Normandy rocks!

Normandy = D-Day landing beaches, Bayeux Tapestry, world-famous food & drink, Impressionist painters …and music festivals! With over 40 events taking place this year, the region is a real hot spot for music lovers and has become a popular destination for international festival-goers who want to combine the fun and excitement of outdoor music events with a short break away.

Normandy has it all!

Where else can you get to see headliners such as Depeche Mode, Jack White, Macklemore or Jake Bugg before exploring iconic Mont Saint-Michel? Catch indie talents Django Django, HMLTD or MGMT on the beach after jumping in a vintage 2CV to tour the land of cider and cheese? Watch the sun set over Etretat's famous white cliffs at a free festival on the seafront? Dance to DJ Snake’s hits in the heart of the French countryside?

All across Normandy, festival vibes will surge through small towns, buzzing cities and spectacular coastlines. Even with artists flying in from all over the world, you’ll still get to showcase real Normandy with an abundance of local food and drink at most events. Cider and Camembert anyone?

Headlining acts, picture-postcard scenery, great facilities, mouth-watering food and surprisingly inexpensive tickets: all this just a short hop away from the UK!

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Beauregard

Hérouville-Saint-Clair, near Caen (Calvados)

Set in the beautiful grounds of Beauregard Castle, this festival straddles the boundaries between underground and mainstream, meaning its lineup appeals to all.

> From 6 to 9 July 2018

> Lineup: Depeche Mode, Macklemore, Simple Minds, Jack White, The Breeders, MGMT, The Offspring, At The Drive In, Girls in Hawaii, Nothing But Thieves, Parquet Courts...

> Prices: 1 day ticket from €49 (£43) – 4 day pass from €164 (£144)

> Campsite: 10 min walk from the festival

> Getting there: Portsmouth to Caen/Ouistreham with Brittany Ferries: daily cruise-ferry sailings – up to three sailings a day.

London Southend to Caen-Carpiquet with FlyBe: regular flights.

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Papillons de Nuit

Saint-Laurent-de-Cuves (Calvados)

An electronic wave weaves between the guitar strings at this festival held in the heart of the Norman countryside. Look out for the Eiffel Tower replica!

> From 18 to 20 May 2018

> Lineup: Jake Bugg, Django Django, HMLTD, Idles, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Nova Twins, Max Jury...

> Prices: 1 day ticket from €40 (£35) - 3 day pass from €97 (£85)

> Campsite: 5 min walk from the festival

> Getting there:

Portsmouth to Caen/Ouistreham with Brittany Ferries: daily cruise-ferry sailings – up to three sailings a day.

London Southend to Caen-Carpiquet with FlyBe: regular flights.

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Etretat Beach (Seine-Maritime)

A free event held in legendary Etretat, world-renowned for its iconic cliffs overlooking the Channel. Live shows, DJ sets, nature and food make for a perfect combination by the sea.

> From 6 to 8 July 2018

> Lineup: TBA

> Prices: Free event!

> Campsite: No official camping but 2 campsites situated nearby

> Getting there: Portsmouth to Le Havre with Brittany Ferries: daily sailings – ‘no frills’ economy service. Bus from Le Havre to Etretat.

Free!

Rock in Evreux

Evreux Racecourse (Eure)

Don’t let the festival name fool you: rock will sure be king in Evreux, but a sonic soundclash of electro beats, hip-hop breaks and driving rhythms will also fill the summer air on the racecourse.

> From 29 June to 1 July 2018

> Lineup: Pete Doherty, DJ Snake, Tarrus Riley, Darius, Jonas Blue, Feder, Martin Solveig, Asaf Avidan...

> Prices: 1 day ticket from €42 (£36) – 2 day pass from €67 (£58) - 3 day pass from €98 (£85)

> Campsite: 2 min walk from the festival

> Getting there: Eurostar from London to Paris then train from Paris to Evreux

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Cabourg Mon Amour

Cabourg Beach (Calvados)

Taking place on a beautiful sandy beach, this hip and intimate festival caters to the indie crowd.

> From 29 June to 1 July 2018

> Lineup: Mall Grab, Yellow Days, Bruxas, HAAi, Juliette Armanet...

> Prices: 3 day pass from €62 (£54)

> Campsite: On the seafront, 25 min walk from the festival

> Getting there: Portsmouth to Caen/Ouistreham with Brittany Ferries: daily cruise-ferry sailings – up to three sailings a day.

London Southend to Caen-Carpiquet with FlyBe: regular flights.

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Pete the Monkey

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, near Dieppe (Seine-Maritime)

Recently crowned as a ‘secret hidden paradise’ by the French newspaper Le Monde, Pete the Monkey Festival is an intimate and unique music and arts event set right by the sea.It's so good you'll go ape!

Nominated for “Best Overseas Festival” at the 2016 UK Festival Awards and “Best Independent Festival” at the 2016 Aim Awards.

> From 12 to 14 July 2018

> Lineup: TBA

> Prices: SOLD OUT

> Campsite: 2 min walk from the festival

> Getting there: Newhaven to Dieppe ferry service with DFDS Seaways: up to three sailings a day.

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Jazz en Baie

Carolles / Granville / Genets

Taking place in various locations in the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay Area, this festival blends jazz, pop, soul and funk music together with the chance of visiting historic sites.

> From 25 July to 5 August 2018

> Lineup: Marcus Miller, Keziah Jones, Selah Sue, Earth, Wind & Fire, Hugh Coltman, Mike Stern...

> Getting there: Portsmouth to Cherbourg: fastcraft service frm 3rd May to 11th September 2018 – up to two sailings a day in each direction

Poole to Cherbourg: daily cruise-ferry service all year round

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Normandy rocks year-round!

Festivals for all tastes

  • For its 41st edition, this major jazz, blues and rock festival will welcome many headlining acts undercover in the countryside outside Rouen.

    > From 27 to 30 June 2018

    > Lineup: Gilberto Gil, Icognito, Electro Deluxe...

  • Held in the picturesque town of Coutances, Jazz sous les Pommiers (Jazz under the apple trees) is one of France's longest-running jazz festivals. The programme includes a broad eclectic mix of jazz sub-genres and concerts take place in ten different venues around town.

    > From 5 to 12 May 2018

  • Now in its 15th year, Ouest Park promises to be bigger and better than ever when it returns to Le Havre this September.

    > From 19 to 23 September 2018

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Music and more!

Unique and fun activities

  • Located in the village of La Ferrière-Harang, this impressive viaduct is one of France's highest bungee jumping facilities. You can also try the giant swing, which will propel you to a speed of 120km/h in less than 4 seconds!
  • Hop aboard one of France's most famous cars and hit the countryside roads for a quirky and tasty tour of Normandy through the land of Cider and cheese.
  • Discover one of France's best kept secrets and master the art of mixology in a private room at the Bénédictine Palace in Fécamp.

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  • At the heart of the Swisse Normande, this monorail toboggan run will give you the opportunity to rush down the hills at a speed of 50 km/hour!
  • Water skiing, body jumping or water sliding: you'll be spoilt for choice at this leisure park located a few miles away from Caen.
  • New! Will you manage to escape this creepy dungeon where Joan of Arc was kept prisoner?

  • Home to over 30 000 students, Caen is Normandy's party capital. A great way to see and experience the city's nightlife is to head to the Rue Ecuyère for a pub crawl you won't forget!
  • Experience the world's largest 360° panorama by artist Yadegar Asisi. The Rouen Panorama takes visitors on a trip into the late Gothic era at the onset of modern times.
  • Cherbourg's sealife centre is an unmissable attraction. Board Le Redoutable, the largest submarine open to the public in the world and experience the magical Abyssal Aquarium, which is an incredible 11 metres deep - the deepest aquarium in Europe!

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