Published on December 19th, 2018 | by James Drew


Visit Blighty this Christmas for a wonderful life

Brexit or no Brexit, there is one thing the Brits do particularly well and that is celebrate Christmas in style, writes Martin Banks.

The festive season is so big in Blighty that preparations start weeks and weeks before Santa is due to bring his seasonal cheer.

So, this winter, why not immerse yourself in the magical world of Christmas in England with its illuminated landscapes and multitude of magical events?

Whether you decide to visit London for its famous Christmas markets or, maybe Canterbury for its heritage and festive entertainment, the South of England will not fail to amaze you at this time of the year.

Exploring this part of England could not be easier for people on this side of the Channel and a cross channel ferry with leading ferry operator DFDS makes for an enchanting start to a winter short break.

Its regular cross channel sailings run from Dunkirk and Calais to Dover with a round trip from a mere €54. There are 54 daily crossings and you can stay for 1, 3 or 5 days.

With DFDS, your holiday starts on board because, although its France to Dover ferries do not last more than two hours, they boast lots of entertainment to make a trip even more enjoyable.

You can also indulge yourself with a spot of last minute Christmas shopping in the onboard shops. Passengers from Calais to Dover enjoy very competitive prices because the products are offered at 20% less than the prices recommended in other stores.

Or maybe you would like to restore yourself in one of the restaurants on board or upgrade to the Premium Lounge?

If you have children, they will be delighted to learn that DFDS ferries have a playground at their disposal for fun during the 90 minutes of the Calais-Dover crossing.

The playground is secure and the children will be safe while you enjoy all the services that are available on board.

Being a passenger also affords the unique chance to witness the most beautiful shows of nature: sunrises, sunsets and breathtaking views of the  famous white cliffs of Dover – the traditional gateway to any visit to the south of England.

Full details of ticket prices are available via the DFDS website but prices quoted  as “from” are based on Dunkerque-Dover crossings. An extra charge of €5 applies for the Calais-Dover route.

The offer is only available on round-trip bookings. They apply for cars not exceeding 2.35 meters in height and for up to 5 people or motorcycles/motorcycles with side-car with 2 people maximum. The outward journey must start in Calais or Dunkirk.

A supplement of €25 is applicable to bookings made within 24 hours before departure time. Also worth noting that a change fee of €15 will apply to each trip in addition to any additional costs.

For those looking at making the reverse journey, the award winning DFDS has launched a £29 day-return offer on its Dover-Dunkirk route for a car and up to four people. Those wanting a longer break can take advantage of a £39 return fare for a three-day break or £45 for a five-day return, both for a car and up to four people. All offers are bookable from now until April 1 2019, for travel before April 2.

The special fares are perfect for those looking to relax and recharge their batteries with a short break in Belgium, France or continental Europe.

DFDS operates up to 12 return sailings per day between Dover and Dunkirk, offering passengers flexible and convenient crossing options.

To find out more information, click here or telephone 0871 574 7235 to book a return crossing.

Info on the continental short breaks is available here and here.

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