Before we moved to France and when the boys were pre-school age we always took our holidays in Normandy, in September. We had great weather and of course our accommodation and ferry crossings were cheaper. Maybe you are wondering what there is to do in September - well let me tell you - absolutely loads. All the main tourist attractions will still be open and they will be quieter, the sea will be lovely and warm and the beaches less crowded. There are also plenty of events, exhibitions and sporting events to go to. Here are a selection.

 

Things to do in Normandy in September

 

Exhibitions as part of the Normandy Impressionist Festival

To Sept 26th

An exhibition of Eugène Boudin at the MuMa Museum of Modern Art in Le Havre. 

An exhibition of Frits Thaulow (1847 - 1906) at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen (Housed within le Château de Caen. 

To Oct 3rd

An exhibition termed Being Young at the Time of the Impressionists (1860 - 1910) at the Musée Eugène Boudin in Honfleur. 

Details here.

 

WWII exhibitions

To Dec 2016

'Grandma what was it like during the war?' at the Juno Beach Centre, Courseulles-sur-Mer. Details here.

 Exhibition at Juno Centre, Normandy

American Film Festival

2nd-11th Sept

This international festival showcases American film diversity and sees the stars of Hollywood descend on the coastal town on Deauville. Details here.

 

Sporting Events

8th-18th Sept

The Normandy Channel Race at Caen including a class 40 boat race. Details here.

24th-29th

The European Sand Yachting Championships at Bretteville-sur-Ay. Details here.

Every Thursday until 29th September

‘Les Jeudis du Pin’ with show jumping and dressage displays at Le Haras du Pin. Details here.

Normandy Channel Race, Caen 

Concerts

24th Sept

Spiritual songs at the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey. Details here.

 

Fairs

10th-11th Sept

The 'Foire Millénaire de la Sainte-Croix' at Lessay which includes horses and livestock as well as carriage driving events. Details here.

 

Festivals

16th-18th Sept

The Cider and Dragon Festival at Merville-Franceville. Details here.

24th-29th Sept

The International Kite Festival at Dieppe. Details here.

Dieppe Kite Festival 

Celebrating Normandy

24th - 29th Sept

'La Fête des Normands' with events all over the region to celebrate Normandy. Details here (in French)

17th - 18th Sept

'Journées du Patrimoine' - Heritage Days all over Normandy with many historical buildings open to the public on just this weekend. Details here (in French).

If you fancy joining in with any of these events all of them are within reach of Eco-Gites of Lenault and we have availability through September. Please do click on the links at the top of this page for further details about the gite and to make that booking.

 

Lou Messugo
 

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