The charming coastal town of Broadstairs is one of Kent’s most popular tourist and seaside resorts. While the summer may be the natural time to visit Broadstairs there is plenty to see and do all year round. In this guide we’ll look at the top things to keep you entertained this autumn.
Broadstairs Food Festival
Celebrate Kent’s flourishing food and drink scene at the annual Broadstairs food and drink festival between Friday the 29th of September and Sunday the 1st of October. This three day event showcases some of the regions’ best produce and brings a programme that’s packed with workshops, demonstrations, fresh produce, food stalls, award winning drinks and delicious street-food. And because the festival is free it’s a great reason to come and visit Broadstairs and discover the best of Kentish food and drink.
Take a stroll on the beach
During the autumn and winter months the beaches around Broadstairs are the perfect place to take a stroll and enjoy the invigorating sea air. And from the 30th of September the dog ban is lifted meaning you can bring your four legged friend with you for some exercise and games on the beach. The secluded Botany Bay has a picturesque backdrop of white chalk cliffs and stacks and is perfect for walking your dog. Joss Bay is another great choice and makes a good starting point for a coastal walk.
Enjoy a nice meal
Thanet is full of wonderful restaurants with eight being awarded a prestigious place in Waitrose’s 2018 Good Food Guide. Broadstairs has three out of the eight restaurants on the list while neighbouring Margate also has three restaurants on the list. Wyatt & Jones is a small independent family-run restaurant that bakes its own bread, smokes its fish and butchers its meat and uses local suppliers to showcase the best of Kentish. Albariño is all about creating seasonal Spanish dishes which are rustic rather than fine dining. Stark offers an intimate dining experience for just 12 diners and features a six course fine dining set menu that is dictated by the season.
Dickens House Museum
Broadstairs was a favoured haunt of novelist Charles Dickens and the Dickens House Museum celebrates the author’s connection with the town from 1837 to 1851. Housed in a cottage that was the inspiration for Betsey’s cottage in David Copperfield the description rings true to this day, making it easily recognisable.
By The Sea Festival
In neighbouring Margate is the By the Sea Festival between the 29th of September and the 1st of October. This three day festival takes over the Dreamland fun park and brings top name acts to the seaside resort such as The Libertines. If you’re not lucky enough to bag yourself tickets then Dreamland is still worth a visit, especially if you have kids as there are a range of children’s activities on offer.