Great British seaside summer holidays on the East Kent Coast

Phoebe Shipton  ·  29th June 2016

Thinking about your seaside summer holidays? If so, then Deal and the surrounding area should be top of your list…beautiful coastline and stunning countryside there really is so much to see and do…whether it’s hanging out on the beaches; exploring our historic villages, towns and Cathedral city of Canterbury; buying vintage finds in our independent home funishing shops or dining at some of our fine restaurants there really is something for everyone. Here’s just a taste of what is on offer.

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 to pretty St Margaret’s Bay with its pebble beach, rock pools and white cliffs – there is a huge amount to do. The European Blue Flag flies at seven Thanet beaches with a further three beaches achieving the Seaside Award – take you pick from building a sandcastle on Ramsgate Main sands to surfing at Joss Bay Surf School (a nationally recognised provider of professional surf lessons for people of all ages and abilities) to stand-up paddle boarding lessons at Dover Sea Sports. Book a stay at 16 Albion Hilll, Ramsgate with its views of the Royal Harbour or spectacular Trinity Cottage, St Margarets Bay.

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2. Up and coming Margate and Folkestone

The Rough Guide this week voted Folkestone and Margate in ‘Britain’s best 30 seaside resorts’ and with Deal perfectly positioned between the two makes it a perfect base for exploring these up and coming seaside towns. With the Turner Contemporary art gallery overlooking Margate harbour, the opening of Dreamland for traditional fun with its vintage fairground attractions and Margate Old Town now boasting independent boutiques, galleries and places to eat and drink, Margate makes for a great day trip out. Folkestone has undergone a period of regeneration and now has become an artist’s hub with the setting up of The Creative Quarter home to a thriving collection of artists’ studios and creative businesses. The Lower Leas Coastal Park has a number of family events over the summer including Alice in the Coastal Park and Pirate Party in the Park.

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Stay at Bay Tree Cottage, Deal family and dog friendly or Tally Ho, Deal a former Ale House on historic Middle Street.

3. 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 poet and playwright Marlowe’s Canterbury or discovering the 160 mile Saxon Shore Way that passes through the seaside villages of St Margarets and Kingsdown these walks are a geat way to discover Kent.

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New on our books is contemporary Lyckan, Kingsdown with the most incredible sea views across the English Channel to France that sleeps 8 in five bedrooms.

4. Shopping and dining

Deal has a great selection of independent home furnishing shops including Mileage Vintage Home and Tea Station, the Petit Brocante and Smoke on the Water suppling French-inspired, hand-painted vintage furniture. The Hoxton Store is a new home and lifestyle shop with gorgeous lighting and contemporary art and craft gallery Dunlin and Diver stocks handmade items from local and UK based artist makers and designers. The arches by Ramsgate harbour is also home to a growing number of cafes and vintage shops as well as Margate Old Town.

Deal has also seen some recent restaurant openings including French bistro the Frog and Scot and Whits of Walmer offering some of the best fish and shellfish available locally. Further afield you have Rocksalt Folkestone with its floor to ceiling glass wall giving every table a view of the harbour.

Puffin Cottage, Deal is a lovely retro inspired character cottage in the heart of Deal and has limited availability this summer so be quick to book.

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When looking for somewhere to stay, Keepers Cottages has a lovely portfolio of properties. Please call 01304 368500 to discuss any of our properties.

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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