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25/01/2019 - 17:09

10 reasons why Dieppe will shine in 2019

Actu%20web%20projections%20sur%202019.001 <p>1) 2019 is the year to visit Normandy, and therefore Dieppe! Indeed, this beautiful part of France has been listed by Lonely Planet, CNN, Frommer&rsquo;s and many others as one of the world&rsquo;s top regions to visit this year. If you&rsquo;re travelling from the UK, Dieppe can be the first stop on your trip. The town is the country&rsquo;s oldest seaside resort and boasts over 100 restaurants, 400 shops, 4 ports, 3 museums, not forgetting Europe&rsquo;s largest seafront lawns and one of France&rsquo;s most beautiful markets. You&rsquo;re in for a treat!</p> <p>2) Seafood at its best! A few months ago, celebrity Chef Rick Stein visited Dieppe for his new TV-series &lsquo;Rick Stein&rsquo;s Secret France&rsquo; and fell in love with the town&rsquo;s produce. The show will air next September in the UK, but until then you too can come and discover Dieppe&rsquo;s gloriously fresh fish and seafood. Our famous coquilles Saint-Jacques (scallops) have just been awarded a Label Rouge (Red Label), which is a sign of quality assurance in France. Dieppe is one of the best places to savour them on the whole continent, so hop on the ferry and come get your taste buds satisfied.</p> <p>3) Movies and more! September will also be marked by the opening of Dieppe&rsquo;s new ultra-modern multiplex cinema, which will be unique in France. Housed in a historic brick building, just a few steps away from the train station, it will boast eight screens equipped with 4D technology, a virtual reality centre, a French Coffee Shop and an impressive sports bar complete with a boxing ring!</p> <p>4) A call from the sea. In Dieppe, the sea is everywhere and everything links to the sea. It will therefore come as no surprise to hear that the national coastal and offshore rowing championships will be taking place here on 24-25 May. One month before the world-famous Armada festival in Rouen, on 11-12 May, the Hermione, a 32-gun Concorde-class frigate fitted for 12-pounder guns, will dock in Dieppe. At the end of the summer season, competitors are due to celebrate the finish of the Solitaire du Figaro in Dieppe, which will be another big maritime event.</p> <p>5) Culture galore! From 28 to 31 March, Europe&rsquo;s one and only Canadian film festival will return to the town&rsquo;s theatres and streets, with several big names announced such as French movie star Fr&eacute;d&eacute;ric Diefenthal. June will be marked by the theatre festival &lsquo;Les Enfants de Moli&egrave;re&rsquo;, organised by a young and enthusiastic bunch of local girls, which will take place in the Casino&rsquo;s beautiful theatre room. In September, the &lsquo;Bandes Dessin&eacute;es&rsquo; (graphic novel) festival will be held for the very first time in the castle overlooking the town centre!</p> <p>6) The sound of music. Everyone loves a comeback! Dieppe used to have one of Normandy&rsquo;s most active rock music scenes. Things died down a few years back, but now the scene is back in force. Not a weekend goes by without four or more concerts taking place in the town&rsquo;s bustling pubs, caf&eacute;s and night bars. If you really want to see Dieppe rocking, head to the Au Bout L&agrave;-Bas, at the top end of the Quai Henri IV, on a Saturday eve.</p> <p>7) Time to cross the bridge! Five years ago, I wrote a column on this website informing readers that the new viaduct bridge outside Dieppe would be completed in 2015 and that it would soon only take thirty minutes to reach Rouen from the entrance to Dieppe, and a little less than two hours to arrive in Paris. Unfortunately, things didn&rsquo;t really go as planned and work is still ongoing on the RN27 highway. However, things are finally looking up and car drivers should be able to cross the bridge at the end of this year!</p> <p>8) Room with a view. Another big project which will be completed this year is the new 4-star hotel at the Tour aux Crabes, overlooking the marina. When finished, the hotel will have 49 rooms, a gourmet restaurant and a spa. It will incorporate the remains of historic local landmark, the Crab Tower, which formed part of the medieval ramparts of Dieppe.</p> <p>9) The herring king. Dieppe&rsquo;s annual herring festival is one of Normandy&rsquo;s biggest and most popular food &amp; drink festivals. This year will be a very special one, as on 16-17 November, the event will celebrate its 50th anniversary in style! Over 100,000 visitors from far and wide will flock to the quaysides to enjoy the freshest of smoked fish and seafood. Bring it on!</p> <p>10) Brexit links. Brexit may indeed by a threat for Dieppe, but it can also be an opportunity. When Brexit comes into effect on 29 March, we&rsquo;ll shout out loud our love for Britain and will remind our British friends that we will continue to welcome them with open arms, despite the circumstances. Dieppe is one of the gateways to the continent, and I&rsquo;m positive that in the years to come, many Brits will choose to cross the Channel to show their affection to their neighbours.&nbsp;</p>

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