The piece also covered how the local area has benefited by the dozens of new start up shops bars and restaurants that have made Margate and Thanet their home. Margate Old Town is once again buzzing with people and they are not all just locals but people making Thanet their destination of choice. I always manage to strike up a conversation with anyone and on a recent visit to the town on Mothers Day I spoke to people from Thanet Canterbury Whitstable Medway and London. Those self same people recommended I visit local eateries and places they themselves had discovered. Margate is changing and changing for the better. There are fantastic new places in the area. New businesses that are carving out a niche for themselves here in Thanet. Super places to eat, great places to drink including new micro brewers and wonderful new pubs. And shops selling stuff from Shabby Chic to designer good. Areas to do and to display all manner of Art. Ceramic artists have moved to the area along with Jewellery designers and Silversmiths maybe soon we will have a vibrant jewellery quarter to rival Birmingham's or to take on Hatton Garden. We have always had a vibrant Antiques trade and now we have Retro shops both furniture and home goods and Retro Clothes and fashion.
So on the Third anniversary of the Turner Contemporary Margates very own answer to the Tate Gallery we can in my mind say it has been a great success. If you are planning a staycation I recommend Margate it has it all. Shops Restaurants and galleries, some marvellous hotels and miles and miles of blue flag sandy beaches and bays stretching from Birchington through Westgate Margate Cliftonville Botany Bay and Stone Bay onto Broadstairs with its picturesque harbour then round via Dumpton Gap and onto Royal Harboured Ramsgate. Somewhere in the region of 15 miles of sun soaked sandy beaches. Come and see us soon.