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St Pierre des Marins poster

The Saint Pierre des Marins Festival takes place on the first weekend of February 3- 5 February 2024 in Fécamp and features a street parade and boat blessing! – see www.ville-fecamp.fr

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19 – 20 November 2022   Dieppe Hering Festival

Dieppe (76, Seine Maritime, Normandy) is a pleasant and less-crowded destination than Calais and provides a useful start point for western France – or for exploring Picardie and the Seine Valley. You can get a ferry to Dieppe from Newhaven on DFDS Ferries – the crossing takes about 4 hours, but Newhaven is not so well connected to the motorway network. There are now 2 crossings each way daily.

Dieppe is centred around its port which is approached through a cliff-lined inlet from the English Channel. There is a marina around which there are cafes and restaurants and the main shopping area and promenade. Just outside the centre is a long beach.

B&B Villa les Mouettes
B&B Villa les Mouettes, Dieppe

There is a daily fish market where freshly caught fish can be purchased – especially scallops ( a local specialty) and crabs – on Quai Trudaine.

Boat trips are on offer along the Alabaster Coast Côte d’Alabâtre (also the name of one of the crosss-Channel ferries), a cliff edged coast which stretches 130km and includes Le Tréport, Étretat and Fécamp, with some spectacular views.

The largest herring festival takes place in Dieppe in November. Today more than ever, people travel from all over France and even from surrounding countries to attend the event, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! If the weather is good, over 100,000 visitors will flock to the Quai Henry IV and the picturesque streets of the Bout du Quai to tuck into delicious fresh fish, often served with a baked potato and a glass of white wine, make the most of the numerous outdoor activities (flea market, funfair, concerts…) and to savour the strong, seductive smells. While the herring is of course king of the festivities, scallops are also on the menu, reminding visitors that Dieppe remains the French capital of the Coquille Saint-Jacques. – see normandyfoodie.wordpress.com

B&B, self-catering apartments and Hotels in Dieppe including the B&B Villa les Mouettes, just outside the town with unrestricted sea views and direct access to the coast.

DFDS Ferry Newhaven – Dieppe

Poster for Fecamp Maritime Festival

Fécamp (76, Seine Maritime, Normandy) lies on the Channel coast between Dieppe and Le Havre.

1 – 5 July 2020 Maritime Festival (La Grande Éscale) at Fécamp :

This is an international festival with hunderds of boats, large and small, traidtional and classic from all over northern Europe – a great spectacle for all the family to enjoy! see https://www.fecampgrandescale.com/

Stay at the seafront 2** Hotel de la Plage in Fécamp

There is a webcam overlooking Dieppe harbour and a motorhome parking area at www.dieppe.fr/webcams

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