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Broadstairs Guide

Located on the Kent coastline, Broadstairs boasts stunning beaches, a varied and interesting history and now a packed summer of festivals and celebrations.

The Broadstairs Guide

Beautiful and charming, Broadstairs in Kent is a fun and pleasurable example of what Britain's coastline is all about. The small town is nestled in the extreme north-east corner of the Kent coast and boasts a fabulous reputation for providing a unique and captivating seaside experience for all the family.

With a population of around 22,000 the entire area of Broadstairs also seems to be a popular place to live as well as holiday. Situated between Ramsgate and Margate, it proves to be one of the most desirable seaside resorts on the Isle of Thanet and has enjoyed plenty of tourism since the 1800s.

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Despite tourist numbers rising all the time, however, Broadstairs has still managed to retain plenty of its original authenticity and gets the balance right between heritage and modern day attractions. The picturesque seaside town doesn't have all the large over-commercialised hotel options; instead it has quaint offerings that make the most of its setting perched on the hillside.

It isn't just modern day tourists who love the character that the place possesses either; Charles Dickens loved Broadstairs, describing it as 'Our English Watering Place'. With this in mind, the seaside town has many Dickensian attractions peppered all around with many of them named after, or bearing some resemblance to, the man. For instance, there's the Old Curiosity Shop, Dickens' Walk, Dickens' Pantry, and two museums dedicated to the literary legend.

Despite many fabulous attractions being open all year round, summer in Broadstairs has to be the best time of year to experience its magic. Not only is it an ideal time of year to enjoy the beach and stroll around with ice creams, there are also many activities during the summer months including an annual Broadstairs Dickens Festival that is held in the third week of June. The festival was started to commemorate the centenary of Dickens' first known visit and provides a great atmosphere for everyone lucky enough to be there.

Also worth noting is the Broadstairs Folk Week in August which is a must do if you are in the area, and the Broadstairs Food Festival which is a draw for foodies the World over.

All in all, if you want a place that oozes character and charm and has world-famous admi rers, this is for you. Providing blue flag sandy beaches, a mix of traditional and modern shops, quality eateries, cliff top walks, beach-side restaurants and many festivals - a perfect combination.