With the recession still biting more and more people are turning their backs on costly overseas travel and once more embracing all that is Great about Britain right here on our doorstep.
Not for decades have Britain’s seaside towns seen so many visitors – couples, retirees, singles and families have been flocking to our shores to enjoy the delights of the Great British summer. So next time you sit down to plan your summer break, forget the two-hour immigration lines at the airport and head to the coast instead – now all that remains is decide exactly where?
For fun and frolics by the sea, there are few places that can beat Broadstairs, perched on the south coast in rural Kent. Built around a sweeping bay of fine golden sand, Broadstairs embodies all that is best about British beaches. It’s attractive, it’s quirky, it’s sandy and it serves a mean portion of fish and chips. Broadstairs also offers its fair share of history, too. This was the summer retreat of Charles Dickens, whose presence is still felt strongly amongst the streets of grand Victorian buildings that tower above the central bay.
Now we all know that holidays in England are not planned according to the weather – but there are plenty of other good reasons for choosing to make your trip at a certain time. Most people would unanimously agree that the time to visit Broadstairs is during the second week in August when the town stages its annual Folk Festival. Broadstairs Folk Week offers something for everyone, no matter what their age or interests. Whether you are in search of family friendly events for little people, dance nights for teens or live bands in cosy local pubs, Broadstairs Folk Week is guaranteed to please.
The main concert marquee is home to a number of headline acts, but literally every venue in town is used from the start of the week to the finish, drawing crowds from all over the country, keen to hear some of the best folk music around in a relaxed and picturesque atmosphere. With over 70 events a day, visitors are literally spoilt for choice. Buy a single ticket to hear your favourite act in action or go for the season ticket options for unlimited fun and frolics on a daily, weekend or full-week basis.
There is plenty to do besides listening to folk music at Folk Week – though of course the music does provide the centrepiece for the town’s action. Craft workshops and stalls, food tents and street entertainers are on hand throughout the town to add a little magic to the proceedings and of course if the sun shines, what better way to enjoy it than lazing on the warm sand. Many visitors to Broadstairs Folk Week choose to camp on the outskirts of town. There are plenty of facilities and a great atmosphere, but why not head to one of the town’s grand hotels or bed and breakfast buildings to enjoy the fun in comfort?