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What to do with your family during the summer vacations

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As summer slowly settles in and the summer vacations draw near, the summer season gets underway in the city of Rouen. With the arrival of the summer vacations, it’s time to immerse yourself in a program rich in discovery and entertainment for the whole family. Discover the activities on the territory of Métropole Rouen Normandie, from July 6 to September 1, 2024.


Get moving this summer
Animals in the city

July 8, 16, 22 and August 1, 9, 19 and 26 at 3pm Come with your family and discover the fantastic and folkloric animals hidden on Rouen’s monuments: the pig with the toothache, Rouen’s gargoyle and the rescue horse will reveal their secrets. Info and booking

Meet the farm animals

July 31 and August 10, 18 and 24, 2pm Discover farm animals with your children! Take a guided tour of the hens, pigs and other animals to discover their lifestyles and habits. Info and booking

Explor Games at Château Robert le Diable

Wednesday to Sunday, until September 1, in the afternoon Whether you’re more into history or nature: choose your scenario, reserve your tablet and explore the castle with a fun exploration game that’s full of surprises… Info and booking

Robert the Devil’s Olympics

July 7 at 10 a.m. Step back in time and try your hand at archery, historical fencing and axe throwing! Supervised by professionals, you’ll spend half a day discovering each discipline in turn! Will you awaken your inner William Tell? Information and booking

Budding farmers

July 6, 10, 21 and 27 at 2 p.m. Your children will be immersed in the life of a small farmer: between feeding, caring for and participating in farm chores, this workshop will introduce them to the world of living organisms and agricultural life. Info and booking


August 27 at 2.30pm, free of charge Like Robinson, have fun building your own family tree house at the Maison des Forêts in Orival. Gather wood and rope to create the most beautiful structure possible in this fun workshop. Information and booking

Fridays at Le Taillis

July 19 and 26 and August 2, 9 and 16, 6pm-9pm Join us at the Château du Taillis for a musical evening featuring a new band every Friday. Enjoy the on-site foodtrucks and designer market. Info and booking

All-terrain scooter excursion

July 15, 23 and 31, 3pm Discover the city’s forest heritage! This 18km loop starting in Saint-Martin-de-Boscherville will also allow you to admire the 12th-century abbey of Saint-Georges-de-Boscherville, which overlooks the village and its marshes, as well as the Château de Montigny. Information and booking coming soon

Natural and gourmet escape at Jumièges

July 18 and 25 and August 8 and 15 Located in the Parc Naturel des Boucles de Seine, the goat farm offers a breathtaking view of Jumièges Abbey. Discover the unique biodiversity of this farm and enjoy traditional cuisine at the Petite Auberge. Information and booking


for all tastes
Free visit of the Rouen Keep

Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Take a free tour of the last vestige of Rouen Castle, thanks to a booklet of games and riddles. Observe and decipher the details of this historic site that has spanned centuries of history. Information and booking

Storytelling tours

July 7 and August 4 at 3pm One Sunday a month, a guide and storyteller bring Rouen’s heritage to life in a different way. In July, enjoy a storytelling tour of the legends of Jumièges. In August, come aboard for a tour of the Seine on the left bank. Information and booking

Historial Jeanne d’Arc

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Discover an unforgettable experience through witnesses, reconstructions and audiovisual effects that will transport you to the heart of the 15th century. Relive the epic and captivating story of Joan of Arc through the medieval rooms of a historic monument. Information and booking

Color Exhibition

Every day from 1.30pm to 6pm Challenge your senses and your brain during this dizzying exhibition at the Musée de la Corderie Vallois, in the world of color, thanks to an approach combining science, technology and art. Information and booking

Magical Rouen

July 9, 15, 23 and 29 and August 8 and 23 at 3pm Dive into your magician guide’s family history and relive the history of Rouen through the eyes of your ancestors. A magician, juggler and juggler, he’ll take you on a tour of the city’s past, complete with magic tricks and anecdotes. Information and booking

Museum “August 44: Hell on the Seine

Monday to Saturday, 2pm to 6pm This museum retraces the tragic hours of combat, followed by the hours of relief at the Liberation. Through the accounts of soldiers, civilians and objects, weapons and outfits, learn about the last battles of the Battle of Normandy. Information and booking


Family experiences
Grande et Petite Fabrique

July 15 and 16 at 2pm, August 26 at 10:30am As part of the David Hockney Normandism exhibition, join the whole family for a convivial workshop on the Impressionist movement. Info and booking

Family clay workshop

August 17, 2pm Children discover the pleasure of shaping clay according to their imagination and desires. They explore contact with the material, while the older ones practice modeling techniques and begin their introduction to decoration. Information and booking

Et Patati et Patrimoine

July 8 to 12 and August 26 to 30 These workshops are offered by the Métropole as part of its Villes et Pays d’Art et d’ Histoire program, and are open to children aged 4 to 12. Designed to be fun, they are based on observation and drawing, modeling and painting, to make heritage accessible to all. Information and booking

Family workshop: Upcycling

July 27, 2pm Scraps of fabric, broken vases, worn jeans… Give your objects a second life! With the help of professional craftsmen, learn upcycling and repair techniques to make your favorite objects last longer. Info and booking

Family storytelling walk

August 18, 3:30pm, free Come and discover the garden of simples with your family, free of charge, with this storytelling tour that will help you discover the origins of plant names, based on imagination and mythology. Info and booking

Rainbow Treasure” workshop for young audiences

July 11 and 18 at 10 a.m. Join us at the Musée national de l’É ducation for this storytelling workshop. Discover colors and their mixtures, then take your turn to make a suspended rainbow. Info and booking

Free of charge

Monumental Forest #2

Until June 2026, 13 works of art can be discovered in the Domanial Forest of Roumare on an open-air trail among the trees and forest paths. Ideal for a family day out in the woods, where you can have fun, hide and seek, while admiring these impressive monumental works. Information and booking

Guinguettes de Duclair

July 14, August 4 and 18 In the charming town of Duclair. Enjoy the festive atmosphere typical of guinguettes on the banks of the Seine. Lunch and dance this summer for a unique experience combining concert and theater. Info and booking

Mardis Musik

Every Tuesday at 5pm Throughout the summer, Jumièges Abbey offers visitors free musical discoveries in the abbey. Jazz, folk, electro, Gregorian chant, music from here and elsewhere, every Tuesday in the sublime setting of the abbey. Information and booking

Commented walk on the liberation of the Elbeuf commune

Saturday, August 24, 3:45 pm On this 4-kilometer walking tour, we’ll take you through the streets of Elbeuf, where the historic events of the town’s liberation took place. There will be stops along the way where a witness to the period, assisted by the Coeur de Bleuet association, will comment on the historic events that took place at each location. Info and booking

Aerobatic night

Saturday, August 24, 9pm Join in the International Bat Night by coming to meet 20 species present in Normandy, during a nocturnal stroll on the exceptional site of Jumièges Abbey. Information and booking

    Sunday concerts in the Jardin des Plantes

    Every Sunday in July at 3pm, music takes center stage at the Jardin des Plantes bandstand. Amateurs and professionals alike will brighten up your Sunday this summer. Information and booking

    Rouen sur Mer

    July 6 – August 4, 2024 Every year, Rouen’s low-lying left-bank quays, between the Jeanne-d’Arc and Guillaume-le-Conquérant bridges, transform the urban heat into a summer beach vacation. Enjoy fun workshops and beach games every day. Information and booking


    Key dates
    Jours de Fête Festival

    From July 6 to August 31 Discover the Jours de Fête festival with your family, and enjoy some twenty free shows all over the metropolis. Enjoy the great outdoors all summer long, with shows in a wide variety of styles to help you discover the region. Info and booking

    La Solitaire du Figaro

    August 17 to 23 For its 55th edition, the Solitaire du Figaro Paprec has chosen to set up its Grand Départ village on the quays of Rouen. Get ready for a host of events and meetings with the skippers. An opportunity to celebrate our river and maritime heritage. Information and booking

    Les Musicales de Normandie

    August 21 to 27 Experience the exceptional Musicales de Normandie concerts in the region’s most outstandingheritage sites. A dozen concerts across the Rouen Normandy Metropole. Information and booking

    Under the stars

    August 31, 7pm For its 3rd edition,Jumièges Abbey invites the most daring to pitch their tent andspend the night in the Abbey grounds. You’ll be able to arrive on site, set up and enjoy the various activities on offer until the lights go out. Information and booking