This summer Normandy celebrates its 1,100 year anniversary with hundreds of events dedicated to French history and culture planned throughout the region.Self-catering accommodation specialist, Pierre & Vacances, is offering history enthusiasts, families or those looking for a cultural holiday the chance to enjoy the anniversary at its selection of properties along the Normandy coastline.
As examples, the Medieval Festival in Bayeux takes place from July 2-3, where the town will feature jesters, jugglers, fair damsels and knights. Highlights include a medieval market, street performances, parades and a dramatic medieval ball. The famous 68m long Bayeux Tapestry is also available to visit. Accommodation at Residence Le Green Beach in Omaha Beach is being promoted as ideal for the festival and is 25-minutes from Bayeux. A three-bedroom house sleeping six people from July 2-9 costs £882.
The Crèvecoeur Castle Festival takes place between August 7-15, recreating scenes from the Middle Ages. Historians and archaeologists will make sure that each scene is historically accurate so visitors really feel as if they are walking through a 15th century castle. The festival is a 30-minute drive from the new Houlgate Premium Residence & Spa. Accommodation is in apartments or houses sleeping up to eight people, all with a balcony or terrace, fully equipped kitchen and Wi-fi internet. On site there is an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, sauna, steamroom and an Algotherm Deep Nature Spa. A two-bedroom house sleeping four people from August 6-13 costs £1,371.