Festival fun

Phoebe Shipton  ·  10th July 2015

Deal and its neighbouring coastal towns know how to enjoy themselves with an array of festivals taking place this summer. Displaying the best of local, national and international talent these events are designed for all to enjoy.

This weekend sees the grand finale of the Deal Festival – Deal’s very own summer festival of the music and arts. Tonight (10 July) at the Astor Theatre,  ‘Worbey and Farrell’ two internationally acclaimed concert pianists, play their barnstorming blend of sparky comedy and sensational piano; on Saturday (11 July) join ‘The Wicked Trade’ a 2 hour brisk walk of Deal discovering the town’s smuggling history and on Sunday (12 July) not to be missed is ‘The Royal Marines Day Memorial Concert’ with the band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth playing on Walmer Green at 2.00 pm – 10,000 people will converge on the Green to listen to this concert and enjoy picnics.

This weekend (10-12 July) also sees the Sandwich Folk Festival with over 50 performances of live music in and around the pubs, bars and community areas of Sandwich. The event kicks off with the folk rock band The OysterBand winners of 5 BBC Folk Awards. There will also be music on the Tea Terrace of the wonderful Salutation (home to Dom and Steph from Channel 4’s Googlebox). The Cocos Lovers, a folk and roots Deal based band, play on Sunday and always deliver a stellar performance.

The Sandwich Prom, a charity fundraiser in aid of the Martha Trust, takes place on Sunday 19 July 12.00 – 6.00 pm in the beautiful setting of the Secret Gardens of Sandwich within the grounds of The Salutation. Local musicians will be playing and tickets cost £20 for a family or £8 per adult and £3 per child.

Also on Sunday 19 July a festival of antiquities – the Antiques Roadshow – is coming to Walmer Castle. Read more on this here.

Broadstairs 50th Folk Week takes place 7 – 14 August with over 500 events taking place in this quintessential seaside town. The Folk Week began as a celebration of English traditional dance and as it’s the 50th year celebration they are encouraging you to dance your socks off at ceilidhs and dances at the Pavillion on the Sands. There is lots going on for children and teenagers including story-telling, ukelele playing, african drummming, nautical knotting and circus skills workshop.


To enjoy these festivities, you may be needing somewhere to stay. Here at Keepers we have some wonderful holiday homes with availability over these coming weeks. Pretty Seashell Cottage close to Walmer Green, Deal welcomes families and pets (sleeps 4); 1 Dolphin Street a Georgian period property in the heart of Deal’s Conservation Area offers short breaks and also welcomes kids and dogs; 49 Victoria Road is a beautifully finished 3 bedroom property (sleeps 5) and The Old Admiral Penn pride of place on Deal’s seafront sleeps 8 in four bedrooms. Accommodation is filling fast so book now to enjoy these summer festivals.

About Phoebe Shipton

Having studied Marketing at University of Manchester, Phoebe joined the family business in 2020 as Head of Marketing and Operations. Phoebe is focused on making Keepers Cottages stand out, as well as ensuring the bookings flood in!

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