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Fun Days Out With Kids In Normandy

Whilst this article is aimed at children, we don’t mind saying that many adults have also had a wonderful time at all these locations. Normandy is steeped in history, beauty and amazing beaches. It also has some cracking days out for all the family. So without further ado, let us tell you all about them!

Ange Michel

There are an assortment of rides which cater to all ages – even the older ones. Everyone seems to enjoy the inflatable power boats and the swimming splash/slide area at no additional costs. So be sure to bring costumes and towels. There are rollercoasters, bouncy castles, swinging high chairs, pony rides, go karting (an extra charge for over 14s), trampolines, a mini train that takes you all around the park, animals, laser shooting, slides and lots more.

The park itself is very hilly, so if walking is a problem, you will need to get the mini train to get you to the top/bottom of the park.

Ange Michel Website

Festyland

Festyland can be found just on the outskirts of Caen. It it a theme park with rides for all ages with a good mix of gentle, intermediate and thrill seeking rides. It is nicely spaced out and overall is fairly flat so easy to navigate for those that have mobility issues. It has the normal snack bars and food to purchase but many bring picnics. It has recently added a dinosaur theme so should delight those that have a penchant for our prehistoric friends. This particular theme park has been established for many years and is quite nostalgic for the local French adults. A great day out for all the family.

Festyland Website

Enchanted Village

The first thing that you are struck by is the numerous zip wires going across the park. Whilst no helmets are required, there is always someone on hand to zip wire across to anyone stranded! At the bottom of the park there are more activities – go karting, bouncy castles, a raft that you have to pull to cross a lake, mini pedaloes and a bicycle zip wire.

At the back of the park you will find the original Enchanted Village – fairy tales are told in little wooden houses, all set within the woods. And let us not forget the sumo suit wrestling at the top of the park – quite a struggle to get into but so much fun and an indoor games room. There is a café but picnics are allowed and many do take their own food and drinks into the village. This is a wonderful day out for all the family.

Enchanted Village Facebook Page

SkyPark – Viaduc de la Souleuvre

A wonderful attraction for both tourists and locals alike is a visit to the Souleuvre Viaduct. It is set in beautiful surroundings but also home to thrill seekers! Here you can bungee jump off the viaduct and partake in many other activities to make you scream. There is something for all ages – a luge, a bare foot garden, high ropes through the trees and a train that can take you down to the bottom of the viaduct and back up if you have mobility issues. Even if you are not partaking in the many different levels of thrill seeking, it makes for a wonderful day out just watching.

SkyPark Website

Caen Castle

For a cheaper day out and in the heart of the city centre, you will find Caen Castle. Normandie Tourisme says:-

Built around 1060 by William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy then King of England, the ducal castle in Caen is now home to the Musée de Normandie (Normandy Museum) and the Musée des Beaux Arts (Museum of Fine Arts).

It has various sculptures within the grounds and the best thing about it? It is FREE to enter!  As it is situated in the heart of Caen you can also wonder the cobbled streets, do a bit of shopping and/or visit on market day which is on a Sunday.

Caen Castle Website

Escape Rooms Caen

There are a few different Escape Game Rooms in Caen. They last for an hour and are great fun for all the family. Many have different themed rooms for you to choose from. You could always follow this up with a game of laser tag or alternatively a spot of paintballing or even ice skating! After all of that you could finish up the day with a visit to Tommy’s Diner – an all American diner experience.

Get Out! Escape Room Caen

Laser Games Caen

Paint Ball Fury Caen

Tommy’s Diner Facebook Page

Ice Rink Caen Website

Falaise Castle

This the castle of all castle’s to visit if you are in Normandy. William The Conqueror unsurprisingly crops up again – this was his birth place and the whole place is steeped in history.  The town’s website reliably informs us that ” The castle of Falaise is a medieval treasure not to be missed. Built for the Dukes of Normandy, the Kings of England and the Kings of France, it has a unique architecture marked by keeps that dominate the fortified city.”

It is not free to enter but makes for an incredible day out and even better if you go during the annual medieval festival in the month of August.

Falaise Castle Website

Bayeux Adventure Park 

Another action packed day with so many activities for all the family it is difficult to know where to start! It has adult/children inflatable bubbles, zorbing, paintball, laser tag, pony rides, aquatic area, multisports, high ropes, mini tractors, sky dives and so much more. This is a full on day so come with a picnic, plenty of snacks and don’t forget a towel!

Bayeux Adventure Park Website

Bayeux Escape Room

Staying in and around Bayeux and just like the city of Caen, you can find an ‘escape room’ game experience. These are very popular in France. Whilst this is not a full day out, you will certainly be talking about it for some time afterwards. A great team bonding experience. Be sure to book online and plan your arrival.

La Bullet Emporelle Escape Room Website

Saint Loup Hors Buggy Experience

This one is for older children and adults alike but what a unique way to see a slice of Normandy whilst making wonderful memories. The website explains “Get the adrenaline pumping with this activity to be shared as a family or with friends! Enjoy driving one of Joel’s buggys across the beautiful landscapes of Normandy and sample some of the local delicacies selected by Laurence. Our tailor-made itineraries are respectful of the environment.”

You are advised to bring sunglasses, sportswear and your drivers licence. Bookable in advance.

Saint Loup Hors Buggy Experience

Mortain Cascades – A Day Outdoors

Another absolute FREE day out are these cascades. This is the largest cascade, or waterfall, in the West of France it has a 25 metre drop and watching the flow of water is mesmerising. There’s nothing quite like the sound of the running water, and hearing this cascading against the rocks is quite something. A simply tranquil place to be and never heaving with tourists.

Just as you exit Mortain, you will find a sign directing you to the Petite Chapelle, here, not only will you discover the Chapelle, but an excellent viewing point. Next to this is a wooded circuit where you can do various exercises – over twenty in total. Once you’ve had enough fresh air, scenery and history you can head back down into Mortain for a drink and something to eat in the various tabacs/bars or the town’s hotel and restaurants nearby.

Manche Tourism Website

Brécey fishing, Horseriding and Open Air Swimming Pool

There is a fabulous open air swimming pool that is open during the summer months which costs approximately 3 euros per person. This is situated next to the commune’s clean and very affordable campsite. There is also a small lake that you can walk around and opposite all of this, is a horse riding school, ideal for children wishing to learn. Please do make enquiries beforehand.

If you are still looking for things to do, you can go fishing at the nearby pond of Les Etangs du Val du Sée – this is ideal for families who wish to catch some carp and for anglers alike. There is also an excellent restaurant which is open all year around.

Les Cavaliers du Val de See Facebook Page – Horse Riding

Fishing Website Valdore

Brécey Outdoor Swimming Pool Information

St Sever Forest High Ropes And Lake

Just outside St Sever Forest (which you can take an amble, walk or hike in) is Lake Le Gast which you can walk around – approximately 7km. There is also some children’s play equipment. Set back from this lake you will discover, nestled in the forest, the Ermitage Chapel, an 18th century convent currently occupied by Carmelite nuns.  A haven of peace and tranquillity.

Within St Sever Forest you will find a restaurant, unique accommodation huts and domes together with high ropes, children’s activities and pony rides. During the summer months, live music is played every Friday which makes for a very nice ambiance in the forest. This is signposted and is in a different location to that of Lake Le Gast mentioned above. The Facebook Page for this area is detailed below.

Etape En Foret Facebook Page

Vire – Bowling, Swimming, Skate Park Activity Area, Cinema and Lac Dathée

There is an excellent full sized swimming pool with sauna, jacuzzi, slides (indoor and outdoors) and a play park area with skate park. Further along from that, you have the bowling alley that often holds karaoke, football screenings and children’s parties. There is also a very good restaurant inside.

Vire has a lovely cinema that often shows films in VO (version originale) so you can watch a popular film in English. Although please do check that the original version was, in fact, in English! Otherwise you may find you are watching a Polish film. There is also a very nice bar/café opposite.

Just outside of Vire you have Lac de la Dathée that has a man made beach area, a lovely (more or less flat) 6km walk surrounding the lake and an 18 hole golf course. You can also hire pedaloes and canoes and there is a sailing school. In the summer months music events are held every Wednesday.

Vire Cinema Website

Vire Bowling And Restaurant Website

Calvados Tourism Website Lac de la Dathée

Zoos 

Jurques Zoo which is approximately 25 kilometers from Vire, is set in wonderful surroundings and, in particular, there is a mountain goat enclosure which has been created as such, and has a wonderful viewing platform.

Zoo de Jurques Website

Another wonderful Zoo, which is approximately 8km from Villedieu-les-Poêles is the Champrepus Zoo. This also is a fun day out for all the family and includes a bridge that crosses from one side of the zoo to the other.

Zoo Champrepus Website

Aligator Bay 

This, as its name suggests, boasts of having “the largest groups of alligators in Europe!” as well as 700 other reptile friends. Given that is only 5 minutes from  Mont St Michel it is an ideal spot to combine the two together. You can book on line to plan your full day out.

Alligator Bay Website

 

Go Karting

There are a few Go Karting places in our local area. One just down the road from our office here in Sourdeval is based in Le Neufbourg. A well organised fun time spent whizzing around the open air track. A little further way, you will find outdoor Go Karting and also Paint Ball at Le Parc. In Flers, you will find an indoor karting track, mini golf and karaoke as well as indoor games.

Rival Karting Website

Karting du Parc

Speed Zone Flers Facebook Page

Clécy – Water Based Activities 

The beautiful village of  Clécy is approximately a 30 minute drive from Tinchebray. It is great for kayaking, canoeing, pedaloes, luge, archery, walks and more picnics. It also has restaurants along the riverside where you can watch the world go by. Another wonderful day out for all the family.

Normandie Tourism Activities Website

Underground Caves 

About 35 kilometres from Vire you will discover underground caves! A great way to spend a thoroughly enjoyable few hours. Don some hard hats, wellies and off you go. Who would have thought that we would have caves in Normandy?!

Souterroscope Ardoisieres Website

Finally and maybe one for the adults and those who want a little bit of romance in their lives, you can take a hot air balloon ride taking in the beautiful Normandy countryside. This is situated outside of Bayeux. Perfect for a proposal!

Hot Air Balloon Website

We hope you enjoyed our little guide to some fun filled days out for all the family.



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