Activities

Events in Normandy

2019 is an eventful year in the immediate area of Le Manoir de La Pataudière :

The new Memorial to Wartime Civilians, the “Mémorial des Civils dans la Guerre” (the official opening was in May 2016).
With contents strictly selected by the Memorial de Caen,
the innovative scenography will plunge visitors into wartime civilian life,
especially during World War II.

If 2016 was marked by the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and William the Conqueror’s crowning at Westminster, the following years went on with several events and 2019 promises to offer new events not to be missed to mark the medieval history of Calvados:
  • Medieval festivals throughout the region: medieval street markets, music, dance, theatre, reenactments, workshops, sound and light shows and special exhibitions in many towns and villages.
  • Medieval landmarks and relics from the turbulent Middle Ages to discover the legacy of this fascinating medieval past and its sacred places.
  • Falaise, birthplace of William the Conqueror (1027): the Château of the Duke of Normandy built by Robert the Great (the story of William and Normandy’s medieval history come to life via a tablet tour) and the old town
  • The Epic adventure in the footsteps of William the Conqueror, in the beautiful norman sites indissociable from both French and English History
  • The Eglise Abbatiale of Saint Pierre sur Dives
  • The Ducal Castle of Caen with its ramparts of 11th century, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe
  • The Men’Abbey (Abbaye aux Hommes) and Ladies’Abbey in Caen, built by William and Matilda to gain official permission from the Pope for their marriage
  • Saint Etienne Church Caen : tomb of William the Conqueror
  • Sainte-Trinité Church at Caen: tomb of Queen Matilda
  • Crèvecoeur-en-Auge: the château, a unique example of a fortified Lord’s manor dating from the Middle Ages
  • Notre-Dame church at Dives-sur-Mer from where William and his army set sail for the Battle of Hastings
  • Honfleur, a medieval city and a jewel of Calvados county
  • Bayeux: the tapestry, UNESCO listed, 200ft-long hand-woven embroidery from the 11th century, and the Notre-Dame Cathedral consacrated in 1077 in the presence of William the Conqueror
  • The medieval Creully fortified castle.
  • Going south from Le Manoir de La Pataudière, within a short drive: Domfront‘s ruined castle site, its chapel and dungeon dating back to Henry 1st Beauclerc, son of William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders; the medieval city of Alençon conquered by William after a long siege; the Château de Carrouges surrounded by a moat.
There are taking place each year.
And 16 places to discover or to visit again from the Manoir de La Pataudière all around the Pays de Falaise – Suisse Normande!

Musée André Lemaître, Arboretum de la Royauté, Automates Avenue, Chapelle Notre-Dame de Bonne Nouvelle, Chapelle Saint Roch, Chapelle Saint-Vigor, Château de Guillaume Le Conquérant, Chemin de fer miniature, Domaine de Pontécoulant, Ecomusée de l’abeille, Eglise de la Trinité, Eglise Sainte Anne, Espace musée Charles Léandre, Cour Monbret, Musée de l’imprimerie typographique, le Musée Hardy.

By booking with us your stay, a short break or a long holiday, you will be at the heart of all these events !

Activities in Calvados… and Normandy !

Ideally located in the heart of Normandy, the self-catering apartments and B&B en suite rooms of Le Manoir de La Pataudière offer the perfect base for exploring the tourist attractions of our Region : historical sites, artistic and cultural places to visit and events not to miss, treasures of Heritage and architecture, as well as many leisure facilities.

 

From your B&B or your gîte at Le Manoir de La Pataudière, between Pays de Falaise and Suisse Normande, you are situated at a privileged spot at the crossroads of the different Calvados areas. First of all, you can visit the Cistercian Abbey of Villers-Canivet, the Chapel of the hamlet of Torp and the immediate surroundings. Then, in less than an hour, you can visit Bayeux and the BessinCaen and the Côte de Nacre, the Pays d’Auge and the Côte Fleurie as well as the Bocage Normand.

 

Discover more particularly the ancient heritage : the magnificent abbeys of Caen – the Abbaye aux Hommes and the Abbaye aux Dames – , the castles of William the Conqueror at Falaise and Caen, the castle of Vendeuvre and its beautiful gardens, the medieval city of Bayeux and its 11th c. tapestry listed in the UNESCO “Memory of the World” programme , the striking and prestigious castles of Fontaine-Henry, Creully or Balleroy.

 

Should you wish to extend your exploration of religious heritage, follow the historic norman abbey route that leads to the wonderful site of Mont-Saint-Michel.

Dive into an enthralling insight into a major turning point of contemporary History : the codenamed “Overlord” landing on the night of 5th-6th June 1944 and the Battle of Normandy. Browse sites and places of remembrance, visit museums dedicated to heroic battles, such as the Memorial of Caen and the Museum of Arromanches, tread the five D-Day beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword, the huge American cemetery of Colleville-sur-mer or the impressive German cemetery of La Cambe. Visit the sites of “Falaise-Chambois Pocket” (the “Corridor of Death” at Montormel) where the British, Canadian and Polish troops and the American and French forces surrounded and captured the occupant. The victory of Tournai-sur-Dive on August 21st 1944 marked the end of this vast and momentous WWII operation, three days before the Allies crossed the Seine and entered Paris.

 

Calvados also offers an array of outdoor activities.

The coast of 75 miles long and its vast fine sandy beaches is the ideal spot for water sports such as land yatching, windsurfing, sailing, kite-surfing…
♦ The Côte de Nacre, from Port-en-Bessin and its port fortified by Vauban to Ouistreham and its child-friendly activities, through Courseulles sur-mer and its marina, Graye and Ver-sur-mer and their wild beaches, Saint-Aubin-sur-mer and its family resort atmosphere
♦ The Côte Fleurie, from Merville-Franceville in a wonderful setting or Cabourg with its Marcel Proust Promenade to Honfleur and its beautiful picturesque harbour, through Deauville and its famous “Planches” boardwalk or its twin sister Trouville.
The Suisse Normande so named because of its rugged landscape carved by the Orne river offers the idyllic setting for hiking, rock climbing, canoeing… A genuine paradise for nature lovers! The perfect destination for a breath of 100% fresh country air!
Discover the Roche d’Oëtre, one of the most prestigious viewpoints in the West of France, classified natural site located in the heart of the oldest mountains in in Europe. It rises to 118meters, offering a magnificent panorama on the wooded gorges of the Rouvre and a multiple choice of hiking.
Clécy, Pont d’Ouilly, Thury-Harcourt and their surroundings will also undoubtedly charm you…

As a magical part of Normandy with a wealth of landscapes, Calvados can be explored on foot, by bike or on horsebackFamily escapes or sporting excursions : whatever your preference is, you will always find hikes, bike paths or equestrian trails.

You have been seduced by Calvados as horse country with so many equestrian centers and the highest concentration of stud farms in France and pony clubs ? From le Manoir de La Pataudière, in less than one hour, you can easily go to Le Haras du Pin, well known as the “equestrian Versailles”, the finest of France’s national stud : the visit will thrill novices as well as experts.

What about a golf course ? With several golf courses nearby -at Garcelles-Secqueville just on the outskirts of Caen, in the middle of the beautiful “Suisse Normande” countryside or overlooking the sea – you are bound to have many unforgettable experiences on Calvados’ golf courses for both beginners and experienced players.

 

Family holidays are special and there are so many activities to choose from : theme parks, leisure parks, aquariums, animal parks and zoos, adventure parks, water parks, indoor leisure areas, mazes, tourist trains, mini golf courses, riding centers … much to the delight of young and not so young alike.

 

Things to do, things to see close to the Manoir de La Pataudière gites and B&B in Calvados, Normandy ?
The list is as wide, various and surprising as the palette of the Impressionist painters whose Normandy is the cradle !