Why Normandy ticks all the boxes this Easter

Normandy is one of the top destinations for child-friendly entertainment this spring! Here are some handy suggestions for what families can see and do in Normandy over the Easter holidays...

Easter expeditions

30 March-2 April: Easter Fair in the Pays de Bray (near Neufchâtel-en-Bray)

Taking place all weekend in the picturesque Pay de Bray countryside, this Easter Fair in the village of Buchy will host a funfair all weekend, a donkey and chicken fair on the Sunday and a market boasting 200 stalls on the Monday morning. While older children will enjoy the rides, little ones will love befriending the animals and parents can peruse artisanal products and local produce galore.

Festival entry is freebit.ly/EasterFairPaysDeBray

1 April: Buried treasure in the Perche (Saint-Cyr-la-Rosière)

Parents and children over six are invited to take part in a fun-filled treasure hunt at the Ecomuseum of the Perche, a beautiful old priory in the heart of the Perche Natural Regional Park. With an Easter egg trail and an 11am puppet show for children under six, there’s something for the whole family!

Entry is free | ecomuseeduperche.fr

2 April: Easter egg hunt at the Château du Champ de Bataille (Le Neubourg)

Young and old alike will love this year’s Easter egg hunt, which takes place at 10am in the beautiful gardens of the Château du Champ de Bataille, alongside pony rides and a treasure hunt. The chateau restaurant Café Garcia will also be serving a special Easter menu. Prizes include the coveted chocolate hen, made by renowned local chocolatier Michel Cluizel.

Entry to the gardens costs €15 for adults, €10 for 12-16s and is free for under 12s | Taking part in the Easter egg hunt is free

lechateauduchampdebataille.com

14-15 April: Cabourg in Bloom (Flowered Coast)

Every Easter, visitors flock to the pretty seaside resort of Cabourg for the annual Garden en Fleurs festival. Enjoy a ride on the big wheel, explore the town on the tourist train, try out Norman specialties at the festival or embark on a family-orientated tablet tour of the town.

Festival entry is free | cabourg.fr/garden-en-fleurs

Medieval merriment

1, 9, 11 and 13 April: Family Days at the Abbey of the Mont-Saint-Michel

During this fun guided tour of the abbey, geared towards families with children aged 7-12, your guide will tell you all about the history of this world-famous monument and let visitors access previously unseen parts of the abbey. Tours last two hours and start at 11am and 2:30pm.

Tickets cost €13 for adults, €9 for 18-25s and are free for under 18s. Book ahead online or by phone and collect your tickets from the front desk 15 minutes before the tour starts.

abbaye-mont-saint-michel.fr/en | +33 (0)2 33 89 80 00

Reopens 7 April: Escape the dungeons of Rouen!

This brand new Dungeon Escape Game is a larger-than-life escape game for adults and children over 9 that involves successfully solving a series of puzzles and escaping in less than 60 minutes from the very medieval tower where Joan of Arc herself was kept prisoner.

Reopens 7 April: Ticket prices start at €11.50

donjonderouen.com

Explore William the Conqueror’s Castle in Falaise

Relive the story of William the Conqueror in 3D! Follow a tablet tour of his castle in Falaise, where film, audio and period furnishings all come together on screen to reveal what the ducal castle would have looked like in the Middle Ages.

Open every day | Ticket prices start at €4 (family pass: €20)

bit.ly/WilliamTheConquerorsCastle

Go wild at Biotropica

Visit Biotropica this spring and make friends with reptiles, mammals and birds, travel around the world on the walking trails, marvelling at penguins, red pandas and kangaroos along the way, and explore the rainforest in the tropical greenhouse!

Open every day | Ticket prices start at €9.50

biotropica.fr/en

Ride high at the Parc du Bocasse

Just 25km north of Rouen, this theme park boasts 40 rides including rollercoasters, water rides, slides, flying teacups, a pirate boat and a runaway mine train. The park reopens for the summer season on 1 April, so what better time to pay a visit?

Reopens 1 April | Ticket prices start at €17 (family pass: €86)

parcdubocasse.fr/en