Ramsgate’s town centre, set in a delightful pedestrian precinct and catering for the most discerning shoppers from Waitrose to Boots.
The range is staggering, from antiques, fashion and kitchenware to fresh local produce. Meanwhile, when you feel the need for a little pampering, beauty salons, hairstylists and pavement cafés offer a relaxing and welcome break. Ramsgate has its own award-winning beach with safe swimming for families.
Fringing the beach, which offers all the traditional family attractions, you will find pavement cafés and bars and a delectable Italian ice cream parlour. In the evening you will be spoilt for choice for dinner or drinks. The waterfront and town is home to a number of nationally renowned restaurarestaurants - many specialising in local produce, fish and seafood.
10 minutes by car, or if you prefer a 30 minute cliff top stroll away, is the picturesque and unspoilt town of Broadstairs. With roots firmly in the past. Broadstairs has changed little in character since Charles Dickens lived and worked at Bleak House. Today, it offers the discerning visitor a sophisticated choice of restaurants and bars, many fronting Viking Bay, the town’s beach.
Throughout the summer months you can enjoy firework displays, the annual Dickens Week in June and in August, the famous Broadstairs Folk Festival fills the town with performers and visitors.
Margate is one of the oldest seaside resorts dating back some 260 years. Signs of change are everywhere, particularly in the newly established café culture. The town has also attracted the attention of the contemporary arts scene and is the home for the new Turner Contemporary gallery which opened in April 2011.
The Old Town adjacent to the gallery site has become the focus for a massive regeneration programme focusing on cultural industry and is now home to some fascinating and unique businesses. Its long sandy beaches, clean seas and magnificent skies attracted Turner and many others to paint here. There are a number of events that take place every year during the Summer with free performances on the seafront Piazza.
With pick-ups from the Marina, the Thanet Loop bus service, running every 10 minutes, will give you easy access to the new town centre, Westwood Cross where you will find leading High Street names such as Debenhams and Marks and Spencer as well as major supermarkets, restaurants, casino and multiplex cinema.
Thanet has 19 miles of coastline and 15 sandy bays or beaches that pleat and fold their way around the coast from Minnis Bay in the north to Pegwell Bay in the south. Our award winning bays hold the promise of great days spent sunbathing and swimming with nothing to mark the time, except the rise and fall of the tide.
On those days when you are feeling more active you will find a fantastic range of choices all around our coast including:
The 28-mile circular Viking Coastal Trail is one of the most attractive leisure cycle routes in Kent, taking in some spectacular coastline and quiet country villages. The trail, which links up with Regional Route 15 of the National Cycle Network, is suitable for novice or more experienced cyclists. It can be tackled in one go or enjoyed in specially-themed sections.
For more information call our Visitor Information Centre on 01843 577577 or visit www.visitthanet.co.uk