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Category: Local information and excursions

PEGWELL BAY NATURE RESERVE

Pegwell nature reserve is a local beauty spot, about 8 km. from Hilderstone College. It’s a wonderful place for walkers, cyclists and nature enthusiasts, with beautiful wetland walks and a great ‘hide’, a special lookout hut for birdwatchers. It begins at the famous Viking boat, a replica of a re-constructed Viking Longship. The replica sailed […]

GROUP VISIT TO LONDON

Our new Spanish group from IMECAT started their week in the UK with a visit to London, led by Hilderstone tutor Ellie. It’s such a pity it was a rainy day, but it didn’t stop them enjoying themselves and doing lots of sightseeing!

THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER

The White Cliffs of Dover, about 40 minutes’ drive from Hilderstone College, are a paradise for keen walkers and nature lovers. The landscape is beautiful but windswept, and the trees lean at an extreme angle! Below you is the busy port of Dover, and you can watch the ferries coming in and out on their […]

Seven towns and cities to visit for a great day out

Easyjet have published a wonderful article on how to spend a day in each of seven of our local towns. None of them is more than 40 minutes by train from Broadstairs! Take a look by clicking on the link below – and look forward to your 2022 visit to Hilderstone College and all that […]

BROADSTAIRS FOLK WEEK RETURNS!

Like a lot of festivals and events around the world, the annual Broadstairs Folk Festival was cancelled in 2020. However, last week it returned with a packed programme of live music, dancing, workshops, demonstrations and craft stalls. And the sun shone most of the time, too! Over the past 55 years, the festival has attracted […]

RARE PINE MARTEN DISCOVERED IN BROADSTAIRS

Article from a local online newspaper Pine marten spotted in Broadstairs, Kent, hundreds of miles from typical Highlands habitat By: Lydia Chantler-Hicks lchantlerhicks@thekmgroup.co.uk Published: 13:49, 09 August 2021 Updated: 17:06, 09 August 2021 A pine marten – typically found in the Scottish Highlands – has been spotted in a Kent seaside town. The creatures are “incredibly rare” in England […]

MORELLI’S

MORELLI’S ICE CREAM PARLOUR is located on the seafront in Broadstairs overlooking Viking Bay. It was founded in 1932 and is still in the Morelli family today. This parlour is a nostalgic step back in time with its furnishings and décor, juke box and seating booths.

NORTH FORELAND LIGHTHOUSE

North Foreland Lighthouse, along the coast between Broadstairs and Margate, was built in 1691. It was first lit by fire in 1499! The lighthouse is probably one of the most photographed local landmarks in the Isle of Thanet.

CHARLES DICKENS PUB AND DINING ROOMS

The building is around 200 years old and in the late 1800s was an entertainment venue. From the early 1900s it had other uses (including a café) but has been a pub since the 1960s and is now named after a very famous visitor to Broadstairs!

THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP, Broadstairs

Dating back to 1588 and close to the sea, The Old Curiosity Shop in our town of Broadstairs was connected with smuggling long ago, but is now a popular cafe and a popular subject for photographers! It is named after a novel by Charles Dickens, who spent a lot of time in Broadstairs. #HilderstoneExperience #hilderstone […]