With its abundant natural beauty, thermal spa past and sporting and cultural activities, Forges-les-Eaux in the Seine-Maritime region is an ideal place to relax and feel like you’re on holiday, all year round. It’s the perfect destination for a family looking for a country base with all the conveniences of a small town. 

Ideally located

  • 3,750 inhabitants (30,000 in the 4 Rivières community of municipalities)
  • 45 minutes from Rouen, Amiens or Beauvais by car
  • 2 hours from Paris by train
  • 45 minutes from the Seine-Maritime beaches
  • 70 community associations
  • €1,629/m2 (source : DVF/PAP Oct. 2023)

Top 5 reasons to move to Forges-les-Eaux

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Not too far, but not too close

Just two hours from Paris by train, Forges-les-Eaux is close enough to the capital to allow regular visits. But far enough away not to be stressed by city life!

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A force of nature

The former spa town has preserved its charm, including a huge park which has been designated a Sensitive Natural Area. It has been awarded a number of labels, including Station Verte, Villes et Villages fleuris and Plus beaux détours de France, recognising its natural beauty. 

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There’s a sport for everyone

Swimming, golf, tennis, fencing, judo… As well as outdoor activities such as hiking, jogging and cycling, a multitude of sporting activities are available here, courtesy of local facilities and associations.

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You can get out and about

Going out is easy and affordable here. The Espace de Forges, a 1,000-seat theatre, offers a wide and varied programme. There are also many events held in Forges throughout the year.

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Adopting a healthier diet, for a healthier way of life

The markets (Thursdays and Sunday mornings), as well as the many local shops, mean you can stock up on local produce all year round!

Moving to Forges-les-Eaux: prepare for a warm welcome!

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Do you need any more information before moving to Forge-les-Eaux? An online directory of the town’s public services and facilities is available. All the names and numbers you need at a glance: very handy! 

Within the first month after your arrival, you will be invited to meet a local representative. Once a year, the town also invites new residents to meet the local authority team and visit their facilities. 


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What not to miss in Forges-les-Eaux

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The Épinay Woods

A vast natural area you can explore on 4 ecological woodland trails. 

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The lakes

Just a twenty-minute walk from the centre, the Chevrette and Ardelle lakes are popular places for walks all year round.

And also…

The London-Paris green corridor
Forges-les-Eaux is located on the greenway that links Paris to London! You’ll be able to walk, cycle or horse-ride all the way to either capital if you like! 

The museums
18th and 19th century earthenware, a Resistance and Deportation Museum, a horse-drawn model museum: Forges-les-Eaux has many unique collections waiting to be discovered. 

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Hotel, spa, restaurant, casino: it’s the town’s big tourist attraction! You can come for a day or half-day (swimming pool, gym, sauna, mini-golf, etc.). 

Working in Forges-les-Eaux

The region boasts a strong network of SMEs (336 companies, employing a total of around 2,000 people) with specialist expertise and an international presence.

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Leclerc Noël, a specialist in the manufacture of industrial brushes, exports to 25 countries around the world. In a completely different field, AGM’s industrial bookbinding business works with publishers all over France.

Forges-les-Eaux is a rural town that hasn’t forgotten its strong agricultural history; its expertise lies in meat production, thanks to its livestock farming area. Major food manufacturers are also represented, such as Danone, which regularly recruits for its Ferrières-en-Bray facility. 

Last but not least, tourism remains an essential part of the local economy, with industry leaders such as Groupe Partouche always on the lookout for new talent.

A remote worker’s paradise

Do you want a quality living environment for your family while you work from home? The close proximity of Paris and the development of fibre optic networks make Forges-les-Eaux the perfect location!

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Learning and studying Forges-les-Eaux

Families can rest assured that Forges-les-Eaux has all the facilities and services needed to look after young children, and educate older ones. The town offers many flexible childcare options, from nurseries to childminders. There are also two state and one independent primary schools, a leisure centre, a collège, a lycée and an MFR apprenticeship school. A school bus service is provided by the local authority.

What’s on in Forges-les-Eaux

  • Crime novel festival
    February
    Meet and greets, guests of honour and a grand prize: since 2021, this festival has been delighting fans of crime and detective novels. 
  • Forges-en-Courses
    Summer
    A running and walking festival with different itineraries starting from the Lac de l’Andelle, ideal for both sports enthusiasts and children. 
  • Children’s books and comics fair
    Summer
    A new date in the diary for Forges-les-Eaux! Around thirty authors were in attendance in 2023 to meet the public and sign their books. 
  • The Horse Festival
    July
    Horse competitions, equestrian shows, a craft market, concerts and fireworks are all part of this festival, which has been attracting horse lovers for over 40 years. 
  • Fête de l’Andelle
    July
    A vintage car rally, with entertainment and refreshments.
  • Fête Brévière
    September
    A funfair, jumble sale, flea market, street parade and rose petal throwing: 3 days of fun that the locals are sure to never miss!
  • The cider festival
    October
    For over 30 years, the traditional Cider Festival has been the highlight of autumn in Forges-les-Eaux, with an apple press, pony rides, workshops and a craft and farmers’ market. 
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