The best Normandy summer festivals not to miss

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“Where else can you head out on holiday and see headliners like Placebo, Foals or the Prodigy before exploring the iconic Mont-Saint-Michel? Listen to live jazz from all over the world in medieval streets? Rock out on a racecourse after touring the land of cider and cheese in a vintage car?” ~ Normandy summer festivals

Best Normandy summer festivals

This summer, festival vibes are coming to Normandy! And people of all ages, whether families or friends, can enjoy international artists and regional cuisine with all those famous Norman landmarks just a short drive away. Normandy summer festivals brings big names, picture‑postcard scenery, mouth-watering food, an abundance of fun activities at your disposal and surprisingly inexpensive tickets: all of this is just a short hop away from the UK! Here’s a selection of our favourite festivals:

  1. For the rockers and ravers: Rock in Evreux, June – Evreux racecourse (Eure)

Don’t let the name Rock in Evreux fool you: rock is sure to shake Evreux, but a sonic sound clash of electro beats, hip-hop breaks and driving rhythms will also fill the summer air on the racecourse. Easy to get to by train from London via Paris, this festival comes in first place for anyone who doesn’t want to take the car!

  • Line-up: The Prodigy headlining, plus Ásgeir, Austra, Gojira, Jain, Machine Gun Kelly and more
  • Campsite: 2 minute walk from the festival
  • Getting there: Eurostar from London Saint Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord then train from Paris Saint-Lazare to Evreux (5 hours including connection in Paris)
  • Tickets: Book with Festicket
  • Visit the festival website for more information: rockinevreux.org

 

2. For the indies and emos: Beauregard, July – Hérouville Saint-Clair, near Caen (Calvados)

Set in the beautiful grounds of the Château de Beauregard, the popular Beauregard Festival’s star‑studded line-up, chilled-out vibe and proximity to both Ouistreham port and Caen-Carpiquet airport means that it appeals to both families and friends heading over from the UK.

Festival Beauregard 2016 | souvenirs from John Beauregard on Vimeo.

  • Line-up: Placebo and Phoenix headlining, plus Echo and the Bunnymen, Editors, Foals, Grandaddy, House of Pain, Iggy Pop, Jagwar Ma, Metronomy, Midnight Oil and more!
  • Campsite: 10 minute walk from the festival
  • Getting there: Portsmouth to Caen/Ouistreham with Brittany Ferries: daily cruise-ferry sailings – up to three sailings a day. London Southend to Caen-Carpiquet with FlyBe – up to five flights a week in both directions.
  • Tickets: Book with Festicket
  • Visit the festival website for more information: festivalbeauregard.com

 

3. For the eclectic types: Green Horse Festival, July – Mauquenchy racecourse (Seine‑Maritime)

One of the Normandy summer festivals it features artists like dance DJ Martin Garrix and soca superstar Calypso Rose. A whole host of music genres will come together in an explosion of sound at brand new festival Green Horse. Set in the heart of the Normandy countryside, with the beach, cheese-producing town of Neufchâtel, medieval Rouen and Seine Valley not too far away, you can enjoy a holiday of music and much more!

  • Line-up: Calypso Rose, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Imany, Martin Garrix, Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) and more
  • Campsite: 5 minute walk from the festival
  • Getting there: Newhaven to Dieppe ferry service with DFDS Seaways: up to three sailings a day. You could even cycle from Dieppe to the festival via popular cycle route, the Avenue Verte!
  • Tickets: Book with Festicket
  • Visit the festival website for more information: https://greenhorsefestival.fr

Normandy summer festivals info:

For more details on festivals in Normandy, visit: http://bit.ly/NormandyRocks

For details on how to get to Normandy, visit: http://bit.ly/howtogettonormandy

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