"A microcosm of the pleasures of the English seaside." Viking Bay, The Guardian
A family-friendly resort packed with beautiful bays
Broadstairs gives you seven sandy beaches and bucket loads of seaside charm. Here, families rediscover the joy of having fun together beside the shore. Central Viking Bay boasts children’s rides and beach huts; rural Botany Bay has photogenic chalk stacks; Joss Bay offers a surf school and peaks, that have long made wave-riders smile.
In Broadstairs you’ll also find fishermen’s cottages, clifftop walks and independent shops lining unspoilt streets. The town was Charles Dickens’ favourite holiday spot. The legacy includes Bleak House and the Dickens House Museum. Nearby you’ll find the multi-award winning, costumed, St Peter’s Village Tours.
Like your food? You’ll love Broadstairs. Eateries include smart restaurants, quaint cafés and 1950s ice cream parlours. Visit in the autumn and feast on the three-day Broadstairs Food Festival – a smorgasbord of fine Kentish produce and wine.
Other events will see you meeting costumed characters at June’s Broadstairs Dickens Festival; singing-along at sessions in August’s Broadstairs Folk Week, and playing beach games and watching fireworks at the Water Gala. In Broadstairs, the nostalgia always appeals.