Happy New Year, Normandy lovers. What are your Normandy plans for 2019?
We are making plans and have a few tips for the year ahead:
The Granville Carnival is always a welcome sign that Spring is in the air. This is four days of celebrations from 1st to 5th March so remarkable they have earned UNESCO approval as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” Its also terrific fun, with amazing parades, music, food… oh and the annual sentencing and cremation of the king…
March is also the month of Mortagne-au-Perche’s annual Boudin Noire (black pudding) festival. Smoother, richer and all together better than British black pudding, this small festival is a gourmet treat.
For a taste of country Normandy, Les Rencontres de Cambremer 4th and 5th of May is a Pays d’Auge delight. For two days this pretty Calvados town is taken over by local producers of cheese, cider, calvados and some surprising lesser known regional goodies; calvados cocktails, confiture, sensational sausages, fab fudge… you get the idea. A very friendly event, there is lots to try and buy while awards are won and entertainments enjoyed.
A special year
Top of our list for 2019 is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy, with many events planned around 6th of June. There is already lots of information online with the dedicated Bayeux-Bessin info page (English) a good place to start.
June 6th to 16th June this year is the 30th anniversary of the Rouen Armada (English link) and you don’t need to be a sailor to enjoy the beautiful tall ships that sail in from across the world. There will be races, parades, ships to visit and amazing fireworks. It’s a busy event but worth tackling the crowds.
From September to December you will be able to visit a new tapestry in Bayeux. The hand-made Game of Thrones tapestry will be on loan from Ulster Museum in Northern Ireland and on display at the historic Hôtel du Doyen. Over 77m long, it tells the entire story of the famous tv show and isn’t finished yet; when season 8 ends in 2019 the new story will be added.
Find your Normandy
Of course this is just a tiny slice of Normandy in 2019. For a monthly guide to events, have a look at the excellent Normandy Tourism diary.
Interested in antiques and brocante? Read through our Brocante lovers guide and discover sales in your area every weekend.
For inside info into the region we can recommend the Our Normandy Life blog that will tell you all you need to know about bringing up and English family in Normandy. Our casually curated twitter feed ‘That looks interesting‘ of local tourist offices and this one of English speaking bloggers may be handy, you will need to be logged in to Twitter view.
Do you have a Normandy recommendation to share for the year ahead? Let us know your plans!
We wish you all a very happy 2019
Reader tips for the year:
Gill and Dennis will be staying in Seine Maritime and recommend the Neufchatel annual cheese festival held there in September and music festival with a choir of 1000 voices. They tell us Rouen is twinned with Norwich in England! and will be visiting the tall ships in June.