Going to France on one of the following days is a great opportunity to experience the atmosphere of a French public holiday. Here is a list of dates to look out for. Travelling to France on a public holiday is a big decision, it can be fantastic but only you know the needs of your family and whether a day when the shops are closed will be suitable for you.

January

1st – New Year’s Day

April

18th – Good Friday (please note, this is the 2014 date but this public holiday varies from year to year)

21st – Easter Monday (please note, this is the 2014 date but this public holiday varies from year to year)

May

1st – May Day / Labour Day

8th – VE Day – this is otherwise known as Victory in Europe Day or World War II Victory Day and celebrates the end of the second World War

29th – Ascension Day (please note, this is the 2014 date but this public holiday varies from year to year)

June

9th – Whit Monday (please note, this is the 2014 date but this public holiday varies from year to year)

July

14th – Bastille Day – this is a French National celebration that commemorates the Storming of the Bastille

August

15th – Assumption Day

November

1st – All Saints Day

December

25th – Christmas Day

26th – St Stephen’s Day

School holidays

It is worth noting when the school holidays are in France, as they can change the dynamic of your holiday as tourist attractions and roads may be busier.

Winter holiday – Each year, French school children have one or two weeks off for their winter holiday, similar to our half term. In 2014, this was took place any time from the 22nd February to the 9th March, depending on the region.

Spring holiday (Easter) – the dates of this also vary by region, but the holidays fall at various times between the 12th of April and the 11th of May this year.

Ascension long weekend – There is a standard long weekend across France to celebrate ascension, falling from Thursday 28th May to Sunday 1st June this year.