An Introduction to Broadstairs
“You cannot think how delightful and fresh the place is and how good the walks are"A bold endorsement from one of Britain’s most highly acclaimed novelists, Charles Dickens. Broadstairs was his favorite seaside holiday resort and still years after Dickens it continues to charm everyone who steps foot in the town.
Known by the locals as the jewel in Thanet’s crown, Broadstairs continues to thrive offering a delightful balance of history, culture and entertainment. As Dickens did years ago enjoy breathtaking cliff top walks north towards Margate or South towards Ramsgate. You’ll feel so virtuous that you will defiantly deserve a mug of creamy hot chocolate or cappuccino, with a lovely cake in the chic restaurants which line the sea front.
Share the novelist's love affair with Broadstairs in the Dickens House Museum once home to Miss Mary Pearson Strong, aka Miss Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield. Then saunter winding streets that tweak curiosity with their come-hither lanes, smugglers' and fishermen's cottages, flint dwellings, guesthouses and unusual shops, Broadstairs really is a one off place which needs rather than should be visited.
Fancy a cultural week? Then come and visit Broadstairs in June during the colorful Dickens festival, enjoy everything which Broadstairs and Dickens has to offer. In 1937, to commemorate the centenary of the author's first visit, Gladys Waterer, the then owner of Dickens House, conceived the idea of putting on a production of David Copperfield and of having people dressed about the town in Victorian dress to publicise it. Thus the festival was born and, with the exception of the years of World War 2, has been held annually in the third week of June ever since. A fantastic week which is enjoyable for all.
Top class restaurants, cafés and bars, serving Italian, Mediterranean and Chinese cuisine, add a generous sprinkle of global temptations which surround the town – and not forgetting two irresistible ice cream parlours magic up the perfect treats, they really needed to be tasted to be believed. After all that food and activity you will defiantly need some time to relax and settling down for an afternoon concert at the Broadstairs bandstand overlooking the sea, there really is nowhere better to do so. Feel the pressures ebb away as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the very best of what Broadstairs has to offer.
There is no better way to experience Broadstairs than to visit during Folk week, held annually in the second week of August the town descends into a folk frenzy when music acts perform at the Concert Marquee in the town’s main park. There are also other more intimate gigs held in the many pubs, cafes and restaurants located in around Broadstairs, all walking distance from each other catering for all tastes. The towns main school Upton Park Junior acts a vast campsite park as the towns population swells with thousands of tourists including the regular folk revelers and curious visit looking to join in on some morris dancing or other folk related activites.
Whilst Folk Week's origins are based around Folk music and its appreciation, for many this period is simply an opportunity for general festivities in which pubs and bars have later opening hours and the main streets are closed to traffic in order to allow folkers to fully enjoy themselves in open air drinking and social merriment. Folk week is a must for anyone’s social calendar.
Broadstairs water gala is another annual event held by the town and is a great family day out its run as a community event and encourages support and involvement from Thanet groups, associations and companies. Events such as: Teddy Bears Picnic, Decorated Beach Hut, Beach and sea based competitions , Neptune Arising from the Sea, Trade, craft, charity and local association stalls, Family fun fair and the Firework finale all culminate into the family day of the year!
After all that excitement you will need to stretch your legs again with a refreshing clifftop stroll to some of the seven beautiful beaches and bays which Broadstairs has to offer. There's Joss Bay for surfing thrills and Botany Bay for leisurely-lazy, rural peace. The main beach, Viking Bay with children's fun fair and rides is one long, sandy smile of family fun.
Follow in Charles Dickens' footsteps by coming to Broadstairs and savour the delights of the town which he named "Our English Watering Place".