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Horses and hats - Prix de Diane

One of the most important horse racing, the Prix de Diane, takes place at Chantilly; it attracts contenders from all over Europe. Also expect lots of elaborate hats!

To avoid the rush at the train station, we take the first train that leaves at 9 :10AM at Gare du Nord. Once at Chantilly we will walk along the river La Nonette and its forest and take advantage of the morning light for some pictures (I will distribute some subjects) Then we will move towards the hippodrome for a picnic and the free concert and the horse races in the afternoon.

Entrance to the race course: 8euros (4euros pour for + 60 years old and students) - Free for women wearing a hat

You can find free invitations to download at :

Dress code: no dress code, but wear comfortable shoes and something warm, as we will walk through the forest before to join the race course. Bring food, drink, and of course your camera.

The train leaves from Gare du Nord and ticket costs 8.20euros

We meet Sunday 16, at 9AMat Gare du Nord, at the beginning of the platform from which the train will leave (train in direction of Creil). The train leaves at 9 :10, Stop at Chantilly-Gouvieux.

Please be on time as the next train is not before another hour and half.

For the return, from the same station Chantilly-Gouvieux, you can either take the train back to Gare du Nord or the RER D back to Paris.

************************************ Pour éviter le rush sur les trains, nous prendrons le train qui part à 9h10 de la Gare du Nord. RDV dimanche 16, à 9H, en début du quai d’où partira le train (train en direction de Creil, stop à Chantilly-Gouvieux). Une fois arrivés sur place, nous ferons une balade le long de la Nonette et de sa forêt avant d’entrer sur la pelouse de l’hippodrome pour un pique-nique.

Apportez des chaussures confortables et un vêtement chaud pour la balade du matin en forêt, ainsi que de quoi pique-niquer.

Prix entrée hippodrome : 8 euros – gratuit pour les femmes chapeautées.

Entrée gratuite à télécharger sur :

Pour le retour, vous pourrez, toujours de la même station Chantilly-Gouvieux, reprendre le train vers la Gare du Nord, ou le RER D vers Paris.



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  • Laeka

    This looks like it was a great event. Love the photos and the crazy hats! Hope I can join next time!

    June 22, 2013

  • Laura

    Nice nice nice! thanks Marie for organizing ;)

    June 18, 2013

  • Michela

    I missed the train of 9.10 :(... I arrived later,I am so sorry not joining you....

    June 17, 2013

  • Jean

    lovely - thanks MC

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organising the event. This Prix de Diane is a thing! Next year I will bring for sure a nice hat (and a bottle of champagne!)

    June 17, 2013


    Great missed all of friends.

    June 17, 2013

  • Claudia

    Thank you, Marie-Christine, for organizing this event, what a fantastic day !!! After a rabbit & chipmonk chase in the forest, a free visit in the horse museum, colorful hats and exciting horse races in a happy & friendly ambiance ...

    June 16, 2013

  • Richard B.

    Buy your ticket at window opposite track 12. Train leaves from track 14.

    June 16, 2013

  • Sophia

    Can't make it after all.... Sorry.

    June 16, 2013

  • Sophie

    Won't be able to leave as early.

    June 15, 2013


    Sorry great miss my dear friends. Thanks see you later. Take care everyone........Have a nice trip.......

    June 15, 2013

  • WSPhotographie

    A Sunday morning job has interfered with Sunday morning plans. Its a bugger as i was looking forward to the forest walk.

    June 13, 2013

  • SylHo

    I ll be out of town

    June 11, 2013

  • Catherine

    Scuba diving that day but hope you all have a super day :)

    June 10, 2013

  • Dolores L.

    Sorry to miss it. I'm away in Canada

    June 10, 2013

  • Virginia B.

    I wish I could join you. It sounds like a marvelous day and I love Chantilly and its forests!!

    June 10, 2013

  • Eileen

    I'm sad to miss this - I love Chantilly! I hope someone will suggest this again next summer.

    June 9, 2013

  • Richard B.


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