The summer holidays are here…what’s on in Deal and East Kent
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 with lots of pretty villages and towns full of heritage just waiting to be explored. A short drive away, discover Thanet’s 15 delightful sandy beaches and bays, including seven Blue Flag beaches and three Seaside Awards, 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 what’s on in Deal and East Kent this summer.
Castles, Castles, Castles
The incredible cliff fortress of Dover Castle kicks off the summer with a Roman Festival Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July, The Siege of 1216 Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August and Castle Live! Saturday 27 to Monday 29 August (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 for a traditional picnic. Walmer Castle has an exciting series of events coming up including The Enchanted Circus, afternoons of Summer Music on selected weekend dates in August and a live adaptation of The Railway Children at the beginning of September.
Dreamland Margate – a reimagined pleasure park
Dreamland Margate is the UK’s most unique collection of rides telling the story of amusement parks through the ages. Open every day during the summer, 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. Dreamland is now free to enter with pay per ride. There is a Big Fish Little Fish family rave suitable for families with children under 8 as well as Deamland Twilight sessions where there will be music and live acts on Saturday evenings.
The Folkestone Art Trail is a circular self-guided walk and for guided walks incorporating local history and art try Pavement Pounders. Afterwards, reward yourself with a drink at Rocksalt on Folkestone’s newly restored Harbour Arm – a promenade out at sea with a collection of eateries and pit stops. At the tip of the arm you will find the Lighthouse Champagne Bar – flag a rickshaw down for a trip between the Burstin Hotel & the Lighthouse with lots of stops in between.
Whitstable Oyster Festival
Whitstable Oyster Festival starts today for eleven days. The Harbour Food Fair (23 & 24 and 30 & 31 July), hosts global traders in addition to the local Whitstable Harbour stalls. If you like your beer then the ‘Beer Festival’ is for you with over 30 beers, ales and ciders available. Enjoy live music on the Busker and Beach Stages.
Rascal Bay Adventure Golf
Rascal Bay Adventure is a 9 hole golf course for the family that incorporates pirates, cannons, an octopus, snakes, skulls, a cannibal’s cooking pot, a crashed jeep, rocks, a volcano, dinosaurs, waterfalls, dinosaur eggs, a treasure chest, crocodiles and two rafts – located near Manston.
You are spoilt for choice with three animal parks in East Kent – Wingham Wildlife Park, Howletts, and Port Lympne. As well as enjoying the wildlife, you can experience activities such as zorbing at Port Lympne, Treetop Challenge and Photography Days at Howletts and Wingham has a fun indoor play centre for young children.
There really is so much to see and do. We would love to hear your plans for your time in Deal.