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Spouse/Guest Programme

We would like to help you make the most of your trip as a spouse/guest accompanying an attendee of the 2014 Alltech Global Dairy & Beef Event. We have developed a programme of activities that provides a balance of time spent with your travel companion – as well as opportunities to engage with the local historical, cultural and sight-seeing delights that Normandy has to offer.

Day 1 - Saturday, 30th August*
  Shuttle buses attendees from hotels to CID (Centre International Deauville)
19:30 Global Dairy & Beef event – Welcome Reception, CID
22:00 End of reception / return to hotels / own time
Day 2 - Sunday, 31st August HONFLEUR
08:00 Shuttle buses for all attendees from hotels to CID
09:00 Opening Plenary Session, Alltech Global Dairy & Beef event, CID
10:15 Departure by bus from CID Deauville to Honfleur via the scenic “Côte Fleurie”
10:45 Arrive Honfleur for guided tour
12:15 Tasting: oysters and prawns with white wine
12:45 Lunch in Honfleur
14:15 Visit to the Eugene Boudin Impressionist Museum
15:45 Free time in Honfleur for shopping etc.
17:00 Return to Deauville by bus
17:30 Arrival in Deauville to re-join Alltech Global Dairy & Beef group
18:00 Global Dairy and Beef Discussion Dinner sessions, CID
21:00 End of Discussion Dinners
21:15 Return to hotels / own time
Day 3 - Monday, 1st September Champ de Bataille Castle
09:00 Collection at your hotel and departure by bus to Champ de Bataille
11:00 Arrive Champ de Bataille: tour of castle and gardens
13:00 Departure to Deauville with and lunch en route
14:30 Arrival at the CID
14:45 Personal time (subject to change based on conference programme)
16:15 Meet at the CID
16:30 Closing Plenary Session, Alltech Global Dairy & Beef event

All spouses/guests must register for the event - regardless of whether you will join the organised tour activities or not. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Early registration is advised by visiting

Early-bird registration fee if booked by 15 July is €175.
From 16 July €275 standard registration fee applies. Registration closes on 1 August.

*all times in the spouse/guest programme are subject to some change based on final event plan


Honfleur is a fishing town located approximately 30 minutes drive from Deauville. It was the base for the 17th century voyages of discovery that led to the settlement of the most important French colonies, and is also considered to be the birthplace of the Impressionist and Romantic art movements.

During the walking tour, you will view the unique 17th century harbour of Honfleur located on an estuary of the river Seine. The colours of the timber-framed houses and the quaint backstreets have inspired famous painters such as Monet and Courbet. You will see the Governor’s House ‘La Lieutenance’ and the ancient gateway to the town, before arriving at the lovely 15th century Saint Catherine’s Church. Saint Catherine’s Church is a rare example in Western Europe of a building constructed entirely of wood.

At the end of our tour, you will have some free time to explore the quaint streets independently. The shopping streets boast many artists galleries and craft studios. For more information please visit the Honfleur Tourism Office website:

Champ de Bataille

Champ de Bataille (with a literal translation of ‘battlefield’) is a private château, dating from the 17th century. Over time it became derelict but several years ago it was purchased by the French Interior designer, Jacques Garcia and completely renovated. Passionate about design and dedicated to this massive project, he restored it entirely and even re-created the gardens following the original landscaping of the famous landscape architect, Andre Lenôtre, who worked on the gardens of Versailles. The works are still in progress and the project is considered to be one of the largest garden creations in Europe in modern times.

Upon special request, Mr. Garcia’s private apartments can also be viewed, allowing guests to discover its astonishing collections. These include the animal gallery, the bathroom with a silver bath tub designed by Ledoux, the Duchess’s room with woodwork and Louis XVIth period bed, the Oriental room with taffeta bed heads and Lyon silk bed covers, the private dining room with straw-filled birds, herb planters and a vinestock chandelier which serves as a perch for parrots to the game room and its deer horns which apparently scared Michael Jackson during his visit to Champ de Bataille! For more information please visit the official chateau website: