Located 15 km south of Amiens, Ailly-sur-Noye is served by the A1, A16 and A29 motorways, but also by train. Ailly-sur-Noye - county town of 26 communes - is less than 2 hours from major cities such as Paris, Lille, Rouen, Brussels or London. In an area of unspoiled nature and green spaces, Ailly-sur-Noye reveals an exceptional natural heritage for the practice of green tourism: hiking and mountain biking trails, lakes, ponds and rivers. At the heart of a history often eventful, Ailly-sur-Noye has kept through the centuries the testimony of his past life. Indeed, for more than 30 years, the local actors, all volunteers, tell in a live show the life of the people of Picardy Gaul in the second world war: a breathtaking sound and lights entitled "The Breath of the Earth".
Successively in the hands of the houses of Boves then Vermandois and Breteuil, the seigniory of Ailly-sur-Noye will pass to the hands of Luxembourg whose most famous remains Jean de Luxembourg: his tomb is still in the current church.
The old church Saint Martin dated from the 13th century. It will be rebuilt between 1892 and 1896 with a mixture of neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic on the plans of the architect Paul Delafortrie Amiens, who also established the plans of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and was illustrated in Amiens by the construction churches Saint-Rémy and Sainte-Anne. In 1897, we place in the current church the old movable elements among which the black stone tomb of Tournai of Lord Jean de Luxembourg and his wife Jacqueline de Trémouille - classified as a Historical Monument in 1862. For more information, contact the Tourist Office Avre Luce Noye on +33 3 22 41 58 72 or by mail to [email protected]
The lake of Ailly-sur-Noye, near the town of Berny-sur-Noye, is a charming corner of greenery conducive to relaxation where chickens ducks, hens and geese. This natural area is a delight for fishermen, hikers and mountain bikers as well as lovers of water sports and mini-golf. Information at the town hall at +33 3 22 41 71 71.
The verdant setting of Ailly-sur-Noye has been the scene for more than 30 years of the live show "The Breath of the Earth". This sound and light makes us relive 20 000 years of history. Thanks to 850 volunteers, 35 riders, 3000 costumes, games of water and light, fireworks, the history of the Picardy of Gaul until the 2nd World War is told in a grandiose scenography. The show is played from mid-August to mid-September on Fridays and Saturdays. Information: Tel. : +33 3 22 41 06 90 - Email: [email protected]
Ailly-sur-Noye is also known for its traditional "Balourde". The "Balourde" is actually a fair that takes place on Ascension Day. It is likely that the word "clam", which is not found in any text, is of very ancient and medieval origin. It is part of the folklore of which Ailly-sur-Noye is the only heir.
Show the Breath of the Earth
From 23 august to 21 september 2019
The Breath of the Earth, Ailly sur Noye night show is played from August 23 to September 21, 2019, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 pm. For the past 32 years, the Ailly sur Noye shows have been presenting a live performance, featuring 40 paintings, 20,000 years of Picardy history. - Everyone can arrive on the site from 19:00 to immerse themselves in a festive atmosphere. The visitor can sit down to enjoy a traditional fast food: Picardy twines, maroilles pie, sandwiches,... Just next door, you can appreciate, under a large marquee, on reservation, another formula of restoration. Then all win 3000 seats and there, waiting for the last spectators, twenty actors come to count their history with a new theme every year. Finally comes the time of the show. Even more dreams, even more magic, wonder, and emotion. The breath of the earth is an exhilarating fresco, a warm, colorful evocation of Picardy memory. - From Prehistory, to the industrial era, it's 90 minutes of emotion with 3500 costumed characters, 40 riders, water and light games, original music, special effects. - The show begins with a fantastic new and surprising scene that evokes the legend of water, and hundreds of actors invite the viewer into their formidable machine to go back in time. - The show imagined by and directed by Dominique Martens surprises by its excessiveness, its originality and especially by the emotion it releases. - Come share this adventure, discover the spirit of Picardy.
Friday 16 june
Min. 12°C - Max. 22°C
Saturday 17 june
Min. 12°C - Max. 24°C
Sunday 18 june
Min. 13°C - Max. 26°C
Visits, leisure and activities nearby
Folleville, 30 km south of Amiens, was endowed in the late Middle Ages with the exceptional architectural ensemble that formed the castle and the church. Remains of the castle still emerges today the elegant silhouette of the turret staircase ended by a "watch" of observation which culminates at 25 meters high - classified in the Supplementary Inventory of Historical Monuments in 1992. The centerpiece of the church is the tomb of Raoul de Lannoy and his wife Jeanne de Poix, a piece that introduces the forms of the Italian Renaissance in Picardy. It is also from the pulpit of the church that St. Vincent de Paul pronounced on January 25, 1617, his first sermon which is at the origin of "the Work of the Mission" for the relief of the poor and the sick. The church has been listed as a Historic Monument since 1862 and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site by the Way of St. James. The free visits of the castle and the church and guided tours - for groups and by appointment - are from May to September with the association Folleville: A Church, A History... at +33 6 31 90 69 53.
Every year, the last weekend of August "The Medieval Folleville" brings together medieval troops, merchant artisans, men in arms, equestrian jousting, flight raptors, bear demonstrator... For two days, small by his size but large by its heritage, the village of Folleville dresses festive. On more than three hectares around the remains of the castle and the UNESCO World Heritage listed church, hundreds of volunteers go back in time and offer to all to discover the life of the Middle Ages. From 2 to 102 years old, young and old will marvel at the baker, riders and their horses, craftsmen, dancers and musicians, men in arms... Nothing like to spend an unforgettable day. All the protagonists go out of their way to make you discover in a playful and educational way the life of the Middle Ages through demonstrations and the participation of the public. The edge of the castle is transformed into a real medieval camp with multicolored camps, furniture and accessories period, campfires... not to mention the many purists who live and live their passion.