Broadstairs

One of the Isle of Thanet's gems

Here at the very edge of the Garden of England, three Georgian and Victorian resorts, each with its own distinctive character – Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate – cluster around the bays at the far end of the peninsula. There’s a retro feel to these harbour towns, miles of low chalk cliffs edge the peninsula, sheltering a string of secluded, unspoilt sandy bays. For the ultimate experience, you can cycle or hike on the Viking Coastal Trail, along a stunning shoreline and through tranquil lanes. 

Characterful Broadstairs boasts clifftop promenade, winding lanes, hidden cobbled squares and fishermen’s cottages and impressive Charles Dickens connections; but at the heart of what Broadstairs has to offer, are its seven sand-filled beaches and bays and closest to the capital surfing beaches, also popular choice with southeast boarders. 

Celebrate summer with over 500 events during Broadstairs Folk Week, head to Broadstairs Water Gala or take part in the soapbox racing at Joss Bay’s Wheel and Fins Festival. Look out for costumed characters at the 80th Broadstairs Dickens Festival.

Ramsgate is a wonderful blend of maritime heritage that can be learnt about at the Ramsgate Maritime Museum, architectural finery with Georgian and Regency squares and cosmopolitan pizzazz. Steeped in history, this beautiful, classic seaside town, with the only Royal Harbour in the country, is an architectural gem, boasting sweeping Georgian terraces and splendid Regency squares. If you prefer a more active break, be sure to check out Ramsgate's scenic cycling, walking trails, world-class golf courses, exciting boat rides and new canoe trails. Discover more at Active Ramsgate.

This July there is something fishy going on as Ramsgate Festival and Ramsgate Week come together with opera on the beach, town carnival, art installations and sailing regatta.

Margate boasts remarkable 18th and 19th century architecture, classic seaside heritage and kitsch, mixed with eclectic attractions and live arts and music venues. And there is a variety of independent places to shop, eat, drink and stay. The revival of Dreamland - 'UK's Original Pleasure Park' makes it one of the top summer hotspots and an absolute must for all vintage lovers seeking the original seaside experience. 

With acts including Arrested Development, Candi Staton and Gerardo Frisina, Margate Soul Fest provides the perfect backdrop to the town's annual colourful Margate Carnival.

Discover more at www.visitthanet.co.uk