Outdoor activities to do in Normandy | Quality Villas

outdoor activities to do in normandy

Normandy is a wonderful place to have a family holiday, and with its coast, forests and
countryside, this northern region of France provides
an unlimited variety of fantastic outdoor adventures to go on. Whether it’s by
foot, bike or high in the trees, holiday makers in Normandy can fully
experience the magnificence of the great outdoors.

Now spring is here, the weather is much better for spending
time outdoors too, and so when staying at our family friendly villas,
, be sure to try out any of these fun activities and discover as
much of this wonderful place that you can.

Horse riding

Normandy is a place with a passion for horses. The Orne County is known as horse country due to the
many equestrian centres, stables and stud farms. Tourists enjoy attending
several horse shows held in the region or visiting the farms. Most of these
farms and equestrian centres also cater to families,
and you can organise a horse-riding outing from just a few hours to a whole
day. An afternoon horse riding through the forests or crossing Mont St
Michel bay is a once in a lifetime experience.

Bungee jumping

This is an activity
not for the faint hearted but is
immensely fun. In the heart of Normandy is the Bungee Jump centre from AJ
Hackett, based near Vire. A disused viaduct is
used for the jump, and there are other exciting activities for the
non-jumpers such as a zip wire that stretches the valley and an adventure


Pack up a picnic, get on some comfy walking boots and head
off for a family hike along one of Normandy’s hundreds of miles of walking
trails. There are numerous footpaths that make their way through changing
landscapes, from woodland and forest, over rolling hills and along the coast.
Suggested itinerates can be found in the tourist offices of local towns.


For those who prefer cycling, the quiet country roads,
forest tracks and cycle paths of Normandy make this activity a true pleasure.
There are many places to hire bikes from in the region for those who prefer not
to take their own. Wherever you decide to go on your day out cycling, you are
sure to discover some beautiful hidden corners. Remember to bring a camera
along so you can snap some shots of the gorgeous scenery!

Adventure playground

Your kids will love to hear ‘treetop adventure park’ so it
won’t take much encouragement getting them to Woody Park near Fécamp. There are
loads of fun and child-friendly activities to take part in, from treetop rope
courses, sumo wrestling in inflatable suits, paintball, treasure hunts, mini
golf to Gladiators-style jousts.

Miniature city

Take your children to a place where everything is tiny, the
Chemin de fer Miniature in Clécy has the largest and most detailed miniature
railways in Europe. There are over 450 metres of railway, plus cars, homes and even a circus tent, all with real
lighting and realistic sound effects. The place is quite special, and children love it. The miniature
city is also surrounded by park and
gardens, food stalls and a ride-on train, so even the adults can enjoy spending
time here.

Underwater adventure

Children who have any interest in science and history will
love La Cité
de la Mer – and you can include some education into your family holiday.
Located within Cherbourg’s 1930 cruise terminal, this maritime museum is like
no other. First off there is Redoubtable, the French navy’s first ballistic
missile submarine and the largest submarine open to the public in the world.
Other highlights include an interactive experience of European migration to
America in the early 20th century and the Explore the Ocean Depths
exhibit where you learn about the history of underwater discovery and explore
the marine life.

Relax in nature

Everyone needs some time to relax on a family holiday, and
the place for that in Normandy is Le Parc de Saint Symphorien des Monts. Just a
few miles from Mont Saint-Michel it is full of lovely plants and flowers in the
gardens, and lakes and woodlands to stroll through.
There are all kinds of animals there too such as deer, llamas, camels and
alpacas. Children will love the activities on offer and the pony rides, and
adults can enjoy the artistic installations throughout the park. This really
is a tranquil place to spend a sunny spring day.

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