Occasionally, rain or heavy clouds make an appearance in the Normandy sky.

Don’t panic! Here are some ideas or Grey-weather activities to do and see on a grey day, so you can stay dry until the downpour passes.

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Credit : Tellmaphotographie

Let’s go for grey-weather-activities

Discover the history of the Second World War

The Juno Beach Centre at Courseulles-sur-Mer

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Crédit : Ph. Delval

Canada’s only museum on the D-Day landing beaches, telling the story of Canadian civilians and soldiers during the Second World War.

It’s about Courseulles, the idea of an activity to do on a grey day.

Discover their story through two moving films, interactive tools, as well as Seconde Wolrd War objects.

Accompanied by a Canadian guide, you can also discover Juno Beach, the remains of the Atlantic Wall and visit a bunker (during high season).

All sheltered under a thick concrete roof.

La Station Radar 44, Douvres-la-Délivrande

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Housed in the former German detection station, two refurbished period bunkers provide an insight into the Atlantic Wall, the history of radar and the daily lives of German soldiers.

Just a stone’s throw from the D-Day landing beaches, this museum is the only authentic Luftwaffe air detection station.

This station is part of the fortifications of the Atlantic Wall, a defense system built by the Germans during the Second World War.

The museum offers immersion in 2 converted bunkers and 9 underground rooms, complemented by two films.

Practical information :

Juno Beach Centre


    The Juno Beach Centre is the only Canadian museum on the D-Day landing beaches.  The Centre presents the civil and […]

Radar 44 Museum


    The only radar station kept in its originals state of the D-Day Landing beaches. It is located in an authentic […]

DDay Wings Museum


    The D-Day Wings Museum is the only museum in Normandy devoted to D-Day aircraft and air operations (apart from airborne […]

An afternoon of wellness at the thalasso


Are you planning a romantic getaway in the Coeur de Nacre?

In case of gloomy weather, enjoy a relaxing moment with your partner !

This is just one of the many ideas for grey-weather activities in Luc-sur-Mer.

The thalasso’s three wellness areas :

  • seawater whirlpool pool,
  • traditional oriental hammam
  • Japanese baths in a Zen atmosphere unique to Normandy.

  • A little extra : treatments based on fresh Luc-sur-Mer seaweed.

The Aquanacre aquatic center in Douvres-la-Délivrande also features a wellness area with sauna, hammam and heated bench.

Practical information :

Thalasso des 3 mondes Spa Resort


    With its feet in the water, the 3 Worlds Thalasso in Luc sur Mer offers a large number of treatments, […]



    Just 10 minutes from Caen, take advantage of this 4,000m2 aquatic complex devoted to sport and well-being. Navigate between our […]

Visit a historic castle

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Crédit : Sabina Lorkin

Set in a large green park, this Fontaine-Henry castle impresses with its highest roofs in France, exceptional architecture and richly decorated interiors.

The castle was built as early as the 13th century and has been constantly embellished ever since.

It has never been sold and has been handed down from generation to generation, from its foundation by the de Tilly family to the current owner, the Marquis d’Oilliamson.

Escape game, medieval games festival, evening visits, children’s tours, Halloween activities, wooden games in the park… this castle is particularly suited to family visits.

Discover the world of whales


The whale is the pride of Luc-sur-Mer.

During the night of January 14 to 15, 1885, a 40-ton, 19-meter-long whale ran aground on the shores, at a spot known as the Brèche du Moulin.

This is the number 1 Grey-weather activities for a visit to the town of Luc-sur-Mer.

His skeleton is now on display in a pretty green park.

Discover the history of this cetacean with a free visit to the Maison de la Baleine.

An area with stories and anecdotes about whales, and a memorandum on whale hunting and protection.

Here you can watch a film retracing the history of Luc’s whale.

Nota bene: The Maison de la Baleine is now home to the Luc-sur-Mer tourist office.

Practical information :

Playground – Parc de la Baleine


    It is impossible to come to Luc without passing by the "famous" Whale Park. This charming place is one of […]

Musée de la Baleine – The Wales Museum


    On the night of 14 to 15 January 1885, a 40-tonne, 19-metre whale washed up on the shores of the […]

Lalique Chapel

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Credit : F. Dupont

This chapel in Douvres-la-Délivrande contains one of the first monumental expressions of glass slabs, an architectural technique pioneered by René Lalique.

During your visit, you’ll discover a large translucent crucifix, symbolizing Fidelity, three stained glass windows in the apse, an altarpiece, a tabernacle door, illuminated columns and a sanctuary lamp.

Also on display : Alix Aymé’s Stations of the Cross on lacquer (1948), the 15th station designed by lacquer master Isabelle Emmerique (2014) and its marquetry support designed by Marie Collino (2015); the gisant-reliquaire of Saint Florida (wax restored in 2015 by Stéphanie Duboc).

Know-how: handcrafted umbrellas

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Visit H2o Parapluies in Crépon, which has been awarded the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) label.

Here, every umbrella is handmade in the workshop.

Come and discover this ancestral know-how through a guided tour.

This summer, every Friday at 2.15pm, the H2O team is offering a guided tour of the different stages in umbrella manufacture.

  • Visit limited to 25 people,
  • 45 minutes,
  • 5€/person, free for children under 12.

The indoor carousel at Courseulles

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Crédit : F. Dupont

For three generations, the Tabaud family has been brightening up the faces of the little ones.

For as long as anyone in Courseulles has known this wooden carousel.

Indeed, the beautiful wooden merry-go-round has celebrated its 100th anniversary !

  • Place de Gaulle
  • 2.50€ per ticket, 10€ 8 tickets
  • Open every day in season from 10 a.m.

A night at the casino

Slot machines, English roulette, Black Jack tables, restaurant… try out the two Cœur de Nacre casinos : the JOA casino in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer and the Tranchant casino in Luc-sur-Mer.

Practical informations :

Casino JOA


    61 slot machines, 2 blackjack tables, electronic English roulette. Restaurant.

Casino Groupe Tranchant


    118 slot machines, English Roulette, Stud Poker, Black Jack, + 2 electronic English Roulettes, 1 electronic Black JackTerrace area with […]

Gambling carries risks: debt, addiction… Call (0033) 09 74 75 13 13 (toll-free).


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Challenge yourself !

The 8 trails are accessible from size 30 (Fench size).

Also on site: pool tables, video games…

Going to the cinema

The Cœur de Nacre cinemas offer a varied program for families.

Check out the programs at Cinéma de la gare in Courseulles-sur-Mer, CinéNacre in Douvres-la-Délivrande, JOA Casino in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer and Drakkar in Luc-sur-Mer.



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The Cinéma de la Gare


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Casino Cinema Joa


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Any other requests about grey-weather-activities ?

We have many other ideas for you: visits to educational farms, D-Day museums, museums on the history of Normandy, indoor play activities…

Come and visit us at our tourist offices in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer and Luc-sur-Mer.

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