Normandy Culture and Events

Mardi Gras Carnival, Granville

24 - 28 February 2017

Floats and festivities plus, on the final day, you can wear a mask or disguise!

The Musee des Impressionnismes, Giverny

24 March 2017 - 5 November 2017

AOC Festival, Cambremer

Early May 2017

Cambremer food festival dedicated to showcasing the quality of Normandy's regional produce. Enjoy market stalls, tasting sessions and cooking demonstrations from some of Normandy's most respected chefs. Plus there are games and amusements to keep the children occupied!

Jazz sous Les Pommiers, Coutances

20 - 27 May 2017

International jazz festival, the largest in West France, with over a hundred concerts, street entertainers and gigs.

500 years of Le Havre

27 May - 8 October 2017

2017 marks the 500th Anniversary of Le Havre, and with a timetable full of special events and celebrations, there couldn’t be a better time to visit this historical city.

The founding charters of the city were signed in 1517 by Francois I and its status quickly grew thanks to successful trade links and later, its popularity as a busy seaside resort and the transatlantic liners connecting Le Havre to New York in the early twentieth century.  All of this changed during World War II when Le Havre became one of Europe’s most devastated cities with over 20,000 homes destroyed and many thousands of lives lost.

Since then, Le Havre has rebuilt itself into the bustling multicultural city we know today and is now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the vision of Auguste Perret, who was known as the concrete poet after his famous architectural works.

To celebrate its milestone year, Le Havre will be holding 5 months of celebrations including art installations, street parades, concerts and exhibitions. It all kicks off on 27th May with the opening ceremony organised by the team behind the famous N.A.M.E electronic music festival that takes place every year in Lille. Events will be taking place throughout the city and will celebrate the culture, history and people of Le Havre.

From 6-9th July the world famous Royal de Luxe Company will be bringing their amazing giant mechanical marionettes to Le Havre for a one of a kind show that will fill the streets of this maritime city. Be sure not to miss the return of Impression, Sunrise; the famous piece of impressionist art painted by Claude Monet in Le Havre in 1872 – it will be on display at the MuMa (Museum of Modern Art) between 9th September – 8th October 2017.

The closing ceremony will be held on 8th October and will aim to bring the whole of the city together to celebrate, starting with an unmissable firework display held at sunrise. A new permanent, interactive digital installation will also be revealed during the ceremony, which will be both an everlasting reminder of the last 500 years and a landmark of Le Havre for many generations to come.

Holiday France Direct have a range of stunning properties in Normandy that are within easy reach of Le Havre meaning you and your family will be able to take part in all the fabulous celebrations! With discounts of 20% available on Brittany Ferries’ car and passenger fares and Economie crossings direct from the UK to Le Havre, planning your visit couldn’t be easier!

D-Day Commemorations

June 2017

73rd anniversary of the D-day landings in June 1944. Ceremonies and events held on beaches and at towns and memorials across Normandy.

Les Jeudis du Pin, Le Pin-au-Haras

1 June - 14 September 2017

Fabulous display of dressage, show jumping and more at the Le Pin National Stud in Lower Normandy

Carrot Festival, Creances

August 2017

Cheese Fair, Livarot

5 - 6 August 2017

Music Festival, Tatihou

12 - 25 August 2017

Cross on foot through the oyster beds from St-Vaast-la-Hougue to Tatihou for its annual music festival, timed to coincide with low tide!

American Film Festival, Deauville

01 - 10 September 2017

Glamorous film festival screening the best of the US’s film releases.

Annual Paris-Deauville Rally, Deauville

September/October 2017

Pre-1940s vintage cars raced from Place Vendome, Paris to Deauville. Includes gathering and exhibition of vintage cars.

International Kite Festival, Dieppe

2017 dates TBC

Week long kite festival with participants from around the world. Kite flying, acrobatic kites, creative artists plus workshops on building and flying kites

Please check precise details and dates with event organisers before making your holiday and travel arrangements.

International Kite Festival, Dieppe

2017 dates TBC

Week long kite festival with participants from around the world. Kite flying, acrobatic kites, creative artists plus workshops on building and flying kites

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