Kent is the best place in Europe for a family holiday
This week Lonely Planet voted Kent as the best destination in Europe for a family holiday and we couldn’t agree more. Deal and the surrounding area is a great base from which to explore the Garden of England. Here are our top reasons for Kent receiving this accolade.
1. Beaches, bays and bucket and spades
With 350 miles of coastline, Kent really does have a fine selection of beaches to choose from – from Thanet’s sandy blue flag beaches (more than anywhere else in the UK) perfect for building sand castles, to surfing at Joss Bay and kitesurfing at Pegwell Bay, to sailing at Deal, kayaking at Kingsdown or take a thrilling rigid inflatable ride out to visit the Goodwin Sands (only exposed at low tide) whilst viewing the impressive White Cliffs from the English Channel. Find out more about the Kent Coastline Walk here.
2. Up and coming Margate is the new Shoreditch
The Metro posed the question this week is Margate the new Shoreditch? With the Turner Contemporary art gallery overlooking Margate harbour being seen by many as the catalyst for the regeneration of the town, the opening of Dreamland – the UK’s original pleasure park reimagined with 17 vintage fairground attractions – can only help endorse Margate as undergoing a renaissance. Margate Old Town has a nice collection of niche boutiques, galleries and places to eat and drink including roof-top bars which offer a sea view facing west from the harbour arm for watching the sunset. It’s a fact that Turner painted more canvases in Margate than anywhere else.
3. Seal spotting from Sandwich
The Lonely Planet describes Sandwich – once the 4th city in England – “as close as you will get to a living museum…drowsy medieval lanes, ancient churches, Dutch gables, crooked peg-tiled roofs and overhanging timber-framed houses” and it is a real delight for history lovers. And for wildlife spotters there is a good chance of spotting seals on a River Bus tour from Sandwich Quay as you head out towards the sea. There is a breeding colony at Pegwell Bay and you can read more here about the secret seals of the south-east from Deal’s very own Richard Taylor-Jones guest presenter and producer for BBC’s Autumnwatch.
4. Countryside walks through picturesque villages and stunning scenery
Explore Kent has an incredible collection of Kent walks which is testament to this county being called the ‘Garden of England’. Whether it’s a short walk through Marlowe’s Canterbury or discovering the 160 mile Saxon Shore Way that passes through St Margarets, Kingsdown and Deal, these walks are a geat way to discover Kent.
When looking for somewhere to stay in Kent, Keepers Cottages has a lovely portfolio of family-friendly properties.