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What to do during the winter vacations

in Rouen

Rouen offers a multitude of winter activities for residents and visitors in search of discovery and entertainment during the winter vacations. In this article, we’ll guide you through the season’s must-sees, revealing the activities not to be missed from February 24 to March 10, 2024!


For younger children
Little explorers, on the trail of forest animals

February 28, March 05 and 08 at 2:30pm

Like a little Sherlock Holmes of the woods, come along on a stroll through the Forêt d’exception® forest, and discover the little signs of life left by wildlife and observe how they live. You’ll learn how to identify them and their way of life, and you might even be lucky enough to come across one.

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Animals in museums

February 24, 29 and March 02, 07 and 09 at 3pm

Can you spot the animals in Rouen’s museum collections? They’re hiding in the Musée de la Céramique and the Musée du Secq des Tournelles. Bats, unicorns, bears, dragons and fish are just some of the animals to be found on this feathered and scaly tour, which will reveal some surprising stories about Rouen’s iron and ceramics heritage.

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Family tours of the Historial Jeanne d’Arc

Wednesdays, February 28 and March 06 at 10:30 a.m.

Accompanied by an interpreter, discover the digital trail retracing Joan of Arc s epic, then the Mythothèque, where curious and unusual objects await you! Ages 8 and up.

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Saturdays February 24, March 02 and 09 at 10 a.m.

Take your little ones on a discovery tour of the Joan of Arc historial, on a specially adapted play trail designed for ages 3 to 6.

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Ocean, an unusual dive exhibition

From February 12

Take your family on an extraordinary adventure with this exhibition at the Atrium. Explore the fascinating world of the ocean, plunging into the heart of plankton, microscopic organisms crucial to the Earth’s ecological balance. Take control of the nautilus and discover the technological prowess of human ocean exploration. Meet the fauna, while exploring the sometimes complex relationships between humans and marine biodiversity. Thanks to interactive features, this exhibition, designed by the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, offers an in-depth understanding of life in the ocean.

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For gourmets
Backstage at the Halles

Friday, March 08 at 9:30 am

Usually closed to the public, Les Halles, the Marché d’Intérêt National (National Interest Market), also known as the “Rungis of Rouen”, opens its doors to you for an exciting, gourmet discovery! Immerse yourself in the largest wholesale food market in the northwest quarter of France, and learn more about one of the biggest economic players in the metropolitan area.

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Wine & cheese tasting

Every Thursday and Friday at 6.30pm

With a passionate cheese maker, discover the best cheeses from Normandy and beyond. Each cheese is accompanied by a historical anecdote and an unusual pairing to surprise your taste buds, in an authentic setting: the Taverne Saint-Amand.

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Rouen Gourmande

Saturday, February 24 at 3:30pm

Epicureans, gourmets or gourmands, this tour is for you! Discover Rouen’s gastronomic heritage and culinary emblems, with the icing on the cake: five tastings on street corners.

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For the curious
Cultural jogging

Give your general knowledge a new lease of life on a 7 km running or brisk walking circuit. Breaks will allow you to learn a little more about the city’s history, on a variety of themes.

  • The 12 labors of Hercules (fast walk): Saturday, February 24, 9:15 a.m.
  • Autour du Fleuve (fast walk): Saturday, March 09 at 9:15 a.m.

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The Secrets of the Rouen Dungeon

Every Sunday at 2:30pm

Behind the narrow windows and thick walls of this medieval fortress, the last vestige of the Château de Rouen, discover a monument that tells the story of the city since Antiquity. A fascinating and unusual visit not to be missed!

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Guided tour of the Maison Sublime

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Beneath the Palais de Justice lies France’s oldest Jewish monument, dating back to the 12th century. Accompanied by a guide, discover the archaeological crypt that houses this building, the only one of its kind in France!

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Guided tours of the Aitre Saint-Maclou

Every Sunday at 3pm

Come and discover the rich history of the Aître Saint-Maclou, a unique site that has spanned over 600 years of history. You’ll learn all you need to know with your guide during this 1-hour tour.

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Tuesday to Sunday

Follow two emblematic characters of this former ossuary, the Cat and the Gravedigger, on an immersive audio tour.

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Thursday, February 29 and March 07, 7pm

Usually closed in the evening, this historic monument opens its doors to you at night, allowing you to discover Europe’s oldest ossuary in a magical, illuminated atmosphere.

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For little hands
Cork workshop at Corderie Vallois

Tuesday, February 27 at 2:30 pm

Immerse yourself in a time when the linen, cotton and wool industry was Normandy’s leading industrial activity. Like the engineers of yesteryear, children will build their ideal waterwheel from corks! Ages 6-12.

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Funerary archaeology workshop

Thursdays, February 29 and March 7, 3pm

Your kids are real archaeologists. It’s up to them to dig for the famous skeletons of the Aître Saint-Maclou. After a series of manipulations, their investigations will help them unravel the mystery of these strange inhabitants.

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Family clay workshop

Saturday, March 02 at 2pm

Join us at Aître Saint-Maclou for a 2-hour workshop on clay modeling. Children will discover the pleasure of shaping clay according to their imagination and explore contact with the material, while older children will practice modeling techniques and begin their introduction to decoration.

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Meetings and rehearsals at the Opéra

Thursday, March 07 at 7pm

A few days before the first performance of Tancrède at the Opéra de Rouen, the artistic teams reveal the secrets of their creation and invite you to attend a rehearsal. A privileged moment backstage at the opera.

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Skating rink of lights

From February 24

As part of the Normandie Impressionniste Festival, become the living paintbrushes on a virtual canvas that changes as you glide along it. Artist Miguel Chevalier, a pioneer of digital art, presents this luminous, interactive installation on the ice of the Île Lacroix skating rink.

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Arsène Lupin’s Quest

On sale at Rouen Tourisme, while stocks last (limited edition)

Discover the mysterious character who is trying to erase the famous Rouen author Maurice Leblanc from history, through our interactive investigative game “La Quête d’Arsène Lupin”.


Immersive evening at the Donjon

Friday, February 23 at 5pm, 6:30pm and 8:30pm

Join us at the Donjon de Rouen for a thrilling evening of fun! Immersed in this medieval tower, you’ll need all your investigative skills to unravel the crimes and mysteries witnessed in the dungeon.

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Free of charge


Tuesday, February 27, 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Do your children like to build tree houses in their living room or bedroom? The Maison des Forêts in Orival offers a family activity: Like Robinson, have fun building your own tree house. Ages 7 and up.

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Et patati et patrimoine

February 26, 27, 28 and 29 at 2pm

These workshops offered by the Métropole as part of its Villes et Pays d’Art et d’ Histoire program are open to children aged 4 to 12. Designed to be fun, they are based on observation, to make heritage accessible to all .

Discover works of street art in Rouen, followed by a workshop, Rouen as told by puppets, a sensory tour of the Jardin des Plantes, discover what ironwork is through the work of the famous wrought-iron artist Marrou, a dramatized tour of the defense of the city of Rouen in the Middle Ages.

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Treasure hunt at the Fabrique des savoirs

Saturday, February 24 at 2pm

Head for Elbeuf to board the Elise, the first steamship, andtake on the challenges of the “En Seine”treasure hunt. Ages 5 and up.

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Audace et Modernité exhibition

Until April 24, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Discover the Hôtel du Département de la Seine-Maritime and the furniture collection of this emblematic site of Rouen’s reconstruction. This exhibition shares 55 years of history of this modern, functional building, where aesthetic concerns are omnipresent.

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Heating up! Climate change: the exhibition to understand and act

Until November 30

Head to the Pavillon des Transitions to discover this fun, educational and interactive exhibition designed for families. Explore in-depth scientific knowledge on the realities of climate change, and understand the consequences and challenges involved in the essential adaptation of our territory. This exhibition goes beyond information by providing keys to action, both individual and collective, made accessible to all. An engaging educational journey to better understand, reflect and act in the face of the climate emergency.

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Dress for School” exhibition

Until March 31

Highlighting the dress of both pupils and teachers since the 1880s, the exhibition also examines the role of clothing in teaching, adopting a comparative approach with the UK. Structured in three parts, it invites visitors to explore the interplay of styles and the place of clothing between the school and the domestic sphere, the regulation and role of clothing in defining roles, and the way in which teachers look at school. A fascinating dive into the history of educational clothing.

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For all styles
Elite Tour pole vault

Saturday February 24, 7.45pm

The Perche Elite Tour is a much-anticipated event among pole vaulters, being the world’s second-largest pole vaulting meeting. It’s a real show, a spectacle, while maintaining its official character. Indeed, these meetings enable athletes to beat their personal best and, for the best, to prepare for major international events. Once again, the program is sure to be “up to scratch”, and what’s more, just a few months away from the Paris Olympics!

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February 24 & 25

Discover the wonderful world of Normannia, a fair dedicated to the medieval and the imaginary. Exhibitors, authors, artists, shows, battles, concerts, taverns… a timelessevent for all ages. You’ll also find a huge medieval, fairy-tale and craft market, with a host of events and surprises to round it all off!

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From February 27 to March 10

Every year during the school vacations, the Parc des Expositions in Rouen transforms itself into a giant amusement park.6,000 m² of free-access games are available for young and old! Inflatable structures, adventure courses, bubble soccer, wooden games, giant slides, mini-golf, children’s area (from 3 years). Family fun and sharing.

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This is just a glimpse of the many events on offer during the winter vacations in Rouen.
The Rouen Tourist Office will be open on Sundays during the school vacations (all zones included). Don’t hesitate to drop in!