One of Kent’s most enchanting seaside resorts perfect for family beach holidays, Broadstairs on the Kent Thanet Coast is famed for its award-winning sandy beach bays flanked by gentle cliffs packed with cosy hotels, guest houses and family inns and cafes. Broadstairs is one of many Kent towns with strong links to the author Charles Dickens who gave it the nickname ‘Our English Watering Hole’. Don’t miss a tour of the Dickens House Museum, formerly the home of Mary Pearson Strong whom Dickens visited and went on to base the character of Betsey Trotwood in ‘David Copperfield’ on.
The annual Broadstairs Dickens Festival takes place in the third week of June. The festival has a long history stretching back to 1937, and the event today attracts huge numbers of visitors. The festival programme includes a Grand Parade with local residents in Victorian costume, fairs and stalls, beach parties, various marquees and a festival play based on one of Charles Dickens’ novels – the first of these festival plays staged in 1937 was David Copperfield.
Where to Stay
Stay in beautiful Broadstairs during the annual Charles Dickens Festival in late June or the Broadstairs Folk Week in mid-August and enjoy a fantastic choice of seaside attractions from Broadstairs’ seven spectacular sandy beach bays which include Blue Flag award-winning beaches to a host of watersports and top family surfing. Quirky craft shops, a charming harbour area and arts attractions like the Pavilion and Windsor Cinema are all here in Broadstairs, with glorious year round coastal walking direct from the town along the Viking Coastal Trail which pushes towards the North Foreland Lighthouse. Find accommodation in Broadstairs brimming with character and including romantic boutique B&Bs, the perfect choice for a festival break, plus a wide choice of coastal cottages, friendly B&Bs and a selection of budget caravan parks. Find and book Broadstairs accommodation now.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.