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Enjoy a fantastic French family holiday with DFDS Seaways 

Date published: 27 January 2012

With the February half term just around the corner, leading Dover – France ferry operator, DFDS Seaways (formerly Norfolkline) has some great recommendations for some French family fun during the holidays.


Girls enjoying themselves onboard a ferry to France   

With crossings across the Channel running up to 12 times a day, and from as little as £29 each way for a car and up to four passengers, a family holiday on the continent has never been so easily accessible. As crossings take around two hours, and with plenty of family friendly facilities and restaurants, your holiday starts as soon as you come on board.

Chris Newey, passenger director for the English Channel at DFDS Seaways, said: “Travelling by ferry is a perfect way to start a holiday in France. It offers a great experience for all the family, including a wide range of onboard activities. As you can take the car, it is a great way to explore everything France has to offer whilst on holiday. Not forgetting, you can pack as much luggage as you can fit in your car.

As the only ferry operator to sail to Dunkirk, families travelling with DFDS Seaways benefit from the convenience of arriving at a port with less congestion than other busier ports. Dunkirk is also perfectly situated for onward travel to the rest of France.

Dunkirk is a fascinating town, with a fun filled history, which includes pirates and heroes.  Families can learn about Jean Bart who saved France from famine and fought the English on the high seas.  Chocolate shops sell his ‘fingers’ in chocolate and jewellery shops sell them in gold!  Dunkirk boasts 15 miles of stunning sandy beaches, a host of restaurants offering delicious food and traditional French dishes and not forgetting the museum, which houses the tall ship Duchesse Anne, which families can go aboard and explore.

Further afield in France, some other destinations that will appeal to families include:


Parc Asterix

Parc Asterix is an excellent Gallic theme park, with a hotel and various restaurants.  Inspired by the famous French comic books by Rene Goscinni and Albert Uderzo the park has over 20 rides and 7 adventure areas.  Located just outside Paris, Parc Asterix is just over 3 hours drive from Dunkirk. Visit www.parcasterix.fr/en for more details.


France’s fourth largest metropolitan area, Lille, is a cosmopolitan city of culture, entertainment, shopping and history.  The must-see Wazemmes market is the largest north of Paris.

Why not take the family on an education tour of the battlefields? Many important World War 1 battles were fought in and around Ypres and Lille and the tourist board runs guided tours every Saturday.  Visit www.lilletourism.com for more information about events and activities in and around Lille.

For more information about DFDS Seaways, or to find out about the latest sailing times and book tickets, visit www.dfdsseaways.co.uk or telephone 0871 574 7241.



For more information, please contact Sarah Whelband or Ryan Jones on 01732 779 087 or email sarahw@westgatecomms.com / ryan@westgatecomms.com