Why a outing to Margate creates a ideal weekend strand break

Margate has been carrying something of a resurgence over a past few years.

More and some-more immature creatives, families and freelancers have been adhering dual fingers adult to London’s wickedness and mountainous residence prices, and upping sticks for a some-more pacific gait of life by a sea.

The tiny coastal Kent city mixes aged propagandize strand attract with all we indeed wish from a mini mangle – good food, decent watering holes and a healthy sip of (quirky) culture.

If we haven’t left to see what all a bitch is about nonetheless afterwards here’s a pursuit lot of impulse for you.

Heads adult – as this is a strand town, check all opening times before we travel, so you’re not disappointed. Some businesses might have reduced hours (or totally close adult shop) out of season.

Embrace your middle large child during Dreamland

Why Margate is a ideal strand mini break
If we don’t take a float on a ferris circle afterwards we didn’t do Dreamland right, companion (Picture: Lisa Bowman)

The ancestral entertainment park treated itself to a snazzy reconstruct and rebrand, and emerged like a super hip phoenix from a abandon behind in 2015.

The whole place is a charming dream, with an Instagrammable event during any turn, if that’s your bag. But put your phone down for a sec and make certain we get a wristband to go on a rides (the park is giveaway to enter, rides are extra) – a ferris wheel, dodgems and wooden rollercoaster are my faves. P.S. Thrillseekers, a rollercoaster is faster than it looks, so don’t poo-poo it – it’s good value a go.

The park and rides are sealed over winter, though a drum disco is still open, and there are events function all season, like an ice skating course and Father Christmas grotto, as good as gigs (see live song territory below).

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Eat your approach around a town’s culinary offerings

Vegan Kentucky boiled 'chicken' burger from Margate's Chalk Cafe
Epic Kentucky boiled ‘chicken’ burger during vegan mecca, Chalk café (Picture: Lisa Bowman)

One of a joys of going on a weekend mangle is a forgive to try a internal eateries – we mean, we might as good make a many of it while you’re there, right?

Margate is home to a whole horde of eccentric cafés, and my dual favourites occur to be right subsequent to any other nearby a sight station, on Royal Crescent Promenade. Chalk café is your go-to for positively ridic vegan food, like outrageous pasties, quiche and drool-worthy boiled ‘chicken’ burgers.

The Bus Café is right subsequent to Chalk, and tough to skip – it’s literally a big, red bus. You can lay outward in a object on a cruise tables or upstairs on a cosy tip deck. we can’t suggest their breakfast hashes adequate – either you’re omni, veggie or vegan, there’s a tasty crush to arrange your hangover out. Plus, a staff are super friendly, that is always a win when you’re feeling a bit delicate.

Take a wander into a Old Town for some-more dining options – The Greedy Cow Café is your go-to for a light breakfast or a unwashed burger lunch. Seaside Cake Parlour is a old-fashioned tiny tea room, charity adult an wholly plant-based menu full of light bites and honeyed treats, so vegans can go wild. (If you’re after a full afternoon tea, be certain to book in advance.)

Meat eaters will adore Roost (there are veggie/vegan options too), who are ardent about sourcing their furnish from internal suppliers. Expect rotisserie chicken, uninformed seafood and BBQ ribs.

If a outing to a strand isn’t finish though an ice cream, afterwards demeanour no offer than Melt, who have got your behind with a far-reaching operation of gelato flavours.

Still hungry? Grab a burger from Store Burger to eat on a float home. Their vegan choice got a large thumbs adult from me.

Time your revisit to see your fave live bands

Why Margate is a ideal strand mini break
HMLTD play Dreamland’s Roller Disco during By a Sea 2017 (Picture: Joseph Singh)

By The Sea is a ideal approach to palliate yourself out of festival season. The weekend-long song festival takes place during Dreamland and customarily happens around a finish of Sep – since it’s not a camping affair, we can provide your festival-weary physique to a genuine bed and some home comforts.

This year saw Metronomy, Everything Everything and Margate’s newest residents, The Libertines (they’re formulation to open a hotel there) headline. While headliners pull a crowds in during a 1600 ability Hall by a Sea, smaller bands perform in a cosier, retro Roller Disco, that has quick turn one of my favourite song venues. Flamingods played an epic set in there this year, gripping a appetite going like an comprehensive dream following Metronomy’s title opening on a Saturday.

Dreamland also plays horde to other standalone gigs via a year – Gorillaz achieved in June, and 2manydjs are personification in December. Keep an eye out for new listings here.

Catch smaller artists during Olby’s Soul Cafe, as good as live music, entertainment and comedy during Margate Winter Gardens.

Keep an eye out for Radio Margate – a radio station/cafe/creative village space that’s opening soon. Pretty damn exciting.

Bring an dull bag for all your shopping

Etcetera in Margate, Kent
All your homeware desires will be met in Etcetera (Picture: Lisa Bowman)

There are loads of good eccentric stores in Margate, if offered is on your agenda. This is 100% a good place to come for Christmas shopping, FYI.

Etcetera is a pleasing lifestyle store in a Old Town, offered a good preference of plants, midcentury complicated seat and Scandi-cool home accessories. A universe of interiors inspo awaits.

There are loads of selected stores, including Madam Popoff Vintage, Breur Dawson (great for menswear) and Peony Vintage. Head to Paraphernalia if you’re in a marketplace for some antique furniture.

Fort Road Yard is good value a good rummage around – outward you’ll find fairground shreds (Mr Blobby ride, anyone?), and inside there’s retro furniture, selected knick-knacks and neon lighting. It unequivocally is a value trove. Good aptness not shopping anything.

If you’re after a custom-built bike afterwards get in hold with Dear Susan to book an appointment before we visit. He’s a man who done Grayson Perry’s epic ‘Princess Freedom Bicycle’ and he certain knows his stuff.

Sit your sap boundary down for a (decent) coffee

Cliffs in Clifftonville, Margate
Spend an afternoon celebration coffee and browsing annals in Cliffs (Picture: Lisa Bowman)

Ask for a ‘flat white’ in many a British strand caff and you’d be laughed out a door, though not in Margate, where they know their approach around a bean.

Pull adult a bank during Scandinavian café Mala Kaffe, that is right nearby a Turner gallery (avoid a Turner café during all costs, unless we like crap machine-made coffee). The Swedes know what’s adult with a judgment of fika – coffee and a cake. Cinnamon bun, anyone?

Proper Coffee House does what it says on a tin while also providing cakes that are fresher than uninformed since they’re baked in-house.

Cliffs in Clifftonville (see what they did there?) isn’t only a good coffee shop, it’s a record store, yoga studio and hair salon. They offer coffee that’s been roasted on site by Curve Roasters – we can also collect adult a bag to decoction during home.

Mala Wolf coffee transport did good coffee (and £6 espresso martinis, yew!) this summer down on a Royal Crescent Parade, subsequent to a large red Bus Cafe. Keep an eye out for them subsequent season.

Tick those enlightenment boxes

A sculpture out during sea from Antony Gormley's 'Another Time' muster during a Turner Contemporary in Margate
A sculpture out during sea from Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Time’ muster during a Turner (Picture: Lisa Bowman)

You can’t go to Margate though holding a wander around a Turner Contemporary art gallery. The present emporium is indeed unequivocally decent, too. No naff pens here.

The Tudor House is a tiny story museum housed in a…wait for it…Tudor house. It’s a oldest building in Margate (built in 1525) and it’s adorable. £2 entrance for adults, £1.50 for seniors, underneath 16s go free.

You have to revisit a Shell Grotto during slightest once in your life. Walk down a stairs into a humid colonnade with 4.6 million (feel bad for whoever had to count them) shells stranded to a wall, streamer to a cover with a 2,000 block feet mosaic. It was detected by collision in 1835 and to this day nobody knows since it’s there. £4 adults, £3.50 concessions, £1.50 children.

Have a strand bevvy

Why Margate is a ideal strand mini break
Head to The Glass Jar if you’re in a marketplace for cocktails (Picture: The Glass Jar)

Ziggy’s Rooftop Bar is a ideal place to watch a object go down. Expect rum cocktails and reggae. They’re sealed now for winter though keep an eye on their website for subsequent season’s grand reopening.

The Glass Jar is a place to go if you’re after a well-crafted cocktail – with a menu full of classics and destiny favourites, you’re firm to wish to try them all. They do a pickled caramel espresso martini – only sayin’.

Real ale or cider fan? Grab a pint during a Lifeboat, and suffer some live song while you’re during it. Or if you’re after a idle pub afternoon involving epic food (with good veggie options) afterwards The London Tavern is your best bet.

Up for some traveller LOLs? Squeeze into a The Little Prince – a smallest pub in a world, measuring only 3 metres by dual metres. Check opening hours as it doesn’t stay open late. Understandably. Find it inside a Old Kent Market, an indoor marketplace that’s unequivocally value popping in to.

Walk by a doorway of Margate Arts Club in Clifftonville and you’d be forgiven for meditative you’d only stepped into someone’s front room. You’re not tripping, a residence celebration vibe is what they’re after, though there are a few manners to reside by before you’re authorised in – namely, no dickheads.

Up for a late one? The DJs at Sundowners happy bar will keep we going into a diminutive hours.

Play a arcades for aged time’s sake

Arcades in Margate, Kent
Give up, it ain’t function (Picture: Lisa Bowman)

You’ll find a series of arcades on a seafront – we can’t skip them. Fritter divided your gangling change on a grabber machines and try not to have a pretension when we don’t win anything.

Up for a classical strand hang of stone to empathize your loss/celebrate your win? Head to a Sunset Rock Shop where you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Indulge in some salt H2O therapy

Why Margate is a ideal strand mini break
Sea pools are also good for examination nightfall by. With a tinny? Sure. (Picture: Charlotte Wood)

The sea is good – there’s unequivocally zero like being slapped around by a ice-cold sea to heal a hangover. If you’re not a fan of being in a open water, take your swimmers to Walpole Bay Tidal Pool up in Cliftonville – it’s free!

If you’re streamer that way, cruise stability a coastal travel to Botany Bay after your swim. Don’t worry, there’s a poetic pub (Botany Bay Hotel) during a finish to acquire we with open arms. And a object deck. Ask them to call we a cab or get a sight if we can’t be worried to travel back.

There’s also another sea pool closer to a sight hire though it’s…kind of gross. And also totally submerged during high tide, so bear that in mind if we get so vehement that we run into a sea and pound your leg open on one of a underwater walls. Just me? Oh.

How to get there and where to stay

Southeastern run a unchanging high speed sight use from London, from St Pancras, Victoria and Charing Cross. Journey time is around 90 minutes. Off-return from £23.70.

There’s accommodation for any bill and ambience trimming from tiny bed and breakfasts to swanky, boutique hotels. Have a crop on booking.com but omit their ‘Places we love’ as we assume they’re sponsored since I’ve stayed in one of them and it was…horrendous.

If we cite a bit of independence, there are copiousness of Airbnbs on offer, covering several budgets. We stayed during Margate House, that has dual doubles and a berth bed, and is in a good location, right behind Dreamland – we can see a rides from a kitchen, that is flattering fun. From £149 per bed, sleeps six.

FYI a town’s accommodation sells out quick during large events, so devise ahead.

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