It’s Time to Celebrate!
Crowds flock to Normandy during the summer not only for its stunning castles and museums in quaint towns, but also for its rich history and festivals, which celebrate its past. Bayeux, located in lower Normandy 30 km west of Cean, is home to the Bayeux Tapestry, has a proud medieval heritage and was the first city of the Battle of Normandy to be liberated. With reasons like that, why wouldn’t the city through a few festivals for locals and tourists alike to come celebrate. Here are a few festivals no one will want to miss this summer.
D-Day Festival Normandy
From the beaches troops first arrived on to the buildings that were destroyed during battle, Normandy is widely known for the role it had in shaping the world’s future during the Second World War, which is why the Bayeux Tourist office organizes and festival to commemorate the arrival of the liberators. The 68th anniversary of the WWII landings will be one not soon forgotten. Beginning in Bayeux and travelling to Sainte-Mere-Eglise, spectators will enjoy parachute landings, a musical fireworks display, a picnic and parade of military vehicles, a concert, and more.
Medieval Festival in Bayeux
July 7 – 8, 2012
Next up is Bayeaux 26th edition of its Medieval Festival. Take a step back in time to the Middle Ages while you enjoy demonstrations by knights, stalls with jugglers, jesters and minstrels, as well as a street parade and book fair. Located all around the Cathedral and in the paved streets on the old town, this is sure to be a spectacle you won’t want to miss. Make sure you stop by the Medieval Tavern for lunch or dinner!
Rendez-vous a la Cathedrale
Bayeux has numerous architectural highlights to boast about, and in the summertime it does just that with a show of architectural projections. Thanks to ultra modern des techniques in video-projection and sound management, the polychromatic highlighting of architectural details, and a projection of giant pictures relating the history of Bayeux and Bessin are visible the Cathedral and in the courtyard of Hôtel du Doyen. These free shows should not be missed so rendezvous at dusk every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for a magnificent event.
July shows: 11:00 PM and 11:30 PM
August shows: 10:30 PM, 11:00 PM and 11:30 PM
These illustrate only a couple events and experiences the region of Normandy has to offer. There are hundreds of places to visit throughout the region, which are just as enticing and capturing as the city of Bayeux. Whatever part you plan to visit with its remarkable history, peaceful scenery, and magnificent architecture anywhere in Normandy guarantees a worthwhile trip.