Victoria Parade flower bed within grass area fenced by hedges with red, yellow, white and purple flowers
Victoria Parade Gardens

Spring forward on the Isle

We’ve got a spring in our step, and no doubt you have too, as we move along the roadmap to recovery, and we really can start to dream of summer escapes from the everyday so here’s how you can welcome in the new season in Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate

As the restrictions start to relax, businesses reopen, hospitality welcomes you in and we are able to meet friends and family, please be aware that not everything is back to normal

Spring into action 

                     

Fresh sea air, clear blue skies, the sun on your face… there’s nothing like being outdoors. Take a stroll or cycle along the 32 miles (51.4km) of stunning sandy beaches boasting infinite views out to sea, chalk cliffs and pretty rural villages, via the circular Viking Coastal Trail. Get the heart pumping with a run along the seafronts at Margate, Broadstairs or Ramsgate, go for a hole in one at our many golf courses not just of the green kind with family adventures to be had at Lillyputt’s, Rascal Bay, Quex, Strokes and Lost Island mini golf (indoor).

Looking for something more serene? Try tai chi, yoga, pilates or even meditation in one of the many practices in each town. You can even go off mat and onto the beach, for a truly soul-enriching experience.

Walk in the footsteps of history

It’s easy to believe we’re all about beaches and bays on the Isle of Thanet, but there’s rich heritage to discover with every step you take. Our cliffs are 80 million (yes million!) years old and the Romans landed here. In the 18th century, the restorative seawalter bathing along our shores sparked the seaside holiday boom (Margate was the first place to have  donkey rides and deckchairs). Ramsgate sent ‘little ships’ to Dunkirk and welcomed approximately 40,000 soldiers safely back from France during WWII.  The Isle’s beauty has attracted some of the nation’s most-admired artists, architects and writers, including JMW Turner, Charles Dickens and Augustus Pugin. Make the past your present with our many self-guided walking trails, including Murky Margate Tours and Ramsgate Military and History Trail

2021 marks the 200th anniversary since Ramsgate harbour was given ‘Royal’ status by King George IV, in appreciation of the town’s hospitality he received. 

Awaken your senses

Sunrise at Kingsgate Bay

They say seeing is believing, and you’ll find plenty of visual wonders to marvel at along our coastline. Experience the seasons change before your very eyes as the flowers and trees burst into life or witness our truly unbelievable sunsets and sunrises (if you don’t believe us, just check out our Instagram).

        Stagecoach’s Open Top Bus between Broadstairs and Ramsgate 

  Turner Contemporary                            Stagecoach’s Open Top Bus 

At the world-class gallery Turner Contemporary, get up close to world-class art by visiting 'The Tourists

Or take the ultimate scenic journey with a ride upon Stagecoach’s Open Top Bus. Take in the sensational views between Stone Bay, Broadstairs, and the Boating Pool in Ramsgate, you can even hop on and off to explore each place en route (starts 1st May on selected dates and you can travel in either direction).

Make moments last a lifetime 

A short break or day trip with your loved ones can guarantee much-needed quality family time. From a relaxing stroll on the beach or a gift from the many artists studios, galleries or shops or a delicious afternoon tea or meal at one of our many award-winning cafes and restaurants. Make coastal memories to cherish being a detective with a Coastal Explorer Pack or enjoying fish and chips or seafood sat watching the sun set. 

 

Open spaces, open mind

Italianate Glasshouse                    Ellington Park and Nature Area

  Italianate Glasshouse                                       Ellington Park and Nature Area 

As a new season comes into bloom, our open spaces become a picture of colour, and peaceful havens. Marvel at the Italianate Glasshouse, a Grade II* listed historic monument in the grounds of King George VI Memorial Park, just a sea breeze from the water’s edge in Ramsgate. See what you can spot on Ellington Park’s nature trail, and find what wildlife and birds stir at Monkton Nature Reserve and Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve.

Dare to do something different

                    Joss Bay Surf School. Photo VisitBritain

                                                 Joss Bay Surf School. Photo VisitBritain                              

Ride the waves at beautiful Joss Bay with the Surf School (opens Easter and choose from surfing or stand up paddle boarding, group or private lessons), and Kent Surf School (open from 16th April).

However you choose to spend your Spring time, you won’t be disappointed when you visit Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate and the surrounding villages.