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Café Pierre Languages

Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish.

Venues in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Normanby, Redcar, Stokesley.

Skype classes also available


Are you interested in making new French friends?

Do you want to help improve your and your family’s French?

Would you like to know more about how French families live?

Would you like to have an inexpensive fun holiday at the same time?

Great Ayton has been twinned with the town of Ouzouer in the Loire Valley for 20 years.  Once every two years a visit to France is organised, with return visits by the French in the intervening years. The number involved can vary from 30 to 50 people.  The next visit (to Ouzouer) will take place from Thursday 24th August – Monday 28st August 2017. Although the twinning is based on Great Ayton we also have members in Stokesley and other towns and villages in North Yorkshire and the Tees valley.



Some families choose to make their own travel arrangements if they wish to spend longer in France. But we do also provide coach transport to Ouzouer with pick-ups in local villages. In Ouzouer you will stay in the home of a French family for four nights.  It is an excellent way to immerse yourselves in the language and culture of France. During the three days in France, coach visits are arranged to various places of interest, and there is an evening of food and entertainment for all the English and French families in the village hall in Ouzouer.  All costs are covered by our French hosts, except for travel to and from Ouzouer. Should you choose to travel by coach we anticipate the return fare to cost £160 for adults and £80 for children.

Children must be accompanied by at least one adult but the whole family is welcome. Ability to speak French is not required. The great majority of the French hosts speak some English and many speak very good English. However, part of the fun (though not mandatory) can be attempting to communicate in French.

There is no obligation to host French visitors in return. But if you have enjoyed the experience, made friends and have suitable accommodation we would hope you might want to be involved.

Membership of Great Ayton Twinning Association normally costs £20 for two parent and £10 for one parent families per year. However, the membership fee is normally waived for the first visit.

For further information about going this year or involvement in future exchanges please email the Chairman, Dr John Nicholas  or phone 01642 640788.


Live language taster on the BBC

Café Pierre Languages offering Arabic, Chinese Mandarin,  Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese and Spanish in the Tees Valley and North Yorkshire area,  in venues currently  in;

Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Normanby, Redcar, Stokesley

We are offering taster session for FREE in many of the languages above.

Listen to Peter and Larissa live on Radio Tees. Friday 5th May at 17:20

contact Peter for further information;


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Café Pierre languages – 1,000 Language enquiries looming!

In the next couple of days, Café Pierre languages will reach 1,000 individual language enquiries.

The Business which won the 2015 Best New Small Business Award has developed a programme that offers; Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi , Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish.

Venues are now across the Tees Valley and North Yorkshire, including Middlesbrough, Stokesley, Guisborough, Normanby and Redcar.

A wonderful quote from Nelson Mandela spells out the importance of learning a language!!!


New language classes in Middlesbrough

New Beginners Spanish classes.

Tuesday 13:00-14:30 at MINFIKA Tea and Coffee house, Normanby.

Tuesday 19:00-21:00 at the Multi Media Exchange , Corporation Road , Middlesbrough.

New Beginners French classes.

Wednesday 18:30-20:30 at the Multi Media Exchange, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.

Saturday 11:30- 13:00 at the Multi Media Exchange, Corporation Road,  Middlesbrough.

Language News

redcarPlanning is under way for a new Language programme in Redcar.

French for Beginners, Spanish for Beginners and Italian for Beginners are all going to be available from January 2017.

Class lists are open and details will be available tout de suite.

Please contact Peter on 07929781421 or send an email to for further information.


A busy day today! New venues and courses!!

I have been very busy today with new opportunities for the business.

A new programme will include very informal language lessons on offer from August at Minfika Tea and Coffee House in Normanby.


Contact myself at for further information or call in and see Leah.

Lunch with Katy also today at MIMA where we put a plan together for Katy’s Art classes at Middlesbrough Art classes in partnership with  Café Pierre Languages AND leisure courses. See the webpage for further information.

New venue in Stokesley / New classes.

Café Pierre Languages are soon to offer a new Holiday French course in Stokesley.

To be confirmed the class will be £40 for a 5 week course on a Wednesday afternoon 13:00-14:30

The venue will be at the Dickens Business Park in Stokesley.


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