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50 Years (1970 - 2020)

Social and Cultural Programme

Covid-19 Re-opening

Whilst we are delighted to be re-opening following the Covid-19 closure, there will be a reduced social programme until College life returns fully to normal.

Please see our Covid-19 Re-opening Guidelines listed under our policies and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


In view of the general restrictions because of Covid-19, our social programme has been adjusted so that we only do things that are Covid-safe.

As a result we are unable to offer our traditional programme. As restrictions ease, we will develop the programme to provide a fuller experience.

Our priority will always be to keep our students safe.

Click here to see our current social programme

Online Social Programme

Even if you are attending an online course, we still have a Social Programme so that we can all meet and communicate in a more relaxed manner.

Our Social Programme is free and voluntary but we would love you to be part of our community.
Click here for a sample programme

* Usually the minimum number is set at 4 students for each online social event to go ahead.

Sports and Leisure

Broadstairs is a great place to enjoy your free time. Here is a selection of sports and leisure facilities in Broadstairs:

Take a tour of our local area:



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Arts and Culture

There are many ways to make your stay even more memorable. Here are some ideas:

Art galleries and exhibitions

Turner Contemporary in the next town of Margate is an award-winning gallery offering a stimulating programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities. Entry is free. The art galleries and collections of London are also within easy reach; venues such as the National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery are all free to visit.

Eating out and going for a drink

Broadstairs has a very wide selection of places to eat out including Chinese, English, Greek, Indian, Italian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and seafood restaurants. The local area has several award-winning and Michelin-starred restaurants such as: The Ambrette in Margate, The Sportsman in Seasalter and Reads in Faversham.

There are also lots of interesting pubs, each with its own character, selling local ales and ciders, as well as international beers and wines. The Chapel in Broadstairs, The Four Candles in St.Peter's and The Lifeboat in Margate are just a few of the many which are definitely worth a visit.

Film, theatre and the arts

Broadstairs has a lovely, little cinema, the Palace Cinema, which shows the latest releases, as well as a regular programme of interesting international films proposed by the Thanet Film Society. Our larger multiplex cinema, Vue, also shows regular live performances from the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House in London.

The College shares its premises with the Sarah Thorne Theatre Club who have a regular selection of plays and shows, whilst the Theatre Royal and The Winter Gardens in Margate, the Gulbenkian Theatre and the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury add to the choice.

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Visit London

London is only 1 hour and 20 minutes away from Broadstairs by direct train, making it easy to visit our capital city during your stay.

There is an endless list of places to visit and things to do in London. For example you can see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, experience the London Eye and the Tate Modern, go shopping on Oxford Street, visit the markets of Covent Garden and Camden Town, stroll across Hampstead Heath and have lunch in Soho or a cream tea at The Ritz!

Our Social Programme features regular day trips to London, where you will have a short coach tour of the sights, and the rest of the day to spend as you wish.

For a full list of London attractions please click here.

Visit Great Britain

Our programme of weekly excursions will give you the opportunity to visit places such as: Canterbury, London, Cambridge, Oxford and Brighton.

With good transport links, it is really easy to travel further and visit places such as Scotland, Wales, Manchester, Liverpool or the Cotswolds for a weekend break. We are always happy to help you organise your trip so come and talk to us.

For further information please visit the Visit Britain website.

Visit Europe

It is also easy to travel to places such as Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam if you want to experience more of Europe during your stay. Hilderstone is only 30 minutes from the ferry port of Dover, and a 45-minute train journey from Ashford and Ebbsfleet International stations, which have Eurostar services to France and other European countries. Students from outside Europe may need a (Schengen) visa. If you need one, make sure you have the correct visa. We are happy to offer help and advice with your travel plans.

You can find more information on the International Friends website.

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