April is the perfect month to get out and about, take a well-deserved break and enjoy the spring sunshine in France.
Let’s go fly a kite!
A sight that you’ll never forget will greet you as you arrive at the little northern French seaside resort of Berck-sur-Mer (Pas de Calais). For almost 10 days, the sky will be filled with thousands of kites – the biggest and the best in the world as the colourful International Kite Festival takes place on the beaches. This is one for all ages with lots to do and see but – the kites are certainly the stars here! Details: www.cerf-volant-berck.com/
Let the Games begin….
Head to the historical theme park Puy du Fou (Vendée) which opens its doors in early April. This extraordinary park puts on the most amazing shows, from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Vikings and upwards, immense performances, animatronics that are world famous, period villages, animals and a whole lot more. www.puydufou.com/en
Nantes Carnival Time
The Nantes carnival is fun and fabulous (Loire-Atlantique). While you’re there, don’t miss a trip to the Les Machines de l’Ile – steam punk meets the imagination of the great French writer Jules Verne as a giant elephant roams the streets and rides featuring enormous shellfish cause open-mouthed wonderment. https://www.nantes-tourisme.com
Amiens Rederie | Bargain hunters heaven
La Rederie d’Amiens in Amiens, Picardy takes place for just 2 days each year - April and October. It’s the second biggest flea market event in France (Lille Braderie in September is the biggest). Thousands flock to the flea market in the shadow of the famous Cathedral of Amiens and it’s a great day out - plus you may just find the bargain of the year if you go early in the morning! Details: www.somme-tourisme.com
Seafood and eat it…
La Fête de la Coquille St Jacques, Brittany sees two days of festivities honouring the humble scallop! In April, the ports of Saint-Quay-Portrieux, Loguivy-de-la-Mer and Erquy hold a festival in honour of the queen of the sands. Boat rides, concerts, special menus and tastings. Details: www.erquy-tourisme.com
Get out the garden
All over France, gorgeous gardens will spring into bloom but if you’re seriously into glorious green-fingered beauty head to the International Garden Festival at the Chateau de Chaumont, Loire Valley. Kew Gardens meets Chelsea Flower show with a lot of French flair. Stunning permanent gardens, contemporary art exhibitions, a beautiful, historic chateau and each April, the opening of the International Garden Festival. This year’s theme is “Gardens of Paradise” – heavenly… www.domaine-chaumont.fr/en
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