Things to Do
So you have had a good night's sleep, stocked up on a delicious breakfast and are ready to plan your day. Here are some suggestions....
A day on the beach
Viking Bay in the centre of town is best for smaller children and push chairs. Bring you buckets and spades or borrow ours from the garden shed (please return)
Stone Bay around the corner beyond Bleak House is quieter and the heart of the beach hut community. Good for rock pooling for older kids.
Dumpton Gap is smaller, has a nice coffee bar, but you loose most of the beach when the tide comes in.
Many people swim in the sea in the summer months. We use cheap wetsuits bought from the supermarket and wear waterproof shoes so as to be able to stay in longer. Alternatively, there is an indoor heated pool within walking distance from the high street at Upton School .
Swings and Slides
There are swing boats, trampolines, a children's roundabout and a helter-skelter on Viking Bay.
There are playgrounds in Pierremont Park just off the High Street and in Memorial Recreation Park, off Carlton Avenue.
For older children check out Dreamland in Margate. The vintage wooden roller coaster is a particular highlight - www.dreamland.co.uk
For younger children the old paddling pool that you will see when the tide goes out on Viking Bay is great for rock pooling. Next step up is Stone Bay.
For crabbing off the harbour wall you can buy everything you need (and bait) from the gift shop at the entrance to the harbour. For serious fishers try the Carp Cabin in Ramsgate for any equipment you need - https://camoscarpcabin.net
From Broadstairs you can walk down the beach (at low tide!) past Margate in one direction and down to Ramsgate in the other direction. There are lots of inland footpaths to make a round trip or catch a bus or train in one direction for a fun day out. There are books with walking routes detailed at the house or try https://www.alltrails.com/trail/england/kent/broadstairs for more walking suggestions.
There is a circular bus route linking Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate with a regular service every 8 - 10 mins.
Trains run regularly between Broadstairs and Margate.
Broadstairs Holiday House is located just off the Viking Coastal Trail
This is a great cycle route, much directly overlooking the sea, almost all off road and suitable for children. We have a large garden shed at Broadstairs Holiday House to store your bikes and helmets.
Dover Castle is well recommended - Dover Castle (English Heritage)
The White Cliffs of Dover is a great walk and views but better for older children - White Cliffs (National Trust)
You can walk from here to South Foreland Lighthouse. You can climb up to the top, talks and tea shop - South Foreland Lighthouse (National Trust)
Ramsgate War Tunnels take you down underground to see what it was like living underground during the war and is really fun for older kids - ramsgatetunnels.org
Broadstairs is famous for its connection with Charles Dickens. There is a little museum in the centre of town -
(our own kids didn't find this interactive enough to hold their attention. Perhaps better for history loving adults). There is also an annual Dickens festival in the middle of June -
(Lots of people dressed up in period costume!)
You can learn to surf or hire a kayak on Viking Bay - kentsurfschool.co.uk
Or on Joss Bay - jossbay.co.uk
There is an active sailing club -Broadstairssailingclub.com
indoor climbing wall and skate park - Revolution Climbing Centre
Mini fun adventure golf courses for all the family. (My family would say this is a must and we are regular visitors to both courses!)
In Broadstairs- minigolfbroadstairs.com
In Margate - stokesadventuregolf.com
There are many gold courses in the area - see the separate page of our Website for fuller golf details.
Broadstairs has a fantastic small independently run single screen cinema just off the seafront - The Palace Cinema which tends to show a film for children and the afternoon and something for adults in the evening. There is a multiscreen Vue cinema a short drive away at Westwood Cross.
The well known Broadstairs Folk festival takes place in the middle of August each year- broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk
The tourist information kiosk in the gardens above Viking Bay will have details of music events at local venues during the time of your stay.
The Turner Museum in Margate - turnercontemporary.org
There are numerous little art and antique shops in the old part of Margate over the road from the Turner Museum and further galleries in both Broadstairs and Ramsgate.
Indoor Children's Play Areas
There are various indoor play areas parks - Google for exact details and opening times.
There are many great places for ice cream in Broadstairs. Our favorite is Morellis -https://www.morellisgelato.com
We like Italian so in Broadstairs...
Posillipo Pizzeria - posillipo.squarespace.com/welcome
Sardinia - sardiniarestaurant.co.uk
But there are numerous other excellent restaurants in the town.
Iceland and Tesco's are at the bottom of the High Street. The other major supermarkets are a short drive away.
Finally - Fish and Chips
Our best suggestion is The Seafarer
Nothing beats eating fish and chips out of the container enjoying the amazing view out to sea!