The International Association of English speakers in the Gard

BritsNîmes is a non-profit making association of people interested in the English language.
Membership is open to individuals or families.

BritsNîmes organises regular social and cultural activities.
These are varied and designed to help people to get to know the area,
make new friends and meet local people.
Information is shared via our website, emails, monthly newsletters and Facebook.

attracts members from many nationalities.
Some have lived in the area for many years, others are recent arrivals.
The regular get togethers allow everybody to exchange experiences about life in France.

is always delighted to have new members.
By joining BritsNîmes contact with other members in English can be both a pleasure and an experience, while a helping hand when in need is always welcome.
All nationalities welcome.

Special Events




Les Grands Jeux Romains  - The Roman Games
“The Barbarian Kings”

Sunday 5 May 2019
Arenes de Nimes
Meet at 3.00pm - at "El Nimeno"
the bullfighter statue in front of the Arenes 
the Games start at 3.30pm, and last 2.5 hours 

Join us for an afternoon of excitement and thrills, as 500 re-enactors from all over Europe converge on Nimes’ Arenes for the ‘Grands Jeux Romains’. This unique event has become the biggest historical re-enactment of ancient history in Europe, in the world’s finest surviving Roman amphitheatre, and brings to life the legendary ludi (public games) as the inhabitants of Nimes would have experienced them 2,000 years ago : the imperial court, Roman legionnaires, chariot racing and gladiatorial combats.
This year’s focus is on the barbarian kings and the invasion of the Cimbri, Teutones, and the Ambrones, who fought the Roman Republic between 113 and 101 BC. ‘The Barbarian Kings’ retraces the epic saga of the barbarians, following their victory over the Romans at Arausio (today Orange) and General Marius’ victory at the famous battle of Aix-en-Provence in 101 BC.
Based on extensive scientific and historical research, the re-enactors make their own costumes with materials similar to those used in antiquity, while the gladiators’, Roman legionnaires’ and Celtic fighters’ combat techniques and battledress are as historically accurate as possible.

We will have allotted numbered seats in the lower rows, so are closer to the action and with less climbing and clambering! You may wish to bring along a cushion, and don’t forget a sunhat and sunscreen!

Optional Activity :
A new feature this year is the Camp Romain at Porte Auguste (10 mins on foot from the Arenes) where re-enactors will live as the Romans did, 24/7 in Roman tents. Meet historians and archaeologists dressed in period attire, participate in workshops and demonstrations and sample Roman fare at the tavern.  Entry is €5, with a reduction on presentation of a Jeux ticket – however please note that the Camp Romain is NOT included in the BritsNimes Jeux Romains ticket price.


Participants in walks, events and other activities do so entirely at their own risk. No responsibility is implied or taken for any inaccuracies in the itineraries. The walks/event/activity may be canceled, the destination changed or the level of endurance altered without prior notice. When BritsNîmes proposes locations for events, or meeting points for car-pooling or coach pick-ups, it does so without vouching for car parking security or permission: participants parking cars in association with an event do so entirely at their own risk. By joining the walk/event/activity, all participants are deemed to have agreed to the terms and conditions contained in this disclaimer, and agreed to exonerate the walk/event/activity leaders, the organisers and any other participants in the walk/event/activity from any liabilities, claims, including but not limited to liabilities and claims as a result of any injuries or damages arising thereof.