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Roots, Revival and Regeneration


In recent years, holiday fashions have changed once again. The popularity of package holidays has declined in favour of a growing interest in independent travel to more unusual destinations. More people want to join the local community as travellers rather than tourists.

Concerns about the environmental costs of flying also play a part, and the popularity of staycations and long-weekend breaks has increased dramatically. At the same time, people have become more interested in re-discovering different areas of the UK, following the new trend of taking one or two short breaks during the year alongside a main holiday.

There is a growing desire to escape large towns and cities, getting outdoors to enjoy the health benefits of walking, cycling and water sports. Thanet, with its superb coastline and beaches within easy reach of London, alongside its heritage and three distinctive resorts, is ideally placed to cater for today’s visitor economy.

Margate captures the fun and entertainment of the ‘Great British seaside holiday’ alongside a cultural and creative revolution. This has been inspired by the internationally acclaimed Turner Contemporary gallery and the regeneration of Margate Old Town, The Centre and Northdown Road, with a wealth of cafes, galleries and independent shops.

Broadstairs, with its narrow streets, flint-faced cottages and picturesque harbour that would still be recognised by its most famous resident, Charles Dickens, retains its timeless seaside atmosphere including two 1950s-style ice cream parlours.

Meanwhile, the impressive Georgian and Victorian architecture of Ramsgate, overlooking its historic Royal Harbour and modern marina, reflects its maritime heritage as well as its 18th and 19th century role as a very popular health and leisure destination for the wealthy. Perhaps reflecting its importance as a port and proximity to Europe, the resort is now famous for its busy waterfront café culture. 

Roots    Regeneration