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12th October 2015 - Press Release

Take a half term break - take a Dover ferry

If you and your kids are already feeling down following the end of summer, booking a break for the October half term could be the perfect tonic - and what better way to leave the UK than through the Port of Dover?

We’re expecting more than 300,000 passengers to take advantage of the fantastic ferry deals on offer this autumn.  

And staff at the port are preparing for nearly 66,000 cars and more than 1,700 coaches from Saturday, October 24, to Sunday, November 1.

Great value deals from our ferry operators mean money to spare for a comfortable and family-friendly sea crossing - the perfect stress-free start to the half-term holidays. 

Not only is Dover ideal for day trippers using the shortest sea route between the UK and France, but it also offers motorists the opportunity to reach Belgium and the Netherlands on the motorways linking northern France with the rest of Europe.

And there’s plenty for youngsters to do within striking distance of Calais - like Belgium’s Plopsaland with its fun park rides, petting zoo, boats and bumper cars, or France’s sea life centre Nausicaá.

So travel from Dover and enjoy a first class service, flexible departure times and exclusive ferry deals.

DFDS Seaways have a number of great value affordable offers, including: 10 per cent off Dover-Dunkirk or Calais return crossings – plus two free meals, Dover-Dunkirk or Calais autumn short break offers from £45, and Dover-France multi-trip tickets from £27.

P&O Ferries have fantastic deals on short breaks to France, including £25 day trip plus six free bottles of Vive La Vie wine, short breaks starting at £57 return and 40 per cent retail offers on board.

Added to the great deals is the convenience to simply turn up at the port, check-in and then sail across to Europe in less time than it takes to check-in and board a flight.

It’s an easy decision to travel by ferry from Dover to Europe.


Notes to Editors:

  • The port handles 13 million passengers, 2.5 million freight vehicles and £100 billion of UK/European trade.
  • The port supports 22,000 jobs, many of which are in the local community.
  • It has a shared vision to protect and enhance short and long term port capacity for the nation while delivering the catalyst for the regeneration of Dover.
  • Customers are still advised to contact their chosen ferry operator before travelling and consult the Port of Dover website (www.doverport.co.uk) or Twitter account (@PoD_travelnews) for the latest travel information. 

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