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    Yinka Shonibare MBE Exhibition – Turner Contemporary 22 Mar – 30 Oct

      Tue 22 Mar – Sun 30 Oct 2016 As part of the 14-18 NOW programme of World War 1 Centenary Art commissions, Turner Contemporary’s Sunley Gallery is transformed by two major works by leading contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. Coinciding with the gallery’s fifth anniversary, Shonibare’s powerful work explores themes of conflict, empire and migration in the centenary year of The Battle of the Somme, poignantly shown at Turner Contemporary against the dramatic backdrop of the North Sea. Co-commissioned by Turner Contemporary and 14-18 NOW, Shonibare’s newest sculptural work End of Empireexplores how alliances forged in the First World War changed British society forever, and continue to affect us today.…

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    Broadstairs Spring Fair 2016 – 26 to 28 March

    Broadstairs Spring Fair 2016 is on 26 to 28 March in Pierremont Park Grounds, High Street, Broadstairs From the nutritional and healthy, to the indulgently naughty but nice – Broadstairs will be coming alive with the return of the Spring Fair. This well loved fair brings together over 50 Kent food and drink producers – and we would to see you there! There will also be Childrens Art Activity (details to follow), a Face Painter (all 3 days) and a Childrens Easter Bonnet Competition         Exhibitors (list subject to change) include: Bessie Caravan bessiethecaravan.co.uk Hot & cold drinks; savouries and cakes Beths Mogador European pies, tarts, ready…

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    Dreamland’s History

      Hidden away in Margate History is the amazing Hall By The Sea. Originally a Train Station and converted into a wonderous place for visitors and was the starting point of what we now know as Dreamland . It was where Dreamland Cinema now is ! The Dreamland site was a salt marsh known as the Mere that was inundated at high tide until 1809 when a causeway and seawall were built. In 1846 a railway terminus was built on the present Arlington site for the South Eastern Railway, followed in 1864 by a further terminus, for the rival London, Chatham and Dover Railway on the site of what is…

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    Historical Holland House, Kingsgate

    Hidden away in Kingsgate in Broadstairs is an amazing piece of local History. The Historical Holland House was once approached from the beach through a stone arched gate called the kingsgate once named Barthelmas Gate and renamed Kings Gate after the forced landing of King Charles I on ‘Kingsgate’ Bay due to a terrible storm.     This is all that remains of the set up of the gates, the main large gate on the beach has long been sealed. (Information and pictures courtesy of Thanet Hidden History) Kingsgate is a spectacular cliff-top walk or short drive along stunning coastline from The Bay Tree We’d recommend an afternoon there followed…

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    Easter events in Broadstairs, Margate & Ramsgate

      Make, paint, hunt, eat and drink this Easter Keep the children entertained this Easter at one of the many events taking place in Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. Hunt for the clues on an Easter trail, become an artist or take in a show. For the adults pop along to the Beer Festival or sample the delights at the Broadstairs Spring Fair • 24 March Easter Trail in Broadstairs • 24, 26 and 28 March Thanet Gang Show at Theatre Royal Margate • 25 March I Love Vintage Fair at Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens Seal Trip with Seasearcher, Ramsgate Harbour • 25 March – 10 April Hoist the…

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    Ramsgate History and Heritage

      Safety to the Shipwrecked, Health to the Sick To get to grips with Ramsgate’s past, head back to Roman and Anglo-Saxon times, and the two famous landings that took place nearby. The first, according to legend, was of Hengist and Horsa, the Germanic brothers who helped establish the Anglo-Saxon’s in Kent. Next in 597, came the Roman St Augustine who re-introduced Christianity to this part of Britain. In the beginning, Ramsgate itself was just a collection of fishermen’s cottages clustered around a harbour. But by the end of the seventeenth century a burgeoning shipping trade saw the port growing in importance. Four ‘Ends’, or roadways, became established, with houses…

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    Ice Cream Galore

    No trip to the seaside is complete without a trip to the ice cream parlour and Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate offer you just that. Experience traditional 1950s Italian ice cream parlours serving homemade gelato to contemporary seafront businesses With so many flavours on offer you’ll be spoilt for choice Melt at Sands Hotel Part of Margate’s 4* Sands Hotel, offering a range of Gelato flavours made with traditional values, natural ingredients, real fruit and fresh Guernsey milk. Morelli’s The first of the Morelli’s UK stores opened in 1932 by Mario Morelli. Where else can you experience retro interior with pink Lloyd loom chairs, a soda fountain and a juke box…

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    Kent & East Sussex Railway Tenterden

    Tenterden, about 75 minutes drive from The Bay Tree is a perfect day out Known as ‘The Jewel of the Weald’, the Cinque Port of Tenterden has arguably one of the nicest high streets in the country, with historic houses, shops, restaurants and pubs separated from the carriageway by wide grass verges. Tenterden’s charming high street and adjacent lanes boast a range of quirky independent stores which allow visitors to experience shopping as it used to be – it’s just the place to find that special gift, local craft, book, clothing or antique in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Tenterden is still a market town and hosts two Friday markets and a…

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    48 Hours in Broadstairs, Margate & Ramsgate

      A peninsula fringed by chalk cliffs, the Isle of Thanet is so-called because a waterway once separated it from the English mainland. Its harbour towns Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate each have their own distinctive character. With a mix of 18th and 19th century architecture and traditional seaside charm, they’ve inspired countless writers and artists. Broadstairs was a favourite getaway of Charles Dickens; T.S. Eliot penned part of his regarded long poem The Waste Land while convalescing in Margate, and landscape painter J. M. W. Turner claimed, “the skies over Thanet are the loveliest in all Europe.” The towns became popular resorts during Victorian times, but Margate and Ramsgate in…

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    February Half Term in Broadstairs, Margate & Ramsgate

    Broadstairs, Margate & Ramsgate are all great places to visit at any time of year, with excellent beaches, cliff-top walks, harbours, restaurants, shops and museums During half term why not try one of the following activities The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Theatre Royal Margate, 2pm, 13th February A brand new adaptation of a timeless tale, especially for little sorcerers aged 3 – 7 and their grown-ups! Make’n’Paint Days, Hornby Visitor Centre, Margate, 13th – 19th February   Childrens Pottery Painting Workshops, Pick’n’Paint, Margate, 1030am – 12pm, 16th – 19th February Brilliant British Birds, 11am – 1pm, Quex Park During National Nest Box week, join us on an exciting walk through our gardens…

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