School’s out for summer
There is so much happening in and around Deal this summer. Not only are we blessed with our beautiful seaside location offering opportunities for lazy days on the beaches, rock pooling, fossil hunting, long dog walks, beach bbqs and even adventuring on a sea safari, we have a countryside full of pretty villages and towns full off heritage just waiting to be explored. A short drive away, discover Thanet’s 15 delightful sandy beaches and bays, including seven Blue Flag beaches, more than anywhere else in the country. Who doesn’t enjoy a day out at the zoo and nestled in the countryside are three exciting wildlife parks. Here are our top recommendations for summer.
Castles, castles, castles
The incredible cliff fortress of Dover Castle kicks off the summer with a 1915 Dover at War event – watch the calvary train on the battlefield, there will be an original and firing anti-aircraft gun too. Practise battlefield manoeuvres at The Castle Comes Alive – Campaign, kids can have a go at archery and mini-battles at Firepower Through the Ages, and Clash of Knights the Finale takes places August Bank Holiday weekend.
Deal and Walmer Castle and Gardens, both built by Henry VIII, can be reached on the beach cycle/footpath along the seafront. The artillery fort of Deal Castle can be explored from the storerooms to the cannons and children will love running around the dark passages. Walmer Castle and Gardens with its 8 acres of gardens and woodlands is perfect a traditional picnic.
Deal, Sandwich and Dover are host to a range of artists and musicians between the 26 June and the 12 July at Deal’s annual summer festival of great classical and contemporary music and visual arts. Highlights include The Ukele Orchestra of Great Britain, The Two Gentlemen of Verona live performance at Walmer Castle and for the kids Musical Tales from Adriamus at the Astor Theatre.
Dreamland Margate – a reimagined pleasure park
The UK’s most unique collection of rides which tell the story of amusement parks through the ages. Opening this June, all ages can enjoy the Great British seaside amusement experience with rides like the scenic rollercoaster, dream dodgems, kiss me quick caterpillar and hurricane jets.
The Folkestone Art Trail is a circular self-guided walk (and for guided walks incorporating local history and art Pavement Pounders). Afterwards, reward yourself with a drink at Rocksalt in a bar that overlooks the harbour with sea views both inside and out. In Deal, there is the Open Studios and Art Trial June 27-28; July 4-5 and 11-12 where local artists turn their homes, studios and gardens into temporary art galleries.
Or why not head to Whitstable for the Oyster Eating challenge on the 26th July as part of the Whistable Harbour Food Fair.
Spoilt for choice with Wingham Wildlife Park, Howletts, Port Lympne and the Rare Species Conservation Centre all in East Kent. As well as enjoying these wildlife parks and reserves, you can experience activities such as zorbing at Port Lympne, Treetop Challenge and Photography Days at Howletts, Wingham has a fun indoor play centre and Rare has unique nocturnal tours.
There really is so much to see and do. We would love to hear your plans for your time in Deal.