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04/06/2019 - 12:45

A summer to remember!

Blog%20ben.001 <p>There is a real buzz about Dieppe at the moment. New shop and restaurant openings, a bustling market which is set to be elected as one of France&rsquo;s most beautiful markets in a few days time, stronger cultural and commercial exchanges with the UK, visitor numbers on the rise and events galore. It just seems that the planets are aligned in order for this town to thrive! It&rsquo;s in this context that the high season will soon kick in, making for a summer to remember. The sun is shining, the sea is sparkling, and Dieppe has its arms wide open to visitors, who can enjoy a wealth of events and activities these coming months.&nbsp;</p> <p>Things already started to warm up last month, when the magnificent Hermione frigate docked in Dieppe and was welcomed by thousands on the quaysides. For the very first time, the National coastal and offshore rowing championships then took place on 24-25 May, which proved to be a great success. June is now upon us, and Dieppe&rsquo;s heart is ready to start beating even faster! On Sunday 9 June, the Pollet neighbourhood will be the place to be, as Dieppe&rsquo;s famous Colbert bridge will be celebrating its 130th anniversary! The town&rsquo;s old fishing quarter will come alive like never before from 2pm with concerts, tastings and activities, finishing with a unique sound &amp; light show at nightfall. Singers, jugglers, fire breathers and dancers will tell the story of two lovers separated by the river and who reunite thanks to the bridge!&nbsp;</p> <p>On 22-23 June, thrill-seekers will enjoy an action-packed weekend when water craft drivers meet on the seafront for a national jet ski championship. The competition will feature some outstanding professional racers and will give spectators a chance to see the thrills and spills of this exciting sport up close.</p> <p>From 25 to 30 June, Dieppe will then welcome the final stage of the Solitaire du Figaro, one of the world&rsquo;s most famous solo sailing races. A village will be set up on the Quai Henri IV, with a variety of activities for all ages.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thousands of people strolling up and down the quayside, packed bars and restaurants, bands playing in the street and dozens of merchants selling local produce, arts and crafts: this is what you&rsquo;ll experience if you&rsquo;re lucky enough to be in Dieppe on 6 July and 3 August, when the popular night markets will be taking place from 5pm along the Quai Henri IV.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dieppe is truly a family-friendly town! Kids will love the heated open-air swimming pool on the seafront, the adjacent skatepark and mini golf, the newly refurbished pirate ship in the Square Pinsdez, the aquariums at the Cit&eacute; de la Mer and of course the beautiful carousel on the Quai Henri IV. The whole family can aslo try renting a Rosalie opposite the Aguado Hotel. Rosalies are four-wheeled pedal cars and are very popular in French seaside resorts. They are appreciated by families who can tour the town centre and the beach while enjoying a little exercise. From 9 to 25 August, don&rsquo;t miss the huge funfair held on Europe&rsquo;s largest seafront lawns, with over 120 rides for big and small.&nbsp;</p> <p>Many other festivities will be taking place throughout summer, such as the big firework display on 13 July or concerts and street shows in the town centre on every Saturday in July and August. You&rsquo;ll be spoilt for choice!</p>

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