Sport for children
There are 2 very good sailing schools for young children. One in Barfleur which comes highly recommended by local people. The Sailing School in St Vaast is located on the far side of the harbour, next to the Marina Café. Seeing children in their little sail boats being towed in a long line like baby ducks is a familiar and enchanting sight.
Older children or teenagers will prefer a faster sail on a catamaran. Pupils are never left alone – there are generally 2 rescue boats on the water with instructors on board.
There is a tennis club in St Vaast, at the Hougue – site of the second Vauban tower. There are 6 hard courts; a club house where you can book a court or arrange a lesson or get an ice cream. The fun thing about these courts is they have sea on either side – but be warned, the sea breezes can play havoc with your serve and tennis can become a bit of a comedy game. There is no dress code – it is all very informal.
For tiny tots there are swings, a slide and a roundabout and plenty of grass to run around on or kick a ball.
There is a full size table tennis table, plus bats and balls in the annexe.
There is a very good riding school with an indoor ring situated close to Jonville and behind Reville. They take people at all levels. It is not unusual to see riders on the beach or children taking the horses swimming at Jonville beach in the summer.
Both nearby golf clubs, Fontenay at Quineville and La Glacerie near Cherbourg, have professionals who coach children. Quineville is on the sea (lots of sea shells here) and La Glacerie is in the wooded hills behind Cherbourg.
There are 4 adult bikes at the house (to be used at your own risk) and smaller ones can be hired from the cycle shop in Quetthou. In St Vaast is a small BMX track for more adventurous cyclists.
Land Yachting is really for older children and can only be done when the tide is out. But it is great fun. Go to Quineville Sail Club or to Utah Beach to hire the yachts. See Regional Information for contact details.
There are a few public swimming pools but we recommend a great new public and children friendly indoor pool at Bretteville/Tourlaville, Piscine De Collignon. Beside the sea to the east of Cherbourg port. Men and boys must not wear voluminous bathers i.e speedo’s are mandatory. Be aware that the pool, as with shops, closes over lunchtime and also for school use, so time your visit to avoid disappointment. But happily it is next to a windsurfing club on the beach which in season has a basic café.
Tel: 02 33 44 23 44
There is a pleasant medium sized, heated, outdoor pool in Valognes.