Our 8 big events for 2019

If Normandy has been named as one of the world's top regions to visit in 2019, it's for good reason. During the whole year, big events will be taking place across this beautiful part of France. Here is our Top 8!

75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

The memory lives on! 6th June 2019 marks the start of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy and with it, a momentous occasion to celebrate peace, liberty and reconciliation.

During the whole of the summer, a rich and unprecedented programme of events will be put together to bring the memory of this period of world history to life, all while emphasizing the spirit of hope. The anniversary will be commemorated with military parades, firework displays, airdrops, giant picnics, concerts and military camp re-enactments.

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Rouen Armada

Come and marvel at the world's finest Tall Ships during this huge festival on the banks of the River Seine in the host city of Rouen. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this key event in the international sailing calendar will bring together visitors from near and far with thousands of French and foreign sailors from 6 to 16 June. Fifty magnificent ships, along with military boats and even submarines from all around the world, will line Rouen's quaysides for ten days of celebrations, finishing with the famous parade along the River Seine.

Women's World Football Cup in Le Havre

The excitement is building for the next major event in the international football calendar. From 7 June to 7 July, twenty-four national teams, including France as the host nation, will compete to win the Women's World Football Cup in 52 matches across nine host cities, including Le Havre right here in Normandy. The city's brilliantly blue Stade Océane will be hosting seven games, including a Quarter Final on Thursday 27 June.

The Ocean of the Future at La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg

Following renovations, family-friendly museum La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg opens its epic new The Ocean of the Future exhibition in the spring. Visitors will embark on a incredible underwater adventure, learning all about the deep sea through spectacular multimedia spaces and visiting 16 impressive aquariums housing beautiful sea creatures, from colourful exotic fish to species from the English Channel.

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Norman Rockwell Exhibition at the Caen Memorial

In 2019, the Caen Memorial Museum will exhibit over 70 paintings and illustrations by Norman Rockwell, one of America’s most popular press illustrators and painters. This will be the first time Rockwell’s work has been displayed anywhere in France. The museum will also welcome a new cinema where visitors can experience the impact of war in Europe through a 17-minute 360° film that uses original archived footage.

Normandy Peace Forum

The Normandy World Peace Forum is a major international event initiated by the Normandy Region, which will be attended by heads of state, leading academics, political specialists and guest speakers. The second edition will take place on 4th and 5th June 2019 in Caen, just before the anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, and will provide a platform for reflection and exchange on world tensions and peace building.
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Dieppe Herring Festival's 50th Anniversary

One of Normandy's main food festivals and France's largest herring festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019. Over 100,000 visitors from far and wide will flock to Dieppe's quaysides to enjoy the freshest of smoked fish and seafood.

The Game of Thrones Tapestry comes to Bayeux

The Game of Thrones Tapestry is one of the most ambitious and beautiful piece of Game of Thrones artwork in existence. Commissioned by Tourism Ireland to draw tourists to Belfast, it has been hanging in the city's Ulster Museum since July 2017. Each panel of the tapestry depicts scenes from each of the 67 episodes yet aired, each done it the style of the world-famous Bayeux Tapestry. From 13 September to 31 December 2019, the GOT Tapestry will cross the Channel and will be on display in Bayeux, close to the same site as the original one!