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Attractions & Events

There is a wide range of attractions and events in Broadstairs and the wider Thanet area including Margate and Ramsgate. During your visit, you might want to explore the wider East Kent area or even take a day trip to France.

Broadstairs

Attractions

  • Palace Cinema - From the outside you may wonder how the building can fit a cinema inside, but come through the doors on Harbour Street to discover a cosy foyer with popcorn, sweets and cold drinks as well as freshly brewed coffee.
  • Sarah Thorne Theatre Company - Sarah Thorne(1836–1899) Actress, theatre manager of the Theatre Royal Margate, originator of the countries first Drama Schools, she is our inspiration and spiritual mentor.
  • Crampton Tower - The Crampton Tower Museum is a fascinating small museum is partly housed in a flint tower adjacent to the Broadstairs Railway Station. The tower formed part of the first Broadstairs public water supply and was put in repair by Thanet District Council.
  • Lillyputt Minigolf - We have a championship designed mini golf course complete with a Tea Garden, a full menu with hot and cold food and heaps of ice cream for you to enjoy after your game, before your game or you're very welcome to join us just for a bite to eat, if mini golf isn't your cup of tea (have a pot of tea all to yourself instead!).
  • Bleak House - Built in 1801 and home of Charles Dickens, Bleak House Broadstairs is rich in historic and cultural interest. Guests can enjoy the hotel's private gardens or reach the sandy Viking Bay, which is 5 minutes walk away.
  • Broadstairs Info Kiosk - If you need to know where about local visitor attractions, how to get a bus to Margate, where the nearest fish & chip shop is or even where the closest hole in the wall is, then the Broadstairs Info Kiosk is for you.

Events

  • Broadstairs Blues Bash - 22nd-24th February 2019 - High energy Rock and Roll with a splach of Blues and Soul fronted by the most electrifying guitarist you'll ever see, coming straight from the Jersey Shore.
  • Broadstairs Dickens Festival - TBA in 2019 - Charles Dickens visited Broadstairs regularly from 1837 until 1859, In 1937, to commemorate the centenary of the author's first visit, Gladys Waterer put on a production of David Copperfield and had the people about the town in Victorian dress. Thus the festival was born and has been held annually ever since.
  • Broadstairs Folk Week - 9th-16th Aug 2019 - Broadstairs Folk Week takes place all over the town, with thousands of people enjoying free events.
  • Broadstairs Water Gala - TBA in 2019 - Broadstairs Water Gala takes place each year on the sunny East Kent coast in Broadstairs and celebrates the best of the traditional English seaside.
  • Broadstairs Food Festival - 4th-6th Oct 2019 - The Food Festival was originally started to promote the producers and independent shops of Broadstairs and East Kent. Run on a not-for-profit basis, the directors of the festival give their time voluntarily.
  • Broadstairs Fireworks - For 2019, the team will be putting on fireworks displays over the beautiful Viking Bay, complete with entertainment for all the family and live music at the bandstand.

Margate

  • The Turner Contemporary - Turner Contemporary is a world-class gallery in the vibrant seaside town of Margate, showcasing contemporary and historical art in new and dynamic ways.
  • Drapers Windmill - Drapers Windmill is a 19th Kentish Smock mill. Built in 1845 by master millwright, John Holman of Canterbury. Worked by wind until 1916 and the by gas engine. The mill became derelict and was saved from demolition by Drapers Windmill Trust. The Trust restored the mill to working order.
  • The Shell Grotto - The story goes that in 1835 Mr James Newlove lowered his young son Joshua into a hole in the ground that had appeared during the digging of a duck pond. Joshua emerged describing tunnels covered with shells.
  • Dreamland - Described as the heartbeat of Margate, Dreamland was one of the UK's best-leading theme parks.
  • Theatre Royal - The theatre dates from 1786 and was radically altered in 1874
  • The Margate Winter Gardens - Margate Winter Gardens, Kent’s largest banqueting venue, offers a variety of function rooms to cater for small dinner parties and family celebrations to full banqueting and conference facilities for up to 1400 people.
  • Margate Museum - Margate Museum is housed in the second oldest building in Margate town, which has served as the town hall, police station and magistrates’ court. Visitors can enjoy many of the original features of the Victorian police station and magistrates court.

Ramsgate

Events

  • Ramsgate Royal Marina - The Port of Ramsgate is one of 26 municipal ports in England and Wales. It is set on 32 acres of dedicated port land, and is owned and operated by Thanet District Council.
  • The Ramsgate Tunnels - As the second World War approached, Ramsgate Borough Council embarked on ambitious but controversial plans to create a network of Deep Shelter tunnels linking to a former Railway Tunnel which would provide shelter for 60,000 people.

Attractions

  • Ramsgate Music Hall - Small it may be, but acoustically it’s pretty wonderful. Potentially one of the best sounding small venues in the country offering a passionate musical experience.
  • The Granville Theatre - The Theatre and Cinema, on the East Cliff, offers a wide range of quality stage and screen entertainment. Professional and Amateur theatre productions are presented throughout the year Fully Licensed Theatre Bar No Restricted Views Disabled Facilities Free On Street Parking.

Westwood Cross

  • Westwood Cross Shopping Centre is a large retail centre just outside Broadstairs which has not only a wide range of shops and retail outlets but also restaurants, cafés, cinemas and a casino.

Canterbury

Take a trip to Canterbury which is 30 minutes by car or train to visit all it has to offer. Take a look around the old town including the magnificent cathedral, rebuilt completely by the Normans in 1070. Or spend a day in the wide range of shops, cafés and restaurants.

Dover

Dover is around 30 minutes away by car and boasts the ancient Dover Castle giving superb views across the English Channel to France.

Daytrips to France

With the Port of Dover being only a 30 minute drive away, take a daytrip to France with cross-channel services as follows: