Broadstairs truly is a picture postcard seaside town, complete with seven golden bays of sand, promenade gardens, ice cream parlours, and fish n’ chips.
Said to have been established on the profits of shipbuilding and smuggling, Broadstairs is a picturesque town with narrow streets, the views from the cliff top walks over stunning bays and beaches are incredible, the community is vibrant - no wonder it draws visitors back year after year.
Some of the best surfing in the Southeast of England can be found at Joss Bay with its long beach and shallow waters, home to the Joss Bay Surf School. North of Joss Bay are the quieter Kingsgate Bay and stunning Botany Bay.
Broadstairs town wraps around the crescent shaped Viking Bay; a typical seaside beach with colourful beach huts, beach cafes and fishing boats moored by the harbour arm.
The town itself boasts a wide variety of restaurants and cafes, some hugging the cliff tops and making the most of the sea views.
Described by Charles Dickens as "Our English Watering Place" where he wrote David Copperfield during his stay in Bleak House. Broadstairs celebrates its links with literacy with the Dickens House Museum and the Dickens Festival every year in June, when Dickensian characters can be seen wandering the streets and welcoming any who chooses to visit the celebrations.
One of the highlights of the year is the Broadstairs Folk Week, now in its fiftieth year and drawing visitors from all over the country.
Other festivals produced by this thriving small town include the Broadstairs Food Festival showcasing local and regional produce in the town’s delightful cliff top Victoria Gardens.
For a real nostalgia trip, the Broadstairs Water Gala is hard to beat. Celebrating the best of the traditional English seaside with traditional beach competitions, nautical characters, bandstand competitions and all day entertainment, family funfair and a stunning firework display, Broadstairs Water Gala has something for everyone.
To quote Charles Dickens "You cannot think how delightful and fresh the place is and how good the walks."