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Top 10 Things to do in Thanet

The Isle of Thanet is a beautiful area full of all sorts of different, amazing things to do. But, this can be a problem if you’ve never been here before! There’s so much to do and see that it can be hard to know where to start. So, here’s a list of 10 of the best things to do while you’re in the area!
1. Ramsgate Tunnels – Nestled deep below the ground from Ramsgate to near Broadstairs are the Ramsgate Tunnels. This 3 ¼ mile long tunnel system was built in 1939 as an air raid shelter. Today, you can access them through an old railway tunnel and go on an hour long guided tour so that you can see how people lived in the tunnels during the war. A real, in-depth insight into life during the war that’s right beneath your nose!
2. Viking bay – If you are looking for a stunning beach to spend some time relaxing on, then look no further than Viking Bay. This gorgeous, sandy beach is perfect all year round. In the winter you can enjoy the breath-taking scenery before stepping into a nearby bar or restaurant to warm yourself. But, in the summer there are loads of things to do including “Punch and Judy” stands, fishing trips, a pier, and plenty of places to get some ice cream and enjoy the sun.
3. Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum This museum is perfect for anyone with an interest in the second world war and in particular those who like aeroplanes. There are a number of impeccably preserved examples of these historic planes that will captivate pretty much anyone. And the best thing about it is that there’s no entry fee!
4. The RAF Manston History Museum – Another museum filled with old, World War 2 era planes. It’s only a short walk from the Spitfire and Hurricane Museum which means that plane enthusiasts and newcomers alike can find an entire day’s worth of things to do in one place. It’s not just about the planes, there are exhibits about the pilots and other staff involved in the war effort with the RAF too!
5. Dreamland Margate – If you are looking for an exciting way to spend your day on the Isle of Thanet, you’ll struggle to find anywhere better than Dreamland Margate. This theme park is full of rides that adults and children will love and all at a great value price. You can spend an entire day here having fun on the rides, a nice easy way to occupy the kids!
6. Margate Main Sands – However, if you are looking for a slightly more relaxed way to spend a day in Margate, but still with plenty to do, just head down to the main sands. This enormous, sandy beach is filled with things to do. Soft sand, ice cream, fish and chips, and so much more is waiting for you on Margate Main Sands.
7. Margate Old Town – Margate old town is filled with all sorts of quaint, traditional shops and buildings. It’s everything you could want from a seaside town. With plenty of places to grab an ice cream or some fish and chips, or just somewhere to sit and have a coffee, Margate has something for everyone. The old town is a great place to do all of these things as the architecture and atmosphere is perfect for relaxing and spending time with friends and family.
8. Turner Contemporary – The Turner Contemporary Art gallery on Margate’s seafront is one of the UK’s leading art galleries. The gallery presents a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities that help create links between historic and contemporary art. Admission to the gallery is free so you can find a place to hide from the rain and look at beautiful art without having to worry about the cost.
9. Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve – If you are looking to get out into the outdoors and spend some time in nature, then look no further than the Sandwich and Pegwell bay National Nature Reserve. This land is protected so that nature can be free to roam and take control of the land. This means that it is filled with stunning scenery and gorgeous views that you will love. Perfect for a day’s hiking!
10. Botany Bay – For stunning views across the channel on a hike, you can’t go wrong with Botany Bay. The cliffs in the area are perfect for a lazy day’s wander and are even better with a dog. The beach below is accessible at low tide and is a great place to sit and relax in the summer sun.

A guide to Broadstairs

If you’re new to the Broadstairs area, you might not know exactly how much there is to do and see here. But, with this guide, we’ll show you loads of things to do that can make your stay here as special and memorable as possible.

 

Broadstairs has so many things to offer. With award-winning Blue Flag beaches, a wide range of independent shops on the traditional High street and an abundance of beautiful sights to see on walks around the coast. These are just a few things to see in Broadstairs the whole year round, but there’s so much more on at different times of the year that can make a visit extra special.

 

There are literary, culinary and musical festivals throughout the year so that you can find something you’ll love at any time. It’s also a great way of discovering new things and spending your time in Broadstairs relaxing and not having to worry about work.

 

After you are done exploring the town and working up an appetite, there are plenty of incredible restaurants in town that you can visit. With all sorts of cuisine to choose from, you can refuel with the delicious meal of your choice. There are plenty of bars to head out to afterwards for a relaxed evening on the town, or you can enjoy an evening at the cinema or the theatre if you’re looking to enjoy a more cultural evening.

 

In springtime the calendar of events is kicked off by the Blues Bash, a blues music festival that has a number of acts performing for free with the headliners requiring a ticket. There are some truly amazing acts performing over the weekend each year and blues fans and newcomers to blues music will be sure to have an amazing, memorable weekend.

 

Next comes the Spring Food Fair over Easter Weekend that showcases local producers of all sorts of food and drink ranging from wine and cheese, to fudge and pies. There’s so much food on offer that you can spend an entire day gorging yourself on delicious local produce and you won’t have been able to finish getting round all the stalls. But, if you miss out on the stalls, you can go back in October for the Broadstairs Food Festival.

 

In June, the town gets completely transformed by Dickens Week and then once again in July for the Victorian Weekend. These events are truly unique and can give your stay a memorable and enjoyable twist that you can’t get anywhere else.

 

As the summer draws to a close in August, Broadstairs Folk Week begins bringing all sorts of Folk musicians and acts to town. This accompanies the weekly performances every Sunday at the bandstand throughout the summer. There’s information about these events online on a month by month basis that you can use to plan ahead.

 

There are plenty of sights to see all year round. If you’re looking for a more relaxed holiday, you can visit any of the great museums in the town including; the Bleak House Museum, the Crampton Tower Museum and the Dickens House Museum. These museums are packed with loads of great exhibitions about the town and its rich history.

 

You can also spend a day at the beach or just wandering around town. There’s more than enough to see and do around town and you are sure to have a memorable retreat where you can get away from work and your normal everyday life. Broadstairs is a truly unique and

Great Thanet website for visitors

Great resource for Thanet visitors

 

Recently I discovered the Visit Thanet website (http://www.visitthanet.co.uk), this is a great resource for anyone visiting the area.