Days out don’t have to cost a lot with a variety of things across Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate available for free or low cost. From enjoying the great outdoors, feeling the sand between your toes or delving into the area’s history you’ll be surprised at how much there is to do
1. Discover our beaches and bays
With 19 miles of coastline and 16 spectacular, sandy beaches and bays - 6 with Blue Flag Awards and 4 with Seaside Awards, you’re sure to find one to suit you. Grab your bucket and spade to build the biggest sandcastle, investigate what lies amongst the rock pools with a Coastal Explorer pack- only £5 to hire or just sit and enjoy the fresh open air.
Throughout the year join the Thanet Coast Project for Great Eggcase & Scavenger Hunts,World Ocean Day and Seashore Safaris to dive deeper into the area’s fascinating sea life.
Please remember to leave only your footprints in the sand
2. Get active in the great outdoors
Grab a football, pull on your walking boots or dig out that long lost frisbee or kite and head for the great outdoors! Venture to our parks or green spaces to burn off some energy or ‘grab and go’ from a local eatery for a picnic. Go off the beaten track to discover the hidden history of our rural villages or do battle to see who can be crowned the 'Justin Rose' of the adventure golf world. Take on waterfalls, dinosaurs and pirates. If the weather turns against you, try indoor adventure golf. Jump on board your bike to circumnavigate our glorious coastline along the Viking Coastal Trail. Check out Active Ramsgate's variety of walking routes, cycling trails and coastal activities
JMW Turner said ‘the skies over Thanet are the loveliest in all Europe’, with the famous Margate sunsets featuring in a number of his works. Do you agree? Many Instagram feeds feature them. On some days it is hard to tell where the sky stops and the sea starts with their blueness. With big open skies and miles of stunning coastline, the Isle of Thanet is an Instagrammer’s dream
4. Be amazed by our architecture
Did you know there are 27 conservation areas around the Isle of Thanet? Augustus Pugin, designer of the interiors of the Houses of Parliament and leader of the gothic revival, built his home, The Grange, in Ramsgate and next door St. Augustine’s church, his influence on the town’s architecture can be seen on a self-guided ‘Pugin’s Town Trail’ walk. From Georgian, Regency and Victorian buildings to the modern Turner Contemporary, learn about them with the Broadstairs Town Trail or Discover Margate Town Trail
5. Joint Tickets and Hidden Gem Attractions
Who doesn’t like an offer and what better way to explore more and tick attractions off your bucket list, than with a joint ticket.
Wander around Margate’s old police station now the town’s museum to discover over 5000 years of history - seabathing, shipwrecks, day-trippers, before stepping into a 16th century yeoman farmer’s house, the Tudor House
Don't miss the variety of intriguing, independent, hidden gem attractions just waiting to be discovered across the isle - Monkton Nature Reserve, Crab Museum, Spitfire and Hurricane Museum, Dickens House Museum and more
6. Digital Discoveries
Secrets can be uncovered and discoveries made, when you take a different view of Thanet.
If you are planning a visit, join the search for our 10 Digital Discovery Plaques, across the Isle of Thanet.
Journey across the Isle uncovering some of the unique stories, rich heritage and secrets brought to life by simply enter/scan the code on the plaque to find out more through film, audio and images.
Smugglers, Literary Heroes and Vikings await you.
7. Don't forget your Thanet souvenir
Marvel at Turner Contemporary’s latest exhibition or catch a wave learning to surf at Joss and Viking Bay.
Browse the galleries and independent shops filled with locally made items that make the perfect present or souvenir
No trip to the seaside is complete without an ice cream
With the increasing cost of petrol, it’s worth looking at car-free options (which help save the planet and pennies alike!) Did you know that Southeastern offers ‘Kids for a Quid’ tickets? Under 5s go free, and tickets cost £1 for children aged 5-15 years when travelling with an adult with a valid ticket