10 reasons to hop over in October!

It's that time of year again: summer already seems far way, the air is turning chilly, the days are getting shorter and you're in need of a family break before Christmas comes along. If you're searching for an idea during the October half term hols, then look no further: Normandy is the perfect destination for a short holiday with the kids, come rain or shine!

Top 5 things to do if the sun is shining

Fête du Cidre, Beuvron-en-Auge

In the heart of the Norman countryside, the beautiful village of Beuvron-en-Auge celebrates one of the region's most famous drinks every October. Stroll through market stalls selling local produce, watch cider being made, listen to live folkloric bands and enjoy family entertainment galore, surrounded by picture-perfect secenry.

Sunday 22 October

Transat Jacques Vabre, Le Havre

This year, the start of one of the most celebrated and longest double-handed transatlantic races coincides perfectly with the 500th anniversary celebrations in Le Havre. From 27 October, boats will dock in the Vauban basin, along which the race's village will be set up with exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment, boat tours and activities for all the family. At night, fireworks will light up the sky and parties will get the village rocking.

From 27 October to 5 November

ClecyGliss, Clécy

At the heart of the Swisse Normande, this exciting monorail toboggan run gives the opportunity to snake down the hills for 650m at a speed of 50 km/hour in an exhilarating ride for all ages. The less adventurous can sit an relax at the bar and watch the sledges wizz down while little ones enjoy a free bouncy castle.

Open 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm


Ferme en Folie Festival, Bréhal

Providing a huge range of games, arts, activities and workshops for children, this 'crazy farm' festival takes place during ten days in Bréhal and its region. Over seventy events are scheduled, including farm visits, treasure hunts, film screenings and an organic market.

From 23 to 31 October

Unforgettable animal encounters await in Bréhal

Brionne Leisure Park

Set around a 22 acre lake, this water and leisure park features canoeing, windsurfing, pedal boating and sailing. If temperatures are fair, you can also simply go for a swim or a paddle. Don't want to get wet? Why not try a game of miniature golf, tennis, volleyball or even fishing?

Open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm
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Top 5 things to do if the skies aren't so blue

Paradis Aquatique Tropical, Verneuil-sur-Avre

Located within the Center Parcs holiday village, this water park is the perfect place to head if the weather turns cold. Under a glass dome heated to a temperaure of 29°C, families can enjoy sildes, wave pools, wild water rapids and jacuzzis, not forgetting the famous water tree with its cannons, fountains and slides. The little ones have their very own play area, while adults can make the most of hot tubs, massage cabins and saunas.

Open 7 days a week from 10:30am to 8:30pm

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The Great Barrier Reef at the Panorama XXL, Rouen

New for 2017: At 32 metres high and 110 metres wide, this full-sacle panorama of Australia's Great Barrier Reef transports visitors on a visual expedition to the largest coral reef on earth. Discover this magical underwater world in all its fragile beauty and complexity. Located on the banks of the River Seine, the Panorama XXL is unique in France and instantly creates that "wow" effect.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm

Airborne Museum, Sainte-Mère-Eglise

Where History comes alive! Children aged six years upwards can relive the parachuting of 6 June 1944 by boarding a C-47 plane for a night flight and landing in Sainte-Mère-Eglise amidst the battle.

Open 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm

William the Conqueror's Castle, Falaise

Born in Falaise in 1027, William the Conqueror accomplished his very first feat of arms within this castle. Today, visitors are immersed into the daily life of a duke or a king thanks to touch-screen tablet computers and sound & light projections. An interactive and immersive visit for all the family!

Open 7 days a week from 10am to 7pm
A unique historic experience in Falaise!

La Maison du Camembert

In the heart of the village of Camembert, this late 18th century building has been beautifully restored and now houses the Maison du Camembert. It offers a showcase for France's most emblematic cheese and pays tribute to Marie Harel, the inventor of Camembert, in the historic place where this great saga began. At the end of the visit, you can taste a variety of cheeses and take some home to share and enjoy.

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 to 11:30am and from 2 to 4:30pm
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