Outdoor swimming Pool
There is a large outdoor public swimming pool (with three slides, diving, toddlers pool, wave machine etc) right on the seafront in Dieppe. It is cheap to enter and has two pools, larger/smaller...
Dear friends and the Small Person amused themselves for quite some time in there, (although a little too cold for the Amapola).
I amused myself with a good book while they were swimming, although I was somewhat distracted by
a : An army of minature spiders that kept crawling everywhere (and i mean, everywhere).
b : A school of French male divers peeling off wetsuits directly in front of me, after practising their diving in the large pool (i'm sorry, but they were right in front of me, impossible not to notice)!
Facilities also include : a café that served chips, a shop that sold inflatables, an ice-cream stand, a sandpit and a skating park.
Perfect for families.
Dieppe - Something for everyone
"History. castle,towers, belfry and clocks."
At the age of 17 my husband set off with a friend and their bicycles to tour Normandy. They took the boat to Dieppe and for years after we started our travels together he spoke about a return visit to Dieppe.
We always seemed to be in too much of a rush to linger in Dieppe or use different channel crossings because they were more convenient for our departure and destination.
So when an invitation to an opera weekend in Sussex happened to coincide with a “special deal” ferry/hotel break from Newhaven - Dieppe that we eventually made a proper trip to Dieppe.
"Around the Port"
The port, around which the many cafes and restaurants are clustered and where scores of pleasure boats are moored was a magnet. Our hotel was right on the sea front and our very large room had views of the great green expanse of lawns in front and the sea beyond.
Water and boats are always an attraction and it was not difficult to spend too much time wandering around and people watching over a slow coffee or beer.
"History - ancient and recent."
As we walked along the promenade to visit the museum in the Castle we saw several small memorials to the hundreds of service personnel from the UK, Canada and the US who lost their lives in the disastrous Allied attack on Occupied Dieppe in August 1942.
The 15th Century castle stands on the cliff at far end of the promenade and has a collection of maritime exhibits and some from WW2.
Our visit was shorted by our encounter, as we climbed the steps, with a kindly local lady who gave us a run down on the history of the castle in rapid French and particularly wanted us to be sure to see the great ivory collection. We did not tell her that would be the last thing on our list but by the time we entered the Museum was almost ready to close
Weekend in Dieppe
Dieppe for the day - OK! Dieppe overnight - Not on a Sunday night!
Dieppe is a place of staggering banality. The Dieppe market is on a Saturday and probably the livliest event in the town. On Sunday the pubs and restaurants shut early. On Monday some of the shops and eateries open some of the time, and others not at all.
There is not much to do in the town, only visit a couple of Eglises and the Chateau-Musee. You can climb up to the cliff tops on either side of the town - to the grounds of the Chateau Musee to the West and up to the Chappelle Notre Dame Bonsecours to the East - a shrine to sailors lost at sea. These give lovely views of the harbour and sea.
The beach itself is featureless and uninteresting with substantial pebbles. See picture. A swimming pool complex is due to open next year and this will improve the offering by about 500%. Inland there are bland lawns fronted by ungraceful buildings. There are dogs and dog *** everywhere - owners are not required to clean up after their animals.
The one sporting facility that I can recommend is the 18 hole putt putt course, which is good fun.
If I visited again I would enquire about busses and trains out of the town and try to visit somewhere more interesting. Either that or I would go on a very long cliff top walk.
Beware the ferry time table. The ferry there took 3 hours. On the way back it managed to take 5 hours, exceeding its pupblished ETA by nearly an hour.
The picture shows the beach front with the new swimming complex under construction.
Amapola's Dieppe Page
"Welcome to the ROllercoaster Ride to Dieppe"
Headed off to this lovely little French town for a weekend visit with the Small Person and the Godparents..We travelled on the 7.30 Seacat from Newhaven (Nr Brighton) - This journey is normally 2 hours (4 hours by ferry) .
On this occasion, the sea was rough and there was a thick fog. Visability was nil. When the Captain of the Seacat welcomed us with 'Good Morning and welcome to the roller coaster ride to Dieppe' we wondered what on earth was in store for us. We also were advised not to drink fizzy drinks or eat sweets and cakes by a steward. The journey started out as a gentle rolling from side to side, slowly progressing to a full on rock once in the open sea. Godparent 1 and the Small Person spent the entire journey on the deck, huddled together (it was not warm, although it was August), I sat right in the middle of the boat with other Godparent trying to tell ourselves we were not feeling sick. People were throwing up in the loos and we were very grateful to arrive in Dieppe some 3 hours later bedraggled but reasonably intact.
Once recovered, we checked into the Hotel Windsor and went out for some great food in a local restaurant near the hotel. We spent the weekend eating huge meals (especially good if you like fish and seafood), drinking some great wine and generally soaking up the Normandy culture.
The beach is rather stoney, like Brighton beach, but has a wild quality that I rather like. There is a fairground on the seafront in the summer months which the Small Person enjoyed.
It's a very relaxed town, better suited to eating, than clubbing and perfect for a weekend family break with the kids.
(pics copyright amapola 2005)
"Views from Le Chateaux"
One of our best times was had after climbing up through the castle and the views of Dieppe were spectacular (see things to do tips).
A passing French photographer took a shot of the Small Person and I too, I wonder where it ended up?
"More from Le Chateaux"
There were some very inspiring images all round really...