Thanks for popping in.
We're in Margate on the blog today and although these aren't all the things you'll find there, these five will get you started!
1. Although Margate is right over on the East Coast of England, surprisingly it faces West. The huge expanse of sky always had something to show us with clouds shuffling around, continually changing colour or the sun blazing down in the sapphire sky all of which has an effect on the colour of the sea and was probably one of the attractions for JMW Turner as he returned again and again to paint.
2. The white cliffs of Dover are only a short train (maybe Jason Kenny!) ride away but along Margate's coast, chalk cliffs stand in waves along the beach around the corner from the Turner Contemporary. The chalk even features on the beach amongst the seaweed.
3. The sandy beach is perfect for sandcastles with plenty of space for games or a snooze in a deckchair. There are so many sandy bays to choose from in this part of Kent. At High Tide the sea comes in right up to the steps and boats float in by the Harbour Arm, where you'll find cafes and even a Shell Lady. A tidal boat pool is topped up at high tide. Ships stand off shore and past them you can just make out the wind turbines turning. There's plenty of colour, lots to watch, you could just sit for hours taking it all in.
Along Marine Parade, Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Clocktower sits comfortably, it's been restored and its time-ball mechanism operates at 1 pm each day although we managed to miss this!. A little further along the Parade, you can see a carousel in Dreamland behind the buildings.
4. The shelter at the other end of the Bay is where Poet TS Eliot wrote part of The Wasteland. He was convalescing in the town following a nervous breakdown in 1921.
5. Quite unexpectedly, within the town is a Tudor house which can be visited on certain days. Dating from the 1500s, it has been home to Master Mariners, Flemish weavers, Cordwainers and Farmers. The garden is beautiful.
I'll tell you more about Dreamland, the Shell Grotto and Botany Bay in separate blog posts.
Have a great weekend.