February 19, 2016

No matter where you are in France, spring is a beautiful time of year. The sun has risen from its wintertime hibernation, the flowers are beginning to bloom and the scent of summer is in the air. If you’re looking for some springtime holiday inspiration, look no further than Normandy, on France’s northern coast. Known for its lovely beaches, diverse towns and famous attractions – including Mont-Saint-Michel and the Bayeux Tapestry – Normandy is top of our list this spring. Here are a few reasons why.

Festival of New Circus Forms: SPRING

If you like your entertainment to be a little left field, make sure you book tickets to at least one performance from the Festival of New Circus Forms. Taking place at locations throughout Normandy, the festival showcases all kinds of unique acts, and is mixture of circus acrobatics, art, music, dance and theatre. Come prepared to be blown away.

When: March to early April

Black Pudding Festival

Every year, Mortagne-au-Perche – a small town in the Orne Department of Normandy – hosts a celebration of Boudin (that’s black pudding to you and me). Often regarded as the black pudding capital, Mortagne-au-Perche’s festival includes cooking demonstrations and eating contests, while the main event is a competition to find the best black pudding in the world. Delicious!

When: mid-March

Tulip Festival

Set in the gardens of one of Normandy’s most beautiful castles, Château de Vendeuvre, the annual tulip festival showcases over 100 varieties of tulips, alongside narcissuses and grape hyacinths, amassing to around 30,000 individual flowers. Stroll through the spectacular gardens, amongst the colourful flowers, soaking up the springtime sunshine. Once you’re finished in the gardens, explore the château and its museum.

When: April

Enjoy spring’s tulips at Vendeuvre.
Enjoy spring’s tulips at Vendeuvre. Credit: Vendeuvre

Normandy Impressionist Festival

As the birthplace of Impressionism, it’s of no surprise that Normandy holds one of France’s best Impressionist festivals. Taking place from April to September, exhibitions are dotted throughout the region, at various galleries and exhibition spaces, and follow this year’s theme, ‘Impressionist Portrait(s)’. Whether you’re an art aficionado or not, this is your chance to be wowed.

When: Every 4 years, April to September

Easter Festival/Deauville Music Festival

The Deauville Music Festival (or Easter Festival, as it is also known) offers a jam-packed programme of spectacular classical music that’s guaranteed to impress. From Mozart violin concertos to Schumann quartets, the festival is a delight for the ears, and a must for the musically inclined. Don’t miss out, book your tickets today.

When: Mid-April to early May

The Easter Festival takes place in the seaside town, Deauville.
The Easter Festival takes place in the seaside town, Deauville.

Whelk Festival

Situated as it is – on France’s north coast – Normandy is abundant with fresh seafood and shellfish all year round. If you’re after a springtime seafood fix, make your way to Pirou for its annual Whelk Festival. Browse the many stalls, where you can sample all kinds of locally-caught seafood, and grab a seat at the open-air concert on Sunday. It’s a great day out for the family.

When: Weekend in mid-April

Enjoy delicious seafood at The Whelk Festival
Enjoy delicious seafood at The Whelk Festival

Plan your spring getaway with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Travel from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes and you’ll be Normandy within a few short hours. Book today.

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