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31st May 2022 - Press Release

Summer arrives on the Marina Curve as berth holders and locals get a glimpse of what is to come



The summer season has well and truly arrived on the Marina Curve as the Dover Western Docks Revival Scheme progresses, bringing several exciting developments to the Dover Seafront. The Community can now enjoy regular music events, excellent food and drink concessions serving local produce, and boats have moved into the New Marina for a trial period, enhancing the relaxed waterside ambience. The Port of Dover is also welcoming Network Yacht Brokers Kent Ltd to the Marina Curve this month as they move into the Marina Undercroft building.

Opening in 2021, the Marina Curve delivered a large new outdoor space for the public to enjoy in Dover and transformed the waterfront. This year, the new waterside development will be jam-packed with activities, entertainment and fantastic food stalls serving delicious local produce throughout the summer season. 

Big Pan Foods are serving delicious South African street food to the local community and the Breakwater Brewery, a local micro-brewery, is back on the Curve with a brand-new seating area added for the summer season. 

A permanent stone-baked pizza stall is also joining the line-up of concessions, while another new addition to the Curve is Planet Earth Kitchen; already a cult-favourite vegan restaurant in Folkestone, they will be setting up shop to serve Dover residents and visitors in the coming weeks. There are many classic food options available too, including Café on the Curve and Wills Soft Ices. 

There will be a regular schedule of events too, delivered in partnership with Destination Dover, which are already growing in popularity. Local residents and berth holders can come down every Sunday to enjoy a variety of performances, set against the backdrop of the iconic White Cliffs and the beautiful Dover Castle while enjoying a superb array of street food. The schedule of local events can be viewed here

The enjoyable waterside atmosphere will also be enhanced by the arrival of boats to the New Marina, as the advent of the summer season coincides with a trial period for the development. 

Chris Windsor, Marina Manager at the Port of Dover, said. “We’re pleased to begin a temporary trial period of holding boats in the New Marina. Boats have primarily been moved due to dredging requirements within Wellington Dock over the summer period and this has aligned well with an appetite amongst berth holders to try out the New Marina.  

This won’t be a permanent move until the outer wave wall has been installed and tested to be sure of year-round comfort, but we’re delighted that berth holders be able to enjoy the amenities over the Summer months. Together with local residents, they will be able to soak up the enhanced atmosphere on the Curve and get a feel for what the area will be like when the transition is complete.”

Yet another exciting development coming to the Curve is the arrival of Network Yacht Brokers Kent Ltd, moving into the Marina Undercroft building this June. 

As they expand from their current bases in Chatham and Gillingham Peter Norris, Managing Director of NYB, said, “As brokers of yachts and motorboats, we’re thrilled to be moving into our new waterside offices on the Marina Curve in Dover. 

This beautiful spot on the seafront amongst the recognisable surroundings of Kent’s White Cliffs is an ideal location to expand our operations from and we look forward to doing business across the wider South East region from our new base in Dover.” 

The cobbled paths, flower beds, classic street lights and stunning views make the Marina Curve the ideal location to relax in the warmer weather. The Dover community and berth holders alike will be able to enjoy a huge variety of food and entertainment while taking in the beautiful surroundings. 

We look forward to seeing you down at the Marina Curve this summer! 

ENDS

Notes to Editors

The Port of Dover is the UK's busiest international ferry port, handling more lorries than all other UK ports put together through an unrivalled and fluid operation capable of facilitating 120 ferry movements and 110 miles of freight per day. £144bn worth of UK trade and 33% of all trade with the EU is handled by the Port of Dover.

Dover is also the UK’s second busiest cruise port, has a marina and property business primed to benefit from a new waterfront and a busy cargo terminal handling fresh produce, containers, project cargo, general cargo and grain operating from a state-of-the-art terminal.

The Port of Dover holds ambitious net zero targets, placing it at the vanguard of decarbonisation within the UK ports industry. More information on these can be read here.

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