Northern France's rock, pop and indie giant
Beauregard festival is one of France's biggest rock, pop and indie festivals. Taking its name from the incredible château that hosts it, Beauregard has developed a huge, loyal fanbase since making its debut in 2009.
The legendary John Beauregard has become a cult figure – is he real or not? – while the festival itself has long since become established at the very top table of Europe's alternative scene.
True greats on the level of Sting, Pixies and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are joined by newer stars like alt-J and Florence & The Machine year after year, while Beauregard's stunning setting provides the kind of enviable backdrop that makes a festival unique.
Built in 1864, the Château de Beauregard has been home to Beauregard festival since its first edition in 2009. Historic architecture and beautiful green grounds make for a homely festival setting, with huge open spaces backed by verdant forest.
Château de Beauregard, 568 Ancienne Route de Ouistreham, Normandy, 14200 Hérouville-Saint-Clair, France
A Beauregard Festival ticket entitles you to a €10 round-trip from any station in Normandy, the Pays de la Loire region or Dol-de-Bretagne region to Caen SNCF station.
FROM CAEN CITY CENTRE: Tram line B runs every 15 minutes from la Place de la Mare in Caen city centre to the Café des Images stop in Hérouville-Saint-Clair. From there, it is a short walk to the festival site, to the north-east and on the west bank of the river.
FROM THE AIRPORT: The nearest airport is Caen-Carpiquet, about 15 minutes away. Buses run to Caen city centre every 20 minutes. The journey takes about half an hour and costs €1.
The festival is open to all ages. Children under 12 can even attend for free, if supervised by an adult. ID must be brought.
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