April 25, 2016

Your-May-Bank-Holiday-Adventure-hero Surfing in Brittany is great for the whole family – Image by Flickr user Chiara

With the kids at school and both my husband and me working, it can seem like we see very little of each other. Even the weekends are jam-packed with the kids’ sports matches, friends’ birthday parties, and household chores. That’s why, whenever there’s a bank holiday, I try to fit in a short getaway, so we can get back together as a family and have some fun! While three days may not seem like long, it’s just enough time to hop over the Channel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle for a May bank holiday adventure in northern France. If you’re looking for some inspiration, read on for my adventurous May bank holiday guide.

Horse riding

Thanks to its beautiful countryside and lovely spring weather, northern France is ideal for horse riding. Normandy, in particular, is a popular spot for horse riding and there are plenty of riding tour providers to choose from. My family and I are quite adventurous so, in the past, we’ve opted for weekend horse riding tours, where you ride every day and stay in the onsite guest house. We did a particularly good two-night tour of the Lyons Forest. If you don’t want to stay overnight, short rides and day rides are also available.

Explore the Normandy coast on horseback.

Explore the Normandy coast on horseback© Flickr user christopher_brown


You may not know it, but France has several areas where you can catch some waves, and it’s here that my boys developed their love of surfing. We’ve spent many summers visiting family and friends in northern France, during which we’ve all had a go at surfing, much to the delight of both my sons. Known for its rugged coastline, including The Pink Granite Coast, and lovely beaches, Brittany is a great spot for keen surfers, especially in the south. Guidel Plage and Grande Plage are two of the best.


There are so many lovely places to cycle in France, from the picturesque Loire Valley to the mountainous Pyrénées, so whenever we visit France, or anywhere in mainland Europe for that matter, we bring our bikes along. Northern France has lots of great cycling tracks, perfect for families with children of all ages. In the past, we’ve explored the Baie de Somme area, which is made up of 45 kilometres of cycle paths, and Brittany’s coastal route, which wraps around the coast from Le Mont-Saint-Michel to Vannes.

Rafting and kayaking

Known for its famous battlefields and beautiful bay, the Somme has lots to offer May bank holiday visitors, especially those who are looking for an adventure. Rafting and kayaking are my favourite activities to do in the Somme, so I try to fit in a session whenever we’re visiting the area. You can explore the bay on a sea kayak tour, which is a great way to see the bay’s plentiful wildlife, or you can head inland to Picquigny, where you can go rafting on the River Somme.


Try kayaking in the Somme.© Flickr user Kim

Your adventure begins here

With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, crossing the Channel is easy. It takes just 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais, so you can spend more time exploring and less time getting there.

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