Broadstairs is a delightful Victorian seaside resort situated between Margate and Ramsgate and known at “The Jewel of Thanet”. The town is perched above a crescent shaped sandy bay, the perfect place to build sandcastles or laze on a deckchair with a tasty treat from a traditional ice cream parlour. Charles Dickens particularly enjoyed this charming seaside town and visited Broadstairs regularly from 1837 to 1859, staying in a house renamed Bleak House in his honour. It was here that he wrote “David Copperfield” and the town celebrates his memory with an annual Dickens Festival, held in the third week in June. The town comes alive with Dickensian characters and references as residents dress up as their favourite individual from one of the many titles.
Broadstairs also hosts festivals of Folk Music and Food and Drink so there is much to keep visitors amused at all times of the year. There are seven glorious bays to choose from including beautiful Joss Bay where you can take up surfing. There are lovely cliff top walks to both Margate and Ramsgate.
Margate is the new cultural capital of the South with the Turner Contemporary Gallery hosting many wonderful exhibitions. Ramsgate has a very attractive harbour with loads of cafes and restaurants to choose from so both are well worth a visit. As well as all the superb outdoor activities available at Broadstairs, there is also a charming little cinema, as well as a theatre and some amazing individual shops and galleries. It really is a perfect little town for year round amusement.