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.”

Granville Carnival - Normandy

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.

Steam Engine at the Retro Festival, Normandy
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.

Foire Saint-Romain, Normandy

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?

Events in Normandy in 2019