The Normandy D-Day Festival

  • Arromanches, Normandy, France

    Arromanches beach - © shutterstock/s74

    Arromanches, Normandy, France

    Arromanches beach - © shutterstock/s74

  • Arromanches, Normandy, France

    Arromanches beach - © shutterstock/s74

    Arromanches, Normandy, France

    Arromanches beach - © shutterstock/s74

  • Sainte-Mère-Eglise, Normandy, France

    Sainte-Mère-Eglise - © shutterstock/HUANG Zheng

    Sainte-Mère-Eglise, Normandy, France

    Sainte-Mère-Eglise - © shutterstock/HUANG Zheng

The Normandy D-Day Festival arromanches fr

Each year on and around 6th June, the Normandy D-Day Festival commemorates the arrival of the allied liberators during World War II and celebrates France’s new-found freedom. Visitors to this year’s 11th edition of the festival will enjoy a jam-packed programme of cultural events including parachute demonstrations, military vehicle parades and reconstitutions of military camps, firework displays, concerts and dances, giant picnics, book fairs and dedicated exhibitions. With more than 110 events in total, the festival promises to be a beautiful and moving celebration for 2017.

On 6th June 1944, the beaches of Normandy were the site of ‘Operation Overlord’, with which thousands of allied soldiers stormed the shores in order to free France and all of Europe from the stranglehold of the Nazi regime. The D-Day Beaches continue to bear their code names – Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword – and have been transformed into museums, monuments, and military cemeteries, each commemorating these events that would change the course of history.

From Sainte-Mère-Eglise in Arromanches to Carentan, Omaha Beach, Bayeux, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Ouistreham and Caen, visitors can learn and understand the history of D-Day – and there are spaces specially adapted to younger audiences. Museums such as the Musée du Débarquement at Utah Beach or the Centre Juno Beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer highlight educational activities for children. The D-Day Beaches can be explored in a number of active ways, too: by sand yacht (at Utah Beach), by boat (the remains of the Pont Artificiel d'Arromanches) or in a military Jeep.

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