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Things to Do in Broadstairs

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Broadstairs is surrounded by seven bays, many of them 'Blue Flag' award winners. Viking Bay is lined with 150 metres of golden sand and in summer has lifeguards, donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows and trampolines to keep the kids happy.

Stone Bay Botony Bay Joss Bay Surfing

Those in the know, sneak off to the blue flag beach at Stone Bay, a great place for the kids to go rock pooling. In 2011 the Telegraph called Botany Bay the prettiest of Broadstairs beaches. Nearby Joss Bay is a surfing beach with lifeguards. Equipment is available for rent (www.jossbay.co.uk).

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Wander around the historic streets, follow the Broadstairs town trail (Tourist Information has more details) or stock up on provisions from the old-fashioned sweetshop, butcher, baker, greengrocer or fishmonger. Visit the antique shops. Take tea. Go to Morelli’s ice-cream parlour near the bandstand. Buy second hand books.
Visit the small, charming Palace Cinema, which shows current and retro films and is a minute's walk from the cottage.

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Dickens House, on the seafront, commemorates Dickens’ association with Broadstairs (www.dickenshouse.co.uk). Bleak House sits above the harbour, a maritime and smugglers museum (www.bleakhouse.info). Crampton Tower museum commemorates the inventor Thomas Crampton (he was the first to put telegraph cables under the Channel). There is also a miniature railway and lots of local history to discover (www.cramptontower.co.uk).

Eating and Drinking
There are numerous old fashioned pubs and modern restaurants (details in the cottage on our favourites). The best fish and chips are only 20 paces from the cottage and 20 steps in the other direction is Chiappini’s café, where you can sit outside and watch the world go by.

The promenade is a good place to start. Stop and listen to music at the bandstand and look for the nearby memorial to Uncle Mack, Broadstairs’ best loved street performer. At low tide, walk along the beach to Ramsgate two miles away (there is an alternative cliff walk too). In the other direction, you can walk on the beach for miles (tides permitting) or on the cliff path. The Viking coastal trail can be done on foot or bike from the cottage front door. Details on other walks can be found in the cottage.

Peace and Quiet
The gardens at Pierremont Hall are well laid out and maintained, the perfect place to sit with a book purchased from one of the second-hand bookshops.

A short drive (3 hour beach walk (only at v. LOW tide), or 2 hour cliff walk), Margate Old Town has recently seen a major rejuvenation; interesting shops, cafes, a weekend market. The Turner Contemporary on the seafront has regularly changing (free) exhibitions. Well worth a day out.

Harbour Jetty
Stroll along here and sit gazing out to sea.

(www.broadstairssailingclub.com) has some open events.

Kent’s premiere climbing venue for both beginners and experts is in nearby St. Peter's (www.revolutionskatepark.co.uk/climbing).

At Revolution Skate Park in nearby St Peter's. They also have equipment for hire (www.revolutionskatepark.co.uk).