Normandy Events 2019
Not only does Normandy have fabulous scenery, great places to visit, more history than an A level history teacher can tell you about and delicious local food, it also packs in a huge number of special events over the whole year. Here's just a taste of some that are coming up - one for each month of 2019:
Normandy Events in 2019
9th January - Women's Football Friendly
France v USA at Le Havre
9th - 10th February - Normannia Festival, Rouen
Medieval and Steampunk festival with 140 exhibitors
1st - 5th March - Granville Carnival, Granville
Normandy’s longest running street carnival has just been added to UNESCO’s list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”
From 20th April - Festival de Paques, Deauville (Festival of Easter)
Major classical music festival
16th - 26th May - Normandy Channel Race
A 1000-mile international sailing race starting and finishing in Caen, with a ten-day programme of events.
7th - 9th June - Rendez-vous aux Jardins, all over Normandy
National garden open day
5th - 7th July - Bayeux Medieval Festival
Bayeux comes alive with numerous medieval stalls and shows.
18th August - Retro Festival, Saint-Aubin-des-Bois
The 39th annual harvest festival, complete with many vintage vehicles.
Image from Retro Festival website
6th - 8th September - Foire Millénaire de la Sainte-Croix, Lessay
A massively popular horse and cattle fair with large funfair.
20th October - 19th November: Foire Saint-Romain, Rouen
One of France's largest funfairs with over 200 rides for all ages.
November (date to be confirmed) - Fête de l'Andouille, Vire
Festival celebrating andouille, the famous chitterling sausage of Vire.
1st December 2019 - 1st January 2020 - Illuminated towns and villages in the Bocage
Villages and towns around Domfront, Flers and Condé-sur-Noireau set up fabulous Christmas lights with the best display said to be at Beauchene (below).
And the Big One - 6th June 2019 sees the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings on Normandy's beaches. Huge celebrations will take place all over Normandy throughout June. The gite is already booked for 3 weeks in June but the last week is still available. There will be events related to D-Day throughout the year so you've not totally missed out if you come at a different time.
This is just a small taste of all the events happening in Normandy in 2019. I have tried to include in this post as wide a range of events as possible but for other ideas/events/sporting fixtures etc etc have a look at the Normandy Tourism website.
What will you be doing in Normandy in 2019?