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Summer nights in Normandy

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Normandy might ring a bell for historical reasons, but it is seldom thought of as a fun-filled destination for a summer holiday. No worries, though: we're here to change your mind. Experience all that Normandy has to offer when the sun goes down this summer, from light shows to evening markets to fireworks.

 

Light up the night

It is the time of year when the sun sets late and temperatures are mild - perfect weather to watch a sound and light show. See the Rouen Cathedral come to life in a free show where the stories of William the Conqueror and Joan of Arc will come alive in colour and music before your very eyes. Or see the colourful narratives celebrating France's journey to freedom during WW2 displayed on both the Bayeux Cathedral and its "Tree of Liberty".

Head further south to the city of Sées and marvel at the wonder that is their annual light show, projected on their cathedral, a national monument. Or if you fancy something a bit more off the beaten track, visit the Manoir du Courboyer in the Perche Natural Park for a spectacular light show, showcasing the heritage of this picturesque area, famous for its Percheron horses. 

 

Party like a local 

With the highest number of bars per capita in France, Rouen is the perfect place to party, with bars, pubs and clubs playing a wide variety of music.

Join the 30,000 students who call Caen their home for a great night out! To further sample the delights of the city's nightlife head to the Rue Ecuyère for a pub crawl you won't forget. 

 

Mont-Saint-Michel by moonlight

Experience Normandy's most iconic landmark like never before. The Mont-Saint-Michel is illuminated by nightfall and makes for a magical evening. Doors open to visitors after hours so make sure to take advantage of one of the unique evening tours around the abbey. 

From 10th July-26th August, the tours take place Monday--Saturday, 7:30pm-midnight. Visit the website for more information.

 

A night at the races

Enjoy an evening full of family fun at the Cabourg Hippodrome; take your pick of activities such as races, games and concerts taking place very Tuesday and Friday this summer.

See the Cabourg Hippodrome website for more information and to purchase tickets.

 

Markets at twilight

Bustling with tourists and locals alike, the markets are awash with life come sundown. Spend the evening exploring the local produce and crafts that the region has to offer.

Head to Cherbourg for a bit of evening shopping where there will be market stalls and music on the quays every Thursday night as part of the city's popular 'Summer on the Quays' event. 

Find your nearest evening market by visiting Normandy by Night.

 

Street art

Normandy will play host to 12 street art festivals this summer, with 700 shows featuring performances from comedians, fire-eaters, acrobats, jugglers, tightrope walkers and more. Also, see the return of famous theatre company Royal de Luxe and their giant mechanical puppets to the port city of Le Harve, for a world renowned performance. 

In the town of Bagnoles-de-l'Orne, an action-packed programme of open-air circus, magic, theatre and comedy performances. Be sure to make the most of the hundreds of free shows taking place across the region.

 

Bastille Day fireworks  

Celebrate Bastille Day this 14th July by watching one of the many firework displays across the country.

The skies will be filled with a kaleidoscope of colour. Either head to the picturesque village of Reully for an evening ball and fireworks show or the nearby village Pacy-sur-Eure for a free concert and fireworks display on the town square.

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