The summer is drawing to a close and it is always a good idea to squeeze a few mini breaks in as you can while the glorious weather remains. Sometimes it is a worthy notion to explore a place you haven’t visited for a while and so Broadstairs became the obvious choice.
The drive through Kent takes about an hour and a half, especially if you attempt the journey during August. But it is worth it. Parking is ok for a start and then the day improves as soon as the first glimpse of the beach is spotted. Broadstairs has seven sandy beaches and bays and the views are spectacular.
Viking beach has everything for everybody, including beach huts, deck chairs, windbreaks, rides for children, cafes, a harbour and an impressive cliff top promenade that encompasses a band stand, café and park area. As you saunter along the promenade you will come across cafes, pubs, art shows, gift shops and of course, Dicken’s House Museum. This was the home of Mary Pearson Strong, who inspired the character Betsey Trotwood in Dickens’ novel, David Copperfield, one of my all-time favourite novels.
The quaint buildings are a wonderful sight to behold and to be honest, I had forgotten how charming Broadstairs is with the distinctive architecture, independent shops, restaurants, pubs and nostalgic magnetism.
Also, the community spirit seems very much alive. It has a great music scene (folk festival during a week in August), food and Dickens events during the year.
I really enjoyed a walk along the promenade looking at the enticing surroundings, then visiting the town and lunch in a café with a wishing well in it! The food was yummy too. After lunch wandered down to the beach and enjoyed the sun.
So what are the advantages of a day out in Broadstairs?
- 7 sandy and safe beaches
- Array of eateries
- History (Dickens’ Museum etc.)
- Quirky town (gift shops/pubs/restaurants)
- Community (Friendly and has many events and festivals)
Really enjoyed the day out and feel Broadstairs is a celebration of a great day out enjoying some sea air. No wonder it is known as the jewel in the Thanet crown.