80th anniversary of D-Day & the Battle of Normandy

Events you won't want to miss!

In 2024, Normandy is preparing to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day. It's a time of emotion, reflection and commemoration, as we pay tribute to the sacrifices of the soldiers and civilians who helped restore freedom to Europe.

In the heart of this historic region, our hotel in Bagnoles-de-l'Orne stands as a silent witness to history. Nestled between lush green forests and the peaceful shores of the lake, it offers a warm refuge and an ideal base from which to explore the emblematic sites of the D-Day landings.

Below is a list of events taking place in the area surrounding our hotel.

  • Bagnoles de l'Orne - The "Vestiges of War" tour.

During the Second World War, the Andaines forest was used by the German army as a crucial storage area. Huge quantities of fuel, food, ammunition and tank sheds were hidden beneath the canopy of trees. Retrace this history on the 2.6km walking trail dotted with explanatory signs. This trail starts right next to our establishment.

  • La Ferté Macé - Wednesday 29 May 2024 from 12 noon to 3pm - (7km)

As part of the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Allied landings, the final year hotel and catering students are organising a concert meal and aperitif platters (booking required). An exhibition on the lives of civilians and soldiers from 1939 to 1945, produced by the students, will also be on display.

  • Carrouges - From Wednesday 5 June to Sunday 22 September 2024 - (23km)

Exhibition inside Carrouges castle: documents, photographs and equipment recounting the life and struggles of the maquisards of the Orne in 1943-1944, right up to the liberation of the département. The exhibition is complemented by 12 educational panels from the Orne Departmental Archives.

  • Écouché - Thursday 6 June 2024 from 10am to 5pm - (33km)
    Before and after exhibition following the bombing of the town on 6 June 1944 - Official ceremony in memory of the victims.

  • Flers - From Tuesday 02 July at 2pm to Sunday 01 September 2024 at 6pm - (32km)
    This exhibition, set up in the municipal hall, will showcase period military equipment (uniform buttons, helmets, ammunition boxes, etc.), everyday objects and period archives. Some of these items have never been shown to the public before. Take advantage of this historical exhibition to discover the 2 Remembrance Rooms located in the castle's 2 towers. The 1st pays tribute to the 11th British Armoured Division, which liberated Flers and the surrounding area. The 2nd room pays tribute to the Resistance fighters from Flers and the Flers residents who were deported.

  • Berjou - From Thursday 15 August at 10am to Sunday 18 August 2024 at 6pm - (39km)
    Celebration of the Liberation of Berjou. 4 days of events, re-enactment camp with period vehicles and guided historical walk "in the footsteps of the liberators" on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Argentan - Tuesday 20 August 2024 - (42km)
    Argentan Libérée will be a festive day to pay tribute to the American soldiers who liberated the town on 20 August 1944. Parade of period vehicles in the streets, reconstituted military camp and field hospital. In the evening, Liberation Ball.

2 avenue de la ferté Macé 61140 Bagnoles de l Orne |