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​Autumn in Normandy sees a wealth of food festivals, providing you with the perfect opportunity to try some fantastic French cuisine and get a unique French experience. The multitude of festivals covers everything from seafood to mushrooms. Normandy’s natural landscape is stunning in the autumn, with fewer crowds and cheaper accommodation prices, too! Our Newhaven-Dieppe crossing lands you firmly in the heart of Normandy, making it the perfect starting point to explore the region and its feast of festivals. We have listed some of our favourite below.

  • Short 4 hour crossings
  • Up to 6 sailings daily
  • No luggage restrictions
  • Numerous autumn food festivals to discover
  • Book by 30 September for selected departures until 30 November

How to Book

A crossing for a car and 2 people costs from £49, each way, and from just £57 each way for 2 adults and 2 children with a car. To book simply fill in the booking form at the top left of this page.

NEWHAVEN TO NORMANDY

Taking just 4 hours, our crossing from Newhaven to Dieppe is the perfect gateway to France, giving you great access to explore the beautiful Normandy region and its fabulous food festivals. Travel on foot or with your car, caravan, motorhome, motorcycle, even your bicycle!​​​

Nehaven to Dieppe

ONBOARD FACILTIES

Dine with panoramic sea views in our onboard eateries, with options from filling hot meals to lighter snacks. Alternatively, watch the world go by with a drink in our bar. There’s an onboard shop, too, as well as a children’s play area. Enjoy a rest in our quiet lounge area or opt for even more privacy in your own cabin, available for a small surcharge. ​

Onboard Facilities​

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SAINT CROIX FAIR, LESSAY

Impressively established in the 11th century, this annual festival occurs during the second week of September. The local monks at Abbaye de Sainte-Trinité set up the festival which now attracts 400,000 visitors. The diverse event boasts 1500 stands, with roast meat stalls, local produce and livestock shows.

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NEUFCHÂTEL FÊTE DU FROMANGE, NEUFCHÂTEL-EN-BRAY

Taking place each year on the third weekend of September, this cheese festival is undertaken by the brotherhood of Neufchâtel cheese makers. The fête commences on the Saturday with a meal comprised of local produce. On the Sunday you’ll find an array of parades, tastings, farmers and artisan markets and more. ​

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FÊTE DE LA CREVETTE, HONFLEUR

This seafood festival in the port town of Honfleur has been taking place across 2 days in October since 1994. It is a celebration of the local fishing traditional, with all manner of seafood available. Be sure to try the little brown shrimp. There’s also shrimp peeling competitions, culinary competitions, performances of sea shanties and an arts and crafts market.

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MYCOLOGIADES DE BELLÊME, BELLÊME

This year, from 28 September to 1 October, is the 65th edition of the Mycologiades de Bellême. It is an educational event where you can learn everything you may need to know about mushroom picking. There will be exhibitions as well as the opportunity to take part in local mushroom picking, plus some friendly competitions.

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FÊTE DE LA POMME ET DU CIDRE, VIMOUTIERS

You don’t have to be fluent in French to translate the name of this festival. Normandy is famous for its delicious apples and crisp apple cider, so come try for yourself at this traditional apple festival. The fair is comprised of shows, cider tastings and agricultural competitions, as well as a fun fair and parades.

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FÊTE DU VENTRE ET DE LA GASTRONOMIE NORMANDE, ROUEN

Based in the historic centre of Rouen on 15-16 October, this festival is an exploration and celebration of all Normandy’s gastronomical delicacies. The entire town centre is filled with top quality cooking, farming and food stalls. You’ll see locals in traditional costume, plus jazz bands, theatre, children’s activities, even cider making!

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FÊTE DE LA COQUILLE ST JACQUES, VILLERS-SUR-MER

Named the festival of the scallops, this seaside resort spends 28-29 October showcasing what they know best: seafood. Pair it with local wine available at another stall and dine on delicious fruits de mer while enjoying the musical entertainment.

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LE GOÛT DU LARGE, PORTN-EN-BESSIN-HUPPAIN

This festival, set up in 2004, takes place on 11-12 November in one of the region’s best fishing ports. The entire local population comes together for the event, receiving over 50,000 visitors. As well as a range of seafood for you to try, including a vast range of scallop recipes, there are net mending exhibitions, a song festival, street animations and dishes in the local restaurants.

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FÊTE DU HARENG, NORMANDY COAST

Taking place in Le Tréport, Fécamp, Étretat, Saint-Valery-En-Caux and even our port town of Dieppe, this festival runs through weekends during November. It is a traditional celebration for one of the regions most important catches: herring. Food stalls, fish markets and other festivities will all be taking place and will vary for each town.

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FÊTE DU HARENG, LIEURY

On 11 November for one day only there will a herring festival at this inland town in Normandy. It was originally used as a stopover point for convoys of herring being taken to supply soldiers. There will be local food stalls, a fish market and traders, making it authentically French and anyone looking for a taste of Gallic culture and history.

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