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Join the Dunkirk celebrations with DFDS Seaways

Join the Dunkirk celebrations with DFDS Seaways

Dunkirk is the Regional Capital of Culture 2013 - Sail to Dunkirk from as little as £29 each way.

Dunkirk is celebrating being awarded the French Regional Capital of Culture status with a series of celebratory events throughout the year. The celebrations aren’t just artistic or cultural; they aim to provide insight into what makes the city’s heart beat and act as a bridge between cultures. Previous Capitals of Culture have included Valenciennes in 2007 and Béthune in 2011.

With ferry travel from as little as £29 each way for a car and up to four passengers, now is a great time to hop over to Dunkirk to soak up the city’s culture first hand. Dunkirk is just a two hour crossing from the port of Dover and DFDS Seaways provides the only ferry service that sails directly into Dunkirk, Northern France.

Dunkirk is a seaside destination offering 15km of superb beaches and dunes, delicious food with a huge range of restaurants, great shopping with over 400 shops and fascinating visitor attractions, such as a recently re-landscaped 27-hole golf course. Dunkirk is also the scene of the greatest evacuation operation in military history, during World War Two and has a wealth of monuments and museums for budding historians.

Highlights of the Dunkirk celebratory programme include:

  • 30 May – 2 June: Stopover in Dunkirk – Includes fanfares, sailor sing-songs, concerts with afternoon tea on board the Love Boat and great evening concerts. There will also be a dozen great old ships that will be open to the public for visits and boat rides, including the second largest ship in the world!
  • 22 – 23 June: Suenos Del Mundo – A show of music from around the world, with schools, brass bands and orchestras playing from all around the globe.
  • 7 July: A Grand Voyage – Grand parade through the streets of Dunkirk, with several hundred amateur, regional and international companies taking part.
  • 9 – 10 November: The World Hip Hop Dance Championship – At the Kursaal in Dunkirk, the best performers in the world will be competing.
  • 22 November – 13 December: Stories for lanterns – A series of shows around fairy tales, memories and accounts.

Whilst onboard a DFDS ferry, you can enjoy a variety of restaurants, shop for all your holiday essentials, or relax as the children play in the dedicated Children’s area. For a truly relaxing adult-only onboard experience, upgrade to the first class lounge. From £12 per person, passengers can enjoy priority boarding and disembarkation, two relaxing lounge areas, complimentary hot and cold drinks, as well as daily newspapers.

Max Foster, UK passenger director at DFDS Seaways says, “Dunkirk is a fantastic tourist market town full of culture and history, and is only a short trip across the Channel, making it the perfect day trip or short break destination. The status of French Regional Capital of Culture is well deserved and we are looking forward to helping UK passengers travel to the plethora of fantastic events planned for the year.”

DFDS Seaways sails up to 44 times a day between Dover and France, providing passengers with flexible crossing times, a luxury on-board travel experience and convenient travel options.

To visit Dunkirk, book now or to find out more information, visit www.dfds.co.uk or telephone 0871 574 7235.


For media enquiries contact:

Jade Wilson or Caroline Walker on 01732 779087 / dfdspr@westgatecomms.com

Notes to Editors

Further information on the Dunkirk celebrations can be found at www.ot-dunkerque.fr/en. Admission fees may apply.

About DFDS Seaways

DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.

DFDS Seaways prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.

In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Harwich to Esbjerg, Newcastle to Amsterdam, Newhaven to Dieppe and Portsmouth to Le Havre.

DFDS Seaways has been named the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last two years (2011-12), as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the prestigious 2012 World Travel Awards. It was also the only recommended ferry operator nominated by Which? Travel (2011).

DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes and two daily services on the Portsmouth to Le Havre crossing. It also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam and up to four crossings a week between Harwich and Esbjerg in Denmark. In addition, the DFDS Seaways network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries. For further information about DFDS Seaways, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, visit www.dfds.co.uk.