Where else can you head out on holiday and see headliners like Depeche Mode, DJ Snake and The Offspring before exploring the iconic Mont-Saint-Michel? Listen to live jazz from in medieval streets? Rock out on a racecourse after touring the Pays d’Auge, land of cider and cheese? This summer, festival vibes are coming to Normandy, and you can enjoy international artists and regional cuisine with all those famous Norman landmarks just a short drive away. Big names, picture-postcard scenery, surprisingly inexpensive tickets… all just a short hop away from the UK! Here are five great festivals:
1) For the jazz buffs and beginners: Jazz sous les Pommiers, 5-12 May – Coutances A celebration of all things jazz, eight-day family-friendly festival Jazz sous les Pommiers [Jazz under the Apple Trees] takes place every year in the pretty medieval town of Coutances, and attracts 30,000 visitors of all ages, with performances from international stars and passionate amateur musicians spanning seven stages, venues throughout the town and even local cafés and streets. • Line-up: Kamasi Washington, Dave Douglas, Goran Bregovic, the Christian McBride Big Band, Stacey Kent, Robin Mckelle and more • Prices: Festival pass €20 (£18) and includes entry to free concerts | Tickets to paid concerts from €12 (£10.50) • Campsite: 5-minute walk from the festival • Getting there: Portsmouth to Cherbourg with Brittany Ferries: fast 3-hour sailings • Tickets: Certain concerts are ticketed separately to the festival, book directly • Festival website: www.jazzsouslespommiers.com
2) For the emos and alternatives: Beauregard, 6-9 July – Hérouville Saint-Clair (near Caen) Set in the beautiful grounds of the Château de Beauregard, the popular Beauregard Festival’s star-studded line-up, chilled-out vibe and proximity to both Ouistreham port and Caen-Carpiquet airport means that it appeals to both families and friends heading over from the UK. • Line-up: Depeche Mode, The Offspring, Simple Minds, MGMT, Jack White, Macklemore, The Breeders, At The Drive In, Girls in Hawaii, Nothing But Thieves, Parquet Courts and more • Prices: 1-day pass from €49 (£43) | 3-day pass from €164 (£144) • Campsite: 10-minute walk from the festival • Getting there: Portsmouth to Caen/Ouistreham with Brittany Ferries – up to three sailings a day | London Southend to Caen-Carpiquet with FlyBe – up to five flights a week in both directions • Tickets: Book with Festicket • Festival website: www.festivalbeauregard.com
3) For the rockers and ravers: Rock in Évreux, 29 June- 1 July – Évreux Don’t let the name Rock in Evreux fool you: rock is sure to shake Evreux, but a sonic sound clash of electro beats, hip-hop breaks and driving rhythms will also fill the summer air on its racecourse. Easy to get to by train from London via Paris, this festival comes in first place for anyone who doesn’t want to take the car! • Line-up: DJ Snake, Jonas Blue, Tarrus Riley, Darius, Feder, Martin Solveig, Asaf Avidan and more • Prices: 1-day pass from €42 (£36) | 2-day pass from €67 (£58) | 3-day pass from €98 (£85) • Campsite: 2-minute walk from the festival • Getting there: Eurostar from London Saint Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord then train from Paris Saint-Lazare to Évreux (5 hours including connection in Paris) • Tickets: Book with Festicket • Festival website: www.rockinevreux.org
4) For the nature lovers and indie revellers: Hello Birds, 6-8 July – Étretat This free event is held in legendary Étretat, world-renowned for its iconic cliffs overlooking the Channel, and includes live shows and DJ sets on the beach. • Line-up: To be announced • Prices: Free • Campsite: No official camping but there are two campsites nearby • Getting there: Portsmouth to Le Havre with Brittany Ferries – daily ‘no frills’ economy sailings then take a bus (route 24) from Le Havre to Étretat • Festival website: www.hellobirdsfestival.fr
5) For the beach bums: Cabourg Mon Amour, 29 June-1 July – Cabourg This hip, intimate festival caters to the indie crowd and takes place on a beautiful sandy beach in the swish seaside resort of Cabourg, with its picturesque promenade, belle époque architecture and the Grand Hôtel, famous for Marcel Proust. • Line-up: Juliette Armanet, L’Impératrice, You, Man, Muddy Monk, Caballero & Jeanjass • Prices: 3-day pass from €83 (£73) | 1-day passes soon to be released here • Campsite: 25-minute walk from the festival • Getting there: Portsmouth to Caen/Ouistreham with Brittany Ferries – up to three sailings a day | London Southend to Caen-Carpiquet with FlyBe – up to five flights a week in both directions • Tickets: Book with Festicket or directly • Festival website: http://cabourgmonamour.fr
A glimpse of life at Le Gaudin
We’ve not long finished editing our video to show some of the house and grounds at Le Gaudin.
The weather wasn’t great on the day we shot the video but I guess that’s what happens when you shoot in winter!
We’re planning on adding some extra bits over time so will update as and when there’s a new version, but for now we’re excited to be sharing a little look into our way of life!
Visit Calvados in Normandy in 2018!
We’re looking forward to another year of wonderful guests at Le Gaudin.
Whether you’re travelling through Normandy or using the area as a base to explore this beautiful and historic part of France, we’d love to welcome you at Le Gaudin for an overnight stay or more.
Our evening meals are wonderfully created by chef and owner Clive, so you don’t have to venture too far from your spacious room to dine with some amazing wine.
A 5 minute drive away is the town of Aunay-sur-Odon for local treats and then 20 mins beyond are the WWII sites. Normandy has so much more to offer from history and culture, so whether it’s William the Conqueror and the monks of Mont Saint-Michel to Calvados and cheeses, there’s so many reasons to stay and soak up the lifestyle.
If you’re only with us for the night or maybe staying a little longer, we’ll ensure you’ll leave with wonderful memories of Normandy!
We’ve just had another amazing review on tripadvisor and we’re always getting emails from guests once they’ve got home to say how much they enjoyed the stay here in Normandy.
It’s all very humbling for us and for us it’s part of the reason we try to make Le Gaudin as special as possible. We’re passionate about ‘adding’ to the memories of your travels, even if you’re only with us for the night.
We’re always trying to do justice to the region and the French way of life to ensure that we’re able to pass that onto you for however long you’re with us.
Thank you to all our guests, both those to come and those that have shared Le Gaudin with us.
The new season is on its way
We’re really excited for the upcoming season and all the new adventures that await. New travellers with their own stories of Normandy and beyond will either pass through or stay awhile to soak up the culture and visit the history of the region. We can’t wait to meet you all and look forward to welcoming you to the Le Gaudin.