As the days grow longer and warmer, residents and visitors to Ramsgate, Margate, and Broadstairs can look forward to a season bursting with sun-kissed adventures. From sunbathing on sandy beaches to exploring arts and culture, these coastal towns offer a smorgasbord of experiences that'll make your spring and summer unforgettable. So, buckle up and let's dive into the myriad of fun activities to enjoy in this tri-town treasure trove!
Sun, Sand, and Surf:
The three towns boast some of the finest beaches in the UK, with each offering its unique charm. For families and sun-seekers, Margate's Main Sands is a must-visit, while the hidden gem of Walpole Bay offers an old-school tidal pool. In Broadstairs, Viking Bay is a picturesque paradise, and Ramsgate's sandy beaches are the perfect place to unwind. So grab your sunscreen and beach towel, and prepare to soak up some rays!
The festival season kicks off with a bang, as the towns host an array of events celebrating arts, culture, and food. As always, Margate's Dreamland hosts a jam-packed line-up throughout the summer, with headliners Soul/Funk phenomenon Kool & the Gang and the legendary Sir Tom Jones making their way to the seaside venues, while the likes of Primal Scream, Dizzee Rascal, UB40, Ocean Colour Scene, N-Dubz, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Streets are also making appearances. Don't miss the Margate Meltdown (May), a motorbike extravaganza, or the Broadstairs Folk Week (August) to listen to folk acts from around the country. Ramsgate Week (July) brings sailing enthusiasts from all over, while the Margate Soul Festival (August) will have you dancing the night away!
With a history steeped in artistic inspiration, this coastal trio is a haven for art enthusiasts. Be sure to visit Turner Contemporary in Margate, which showcases contemporary and historical art, and marvel at the Shell Grotto's mysterious subterranean passages. For a touch of local talent, check out the galleries in Ramsgate and Broadstairs, including the eclectic York Street Gallery and the seaside-inspired New Kent Art Gallery.
For those seeking a green escape, each town offers a wealth of parks and gardens. Ramsgate's King George VI Memorial Park boasts beautifully landscaped gardens, while the bays dotted around the coastline provide a tranquil oasis amidst the bustling towns. If you're up for a challenge, tackle the Viking Coastal Trail on foot or by bike to explore the stunning coastline, countryside and hidden historical sites!
Savour the Flavours:
No seaside town is complete without a taste of the ocean. Indulge in freshly caught seafood along Ramsgate's Royal Harbour, or enjoy one of Margate's award-winning restaurants that sit along the seafront and harbour arm. Broadstairs offers a wide variety of charming cafes and restaurants, perfect for a leisurely lunch or romantic dinner.
With a perfect blend of sun, sand, and culture, Ramsgate, Margate, and Broadstairs are the ultimate spring and summer destinations. As the weather warms up, there's no better time to explore the richness these towns have to offer. Whether you're a local or looking to move, this coastal trio promises unforgettable experiences that will leave you yearning for more.