THINGS TO DO

We have fallen in love with Ramsgate and the area and we hope that you do too.

 

RAMSGATE

Ramsgate is one of three villages that make up the Isle of Thanet.  There are so many wonderful things to do in the area from award-winning restaurants to exhilarating activities for adults and children. Whether you want to relax on the blue flag beaches, walk or cycle some of the 27-mile Viking Trail or simply enjoy views of the only Royal Harbour in the Country from one of the excellent cafes, the choice is yours. 

To get you started here are the details for a few of our favourites:

FOR THE FAMILY

There are Sea Searcher boat trips and fishing trips by arrangement that run regularly from Ramsgate harbour along the coast to the mouth of the River Stour to the seal sanctuary, see www.seasearcher.co.uk or call 07837 562076

Take the children for a walk along the coast to the Viking Ship ‘Hugin’ overlooking Pegwell Bay.  For details go to www.visitthanet.co.uk

The Pinball Parlour in Addington Street is a museum to Dad’s favourite game as a boy www.pinballparlour.co.uk

Walk to Broadstairs along the beach at low tide. Tide times can be found at http://www.visitmyharbour.com/articles/article.asp?arturn=1233

The Pugins’ Ramsgate Town Trail taking in the buildings associated with one of Britain’s most famous architects www.pugin-society.org

Ramsgate Sports Centre (with a 25m swimming pool and ‘fun’ sessions) www.leisureforce.co.uk. 01843 593 754.

The Ramsgate Maritime Museum www.ekmt.fogonline.co.uk

The Spitfire and Hurricane Museum at Manston Airport 01843 821 940 www.spifirememorial.org.uk

Visit the beautiful King George VI Italianate Greenhouse, Montifiore Avenue, CT11 8BD, check opening times on 01843 585 588.

Stoneless Golf Centre www.stoneless.co.uk

The Granville Theatre. Just 5 minutes walk away, the Theatre screens many of the latest film releases and stages regular theatrical productions. Always worth checking  on 01843 591 750 www.granvilletheatre.com

For more ideas try www.kidsdaysout.co.uk/kent.htm and www.greatbritishgardens.co.uk.

SHOPPING

All of the local towns have quirky and interesting shops. However, for dedicated shopppers head for Westwood Cross shopping centre which is situated about 5 miles from Ramsgate. It is an out-of-town shopping complex with all of the chainstores you would expect. There is also a Mecca Bingo centre, a casino, a cinema complex, bowling and all of the usual eateries.

EATING AND DRINKING

Kent really is the garden of England.  As a result, the fresh produce is plentiful and whether you eat in or out, the shops, bars and restaurants cater for all tastes.  In town there are excellent butchers and grocers offering top quality produce at reasonable prices.  For the basics there is a Waitrose in the town. If you are planning to eat out, here are a few of our favourites:

RESTAURANTS

Age & Sons, a lovely family-run restaurant with an award-winning menu 01843 8515151 www.ageandsons.co.uk

Eddie Gilberts, some of the best fish and chips you will ever experience. There is a fish and chip takeaway on the ground floor and a small restaurant upstairs offering a full and fabulous menu.  Booking in advance is essential on 01843 852 123 www.eddiegilberts.com

The Belgian. This lively unpretentious family-friendly quirky pub will make you smile. If you like a range of beers then this is the place for you with 100′s of beers to choose from.  There is a wide variety of live music at weekends. 01843 587 925 www.belgiancafe.co.uk

La Magnolia the best Italian in the area 01843 580 477 www.lamagnolia.co.uk

Surin. Simple and delicious Thai, Vietnamese and Indonesian cuisine. 01843 592 001.

We also recommend a few pubs in the area including The Churchill 01843 587862, The Foy Boat 01843 591 198 and for a perfect sunset view walk to The Belle Vue at Pegwell Bay 01843 593 991

If it’s Michelin-starred food you are after, there is the Sportsman at Whitestable. Again, you will need to book weeks in advance on 01227 273 370.

Jo-Jo’s Restaurant in Tankerton is also gaining a fabulous reputation for simple fresh seafood. Call 01227 274 591 for reservations.

TAKE-AWAYS

There is a full range of cuisine nearby. Many will deliver. To get you started:

Eddie Gilberts in town and Peter’s fish factory on the harbour front offers excellent traditional fish and chips.

Hong Kong. Chinese takeaway only a 5-minute walk away 01843 594 877

LOCAL VILLAGES

Broadstairs

Just a couple of miles away is the picturesque village of Broadstairs. Walk along the cliffs from Ramsgate or at low tide along the sandy beach in about half an hour.  The High Street and its offshoots is a wonderful place to shop for unusual gifts or at the end of a tiring day put your feet up in one of the two famous ice-cream parlours in the village. Charles Dickens was inspired by Broadstairs and the Dickens Museum can be visited throughout the year. There is a range of restaurants and bars to suit all tastes.  

Dickens House Museum www.dickensfellowship.org/dhmb.htm

Margate

Just a few miles along the coast lies Margate with the newly-opened Turner Contemporary art centre www.turnercontemporary.org. The old town is full of arty antique shops and quirky cafes.

Sandwich

One of the Cinque ports, the village is crammed with ancient buildings and history. You can take also take a guided boat trip along the River Stour and see the seals.

Whitstable 

Grab an oyster or enjoy a fresh seafood platter, Whitstable is a Mecca for those of us who enjoy fresh seafood. Scrimshaw and antiques are also in abundance in this quaint, harbour town.

Birchington

Home to the remarkable Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens and wonderful Minnis Bay.  If horse-riding is your thing Birchington is home to the largest riding establishment in Thanet www.nelsonpark.co.uk