Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate Commemorates
Come on a friendly invasion to the Isle of Thanet? It is the furthest south-east you can go in Britain, almost touching mainland Europe and has many wartime related tales to tell.
2015 marked the 75th anniversary of Operation Dynamo when hundreds of ‘little ships’ set out from Ramsgate Royal Harbour and Margate to rescue troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940 and one of them, the motor yacht Sundowner, can be seen in the harbour.
Visit the island’s only stately home, Quex House, which was turned into a Voluntary Aid Detachments hospital in WWI – there are two exhibitions this year looking back at Quex House during this time. Also visit the RAF Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum at Manston, which is dedicated to the pilots and aircrew of WWII and which houses splendid examples of these two fighter aircraft along with more personal memorabilia.
2014 saw the reopening for the first time in 75 years, of the Ramsgate Tunnels complex which housed over 1,000 people during the darkest period of WWII – come and experience how life underground was for them.
We have also put a couple of itineraries together to help you explore Thanet’s wartime links and get the most out of your stay with us.