Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Summer Holidays and Things to do in Margate

Well the summer holidays are here again, my kids are all grown up and two have children of their own to occupy. One of my grandsons was feeling poorly today and the only occupying he needed was being able to sit in grandads reclining chair and food, but during the long weeks ahead his parents wont be anywhere near as lucky as he and his brother demand to be amused. We as a family have a beach hut so the sand castle building and swimming all day on the beach is a regular experience, I first bought a beach hut over twenty five years ago and it is good family fun and it works out cheap for the season. The huts can go down from April until October. All this beach stuff is fine but sometimes you just want something just a little less sandy!
Well Thanet is blessed with lots to do other than our marvellous sandy beaches. Margates old town and harbour area are home to some fantastic shops bars and restaurants. Margate has become a mecca for bargain hunters who come to visit the many retro based gift and antique shops and the many art galleries. Since the Turner Contemporary opened the area has been lifted from the old seaside bed and breakfast holiday resort of the 60's and 70's to swish Hotels like The Reading Rooms which is a  luxury 5 Star Gold boutique bed and breakfast in Margate and the recently opened Sands Hotel that overlooks Margates main sands and faces directly at sky where J.M.W.Turner painted his wonderful pictures and inspired a revelation to the art world all those years ago. Thanet has some great hotels and I could do a whole blog post listing them but on with things to further entertain the children during the summer holidays.
One of Thanets top places is the Hornby Visitor centre in Margate. Or if you are on Facebook here is their Page  There is very little I can tell you about Hornby that a child wont already know and a few hours spent in the company of model railways or Scalextric will guarantee to get anyone smiling young or old.
Margate Shell Grotto is a secret wonder to behold and hjas entained and fascinated thousands since its discovery in the early 1800's. Tucked away on Grotto Hill it is close to another of Margates famous Landmarks R.G. Scotts An Emporium of everything Antique, Old Fashioned and Unusual. A Restorers Heaven. Stocking furniture, architectural salvage and much much more. Maybe not a childs choice but a definate hit with the adults. 
I  am just scratching the surface here Thanet is a marvelous place to come and bring the kids wether your visiting for a day or a stay. From Five Star luxury to camping on one of the many campsites in the area you will find something for all tastes. Try the Visit Thanet Website or go to the visitor centre located on the Harbour Arm
 The Droit House
Stone Pier
Margate
Kent CT9 1JD
Tel: 01843 577577
or email them:- visitorinformation@thanet.gov.uk

I have only mentioned Margate because thats where I live but Thanet Has Miles of sandy Beaches from Birchington round to Ramsgate taking in Epple Bay and its marvelous Steep chalk Cliffs Westgate on Sea and Botany, Joss, and Viking Bay all with Life Guards throughout  the holiday season to ensure your stayn with us in Thanet is both safe and FUN
Chalk Stacks at Botany Bay Broadstairs


Newly Refurbished Botany Bay Hotel

Margate Harbour Arm

Broadstairs Louisa Bay Cafe

Kingsgate Bay
Ramsgate Royal Harbour

Viking Bay Broadstairs



The Droit House
Stone Pier
Margate
Kent CT9 1JD

Tel: 01843 577577

visitorinformation@thanet.gov.uk
- See more at: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/#sthash.aeUsBZ51.dpuf
The Droit House
Stone Pier
Margate
Kent CT9 1JD

Tel: 01843 577577

visitorinformation@thanet.gov.uk
- See more at: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/#sthash.aeUsBZ51.dpuf

2 comments:

  1. Lots to do in and around Margate, you've given it all a great run-down and wonderful information for folks to enjoy. Those beach huts also sound like so much fun. We got to see the ones at Paignton again on our recent trip over the Pond. It was great seeing them. Have a good one Don :) Denise xxx

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  2. What about Seashore Safaris run by Thanet coast project. Kids really love them.


    These public bookings are now OPEN!

    § Wed 30 July, 9am - Minnis Bay, Birchington

    § Thur 31 July, 9am - St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate

    § Fri 1 Aug, 9:30am - Nayland Rock, Margate Main Sands

    § Sat 2 Aug, 10:00am - Botany Bay, Broadstairs

    § Sun 3 Aug, 10:30am - Louisa Bay, Broadstairs

    § Mon 4 Aug, 11:00am - Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs

    Booking open for the public at: http://www.thanetcoast.org.uk/whats_on.aspx

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