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On Saturday September 17 and Sunday September 18, 2022, the 39th edition of the European Heritage Days will be held, which will celebrate sustainable heritage, a highly topical theme in the context of climate change. For the occasion, the sites, museums and associations of the Falaise – Suisse Normande destination are offering you original activities and visits.

Saturday, September 17

Cliff: Guided Tour “Cliff in Paintings”

  • At 15 p.m. – Free (registration via the Facebook page “Si Falaise m’tait conté”)

Departing from the church of Guibray, this guided tour will take you to Place Guillaume le Conquérant. The Guibray horse market, the market in front of St Gervais, the houses of Val d'Ante, the churches or the castle of Falaise have been chosen as subjects for paintings or engravings by many artists. This walk of about 1h30 will be the opportunity to discover them and to find with them the trace of the old Cliff. Let us be guided by the eyes of Raoul Dufy or Othon Friesz, André Messager or Pierre Trémauville.

Falaise - Mediatheque : Conference

  • From 14:30 p.m. to 15:30 p.m. – Free – Contact: 02 31 41 65 45

Conference “The Neolithic in the Pays de Falaise” by Denis Jan, archaeologist at the Department of Calvados. The Neolithic sites excavated in the Pays de Falaise will be discussed, in particular that of Les Sentes, recently excavated, as well as other sites in Calvados in order to illustrate all the facets of this period.

Treprel – Treprel Castle: Self-guided tour 

  • Exceptional opening!
  • From 15 p.m. to 21 p.m. – Free

Discovery of the park and the west facade of this castle, built around 1780 by Nicolas Gondouin.

Vignats – Careers: Open doors

  • Exceptional opening!
  • Open from 9 a.m. to 18 p.m. – Free - Contact: 02 33 67 88 00
  • Tours depart every 30 minutes between 9:30 a.m. and 16:30 p.m.

A 1h30 circuit by bus will allow you to discover the site, the operating machinery and related trades.

Sunday, September 18

Falaise - Mediatheque : Excavation of a false Neolithic tomb

  • From 14 p.m. to 17 p.m. – Free – Contact: 02 31 41 65 45

Come and experience the excavation of a false Neolithic tomb, in the glass roof of the media library, with an educational booklet as support. A mediator from the department's archeology service will be present to accompany the public.

Falaise - Intermission Cinema : Projection

  • From 19:30 p.m. to 21 p.m. – Free – Contact: 02 31 90 31 17

Screening: "Dancing with animals: the Great Regards".

Chorège CDCN invites you to discover the documentary films of the dancers Marine Chesnais and Céline Larrère. A choreographic approach to the sensitive relationship with whales, bees, cows and snails, in the open sea and on farms, where the encounter with the living and animal bodies is crossed by dance.

Falaise - Church of Saint-Gervais : Concert

  • At 16 p.m. – Free participation – Contact: 02 31 90 25 40

Concert organized by the Independent Music association and supported by the Saint Laurent neighborhood association. The Keiran Mc Niff Singers, a group of 80 French and English singers accompanied by a chamber orchestra, perform works by Whitacre, Handel, Albinoni, Arnesen, Nicolay, Goodall, Purcell, Forrest, Rutter.

La Hoguette – Abbey of Saint André en Gouffern : Guided tour

  • From 13 p.m. to 18 p.m. – Free (on registration) – Contact: 07 77 96 67 84

Guided tour of the site by the owners who will introduce you to the remains of the abbey, its history, its architectural heritage and the establishment of sustainable heritage.

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September

Falaise - William-the-Conqueror Castle : Independent visit

  • From 10 p.m. to 18 p.m. – Free – Contact: 02 31 41 61 44

Presentation of the site by the mediators for about ten minutes, the visit of the dungeons is then carried out independently for all visitors (limited places).

Falaise - Automata Museum : Independent visit & Escape Game

  • From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 13:30 p.m. to 18 p.m. – Free – Contact: 02 31 90 02 43

Come and visit the Museum of Automata independently and on the occasion of Heritage Days, make the pleasure last by participating in the Escape Game "Operation Mudaf+"(on registration: 14:30 p.m. & 15:30 p.m.).

Cliff – Château de la Fresnaye: Exhibition

  • Saturday from 14 p.m. to 20 p.m. & Sunday from 11 a.m. to 16 p.m. – Free

At the invitation of the town of Falaise, six artists from the Labo des Arts have held residencies at the Château de la Fresnaye. Come and discover their productions over the weekend.

Falaise - Hotel Saint Leonard : Guided tour 

  • Exceptional opening!
  • Departures: 14 p.m., 15:30 p.m. & 17 p.m. – €5 (free under 5s) - Contact: 06 16 94 45 59

Mr VATINEL, owner of the place invites you to discover this beautiful 18th century private mansion, the work of the architect Nicolas GONDOUIN, during a guided tour (reservation recommended). During the two days, a garage sale will be held in the courtyard.

Falaise – Guided tour: “Cliff by horse-drawn carriage”

  • Meet at Place Guillaume the Conqueror
  • Departures on Saturday: 14:45 p.m. / 15:30 p.m. / 16:15 p.m. / 17:00 p.m. / 17:45 p.m.
  • Departures on Sunday: 10 a.m. / 00 a.m. / 10 a.m. / 45 p.m. / 11 p.m. / 30 p.m. / 12 p.m. / 15 p.m. / 14 p.m.
  • Prices: €7.00 / Adult – €3.00 / Child – €15.00 / Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children)
  • Duration: 30 mins – Reservation recommended – Contact: 06 88 40 06 35

As part of the European Heritage Days, COBService offers you a visit to Falaise by horse-drawn carriage. This circuit punctuated with stops will make you discover the heritage of the city and the world of driving. A family outing that will delight young and old!

Saint Martin de Better – Chapel of St. Vigor : Independent visit

  • From 10 a.m. to 18 p.m. – €1 – Contact: 02 31 90 17 26

Free visit to the Saint Vigor chapel, erected in the 1987th century and restored in 21 by Kyoji Takubo, a Japanese artist, who decided to make it a true work of art. Come with your picnic on Saturday and enjoy the illumination of the chapel from 23 p.m. to 14 p.m. Presence of the two artists who proposed a beautiful summer exhibition from 18 p.m. to XNUMX p.m.

Versainville – Château de Versainville: Guided tour 

  • Exceptional opening
  • Departures: Saturday at 14:30 p.m. and 16 p.m. & Sunday at 11 a.m. (dogs & picnics prohibited)
  • €8: guided tour + access to the park / €3: access to the park – Free for children under 12

Access to the park of the Château de Versainville with circuit of the terraces and exterior presentation of the château; guided tour of the summer lounge and other spaces open to the public.

Grisy – Château de Grisy: Self-guided tour

  • Exceptional opening
  • From 13:30 p.m. to 19:30 p.m. – Free – Contact: 06 52 68 75 78

Visit of exteriors. The Château de Grisy, built in the XNUMXth century, then enlarged in the XNUMXth century, includes the dwelling, the farm outbuildings, a pond and the orchards.

Argentan – Fernand Léger-André Mare Museum : Independent visit

  • From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. & from 13:30 p.m. to 18 p.m. – Free - Contact: 02 33 16 55 97

Come and discover the story of these 2 major artists of the 20th century, from their first steps in Argentan to their international fame.

Villers-Canivet – Sainte Marie aux Dames Abbey : Guided tour

  • Of 11h to 17h - 5€/adult & Free -18 years old – Contact: 02 31 90 81 80

Guided tour of the abbey by the owner. A historical monument, this monastery was founded in 1127 for nuns. The exceptional restored XNUMXth century medieval gatehouse is practically in its original state.

Villers-Canivet – Torp Chapel: Self-guided tour

  • From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. & from 14 p.m. to 19 p.m. – Free participation

"Murmurs at the chapel": This participative artistic project, supervised by Florine Delasalle, is offered to you by the Association of Friends of the Chapel of Torp with the desire to bring this place to life in restoration for 20 years. In collaboration with the municipality of Villers Canivet, the desire is also to highlight the history of the town and its inhabitants. “Mumures” will be an opportunity to collect the oral memory around the place to create a sound and visual work in resonance with the chapel. Come take part in this human and collective adventure. On site: site visits and activities for young people.

Bernières d'Ailly – Château d'Ailly: Theater

  • Exceptional opening!
  • From 14 p.m. to 19 p.m. – 5 € (free -10 years old) – Contact: 09 51 23 53 23

The Château d Ailly opens its park to free visit. On the occasion of its millennium, you can discover in the chapel a collection of wedding dresses and samples of haute couture embroidery. Also attend exceptional performances by the company Derrière le Masque on both days (at 2:14 p.m. and 30 p.m.). The troupe will perform selected pieces by Molière (the members of the company will be dressed in incredible outfits, created by Gérard Trémolet, owner of the place and haute-couture couturier).

Saint Germain-Langot – Watermill: Guided tour

  • Exceptional opening!
  • From 14 p.m. to 18 p.m. – Free participation

Visit of the mill in operation (milling of cereals), exhibition of milling tools and documents relating to the history and life of the mills. Visit accessible to people with reduced mobility, signposted route from the center of the village.

Morteaux-Couliboeuf : Inaugural strolls “Circuit QR codes”

  • Discovery of the village!
  • at 14 p.m. – Free – Contact: Ms. Fior: 06 36 55 91 30

During these 2 days, 2 different strolls will be offered: a stroll to discover Morteaux on Saturday and one to discover Couliboeuf on Sunday.