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Scuba Diving in Kent

Scuba Diver Silhouette

Scuba diving is something the whole family can participate in. Children from the age of eight can begin to learn how to scuba dive with an experienced qualified diver. However, they can only dive in a closed pool. Children are not allowed to learn in open water until they are at least ten years of age. PADI’s  Bubblemaker and Seal Team programs are an excellent way for youngsters over the age of eight to learn safely with a qualified instructor in no more the six feet of water. The SSI also have the “Scuba Ranger” course and this is for children who are twelve years of age and is also held in a pool no deeper than 6 feet. If your children are over ten years old then a fantastic way to have some fun is to introduce them to the open sea with an introductory scuba course. They learn from professionals while the whole family has great fun.

The question that is often asked is “How good a swimmer do you need to be to Scuba Dive”? Well, the answer to that question might surprise you. The PADI requirement is that you are required to have the basic swimming skills. You need to be able to swim 200 metres (or 300 metres in a mask, fins and snorkels) and be able to tread water for ten minutes if you can do that you’re on your way.

Equipment you need for UK Diving

  • Scuba Diving Mask
  • Regulator
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)
  • Fins
  • Dive Computer
  • Gauges
  • Torch
  • Weights
Scuba Diving Gear Equipment

The waters of the UK can be very cold so where you may wear different gear in warmer climates it is better in the UK to wear Dry suites this will give you a warmer and far more enjoyable experience when diving.

Kent Diving Equipment Suppliers and Clubs

To be able to dive you will need a club, a boat and equipment as well as local knowledge of dive sites that suit your abilities. 

Kent Scuba (Margate)

Kent Scuba are there to assist you with anything you want to know or anything you may require and they are based in Margate.

http://www.kentscuba.com/ 

Scuba Class Instruction

Thanet Diving & Water Sports (Ramsgate)

Thanet Diving and Water Sports will offer a first class diving experience whatever your abilities are. Whether you want to join the Seals or wish to become a Master Diver, Thanet Diving and Water Sports will help you achieve your targeted ambitions.

Children over eight years of age can join the Seals course which takes place in a pool no deeper than six feet in a controlled environment to give the children confidence to enjoy their diving experience. For the new adult divers there is the “Discover Scuba” course which is in a controlled environment teaching the basics of diving. If you realise that you like the diving experience then “The Open Water” course is where you really get the feel and enjoyment of diving. There is some theory on this course and some pool work before taking four qualifying dives. At the end of the course, you have one foot on the bottom rung of the ladder becoming a qualified diver. It is possible to move your diving career all the way up to Master Diver level with Thanet Diving and Water Sports.

Charter boats can be hired out of Ramsgate, Margate Folkestone and Dover such the Mutiny Diving and Kent Scuba.      

There is an array of wrecks to be explored off the Kent coast. In fact, you are spoilt for choice. There is a lot to thank Jacques-Yves Cousteau for as his Aqualung allows the diver to dive for much longer and go deeper than ever before. Therefore, wrecks which were not accessible many years ago are now ripe for exploration.

http://www.kentscubadiving.co.uk/diving 

Inland Scuba Diving

Buckland Lake Reserve (near Rochester)

When planning your scuba diving trip you need to get everything right and in perfect condition ready for your eagerly awaited dive. Everything is planned right down to the most minute detail. You then arrive at your dive destination to be told the dive has been cancelled due to the weather conditions or the sea conditions. The anticipation turns to dread as you consider the drive back home. This is where you need a “Plan B”. 

Why not dive one of the many inland lakes and reservoirs on your doorstep? Buckland Lake Reserve is a great dive site. The depth of the lake is up to 50 feet and has many submerged items for you to explore. They have a double decker bus, a Falcon jet aircraft, underwater forest and the White Share to name a few. There is even a cafe and more on-site for a warm drink after your first dive.

http://www.bucklandlake.co/index.php?id=9#.WlSjIahl_IU

Links

List of Shipwrecks in Kent
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_shipwrecks_of_England#Kent

Scuba Diving Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/304179562968172/

Other Dive Schools / Businesses

Whitstable Scuba   
http://whitstablescuba.co.uk/

Blue Ocean Diving (Maidstone)
http://www.blueoceandiving.co.uk/

Maidstone Scuba School 
http://www.maidstonescuba.co.uk/

Dive Machine  (Tonbridge)
http://www.divemachine.co.uk/

Thanet Offshore Wind Farm

Thanet Offshore Wind Farm Turbine and Boat

When you stand on Viking Bay sands and look out over the big blue yonder you might just question yourself about what those wind turbines are and what they are doing? What you see seven miles out to sea, just off the Isle of Thanet, are 100 wind turbines generating enough electricity to power 220,000 homes a year.

The Turbines are owned by the Swedish company Vattenfall and were commissioned in 2010. The 100 turbines have a combined output of 300MW and at the time of construction, it was the biggest wind farm in the world. The turbines are spaced at 500 meters’ apart in a line cover an area of 35 square kilometres.

The electricity generated out at sea is brought to shore in two large export cables, which come ashore at Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate. From there it travels to a new sub-station at the former site of Richborough Power Station where it is then filtered into the national grid.

Windmills date back as far as the Chinese in 1200 AD and the Persians 500-900 AD. If we consider the use of the wind, it has been used for many things to create energy. The obvious ones are sailing boats then of course came the windmill. Daniel Halladay back in 1854, in the USA, started to invent different windmills and struck gold when he devised a windmill which pumped water to farms and ranches reaching the expanding western frontier. At this time the railroad system was starting to expand as all trains were steam the railroads needed water pumped up to them. Halladay devised a system where windmills did this job making life easier for the railroad workers. Between 1850 and 1970 there were over 6 million windmills installed in the USA alone.

Thanet Offshore Wind Farm - Ariel
Thanet Offshore Wind Farm - Ariel

There were many people in many different countries trying to come up with a commercial wind turbine which could be used to create electricity, was efficient and reliable and it was not until NASA became involved in the 1970’s that the idea progressed. It moved forward to a level where many of the multi-megawatt technologies researched by them are still used today.

The Thanet wind farm broke records for not only being the largest wind farm at the time but also being the quickest ever constructed. MHI Vestas who manufacture the turbines altered the way they were transported to the offshore sites, which assisted in the construction speed. They built and tested 100 turbines in 100 days, which was another world record beaten by the wind farm. There are moves ongoing to expand the wind farm by adding another 34 turbines by 2021. These new giant turbines will be twice the size of the ones you see there now. The existing turbines stand at 115 metres high and the giant new turbines will be a height of 250 metres tall, the added turbines will be built just 4.9 miles offshore. These extra 34 giant turbines will have the same output as their 100 smaller counterparts where the amount of homes they will be able to supply electricity to will double to 430,000 homes . There lies the dilemma for local inhabitants? Do you have many small turbines or less giant turbines?

Thanet Offshore Wind Farm Turbine 01

Wind farms and wildlife are words you generally would not put in the same sentence. However, it has been found that in the case of offshore wind farms, over time, they do become compatible. The turbines were initially accused of luring certain species to their deaths and in other cases such as marine mammals, the noise would drive them away. This has since been questioned, because species are returning to the wind farms and are found to be thriving. Beneath the waves, such things as barnacles, muscles and other crustaceans attach themselves to the hard turbine structures. This then attracts other marine species and over time, the turbines will become a manmade reef allowing the area to become a breeding ground for many marine species, especially Cod and Whiting. Divers who work on the turbines have already reported the increase in lobsters and crabs. The seals that are resident just off the Kent coast are there for a reason as the offshore wind farms are an easy food source for them with plenty of small young Cod and Whiting available to them.

Thanet Offshore Wind Farm Turbine Blade Transport
Thanet Offshore Wind Farm Turbine Blade Being Transported

As the wind farms are out of bounds for the commercial fishermen and their trawling nets the marine species and mammals are left to breed in peace.

Why not take a boat trip out to get a close up of the wind farm, for a leisurely trip you can board the Sea Searcher for a 3 hour trip out of Ramsgate Harbour (Tel..07837562076 ). If you want some excitement and fun take a 2 hour trip with “ Go2Sea” out to the wind farm in a speedy RIB boat. This also operates out of Ramsgate (Tel. 07931744788)

Walking in Broadstairs / Thanet

Sunset at Kingsgate Beach

If you enjoy walking, you have come to the right place. Walking does not need to be like a military yomp across fields and boring open land. Here in Broadstairs, we have many different types walks available. There are in town historic walking tours, coastal walks to places such as Ramsgate and Margate taking in all the history and architecture of a bygone era or of course, there is the 32-mile circular route known as The Viking Coastal Trail for the fit serious walkers amongst us.

There is a walk for all abilities and ages with lots of things to do and see as you go. For an early stroll, why not head out to Botany Bay, which offers a walk of 2.6 miles. This walk will take you past Joss Bay named after the notorious Joss Snelling, an eighteenth century smuggling icon. He smuggled a variety of contraband to different beaches on the Isle of Thanet making mugs out of the Customs Officials. Unlike some of his colleagues who were hanged or deported, he managed to live until he was 96.

Kingsgate Bay Castle - Small
Kingsgate Castle on the cliffs above Kingsgate Bay, Broadstairs, Kent. It was built for Lord Holland in the 1760s. The name Kingsgate is related to an incidental landing of Charles II on 30 June 1683

The walk will also take you to Kingsgate Bay with its white cliffs and many smugglers sea caves. There are eating and drinking facilities here if you stroll on the beach but please be aware that when the tide is coming in you can find yourself cut off at both ends of the Bay.

When you arrive at Botany Bay, you will be impressed with the chalk structures rising from the sandy beach. If you have children this is a great place to go fossil hunting or play in the rock pools. If your walk ends here, you may go to the Botany Bay Hotel for something to eat and a drink If you feel that the walk has taken it out of you then the staff will kindly call a Taxi which will return you to Broadstairs.

Chalf Cliffs at Botany Bay Small
Chalf Cliffs at Botany Bay

Whether you decide to walk to Ramsgate, Margate or inland around the Kent countryside this is a fantastic area to walk with so many different things to visit and to see. One other reason that makes it one of the best areas to walk is the fact that it has so many facilities along the way. You are never too far away from assistance if needed and yet it seems as if you are miles from anywhere.  There are so many routes and things to do around the area, so please check it out and find the things that are of interest to you.

Cycling in Broadstairs / Thanet

Margate Harboue Couple on Bikes

Broadstairs and the surrounding areas are fantastic cycling destinations, not only because they have superb designated cycling routes, history and architecture they are also easily accessible.

Broadstairs has many places for you to hire a bicycle and cycling gear from one should you wish to do so which makes cycling accessible to all. They hire all types of bikes for all ages so you could make it a family cycling holiday without having to bring all of your bikes and safety gear. In fact, the hire companies will even deliver the bikes to your accommodation and then collect them when you are leaving which reduces the hassle – leaving you more time to have fun.

Cycle routes can be found here: http://www.mapmyride.com/gb/broadstairs-eng/

The Viking Coastal Trail

There is a 32-mile circular route known as “The Viking Coastal Trail” which can be taken at a leisurely pace. On route, you can take in Margate, Ramsgate and the beautiful surrounding inland villages of South East Kent. The route is an easy ride, family friendly, traffic free, safe ride along promenades, broad sea walls and long quiet leisurely lanes.

While on this trail, which encompasses the Isle you can enjoy the wonderful views of the white chalk cliffs, The Turner Contemporary, Pugin’s Grange, The Minster Abbey and the coastal path between Pegwell Bay and Cold Harbour. The route is also known as the Regional Cycle Network 15, which is well signposted throughout with the trail logo.

Viking Coastal Trail Area Map

If you are going to take the 32-mile Viking trail please give yourself around 5 hours 30 mins to complete this is at an easy pace. If you wish to speed up and cycle at a steady pace then the course can be completed in around 4 hours. If you are a strong rider and want to push yourself that little bit more then the 32-mile course can be completed in 2 hours. However going at this pace you may miss all the wonderful scenery, architecture and history that the trail has to offer. The decision is yours of course.

Thirty two miles of cycling in one go is not to everyone’s taste or ability of course, therefore, you have the options of either doing the course in stages or dividing the course into manageable sections and returning to Broadstairs every day. When you set out on the Viking Coastal Trail you do not need to worry about food or drink, as there are many places to stop, take a rest, eat and have a drink.

Viking Coastal Trail Sign

Shopping in Broadstairs

Woman smiling while shopping - small

Take a stroll around Broadstairs and take in its traditional High Street, which is always a pleasant experience. The town is vibrant and diverse with many different shopping outlets from fishmongers to shoe shops and wedding shops to greengrocers – Broadstairs has it all. To experience shopping in Broadstairs you will need to venture onto the High Street, The Broadway, Albion Street, Harbour Street, Charlotte Street and York Street as these are the main shopping areas. 

Fresh Food & Produce

Trout Fish Fried Vegatables Pumpkin Beetroot

The Broadway is where the local renowned Fishmongers Fruit de Mer sell wonderfully fresh fish. They have several deliveries of fresh fish a day straight from the local boats and onto the display shelves you – you cannot get much fresher or environmentally friendly than that.

Red wine, bottle fire

If you fancy a bottle of wine with your fish, you just need to cross the road to The Offy, which is an independent off-license. There are also several high street supermarkets outlets within the town such as Tesco, Co-Op and Budgens. Fresh Fruit and vegetables can be found at two High Street shops, they are Prentis and Hinge of London both sell quality produce.

Desserts and Cakes

There are also a number of Bakeries such as Crusties and The Old Bakehouse where you can rest up and have a cup of tea or coffee and a pastry of your choice. There are three butchers on high street – Brogdale the Butcher, Hazells and Rooks offering a wide selection of fresh, locally sourced meats.

Fashion, Clothing & Antiques

Broadstairs has not been left behind in the fashion stakes either. Recently opened are two ladies boutiques known as The Boutique and La de Da Boutique. However, in between these two new boutiques is Kerry’s Boutique who caters for the larger sized garments.

Teddy Luggage Antiques

If you venture along to Charlotte Street you will see Antiquarian Antiques, Bottleneck Off-license, Peter’s Shoe Repairs and Key cutting services. On this street, there is a great new shop that has just opened named Kits that sells brand new fashion clothes, gifts and housewares suited to both men and women. Their stock is minimal, elegant, and very classy but will not break the bank if you decide to buy.

Gold Crystall Jewellry

When you leave Kits cross the road to G.M. Arrowsmith with its original signage. There you will find gifts and crystal jewellery and downstairs there is a Women and Children’s clothing Department. Broadstairs has lots more to offer with its Antiques, Painting Galleries, Photographic Galleries, Jewellers and quaint seaside gift shops.

Westwood Cross Shopping Complex

https://westwoodx.co.uk/shops

Westwood Cross is an out of town Shopping and Leisure Complex. There are free car parking spaces for 1,500 vehicles and 46 stores within the complex with the main stores being Marks and Spencer’s and Debenhams.

Westwood Cross Marks and Spencer TopShop External

For the Ladies there are many outlets for fashion including JD, Next, Outfit, Primark, New Look, River Island, Select and T.K. Max. If you then require accessories to go with your new designer clothes there are stores such as Clare’s, Design 29 and Monsoon. If its footwear you’re after then Clark’s, Debenhams, JD, DW and Next are there to assist you.

Primark External

If the Gentlemen are looking to spoil their partners why not take look around Clinton’s and Thornton’s who can resist a box of chocolates. Health and beauty is very important to the ladies so a wander around Boots, Superdrug, Holland & Barrett, The Body Shop and The Perfume Shop will leave you feeling refreshed and happy!

If you are a little hungry by this stage you can eat in one of the many Café’s, Bars or Restaurants such as  Ask Italia, Cafe Rouge, Cafe Nero, Chiquito, Five Guys, Frankie & Benny’s, Nandos, Greggs, Subway, Costa Coffee and Coffee Corner. There is something for everyone.

If you are on the look out for a piece of jewellery for that special occasion or special person then Ernest Jones and H. Samuel are both great choices.

Westwood Cross is also a leisure facility so if you are feeling a little more energetic why not join the DW Sport and fitness club. There are classes to suit all ages and abilities and there are even kid’s fitness classes. If you like a dance, swim, yoga, Pilates or fight training it is all here.

If the Ladies would like a hairdresser or the gents need a barber they are available in the club as well. There is also a relaxation area with a steam room and a sauna as well as a lounge area where you can have a hot drink and relax.

Within the complex, there is a Mecca Bingo, which brings great games, great prizes and a bit of fun. For the people who like a night out there is a Grosvenor Casino where you can relax play whatever table you wish, have a drink and a meal.

If you are a Cinema buff then this is the place for you. Vue has 10 cinemas all screening various different films so why not grab your Coke and popcorn choose the film you wish to view and relax.

Distance – 2 miles.

Viking Bay in Broadstairs

Viking Bay just 50m from the flat.

Time appears to have stood still for Viking Bay. The half-moon shaped sandy bay remains the same today as it has always been. It is still the premier beach and resort in the area however it does have some stiff opposition. Viking Bay is a typical Victorian beachside destination and it still has its brightly coloured beach huts, pier, and wonderful promenade sitting nonchalantly at the top of the resorts white cliffs. Looking down onto the harbour is Bleak House, which Charles Dickens used to frequent, he actually wrote his novel David Copperfield there. There are steps taking you down to the clean sandy beach or if you have mobility issues, there is a lift to take you down and bring you back up to the promenade.

While at the seaside, you should really try the fish and chips. There are many good fish and chip outlets such as Aqua 43, Shakey Shakey or Star of the Sea – all of which are equally first class however, there are many great restaurants if you would like a bit of comfort. Why not try Wyatt and Jones, The Tartar Frigate Restaurant or Star? They offer great food. If you wish to burn off those excess calories, you can take the walk to Ramsgate or try water sports. There is so much to do in Broadstairs – It’s interesting, it’s old, and very quaint.

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Helicopters & Balloons

A great way to experience the scenic countryside is with a helicopter or balloon tour.

Heli Charters Deal Castle
Flying Past Deal Castle

Heli Charter

Heli Charter Ltd were founded in 1997 and now operate ten helicopters for charter, lease and event support from their purpose-built facility in Manston. This is the main headquarters for the company however, they also have bases in Turweston in Buckinghamshire and Devizes in Wiltshire where they operate the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Heli Charter offer a wide range of tours around Kent. This includes the Castle Tour, The Cathedral Tour, Deal Coastline, Kent Lakes, Local Tour, Whitstable Tour with the most popular tour being the Hell Fire Corner Tour. Starting in Manston, flying the coastline over Deal, Walmer and St Margaret’s Cliff before changing course over to Dover’s White Cliffs, Port and Castle before heading out over the channel to the Hell Fire Corner area in Ypres in Belgium. Historians will know the terror Hell Fire Corner brought to British troops in the 1st world war. If you prefer something a bit more relaxing why not organise a Heli-Dining or Heli-Dining and Spa package. The flight takes you over the superb Kent coastline onto Canterbury and over the great Cathedral before landing at Eastwell Manor Hotel to continue your chosen package. Heli Charter is there for you to spoil yourselves whether that is for business or pleasure. Either way it is a fantastic experience.

http://www.heli-charter.com/charters-and-tours.php

Distance – 5 miles

Kent Ballooning

Kent Ballooning was established in 1990 and is a family run business. The scheduled flights take place 7 days a week between April and October with flight times being at sunset or sunrise. Kent Ballooning have a fantastic safety record and have a very experienced pilot in Michael. He has flown Kent Balloons since 1998 and he is therefore blessed with a huge amount of local knowledge making it possible to provide you with in-flight information on the significant landmarks you will see. Michael has a vast amount of experience due to the fact he has ballooned all over the world including America, Australia and Ottawa Canada.

Kent Ballooning are the proud recipients of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the last five years which is a massive achievement proving they provide a consistent level of service. While you are floating around in the serenity of the open air with the occasional blast of the burner you will be aware there is no disturbing engine noise just the click of cameras as you take in the spectacular 360-degree view. On landing you will be looked after by their ground crew who will be waiting for you. There you will be able to peruse the in-flight pictures that were taken of you, which you can purchase if you wanted plus there’s the worldwide tradition of a glass of champagne after every flight. Then hop onto the minibus and return to the departure point.

http://www.kentballooning.com/

Distance – 25 miles

Polar Helicopters Line Up

Polar Helicopters

Polar Helicopters operate from Hangar 10 Kent International Airport, Manston. They offer various services, one of which is showing off the Kent countryside from the air. On offer is a one-hour flight to take on board the ultimate trip to view Canterbury and the beautiful Kent Coast. Polar Helicopters offer trips lasting 20, 30, 40 and 60 minutes taking in various sights, which can be arranged prior to leaving the ground. There are also gift vouchers that can be bought online if you have any budding helicopter pilots in your midst’s.

Trial Lesson Gift Vouchers are a fantastic present for those inclined to fly themselves. It is also possible to charter an aircraft and cater it to your requirements. That could be for a Wedding, Photo Shoot, A Sporting event such as F1 or Horse Racing and sightseeing a commercial or private event. They can accommodate up to 4 people in the slick streamlined Bell B206 JetRanger aircraft which cruises at 110 knots and is able to fly at an altitude of 20,000 feet. The Pilots and ground staff have many years of experience in flying and looking after clients. If you need or want to take a flight, then Polar Helicopters are there to assist you in meeting your requirements.

http://polarhelicopters.co.uk/

Distance – 4 miles

Sky Charter Helicopters

Sky Charter Helicopters

Sky Charter Helicopters operate out of London Manston International Airport. They are situated in the Helicopter Centre, which is located on the North side of the main airport runway. At present, they operate 20 helicopters, all offering something a little different to fit in with your requirements with bases at Lee-On-Solent (Southampton) and Sherburn in Elmett (York). Sky Charter Helicopters can be chartered for many purposes such as Private and Corporate flights, Sightseeing Tours, Weddings, Filming and any other purpose you may require.

If holidaying in Kent why not take the Kent Castle Tour where you will fly over Richborough Roman Fort, Deal, Walmer, Dover, Westenhanger and Bodiam Castle to name a few. You will also be able to view the garden of England in a way not many others can, the lush green fields and orchards look wonderful from the air. If you wish, there are packages to fly you and three guests on a tour before landing for you all to take lunch or dinner and if you’re adventurous you can throw in a Swim and a visit to the Spa. The staff at Sky Charter Helicopters are very helpful, accommodating and professional. They have a “Can Do” attitude for you.

http://skycharteroperations.co.uk/

Distance – 5 miles

Outdoor Sports

Joss Bay Surfing Home Page Stretch

The area is great for a variety of outdoor sports including surfing, skate boarding, rock climbing and horse riding, to name a few.

Kent Surf School

Kent Surf School is owned and run by Husband and Wife Andy and Gemma Webb. The school is an award-winning venture and the owners and instructors teach a little more than the usual. Yes they teach you to surf however, they also try to pass on their passion and enthusiasm for the sea stating it should be respected at all times. You will be aware whilst having a lesson how they try to instil into the pupil the fundamentals of beach safety hoping this will promote good lifelong practices. Of course, they ensure at all times you are learning and enjoying the experience, which of course is paramount to the success of their business. Teaching water-sports to people of all abilities is where they come to the fore. Whether you wish to learn how to Surf, Stand up paddle-boarding, Body boarding or Kayaking they will get you on the sea or maybe in the sea very quickly.

If you are on holidays in the area and do not have access to the equipment, Kent Surf School hire out safety checked equipment. They offer many different packages from individual tuition to Hen and Stag parties, however, they prefer smaller classes so they can give a personal learning experience. For friends and relatives who are not partaking in the water-sport tuition there is a cafe and a viewing area for them to admire their friends or loved ones efforts. 

http://www.kentsurfschool.co.uk/

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Distance – 150 metres

Joss Bay Surf School

The award winning Joss Bay Surf School was founded in 1998 to help promote Joss Bay as a safe and enjoyable way for people to change their lives for the better. People have surfed Joss Bay for over 40 years however, there is now professional tuition available for the next budding Luke Dillon. The staff at the surf school are friendly, approachable and extremely knowledgeable about their sport. The instructors have given thousands of lessons to all sorts of clients young and old, able and disabled, novices and experienced in a fun professional manner. They are also portraying not only their knowledge of surfing but also their love of the sea and their passion in what they are trying to achieve. They take great pride in improving surfers of all abilities.

The Joss Bay Surf school also give professional lessons in stand up paddle boarding so the choice is yours. You can have lessons as a group or individually and they have also, for the last 18 years been able to hire out quality surf equipment, this comes with experienced sea safety advice. The hire equipment is only used under the watchful eyes of Joss Bay Surf School Staff who are trained lifeguards. So remember “The best surfer out there is the one having most fun”.

https://www.jossbay.co.uk/

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Distance – 2 miles

Revolution Skate Park and Climbing Centre

Revolution Skate Park welcomes people of all ages and abilities. There are professional staff there to assist and direct anyone who needs tuition. Revolution does not only cater for skateboarders but also BMX riders, scooters as well as rollerbladers so why not pad up and give it a go? Revolution is a state of the art indoor facility built in three large warehouses with the skate park split into a Street Course, Bowl room and a Ramp Room. This inspired facility was first opened in 1998 during which time it has become known as not just one of the finest extreme leisure centres in Kent but the finest in the UK.

Alongside the immaculately maintained skate park is another large warehouse, which is home to one of the country’s best indoor climbing facilities. Yet again, this immaculate climbing centre is full of surprises. If interested you can take it a step further and try the Climber Trial Session. When you arrive, you will be given climbing shoes and then be allowed to climb supervised to a height of 9 metres. If this gets the adrenalin pumping and you have Everest in your sights why not give “Bouldering” a go. During the “Bouldering” session you will have to overcome such obstacles as overhangs, cave and natural wall problems and all sent to test your climbing ability. On this wall, you may climb up to 5 metres high. On site there is a cafe, climbing shop, spectators viewing area and toilets plus a lot more.

http://www.revolutionskatepark.co.uk/

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Distance – 1 mile

Horse With Kid

Manston Riding Centre

Manston Riding Centre is a fully-fledged member of the Association of British Riding Schools. The riding centre is located just outside of Ramsgate. The Equestrian centre has two floodlight schools, one of which has full set of ride on jumps. Manston Riding Centre also have on site, a feed store and a tack shop, these should alleviate any hunger pains for either you or your horse.

In the Summer months they have many  Equine shows for all abilities of rider and horse. There are also available, a full range of horse boarding facilities which can be tailored to your needs. There is a Full Livery service available where there is a professional supervisor to give your horse the care and attention is deserves. The horse is fed, given bedding and haylage, is turned out and groomed -7 days a week. If you prefer a little more hands on then it is possible to have assisted livery where your horse is fed, watered and hayed with bedding provided and it will also turned out. Schooling and exercise can be arranged whenever you require it. Lessons are available for riders of all abilities either on your own horse or on one of theirs.

https://www.manstonridingcentre.co.uk/

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Distance – 5 miles

True Grip Off Road Driving Experience

Off road driving can be fun for all the family. If you are maybe wanting to improve your driving skills, require professional training or just want to have a blast with family or friends you can do it here. There are a few different vehicles and courses for the off road driving enthusiast. The courses are set in the rolling Kentish Countryside in the 3,000 acre Eastwell Park Estate near Ashford. There you will find numerous difficult surfaces to drive on with chalk, clay, sand, water crossings and mud runs all aimed to test both car and driver to the limits. You will be able to drive the various lanes and tracks laid out in this Kent Estate, however, if you’re feeling brave have a go at the purpose built off road test circuit. This was designed not only to test the vehicles but the drivers skills and concentration also. Here you can take on the steepest banks, ruts and slide slopes plus a lot more.

It’s not just cars that True Grip have to offer there is also off road Quad Biking. They offer 1 person per quad and groups of 4 quads for each instructor. There are courses for people of all abilities ranging from extreme off road obstacles to the safari runs which meander gently through the wooded Kent countryside. The minimum age is 16 years old and all the Instructors are professionally trained to ensure safety is paramount.

http://www.truegrip-offroad.co.uk/

 Distance – 27 miles

Viking Bay & Other Bays

Viking Bay just 50m from the flat.

Time appears to have stood still for Viking Bay .The half-moon shaped sandy bay remains the same today as it has always been. It is still the premier beach and resort in the area however it does have some stiff opposition. Viking Bay is a typical Victorian beachside destination and it still has its brightly coloured beach huts, pier, and wonderful promenade sitting nonchalantly at the top of the resorts white cliffs. Looking down onto the harbour is Bleak House, which Charles Dickens used to frequent, he actually wrote his novel David Copperfield there. There are steps taking you down to the clean sandy beach or if you have mobility issues, there is a lift to take you down and bring you back up to the promenade.

 While at the seaside, you should really try the fish and chips. There are many good fish and chip outlets such as Aqua 43, Shakey Shakey or Star of the Sea – all of which are equally first class however, there are many great restaurants if you would like a bit of comfort. Why not try Wyatt and Jones, The Tartar Frigate Restaurant or Star? They offer great food. If you wish to burn off those excess calories, you can take the walk to Ramsgate or try water sports. There is so much to do in Broadstairs – It’s interesting, it’s old, and very quaint.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g635678-d2155277-Reviews-Viking_Bay-Broadstairs_Isle_of_Thanet_Kent_England.html

Distance – 50m 

Ramsgate Royal Harbour and Marina

Ramsgate is still a working harbour and not at all pretentious. It is in fact a Royal Harbour, the only one in the UK to be given the title. Sat besides the harbour is the marina with leisure craft of all shapes and sizes from various parts of the world. The harbour has an historic past being so important to the country during events such as the Napoleonic wars as well as being central to the mass evacuation of our troops in 1940 from Dunkirk codenamed Dynamo. The boats of Ramsgate harbour set sail that day on a mission to save nearly 310 thousand British troops whilst being bombarded by the Germans. One of the boats (Sundowner) used that day is still on display in the marina. Ramsgate repatriated 40,000 troops alone who were clothed and fed and looked after by local people. Ramsgate has a magnificent history dating back to Anglo-Saxon times and still has a part to play in Britain’s future.

Ramsgate has a rich Regency and Victorian theme, which can be seen through its architecture. In Ramsgate, there are 900 listed buildings 200 of which are near the harbour. You can take in the view of the architecture whilst sitting in one of the many cafes, which surround the harbour. Fine restaurants are scattered throughout Ramsgate, as are wonderful Fish and Chip outlets. Ramsgate has a very cosmopolitan feel about and is well worth a visit. 

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186314-d2281504-Reviews-Ramsgate_Royal_Harbour_Marina-Ramsgate_Isle_of_Thanet_Kent_England.html

Distance – 2 miles

Margate Main Sands

A perfect choice for the old-fashioned, traditional family holiday. Margate has a strong tradition with the sea being part of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports. However, for the past 250 years it has become the holiday destination for Londoners who enjoy the traditional seaside resorts. Londoners who want to get away from the fumes and hustle of the City come to Margate, spread their wings and fill their lungs with clean fresh air and relax for a few days. The beach is a 200-yard crescent of clean unblemished sand with seawater so clean it has been given many awards. There are many things to do in Margate such as the first ever UK pleasure park known as Dreamland. It boasts rides old and new with their historic 1920 roller coaster now back to its glorious best. The wooden grade II listed ride was unfortunately damaged in a fire in a 2008 arson attack but she has risen from the ashes to thrill the young and old again. Dreamland was immortalised in the “Only Fools and Horses” episode “Jolly Boys Outing”.

If you prefer a more physical pastime why not cycle or walk to either Ramsgate or Broadstairs along the clifftop paths .If its culture you like, try the Turner Contemporary art gallery and cafe .There are many varied food outlets in Margate selling cuisine from various countries.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g503912-d2086751-Reviews-Margate_Main_Sands-Margate_Isle_of_Thanet_Kent_England.html

Distance – 3 miles

Botany Bay

The quiet neighbour of its illustrious bigger relation Broadstairs, the name Botany Bay came from the fact its local smugglers were caught with their ill-gotten gains and were then deported from there to Botany Bay in Australia. Admittedly, you will not find the excitement of smuggling at Botany Bay these days but there is still plenty of things to do that will pass the time of day. Botany Bay is the quietest of all the bays, ideal for letting the children run wild while enjoying themselves in the nooks and crannies of the brilliant white chalk cliffs that form the beach backdrop.

When the tide has gone out there are plenty of opportunities to put your Jurassic hat on and hunt for the many fossil formations hidden in the chalky deposits. The rock pools are an exciting place to try to discover the different sea life, which hides away in them, pretty much unnoticed most of the time. When you feel the need to relax and take it easy, why not find a little secret hideaway and have a family picnic or beach barbecue. There are cafes and public houses nearby as well as hotels.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g642236-d2140590-Reviews-Botany_Bay-Kingsgate_Isle_of_Thanet_Kent_England.html

Distance – 2 miles

Restaurant Guide

Since this is a coastal town most of the restaurants have a lot of fish on the menu which is great if, like us, you really like seafood. That said, there are always meat and veggie alternatives so everyone is happy! These are just a small selection of the restaurants in Broadstairs in our restaurant guide. We would recommend that you book in advance at the weekend to guarantee a table, and this is essential on any bank holiday or other festival weekend. 

Wyatt and Jones Shopfront

Wyatt & Jones

This is a very popular place to eat in Broadstairs. Wyatt and Jones has been included in the Good Food Guide again for 2017 and has been recommended in The Michelin Guide 2017. The food is fantastic, using lots of Kentish products and the ambience and décor in the restaurant is fabulous. Sit at the bar with a glass of Kentish wine and try local cured meats or a sharing platter. Child friendly, the children’s menu consists of a selection of smaller portions from the adult menu. 

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The hot chocolates are amazing in dark, milk and white chocolate.  Overlooking Viking Bay, so there is a brilliant view of the sea you can watch local fisherman bring in the day’s haul. Some fish is delivered direct from the boat to the restaurant.  On Sunday’s there are amazing Sunday roasts – yum! It is only open Wednesday to Sunday (not dinner on Sunday) and bank holiday Mondays. Book to avoid disappointment
http://wyattandjones.co.uk

Distance – 0.2 miles

tartar frigate and seafood restaurant broadstairs shopfront

Tartar Frigate

the restaurant is on top of the pub White table clothes, extensive menu with great seafood, lovely friendly staff. The seafood platters are amazing. There is also a great wine selection.  On Sundays it departs from the fish dominated menu and there is a four course menu including a Sunday Roast for only £19. Children can have half portions. Downstairs the bar serves a small but tasty menu of pub staples like fish and chips, traditional pies and sandwiches. Live music is sometimes held here.

http://www.tartarfrigate.co.uk/

Distance – 0.3 miles

Samworth and Mee shopfront

Samworth and Mee

Breakfasts are phenomenal. Meals and cakes are all home made and absolutely superb. On Albion Street, just opposite the landmark Albion Hotel (see below). It is only open Wednesday to Sunday but offers breakfast, lunch and dinner (no dinner on Sunday). You will definitely need to book if you want to dine there at the weekend.

https://www.facebook.com/SamworthMee

Distance – 0.1 miles

Restaurant 54 Shopfront Broadstairs

Restaurant 54

Excellent food and a good wine list.  On Sunday lunches they also offer an Extra Mature Roast Sirloin of Beef £14.95  served with rosemary roasted potatoes,  Yorkshire pudding a medley of vegetables & roast gravy – mmm.  Tuesday Saturday from 6pm. Sunday Lunch  From 12.00pm

http://restaurant54.co.uk/

Distance – 0.2 miles

Stark_Broadstairs Restaurant Shop front - small

Stark

Just around the corner from the apartment.  Gets great reviews

https://www.starkfood.co.uk/

Distance – 500 feet

Albarion Tapas Restaurant Bar Shop front Broadstairs

Albarino Tapas Restaurant and Bar

Spanish Tapas Restaurant on Albion Street. Fresh ingredients, nice flavours, good wine and sherry list. If you’re going they book on sittings in the evening and if you can’t get a table, a seat at the bar is just as good. Monday to Thursday 6pm – 9:30pm*, Friday 6pm – 10pm*, Saturday & Bank Holidays 12pm-2:30pm* 5pm – 10pm* 

http://www.albarinorestaurant.co.uk

Distance – 0.2 miles

Aqua 43 Shopfront Broadstairs

Aqua 43

Traditional English family restaurant serving favourites including roast dinners, pies and cooked breakfasts and an excellent selection of fresh food for the children who are always welcome.  Open daily for lunch and Thursday to Sunday for dinner.

https://aqua43.co.uk/

Distance – 0.2 miles

Posillipo Shopfront Broadstairs

Posillipo

Honest traditional Neapoletan Italian cuisine overlooking the Broadstairs beach with an outdoor terrace.  Has a children’s menu but service can be a little slow. Local’s always recommend this as the best restaurant in Broadstairs. Open Monday to Sunday 12pm to late

http://posillipo.squarespace.com/

Distance – 0.2 miles

The Pavilion Outdoor Area

The Pavilion

This pub with large deck has fabulous views looking out to the sea. The pub/restaurant is pretty standard. There is a function room with a stage and gigs are held there

http://www.pavilion-broadstairs.co.uk

Distance – 0.2 miles

Royal Albion Hotel Broadstairs Building Exterior - Small

The Royal Albion

This restaurant and pub has some lovely views over the sea and a beer garden overlooking the sea. Good pub food and coffee shop. It has a good kids menu but you sometimes have to ask.  It also has a café and is open for breakfast. It is very close to the apartment on the promenade and Albion Street

http://www.albionbroadstairs.co.uk

Distance – 0.1 miles

la zia maria broadstairs shopfront

La Zia Maria

Authentic Italian food on York Street.  We love the pizza here.  You can also take out

http://www.laziamaria.com/

Distance – 350 feet

Peens Shopfront

Peens

A rather cool yet family-friendly bar/café, serves good Monmouth coffee. It also serves tapas-style sharing dishes, burgers, breakfasts and sandwiches, plus homemade lemonade for the kids. There is also a kids menu.  It serves a good selection of wine and does gin tastings.

Distance – 450 feet

History & Attractions

Vintage Broadstairs Photo

Broadstairs is an all year round destination with its Blue Flag beaches, clifftop walks, restaurants and an abundance of history. It is a great place to visit at any time. Continue reading about its history and attractions.

Broadstairs is a coastal town on the Isle of Thanet. Broadstairs started life with the name Bradstowe which means “broad place” possibly referring to the large bay. Bradstowe became a large fishing village where the fishermen helped construct a clifftop shrine – the Shrine of our Lady. Stairs were then built into the cliff to give access to the shrine and this is where it is believed that the name “Broadstairs” was born and used up until the present day. St Mary’s Chapel now stands on the site of the shrine. In 1540 York Gate was built which is an arch over Harbour Street. In its heyday it had huge wooden gates which could be slammed shut should the French decide to attack. The arch survives to this day.

One of the most famous names mentioned in the history of Broadstairs is “The Honourable Major Henry Percy”, of the 14th Light Dragoons. Percy was The Duke of Wellington’s right hand man never more so than during the battle of Waterloo. As news filtered through that Napoleon was about to commence battle, Percy was in Brussels attending a ball in his red dress tunic. He had no time to change and was still in the same clothes after the battle had ended. The Duke of Wellington did not have the will to celebrate victory at Waterloo as he had lost so many fine men in battle. He summoned his close aid Henry Percy to take the battle report back to London . He set sail on the warship HMS Peruvian, heading back to Britain with the good news.  On the 21st June 1850 he landed in Broadstairs clasping the captured French Eagles and Standard won during the Waterloo battle. Tunnel stairways were dug joining the beach to the clifftop fields and they were christened “Waterloo Stairs”. A plaque has been erected on Viking Bay, Broadstairs to commemorate Henry Percy’s landing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadstairs#History

Broadstairs Destination Photos 01 Charles Dickens House

Charles Dickens House

Charles Dickens had a long affectionate relationship with both the house and the owner –  Miss Mary Strong. The house was apparently the inspiration behind Betsy Trotwoods home in David Copperfield.  The description Copperfield gave of Betsy Trotwoods garden still stands today as does the description of the parlour full of old furniture. Dickens put all the characteristics he observed whilst visiting Miss Strong into his fictional character Betsy Trotwood. Charles Dickens son Charley remembers affectionately Miss Mary Strong being very kind to both Charles and Charley. She would ply them full with cups of tea and some lovely cakes. Charley also recalls the belief that Miss Mary Strong had that her rights to prevent the donkeys straying into her garden. She was convinced she had the right to prohibit the donkey’s right of way across the clifftop in front of her cottage. Her stubbornness towards the donkeys was shown in Dickens writing of the donkey incident involving Betsy Trotwoods and the immortal quote “Janet! Donkeys!”

Charles Dickens House is now a museum to the great man. He frequented the house in 1837 – 1851. The museum is a must visit for all Dickens fans. You get the feel of the era, the man and the many interesting artefacts that still remain there.

https://www.thanet.gov.uk/the-thanet-magazine/campaigns/dickens-house-museum/

Distance – 150 metres

Bleak House

Bleak House formerly known as Fort House has had and still does have many faces. In its 1801 it was home to one of the Captains whose job was to keep Broadstairs safe. It had advantageous views of the harbour as well as a clear and spectacular view across Viking Bay. Charles Dickens often spent the summer months between the 1850’s and the 1860’s nestled in Fort House high above the working harbour below. It was while holidaying at Fort House that Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfied. In the early 20th century, an unknown guest referred to Fort House as “Bleak House” from Charles Dickens 1853 novel of the same name. Strangely enough the name stuck hence the name is the same to this day. Dickens openly stated that Bleak House was his favourite residence and most definitely his most favourite watering hole.

For the best part of the 20th century, Bleak House was split into two. Half of the property was used for residential purposes and the other half was a memorial museum to Charles Dickens. In 2012, the present owners opened the historic house as a luxury bed and breakfast with all rooms referencing novels from Dickens’ wonderfully written library.

http://www.bleakhousebroadstairs.co.uk/

Distance – 400 metres

St Peters Village Tour

St Peter's Village Tour

You can sit and listen to lectures in History but there is nothing better than seeing history in the flesh for it to mean something. This award winning tour of St Peters Village will do just that. You will come across actors dressed in uniforms and various other forms of clothing from a by-gone age transporting you back in time bringing the past back to life. The tour is detailed and very interesting while it takes you all the way back to when the Village first came to life, through the Napoleonic wars up to the recent history of the village. The village volunteers run 4 tours around the village all being excellent and very informative as well as being run very professionally.

The Tours are: 

Village Tour
Churchyard Tour
WW1 Graves Tour
WW2 Graves Tour

When you take a tour you will be asked to form into five groups of ten people, the groups will then start the tour in 5 minute intervals. During the tour you will be flat walking a little under one mile and standing listening to the presentations so it is advisable to wear a pair of comfortable walking shoes if possible. During the tour and all that walking there will be breaks where you can enjoy a tea or coffee. There is access for visitors with disabilities and children are also welcome. It is suggested children should be aged 10 years or over to enjoy the experience.

http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/attractions/st-peter-s-village-tour/8439

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Distance – 1 mile

Turner Contemporary Building

Turner Contemporary

The Turner Contemporary is an art gallery situated on Margate seafront. There was once a boarding house sited in exactly the same spot where J.M.W. Turner stayed whilst visiting the town. The Organisation was founded in 2001 with the aim to produce a rolling programme of temporary art exhibitions and events. The gallery itself was designed by architect David Chipperfield and was eventually opened in 2011. The Turner Contemporary Art Gallery has, over the years, become an important visitor attraction of national and international importance. The belief is that the Turner Contemporary has aided in the regeneration of Margate having already welcomed 1.8 million visitors. The hopes and aspirations of the organisation are to bring world-class art to the many and not just the few. The gallery has had many important visitors. In 2011 Queen Elizabeth II visited, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge visited in 2015 and David Cameron made a visit in 2013 and all were impressed with both the architecture of the gallery and the art on display.

When visiting Margate, The Turner Contemporary Gallery is well worth a visit. Entrance is free and they have a cafe overlooking Margate harbour serving modern seasonal cuisine. In the shop you will find books, exhibition mementos, gifts and accessories. 

https://www.turnercontemporary.org/

Distance – 3 miles

Local Castles

In the UK we are fortunate to have many Castles full of history and interesting artefacts. Here are four local castles worth a visit in the area.

Dover Castle Aerial View

Dover Castle

Dover Castle stands proudly on the famous white cliffs, which is the shortest sea crossing distance between England and France being only 21 miles. The site dates back to the Iron Age and inside the castle wall the Romans built a Lighthouse whilst the Anglo-Saxon’s built a church “The Church of St Mary in Castro” which still stands to this day. The present castle was built in the 1180’s by King Henry II and over the next 800 years the castle changed its defences to accommodate the changing threats from potential attackers.  The castle has protected its shores even in recent times. The Napoleonic tunnels which were dug beneath the castle were brought back into use in 1940 and were used to organise the evacuation of Dunkirk .

A visit to Dover Castle can easily fill a whole day. The Great Tower is as good a place to start as anywhere is. Seeing how royalty lived all those years ago and how the medieval kings lived. There are Audio and visual effects on offer that are designed to give you a feel of what it must have been like during that great Dunkirk rescue. Facilities are good with a Cafe, restaurant, picnic area and toilets available.

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dover-castle

Distance – 17 miles

Walmer Castle and Gardens

Walmer castle was built by Henry V111 in 1540 as part of his coastal defences against the French and the Spanish after his split with the Roman Catholic Church. Thankfully, the defences were never tested so the battle ready castle evolved into what it is today which is an elegant country home with beautiful gardens to match. The castle now serves as the official home to the Lord Wardens of Cinque Ports. Some colourful characters have held the position of Lord Warden including Winston Churchill and the first Duke of Wellington who lived in the castle very simply until his death in September 14th 1852 at precisely 3.25pm. These days the position of Lord Wardens is mainly ceremonial but is still a prestigious position. In the 19th century the gardens were added and became a favourite with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother with part of the eight-acre garden is named after her.

If you’re visiting Walmer Castle and Gardens give yourself a full day as there is lots to see and do. There is obviously the Castle itself while the Wellington Room is a must where you can see how the Duke lived, the campaign bed he slept on and his beloved armchair in which he passed away. Outside there are the gardens to see and refreshments in the Lord Wardens Tea Room.

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/walmer-castle-and-gardens/

Distance – 11 miles

Deal Castle Aerial View

Deal Castle

Deal Castle was built by Henry VIII as part of his coastal defence against the French and the Spanish with whom he had a disagreement with in 1538. Henry VIII felt that the Deal coastline was one of the most vulnerable to attack therefore he built his first and largest castle there in 1540. In fact he felt so insecure at the time he built three castles within two miles of each other. Deal Castle had the super-weapons of the day to protect itself. It was armed with the most modern armaments possible including the new cannon. The castle had 119 gun positions which Henry VIII considered was enough to defend that area of coastline. He was however concerned about the castle if it was built using traditional methods as it was vulnerable to direct hits from incoming cannon fire . He employed engineer Stefan Von Haschenperg to design the castle and he came up with the idea to construct a concentric castle. A series of curved overlapping walls which if hit directly would deflect the cannonballs lessening the impact. This in turn would allow his men to continue returning cannon fire. If observed from the air the castle looks like a flower.

 Many say Deal is not a castle and that it’s a fort but it is certainly different to Walmer Castle. Deal had a military history and remains the same today as it was in Tudor times. Take a walk around all of the castle, see the store rooms, the rounded bastions and get a feel of what it was like back in the day.

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/deal-castle/

Distance – 10 Miles

Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre

Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre

The Romans invaded Britain in 43AD and during their occupation which continued until the end of the Roman rule in 410 Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre was a key strategic site of theirs. The first military fort was very basic as the Romans only intended it to be a beachhead on enemy territory and not a permanent military camp. It was not until the middle of the first century that Richborough became far more important to the Romans because all the Army supplies came through there. With the successful invasion came the inevitable Roman Triumphant Arch, which was located in the centre of the fort. Unfortunately, there is not much left of the arch although you can see where it was constructed.  As the Romans moved North, Richborough became a civilian town with a hotel, temples and an amphitheatre. In the late 3rd century, the town was re-militarised and turned into a Saxon Shore Fort to defend against the threat of Saxon Pirates. The fort was completed in 285 but unfortunately, the triumphant arch was demolished during the build.

Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre is an incredible site, with the aid of the audio guide you really get a sense of what life was like there in Roman times. Whatever the weather you are conscious of what has gone before you, it can be a very spiritual environment. So, why not let your children and your imagination run wild at Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre.

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/richborough-roman-fort-and-amphitheatre/

Distance – 6 miles

Golf Courses in the Area

When you’re looking for something to do, it can be challenging to find an activity which is sufficiently entertaining but is also something you would not usually do while you are on holiday. To meet these criteria, a lot of people choose to play golf. It is a sport which is relaxing yet highly enjoyable, and it is easy to see why so many people are so keen to get out on the green. To try and make sure that you’ll have a wide selection of choice in this field, we’re going to be looking at a few of the best golf courses in the local area.

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

Like me you’re probably wondering where the name comes from? Cinque Port is a port that historically, provided a fleet of ships to support and serve Royalty during the Tudor era with it last being called upon in 1588. The golf course itself is a lot younger opening in 1892 and was originally only a nine hole course with the clubhouse opening in November of the same year. Four years later 1896 it was decided to add another nine holes. The work was completed in 1898 creating the superb 18 hole championship course we see today.

The course has held the British Open on two occasions – 1909 and 1920. The links course is a test for all golfers of all abilities. If you have a weakness, this is the course that will find it. Rolling fairways, superb fast greens and open to all elements, this course is one of the best. If you require equipment, balls or a golf lesson there is a golf shop and a professional coach to assist you. The clubhouse is very welcoming with a restaurant and two bars with one being formal the other a more casual affair While there, take a look at the putter and driver presented to the club by Seve Ballesteros himself.
https://www.royalcinqueports.com/

North Foreland Golf Club

North Foreland Golf Club which has been around since the early 1900’s, this is an establishment which has enjoyed popularity since it’s conception. Visitors to the organisation can expect to see an 18 hole course to experience, as well as a dining area and bar for people to enjoy. You might want to bring your smarter clothes for here, however, as this is a sophisticated place with a strict dress code. Their website provides a suitable explanation of what is accepted within the grounds, but it is worth visiting nonetheless.
 http://www.northforeland.co.uk/ 

The Royal St Georges Golf Club

The Royal St Georges Golf Club

Founded in 1887, The Royal St Georges Golf club was built to rival the home of golf – St Andrews in Scotland. Over the years, the course has maintained its status as one of the best courses in the world. The club boasts fourteen British Open Championships with the last taking place in 2011 when Darren Clarke took home the trophy. It has also hosted five P.G.A. Championships, Walkers Cup competitions on two occasions plus a multitude of other tournaments. It is fair to say that is does a great job at rivalling St Andrews in the South of England.

The course has not changed in 130 years and it provides a real challenge if the elements are against you. The course has a first class professional and a fully stocked professional shop with a wide range of golfing equipment available. Once you have completed your round you can retire to the club house for refreshments and a bite to eat.
https://www.royalstgeorges.com/

The Princes Golf Club

The Princes Golf Club was first opened in 1906 and held its first championship “The Ladies Open in 1912”. Unfortunately the course saw difficult times in both the First World War and even more so in the Second World War where it was commandeered by the military and used for target practice. It was de-requisitioned in 1949 and saved by an Australian Sir Aynsley Bridgeland. In 1950 the course was brought back to its former glory following a redesign. It was 1954 when the club returned to the big stage holding the Dunlop Masters won by Bobby Locke.

The present day Princes Golf Club consists of 27 holes over three courses. The three courses are The Shore, The Dunes and The Himalayas and all are fantastic championship courses. The course also boasts a 2AA Rosette restaurant, lounge bar, sun terrace a fully equipped gymnasium, snooker room and a conference room. There are other eateries on site to choose from such as the Brasserie on the Bay, Princes Suite and the Spike Bar. The Princes Golf Club is a fantastic venue for golfers and their families.
http://www.princesgolfclub.co.uk/

Stonelees Golf Club

Nestled on the Kent coast and built in the mid 90’s this public ‘pay as you play’ golf course is a venue for golfers of all abilities. The club is fantastic if you’re learning the art of Golf. They offer lessons with the professional at the driving range or if the weather is against you, a lesson inside on the Golf simulator is equally as beneficial. If your short game is struggling or if your putting is making life a misery then there are practice greens to sharpen both skills to get you back on the straight and narrow.

The club has three nine hole courses and they are set out for golfers of varying abilities. The par 3 is for the beginner or the low handicap player who wants to sharpen his short game. Middle ground is the 9 hole Executive Course with its par 3’s plus two par 4’s for your average golfer. Along with this, there is The Heights course which is a 9 hole championship standard course which is a test for any competent golfer .There is a course for every golfer  making this a course that is open to every golfer. If the golf has not gone well do not despair because the Fairways Kitchen serving warm meals and a drink.
http://www.stonelees.com/

WestGate and Birchington Golf Club

Westgate and Birchington Golf Club

The Golf club is perched high up on the clifftop between the seaside towns of Westgate and Birchington. The 18 hole course is not a long hitters paradise at only 4877 yards long making it fairly flat course that is ideal for the casual golfer. Don’t make the mistake of taking the course for granted regardless of your golfing qualifications because the course will bite you if you do not take care with your shots and show it some respect.

The views whilst on the course are spectacular with the better holes being the 2nd and the 4th both of which hit out towards the sea .The tees and greens are kept in top condition. If you have the chance to play this course then you will understand that the weather can make or break you. If the wind is at its worse it will take a toll on your scorecard. On the other hand if conditions are benign you can take advantage and shoot low scores. The club has a resident professional and a well-stocked pro-shop. The clubhouse has a dining area, seating up to sixty people as well as a lounge and a bar. This is a great place for the golfer’s “If Only” stories.
http://www.westgate-and-birchington-golfclub.co.uk/

St Augstine

St Augustine’s Golf Club

St Augustine’s Golf Club in Kent, offers an 18 hole course, which provides plenty of challenges for the casual and experienced player alike. The club was established in 1908 and has a rich history and lots of experience with catering to all kinds of players. There’s also a clubhouse and bar so that you can unwind after an enjoyable afternoon in the field. Their website offers plenty more information, as well as a good indication of the high levels of service you can expect.
 http://www.staugustinesgolfclub.co.uk/ 

manston range

Manston Golf Centre

The Manston golf course is a place which is well known for being friendly and approachable, with a team of helpful staff on site. The course offers a suitably challenging nine-hole system, and also provides a driving range for people to kick back and enjoy firing shots into the distance. It has a trendy cafe which opened in 2016 and is a definite must for anyone who wants to enjoy golf and also have a beautiful day out. You can find out more information by going on their site, and we’re sure that you’ll enjoy your time there.
http://www.manstongolf.co.uk 

Kent Golf Academy

Kent Golf Academy

The Kent Golf Academy is based near Sandwich in Kent. This facility is different to the usual golf coaching approach as it has an indoor facility with lessons being taken indoors at all time, therefore eliminating the chance of your golf lesson being cancelled due to bad weather. The exclusive facility aims to mix the importance of your golf tuition with a bit of fun and enjoyment mixed in. This is carried out under the watchful eye of The Director of Instruction Mr Howard Bonaccorsi and his team of professionals.

Whether you are a starter in golf or a seasoned tour professional this state of the art facility will get your game going in the right direction. The professional coaches provide students with honest feedback and an understanding prior to an assessment of how to correct your faults. To assist them in analysing your game they use advanced technology systems such as Launch Monitor and V1Pro Swing Analysis giving them instant data feedback. To correct your faults you may need the club fitting service. The Kent Golf Academy can also provide this service in one of their custom built fitting studios. They can fit 5 makes of club Titleist, Callaway, Mizuno Scotty Cameron and Odyssey.
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