Normandy Events

August

Until 6th August: Médiévales de Crèvecoeur, Crèvecoeur-en-Auge, Calvados – The grounds and castle at Crèvecoeur are transported back to the Middle Ages – Click here for more information

Until 16th August: ‘Les heures musicales de l’Abbaye de Lessay’, Lessay, Manche – Ten concerts taking place in the abbey – Click here for more information

Until 27th Aug: ‘Rendez-vous à la Cathédrale’, Bayeux, Calvados – Sound and light show around the cathedral, at dusk, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – Click here for more information

Until 27th August: Discover the medieval Anglo-Norman heritage, Verneuil-sur-Avre, Eure – Guided tour at 14:30. – Click here for more information

Until 27th August: Night-time tour of Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey, Manche  – Discovery trail enhanced with sound and lights – Click here for more information

Until 17th September: ‘Les Musilumières’, Sées Cathedral, Orne – Learn about the cathedral’s history through this show mingling lights, music & images – Click here for more information

Every Sunday until end August: ‘Marché à l’Ancienne’, Pont-L’Evêque, Calvados – From 10:00 to 13:00, traditional market with family entertainment from butter making to carriage rides – Click here for more information

Every Thursday until 29th September: ‘Les Jeudis du Pin’, Le Haras du Pin, Orne – Weekly shows with displays of dressage and show-jumping in the Colbert Courtyard – Click here for more information

Until 25th September: Sound and light show on Rouen Cathedral (at dusk), Seine-Maritime Twofold show with the creations Impressionism and The Vikings – Click here for more information

Until 26th September: Scenes of Impressionist Life, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen – Part of the Normandy Impressionist Festival – Click here for more information

Until 26th September: Eugène Boudin. Craftsman in Light. MuMa André Malraux Museum of Modern Art, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime – Part of the Normandy Impressionist Festival – Click here for more information

Until 26th September: Frits Thaulow (1847 – 1906), Landscapist by Nature, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen – Part of the Normandy Impressionist Festival – Click here for more information

Until 3rd October: Being Young at the Time of the Impressionists (1860 – 1910), Musée Eugène Boudin, Honfleur, Calvados – Part of the Normandy Impressionist Festival – Click here for more information

Until 6th November: Sorolla and the Paris years, Musée des Impressionnismes, Giverny, Eure  – Part of the Normandy Impressionist Festival – Click here for more information

Until December 2016: ‘Grandma what was it like during the war?’ exhibition, Juno Beach Centre, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Calvados – War-time experiences of Norman and Canadian civilians, mainly of children, from 1940 to 1944 – Click here for more information

Until September 2017: Gothic Rouen exhibition, Panorama XXL, Rouen – A painting of Rouen in the Middle Ages with Joan of Arc as the central theme in this unique site in France – More information here

5th – 6th August: ‘Les Médiévales‘, Creully, Calvados – Sound and light show plus medieval banquet and tavern – Click here for more information

5th – 15th August: «Jazz en Baie» festival, from Genêts to Granville, Manche – Jazz festival along 14 miles of the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay – Click here for more information

6th August: ‘Festival autour d’un Piano’, Château de Carrouges, Orne – Classical music concert at 20:45. – Click here for more information

6th – 7th August: ‘La Nuit des Soudeurs’, Granville, Manche – Welding festival with some 30 sculptors present – Click here for more information

6th – 7th August: Les Médiévales de Domfront “Les Hastingales”, Domfront, Orne. – Re-enactments and night shows on the castle grounds. – Click here for more information
6th – 7th August: ‘Fête médiévale’, Moulin de Hauville, Eure – Medieval festival together with visits of the wind mill – Click here for more information

6th – 7th August: ‘Foire aux Fromages’, Livarot, Calvados – Annual Livarot cheese festival, including fastest Livarot-eater competition – Click here for more information

6th – 7th August: ‘Fête de la Chasse et de la Pêche’, Château de Carrouges grounds, Orne – Various (night) shows, exhibitions & competitions ideal for those interested in hunting and fishing – Click here for more information

7th – 9th August: William the Conqueror’s Festivaldives-sur-Mer, Cabourg and Houlgate, Calvados  – Reenactments and craft and medieval market. – Click here for more information

7th – 16th August: Normandie Horse Show, Saint-Lô, Manche – Horse show celebrating the Norman and French thoroughbreds – Click here for more information

9th – 16th August: Acadian week, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, Calvados – Concerts, exhibitions and numerous other events – Click here for more information

10th – 22nd August: ‘Les traversées Tatihou’, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, Manche – Cross by foot at low tide to the island of Tatihou for a folk music festival with a difference – Click here for more information

13th August: Carrot Festival, Créances, Manche – Click here for more information

13th – 14th August: Fête des Jeux, Falaise, Calvados – Games, medieval shows and major reenactments this year with 250 soldiers of William the Conqueror’s army – Click here for more information

19th – 21st August: ‘Fête du vent et du cerf-volant’, Léry-Poses, Eure – Paragliding, windsurfing sessions, kite flying demonstrations  – Click here for more information

23rd – 27th August: ‘Académie Bach’, Arques-la-Bataille, Seine-Maritime – Classical music festival – Click here for more information

15th Aug: Assumption of Mary – public holiday

Eats & Treats

Seafood is a popular local speciality in Normandy, particularly scallops and mussels. The main local drink is cider, made from the numerous orchards found in Normandy, which goes rather well with the other local speciality, cheese.

In fact, you will recognise a number of the town names in Normandy because you are used to finding them on your cheeseboard – Camembert, Livarot and Pont l’Evêque cheeses all originate from the towns of the same names. As well as cider, the local drink is calvados and apple brandy that originates from the department of Calvados (not difficult to see how it got its name!).

Eats & Treats

Seafood is a popular local speciality in Normandy, particularly scallops and mussels. The main local drink is cider, made from the numerous orchards found in Normandy, which goes rather well with the other local speciality, cheese.

In fact, you will recognise a number of the town names in Normandy because you are used to finding them on your cheeseboard – Camembert, Livarot and Pont l’Evêque cheeses all originate from the towns of the same names. As well as cider, the local drink is calvados and apple brandy that originates from the department of Calvados (not difficult to see how it got its name!).

Walk, Cycle or Ride

The Normandy countryside is worth exploring whether you are on foot, on a bike or on horseback. Try the area known as Suisse Normandie in Calvados and Orne, a landscape hugely popular with hikers and horse riders. There are plenty of bridleways through the countryside to explore on horseback and if you are interested in horses pay a visit to the Haras du Pin stud farm in Saint-Lô. If you want to combine exploring and drinking then try following the cider route which covers a trail of 40 kilometres including villages and local producers.

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A wonderful, tranquil location, a few minutes of the town of Aunay-sur-Odon and within half an hour of the D-Day beaches.
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  • 4 double rooms, 1 twin room
  • Wifi in all rooms
  • Close to all Normandy sights and cities
  • Fine-dining by owner and chef Clive.
  • Large grounds to explore and relax in
  • 3hr30 from Calais | 2hr40 from Paris