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Elmer's Big Heart of Kent Parade

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Have you ‘herd’ about Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade?

DFDS are proud to be part of the Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade public art trail, marching across Maidstone this summer to support Heart of Kent Hospice.

From 19 June – 22 August, streets, parks and open spaces across the Maidstone will become home to 50 giant sculptures of the much-loved children’s book character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.

Our sponsored sculpture is called Beside the Seaside – quite an apt name for us with our hundreds of ferries sailing across the channel every day, don’t you think? We don’t want to spoil the surprise of what our fabulous elephant looks like so you’ll have to head out on the trail this summer to see it in all its glory! With lots of elephants on the trail to discover, it’s a guaranteed day of adventure and fun.

Why not take part in the trail and see if you can discover our elephant to unlock a special treat from DFDS on the Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade app?

Find out more about the Elmer trail and download the trail map and app here

** Elmer © 2021 David McKee. Licensed by Andersen Press, London.*

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Pet Ferry Travel

It’s not just colourful elephants who are allowed on our ferries, dogs, cats and other animals are too. We know your pets are part of the family, so why wouldn’t you want to bring your furry friends with you on holiday? Well now you can, thanks to our pet travel scheme. Find out more about bringing your pets on holiday with you, including costs, requirements and more, on our pet travel page. And for information and inspiration on where to take your pet on holiday, visit our pet friendly holidays page.

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Award Winning Ferry Crossings

We are proud to have been voted World’s Leading Ferry Operator 2022 at this year’s World Travel Awards for the 12th year in a row! We have also won Europe's Leading Ferry Operator 2012-2022 and World’s Best Ferry Operator Website 2021-2022.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and voted for us for over 12 years. Let’s sail the seas together with world class service!