Things to Do
Things To Do
The Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate is a tribute to the artist JMW Turner who admired the skies over Thanet as “the loveliest in Europe”, the Gallery is free to visitors and will always showcase at least one painting by Turner along with contemporary art and installations. It is sited on the spot where Turner’s lodgings once stood and overlooks the long sandy beach and its traditional saltwater pool. While you are in Margate you should visit the fascinating Shell Grotto whose origins are unknown.
Broadstairs was a favourite resort of Charles Dickens and the town continues to celebrate both the writer and his characters. It retains much of the charm that appealed to Victorian visitors and the many sandy bays are the perfect destination for today’s beachcombing sea bathers.
Just inland from Herne Bay is some ancient woodland that is home to Wildwood, full of British wildlife including badgers, wolves, otters and beavers. Children will have great fun discovering the natural habitats of their favourite creatures and there is an adventure playground too.
The castles at Dover, Deal and Walmer are all reminders of Kent’s vulnerability to invasion and make for a very interesting day out. The imposing cliff top castle at Dover has been continuously used from Anglo Saxon times to the Cold War Years. It has been at the forefront of most major conflicts throughout history and played an important part in the Second World War from a network of underground tunnels.
Ramsgate is the only port in Britain to have a ‘Royal’ Harbour, granted by King George IV in 1821. The Marina is busy with the local fishing fleet as well as international yachtsmen and all manner of water-sports are on offer from sailing and surfing to water skiing, power-boating, canoeing and diving. There are easy walks along the coast to Broadstairs and Pegwell Bay and many trendy restaurants giving a cosmopolitan air to the seaside town.
Deal boasts the last pleasure pier to be built in Britain, reputed to be the exact length of the Titanic, and with a celebrated restaurant at its end. The delightful town is steeped in history and maritime connections with the fascinating Timeball Tower and the hotel where Lord Nelson stayed with Emma Hamilton amongst many historic attractions.
Situated in a commanding position overlooking the Channel is Port Lympne a splendid mansion built in 1912 by Philip Sassoon. It is now set within the grounds of a Wild Animal Park devoted to the conservation of many endangered species including gorillas and rhinos amongst others. This is a great place to experience the thrill of an African Safari without the expense of trekking to Africa.
At Folkestone you can always hop on the Eurotunnel for a day out in France. In only half an hour you can be enjoying ‘moules et frites’ on the Northern shores of France while looking back at the white cliffs of England.
You may also be interested in Visiting Quex Park and Powell Cotton Museum during your stay. Based in Birchington this country park covers 1800 acres through Acol and Richborough too. It's a beautiful place to visit full of historic land marks, gardens and topography, as well as the museum.