Dover is twinned with both Calais, France and Split in Croatia. Calais was twinned with Dover from early 1973, but even earlier than that, the Twinning between Split in Croatia and Dover was from 1956.
Dover and Calais hold an annual twinning festival of sport.
Each year Calais and Dover take it in turn to be the hosts, arranging competitions over a wide range of sports and games for teams from the French and English towns.
A diverse range of local sporting clubs take part in different sports ranging from football and table tennis to pool, fencing and shooting.
All the sporting disciplines compete throughout the day, to see which twinning town, Calais or Dover will be triumphant and take home the Victor Ludorum Trophy.
Representatives of Dover’s twin town of Split, Croatia, visited Dover recently to meet with Dover Town Council to discuss opportunities for knowledge exchanges between the towns with regard to tourism and culture.
The Deputy Mayor of Split, Ms. Aida Baterelo, and Mr. Nikola Horvat, Head of International Affairs, met with the Mayor of Dover, Councillor Pam Brivio and Deputy Town Mayor, Councillor Sue Jones.
The two towns have had a close relationship since 1956 when they were first twinned. If you would like to get involved in any projects involving our twinned towns, why not come along to one of our Civic & Special Project Committee meetings to find out more?