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The French are very child friendly, and Normandy offers all sorts of opportunities for kids and families to have fun. Arromanches and its surroundings are particularly rich in adventures waiting to be enjoyed.
Arromanches' miles of beautiful sandy beach and safe swimming are watched over by lifeguards during the summer,. There's space from horizon to horizon for long walks, beach games, sandcastles, crepes and a 1903 merry-go-round with carved wooden horses compete with tennis courts and crazy golf for children's attention.
On the edge of the village, the stables offer pony rides, trekking across the cliffs, and the chance from time to time to gallop through the waves as far as Asnelles. www.cherokee.equitation.free.fr
The sand-yacht club at Asnelles can teach you in half an hour how to race with the wind, and Asnelles also has quad bike, buggy and Jeep hire. At the microlight aircraft flying strip, you can organise flights out over the remains of Arromanches' wartime Mulberry harbour - www.goldbeachevasion.com
Saturday morning, Bayeux market is a great place to see interesting seafood, and strange looking sausages, as well as pizzas, crepes, and smelly cheeses. You'll find toys far too dangerous to be sold in the UK, as well as chickens, geese and ducks to be petted on their way to the pot. Port en Bessin market on Sunday morning is a smaller version, but with fishing boats tying up and unloading just behind the stalls.
After getting lost in the maze at Bayeux, you will find Festyland is an excellent low cost theme park, fun for ages 4 to 10. Just this side of Caen, on the N13.
Head up towards le Havre to find spectacular aerial rope ways and death slides in the tree tops for 8 to adult. Excellent !
Swiss Normandy has several Kayaking sites on the river at Clecy - (tel: 00 33 -2 31 69 79 73), where there is also a nice little model railway museum - (tel: 0033 2 31 69 07) and an underground geology park in a disused Iron Ore mine, Les Fosses d'Enfer at St Remy sur Orne - www.musee-fosses-denfer.com
Finally, heading back up to Cherbourg, there is the Cite de la Mer, a history of undersea exploration, a huge aquarium, and a decommissioned nuclear submarine to play in, all housed in the old trans-Atlantic liner sheds at the port.
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