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THE GRAND HOTEL

For those of you who have visited Broadstairs, do you recognise this building standing tall and majestic on the seafront at Louisa Bay? It was the Grand Hotel, built around 1881. It had over 100 guest bedrooms, ballroom, a billiards hall, stables and beautiful views across the sea. It was a very prestigious hotel. It […]

YORK ARCH

YORK ARCH, in our town of Broadstairs, was built in the 15th century. It once had two strong wooden doors to defend against high tides. In later years, it offered protection against smugglers and our enemies, should we become under attack. Now there are no doors but this very important and beautiful arch remains. It […]

THE LOOK OUT HOUSE AND STORES

It is thought that this building dates back to around 1700. It is called the Look Out House and Stores but it was also known as the Boathouse because it was the life-boat station and harbour master’s office between 1869 to 1912. During that time 275 lives were saved from shipwrecks by the brave life-boat […]

See the seals in Thanet!

We are very lucky to have a seal colony in our area, and it’s a popular short trip from our neighbouring town of Ramsgate. Within half-an-hour of leaving Ramsgate harbour, the boat stops near the coast and you can see seals, of all different colours and sizes, lying sleepily on the shore or swimming and […]

Ramsgate Harbour Christmas lights

Every Christmas, our neighbouring town of Ramsgate creates a fantasy of festive lights around its amazing harbour. It’s absolutely magical! Photos by Larry Muckleston

Sunsets, beautiful sunsets…

Thanet is famous for its ‘big skies’ and in particular we have wonderful sunsets here, which have attracted artists to the local area for centuries. Here are just a few examples, taken by talented local photographer Richard Goldfinch. Why not come and see them for yourself?

OUR WONDERFUL HOME, THE ISLE OF THANET – visitor numbers are going up yet again!

New figures published by Thanet District Council and Visit Kent show that the number of visitors to our beautiful region is continuing to rise. With the fast train from London taking as little as 80 minutes, it’s easier than ever to get here for a holiday, weekend trip or even just for the day. Visitors […]

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.