities, a lake for swimming, activities for children, a bar with bowling and pool tables, a few small pétanque courts, etc.

There is also a small Carrefour convenience store with groceries, but no pharmacy, on the premises.

Getting there by train

There are two stations that are most relevant for trains: Laon (served by regional train) and Champagne-Ardenne TGV (served by TGV/INOUI). We plan to arrange shuttle buses from both. 

City of Laon, Gare de Laon

Laon is reached by regional train from Paris Gare du Nord, approximately once per hour. Gare de Nord is the station where international trains from Benelux, northern Europe, central and northern Germany and the UK arrive.

Laon is 19 km away from the venue and you will need about 25–30 minutes by road to reach Center Parcs Lac d'Ailette.

Shuttle buses: eceee will arrange several shuttle buses from Laon. The shuttle bus schedule and booking page will be announced once train time schedules for June have been published.

Taxis are available in Laon and will cost approximately €45 in one direction for 1–4 passengers.

Champagne-Ardenne TGV station

Champagne-Ardenne TGV is a station on the high-speed Grand Est line between Paris Gare de l'Est and Strasbourg. It is located 9 km from the city of Reims and 56 kms from Lac D'Ailette and you will need approximately 60–70 minutes by road to get from the station to the conference venue.

Note 1: Make sure to book your train to/from Champagne-Ardenne TGV, and not to Reims TGV (city centre station). There will be no shuttles from the city of Reims.
Note 2: In some cases you will have long connection times at Paris Gare de l'Est (e.g., some Frankfurt connections) and it may be worthwhile to walk over to the Gare de Nord (400 metres away) and take the regional train to Laon instead.

Examples of approximate travel times are:

  • Strasbourg: 1,5 hours
  • Paris Est: 40 minutes
  • Charles De Gaulle Airport TGV: 30 minutes
  • Karlsruhe (Germany): 3 hours (with a change in Strasbourg)
  • Zurich: 4–7 hours depending on the connection
  • Frankfurt am Main: 4,5–8 hours. Some connections go over Paris Est, some via Strasbourg.

Shuttle buses will be available from Champagne-Ardenne TGV once train time schedules for June have been published.

Taxis from Champagne-Ardenne to the venue cost €120–150.

Shuttle buses

We plan to arrange shuttle buses on Monday 10 June both from the station Gare de Laon and from the station Champagne-Ardenne TGV, with most buses from Laon. The same applies to the return journey on Saturday morning, 15 June. There will be a fee for the shuttles.

Since the train time tables for June are not published yet and it is not possible to make train reservations, we expect to publish the shuttle bus schedule and booking page in March.

Travel by air

Paris is normally reached through Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports.

There are direct high-speed train connections to Champagne-Ardenne TGV (approx. 30 minutes from the Charles de Gaulle TGV station but transfer time within the airport may be long).

From Orly you would probably be best served to take public transportation to Gare de Nord and then the regional train to Laon (see above).

Taxi and taxi sharing

As always, eceee will publish a billboard for taxi sharing later this spring when the shuttle schedules are known. We will also provide contact details to some of the local taxi companies. There are limited companies in the region. Should you take a taxi for the return journey, we strongly advise you to book it a few days in advance.

Taxs are available in Laon and will cost approximately €45 in one direction for 1–4 passengers.
Taxi from Champagne-Ardenne TGV to the venue will cost approximately €120–150 in one direction, as mentioned above.

Getting there by car

You can go by car and there is free parking. However, you will need a voucher to be able to enter the area.

Camping

Some people have asked about camping. It is not possible to camp or stay in a camper van on the grounds. However, there are a number of camping sites around the lake.

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