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IT MAY all be a dismal failure, but at least no one can say I haven't tried. Even after nearly 22 years of living in the Deep South of France there are Brit things I still cling to. Like rhubarb crumble, mmmm. Le crumble exists as a term in France, but it's nothing like the rich, crisp and oaty topping, melding and melting into that delectably doughy mix where it meets and mingles with the lightly sweetened stewed rhubarb beneath, a marriage made in heaven. And for me, at any rate, custard completes this gorgeous ménage à trois. But beware! Custard in France masquerades as crème anglaise, English cream (as if!) but don't be deceived by this unconvincing alias: crème anglaise is gruel-thin, over-sweet, generally miserable and - crime of crimes - served cold. Gadz! as the kids I used to teach in NE Scotland would say when faced with anything particularly unpalatable.

AT MIDSUMMER thirty years ago the French Minister of Culture instituted an annual nation-wide music bash called La Fête de la Musique. The minister was - and still is - called Jack Lang, a name that looks as if it ought to be English. Now 72, he's never strayed very far from the French political scene. It may be that La Fête de la Musique will be his lasting memorial, because at the recent general election he lost his seat in the French parliament, much to his chagrin, and I daresay anyone humming Auld Lang Syne in his hearing will be dealt with appropriately.

IT'S NEARLY 20 years since I came to live in France, creeping into Le Havre one dark October morning waving a sheaf of official papers and passes which everyone said you absolutely had to have or they'd just put you straight back on the next ferry to Portsmouth or wherever. In the event nobody took the blindest notice of any of it. Very strange. Unreal, too. Weren't they interested in a family of Brits (plus dog and cat) who'd suddenly taken an immense swerve in the even course of their lives to date, had given up paid employment, sold up and were in the process of moving lock stock and barrel to the south of France? Did nobody share our sense of adventure, did no one recognise the butterflies in our stomachs? Did we not deserve a little encouragement, a word of welcome?

The ferry that operates between Newhaven and Le Havre is a seasonal one only. Between May and September, Transmanche Ferries charter their vessel The Seven Sisters to make a crossing every day to provide more choice and added convenience to their customers in the summer months. There are however regular ferry services from Portsmouth to Le Havre that run all year.

View the links below to search for real time prices, availability and book ferries from Newhavent to Le Havre or see bottom of the page for other alternatives to Newhaven - Le Havre ferries.

Also, see our free guides on what to do in and around the ports of Newhaven and Le Havre.

Guide to taking a ferry to France with Transmanche Ferries

The Transmanche Ferries service is operated by LD Lines under its own banner and Transmanche Ferries.

The fleet is exclusively composed of new or modern ships, delivering the highest technical standards and offering an excellent level of comfort. All ships are equipped with effective stabilization systems allowing them to guarantee you a quick and pleasant crossing whatever the season.

Transmanche Ferries offer an all year ferry service between Newhaven and Dieppe which operates with two comfortable and modern vessels, the Seven Sisters and the Côte d’Albâtre.




Summer in France, sunny days, balmy evenings, historic villages, wonderful beaches, fabulous fresh produce and – a dip in your own swimming pool.

Whether it’s to cool off, to relax, to play with the kids or to start the day with a splash of healthy exercise, a pool is great to have when the sun’s out and we can’t resist sharing some lovely holiday homes that might just be the perfect choice for you…

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