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Activities and Attractions

Broadstairs is a coastal town on the Isle of Thanet in east Kent, England, about 80 miles (130 km) south-east of London. It is a seaside resort in Thanet and known as the "Jewel in Thanet's crown". Broadstairs lies above a harbour with cliffs on either side. It has seven bays of golden sand, which are Viking Bay, Stone Bay, Joss Bay, Dumpton Gap, Louisa Bay, Kingsgate Bay and Botany Bay. Broadstairs is known for having a very mild maritime climate.

The town is a wonderful mixture of Victorian architecture, cobbled squares, sandy beaches and cliff top walks. The shops still offer a personal service with a range of goods and gifts that independent stores do so well. Delicatessens and local butchers, artisan bakers and grocers; unique clothes, gifts, books and antiques.

Broadstairs is ideally situated to take advantage of visiting Margate and Ramsgate.

Take a morning out to visit Margate Old Town, with it's eclectic mix of shops, stroll along the Harbour Arm and enjoy a drink or a meal, finish it off with a visit to the Turner Contemporary.

Visit Ramsgate Royal Harbour, pick a pavement table and watch the comings and goings and admire the yachts in the marina. Visit the Belgium Café which stocks over 100 different Belgian Beers or have a meal in one of the quayside restaurants.

Annual Events

  • May - Big Broadstairs Weekend is a new themed event comprising: Band at Pavilion; Film on the Beach; Dancing Queens - charity world record attempt dance. Broadstairs currently holds the record for biggest remote dance class
  • June - The Broadstairs Dickens Festival is held annually in honour of the novelist Charles Dickens in the third week of June
  • July - Whitstable Oyster Festival - Most Oyster Festival events for families are either free or very subsidised. You will find traditional pastimes like crabbing, kite flying, chalking and Punch and Judy plus workshops, explorations, and street entertainment
  • August - In the second week of August each year, the town holds the Broadstairs Folk Week music festival
  • August - Broadstairs Water Gala Family Fun Fair; Childrens Competitions; Decorated Beach Huts; Sandcastle Building; Musical Entertainment; Water-based activities; Teddy Bears' Picnic; Firework Finale
  • August - Ramsgate Week - is the Royal Temple Yacht Club annual regatta and is widely recognised as the friendly regatta and the alternative to Cowes
  • September - Joss Bay Wheels and Fins Festival - Family fun during the day making way to a relaxing night out on the Saturday night
  • October - Broadstairs Food Festival - the largest festival of its kind in the south east of Kent of England. The festival is a celebration of eating and drinking and loads of excellent events, including: Gala Dinner at Thanet College; 3 day Food Fayre; Over 100 stalls of food and drink; Teddy Bears' Picnic; Cookery Demonstrations

A Selection of Local Activities

  • Sea Swimming - Stone Bay and Viking Bay are about five minutes walk from Shorley Wall and both are patrolled by lifeguards during the summer and are popular with swimmers
  • Seafood on the jetty
  • Beach Volley Ball is held on the beach in the summer
  • Broadstairs is home to the North Foreland Golf Club
  • The Palace Cinema (formerly known as The Windsor)
  • The Pavilion on the Sands hosts a summer show and all-year entertainment
  • Punch and Judy and donkey rides are a feature of the summer beach entertainment on Viking Bay
  • There are four firework displays on Wednesday evenings over Viking Bay in the summer and a free display on 5 November
  • The Dickens' House museum displays many artifacts relating to Charles Dickens and his life in Broadstairs
  • Crampton Tower by the railway station houses a museum
  • Fishing Trips
  • Boat Trips
  • Seal and Wildlife Trips
  • Shell Grotto
  • Joss Bay Surf School
  • Revolution Skate Park and Climbing Centre
  • Hornby Visitor Centre - Home of Hornby Model Railways
  • Margate Museum of Monstrosities
  • Bike Hire
  • Art Galleries - Turner Contemporary; The Old Lookout; Margate Harbour Arm
  • Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
  • Manston Fire Museum
  • Monkton Nature Reserve & Thanet Observatory
  • Tenpin Bowling
  • Ramsgate Brewery

Foodie Treats

Abundance of great places to have traditional seaside fare of fish and chips!

Ice Cream parlours including the famous Morelli's which retains its fifties style.

The town is lucky to have a wide range of restaurants, bars, bistros and cafes - serving wonderful local food, freshly prepared. You can enjoy food from almost every continent of the globe.

Places to Visit Outside of Broadstairs

  • Pegwell Bay Nature Reserve
  • Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens - a unique country Park of 250 acres
  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • Sarre Windmill
  • Minster Abbey
  • Dover Castle
  • Leeds Castle
  • Walmer Castle
  • Howletts Animal Park
  • Wingham Wildlife Park
  • Tides - leisure pool featuring 150ft water-slide, wave machine, Jacuzzi/bubble pools and a small shallow water pool for toddlers
  • Sandwich is a historic town and still has many original medieval buildings. Sandwich Bay is home to nature reserves and two world-class golf courses, Royal St George's and Prince's. The Royal St George's Golf Club is one of the premier golf clubs in the United Kingdom, and one of the courses on The Open Championship rotation

Walking

Kent is a great place for walking and where better to enjoy a day out than along a coastal trail which include:

  • The Viking Costal Trail - 27 mile (43.5km) route on the Isle of Thanet, where Vikings first landed in Britain in 449AD
  • The Saxon Shore Way - a fascinating 163 mile walk, from Gravesend to Hastings, East Sussex
  • The South Foreland walk - offers a chance to explore parts of the Saxon Shore Way and also sections of the North Downs Way
  • The Minnis Bay to Reculver Country Park route - follows the coastal defences of the North Kent coast
  • Walmer Castle to Deal Castle - take in two of the best preserved fortifications to be found along this section of the Kent coast
  • Samphire Hoe walk - Enjoy magnificent views along this coastal walk through the newest part of Kent
  • Turner and Dickens - newly opened, 4 mile coast to coast route between Turner's Margate and Dickens' Broadstairs
  • Maritime Heritage Trail - provides four trails centred around Thanet, Medway, Whitstable/Herne Bay and Dover
  • Wantsum Walk - an 8 mile trail between Herne Bay and Birchington
  • Dover wildlife walk - a short 4 mile circular walk

Cycling

Cycling near the coast can be very rewarding. Stunning views and often easy flat surfaces make coastal cycling in Kent an ideal way to spend a family day out.

  • Coast to Cathedral - from Dover to Canterbury
  • Crab and Winkle Way - from Canterbury to Whitstable
  • The Viking Coastal Trail - from Pegwell Bay to Reculver
  • Sandwich in Kent to Rye in East Sussex
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