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Category: Local information and excursions

Local beach voted the best in Kent!

The Sunday Times newspaper has named Stone Bay, Broadstairs, as the best beach in Kent! Stone Bay is a gorgeous beach and won the accolade due to its ‘strangely beautiful curve of flat sand and rockpools’. Chris Haslam, The Sunday Times’ chief travel writer, said that ‘Stone Bay’s white cliffs reflect the sun’s heat ‘creating […]

Beautiful Thanet skies

Our local area, known as the Isle of Thanet, is famous for its beautiful sunrises and sunsets; the famous British artist, Turner, is quoted as saying that ‘the skies over Thanet are the loveliest in all Europe.’ Here are some stunning photographic examples, taken by our own Head of Marketing, Lynne Hoenes on her mobile […]

Student photo of Whitstable beach

This wonderful photograph was taken by one of our students, George (Jiajin Hou), from China, on a recent excursion to Whitstable. It’s a lovely coastal town famous for its seafood, especially oysters, and its artist studios, and it’s only about 30 minutes away by train or car. Look at that beautiful sky! Thanks, George.

Turner Contemporary, Margate

Lynne Hoenes, our Head of Marketing, loves this local art gallery and writes here about her reasons. How fortunate we are to have Turner Contemporary art gallery located in our local area, with its varied and dynamic exhibitions, events and workshops, for everyone to enjoy. Entry is free of charge. The Turner Contemporary opened in […]

TURNER CONTEMPORARY: A modern, calming art space by the sea.

Opened in 2011, and named after the famous artist who spent so much time in Margate, this light and airy gallery is a great place to visit in all weathers. It is free to enter (donation appreciated), and the main exhibition changes every few months. As well as the works of art on display, often […]

SANDWICH: Historic charm

Sandwich is a charming town just 15 kilometres from Broadstairs. We often go here as part of a Friday afternoon visit, or you can easily reach it independently by train. It’s a small town but has some really interesting little shops and cafes, and it’s very pleasant to walk around the narrow streets with quirky […]

BRIGHTON: One of our favourite Saturday trips

Brighton is a fantastic destination for a day out, with its vibrant cultural mix and its varied arts and music scene. Here you will find modern shopping centres alongside unusual boutiques and small specialist shops in the old, historic lanes of the old town (known as ‘The Lanes’). Something you really should  see when you […]

Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Broadstairs Dickens Festival takes place every June, and lasts for about a week. Don’t be surprised if you bump into a ‘Victorian’ while you’re having your coffee or buying a sandwich! The streets are full of people in Victorian costume, many representing characters from the novels of Charles Dickens.   Charles Dickens visited Broadstairs in […]

HEVER CASTLE, Kent

Hever Castle is in our home county of Kent, about 80 miles/130 km from Broadstairs, so easy for a day out. The castle dates back 700 years in parts,and was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII (He had six in total!). It has 125 acres of beautiful gardens, two […]

WALMER CASTLE: The lovely gardens make this castle special.

Walmer Castle  dates back to the time of Henry VIII (1491 – 1547) and was originally built as a defence fortress, but has evolved into a homely residence for many well-known names from the Duke of Wellington to the Queen Mother. Inside you can explore Wellington’s career, the story of his life and death and even […]