Day out in Broadstairs
Track the trail around town and play the arcades or simply chill on the sandy beach.
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Seven beach and bays
Beautiful Broadstairs has not just one, but seven stunning beaches and bays – one for each day of the week if you wanted to stay – two have Blue Flags and two have Seaside Awards. Crescent-shaped Viking Bay is the town’s main bay, with a pretty harbour. Joss Bay is known as a surfer’s paradise, whilst the chalk stacks at Botany Bay and the arch at Kingsgate Bay are always in demand with keen photographers. They’re worth the walk if you’re feeling energetic.
Food glorious food
If there is one thing Broadstairs has in abundance it is great places to eat. From seafood restaurants to pizzerias, from tapas bars to great quality pub food, many with great views of the sea. Bessie’s Tea Parlour has just won Food Produce of the Year in the Taste of Kent Awards, it is a great place to visit for a bit of nostalgia.
Don’t just visit the beach, explore it
Pick up a Coastal Explorer Pack, full of family activities, lots of equipment, fun activity cards and trails to help you discover the area’s heritage and coastline. Think – making a sundial, spotting clouds, playing hopscotch, marine identification. Bags can be hired from Lillyputt Mini Golf (this is great fun too) for just £5 plus ID.
Do you want a flake with that?
No visit to Broadstairs would be complete without an ice cream from one of two 1950s ice cream parlours, Chiappinnis or the famous Morellis – take your pick from a delicious cone to eat whilst walking along the promenade to the bandstand or the harbour, or an amazing sundae to enjoy in their retro surroundings.
The Town Trail
Discover Broadstairs’ history, buildings and famous residents on a Broadstairs Town Trail, pick a leaflet up from the Information Kiosk on the seafront, or download one before you go and read it on the train. If you are visiting on a weekend between Easter and the end of August, enjoy a free Broadstairs Town Walk – a stroll around Broadstairs taking in 600 years of history – 2pm from the Information KThe Town Trailiosk, weather permitting.
What the Dickens
The Victorian writer Charles Dickens is probably Broadstairs’ most famous regular visitor and it’s not difficult to follow in his footsteps around the town. Bleak House is where he stayed regularly and you can visit for tours. Dickens House Museum was the home of Miss Mary Pearson Strong, on whom Dickens based the character of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield. The museum explores the author’s relationship with Broadstairs through his letters and personal items. Broadstairs famous resident Thomas Russel Crampton is celebrated at Crampton Tower Museum opposite the station.