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04/09/2019 - 15:25

The endless summer

Actu%20web%20grande%20roue.001 <p>It&rsquo;s been a sizzling summer here in Dieppe! It all started off early, when the superb Hermione frigate docked in our port mid-May, followed by several big nautical events such as the National coastal and offshore rowing championships, a national jet ski competition and of course the final stage of the world-famous Solitaire du Figaro. July was a scorcher, with two of the highest temperatures on record measured and jam-packed weekends on the beach. Normandy was even the sunniest place in the whole of France during the first two weeks of July, and visitors flocked form far and wide to enjoy our brilliant seaside atmosphere. The two night markets were met with huge success, the sports village set up on the seafront lawns was full throughout the week and over 30,000 people gathered on the same lawns on 10 August for the French Fab Tour. Dieppe truly is the place to be, and the excitement is set to continue until the end of the year!&nbsp;</p> <p>Being France&rsquo;s oldest seaside resort and the closest beach to Paris, Dieppe&rsquo;s heart sure beats a little stronger during the summer months but the town certainly doesn&rsquo;t shut up shop as soon as the kids head back to school! In order to make the summer magic last a little longer, a big wheel will be installed on the Quai Henri IV, right next to the famous Tout Va Bien brasserie, from 20 September. The perfect family ride to make the most of the Indian summer and get a bird&#39;s-eye view of the town centre and the port. On 14 and 15 September, Dieppe will also welcome over 170 teams for the Oxfam Trailwalker event, a challenge where teams of four people walk 100 km within 30 hours and fundraise for Oxfam to support its actions. High on the clifftop, overlooking the historic streets and the beach, Dieppe Castle will then host for the very first time a big medieval festival called <em>Mers et Mondes Fantastiques</em> on 28 and 29 September.</p> <p>Things won&rsquo;t cool down in October either! Now in its 17th year, the highly-anticipated Dieppe BD festival will take place in the castle on 5 and 6 October, bringing together hundreds of graphic novel aficionados. One week later, Normandy EcoSpace, located on the outskirts of town, will host the Startup Weekend in partnership with Google. In just 54 hours, local entrepreneurs can experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup and learn how to create a real company with some of best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help them get started. What if Dieppe became the next Silicon Beach?&nbsp;</p> <p>Food lovers can rejoice too, as yet another restaurant is opening this month in the town centre. At the heart of the Ile du Pollet, right bang in between the two bridges, Chez Carlotta is set to become a mecca for anyone with a taste for Italian food. If you enjoy good beers, you can also head to La Porte Ouverte, at the bottom end of the Quai Henri IV, which has just opened its doors and boasts an impressive choice of bottled or tap beers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rides, major events, tech, food and drink&hellip; Dieppe has it all!</p>

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