Broadstairs, a small seaside town in Kent located on the south-east coastline of the UK, is at its best in the summer and there is always something to do, whether you want to sunbathe on the beach or visit one of the local museums. There is a lot of history associated with the area as well - smuggling was widespread for many years, and Charles Dickens lived and wrote several of his famous novels in Broadstairs so whatever you're into there is plenty to explore.
One of Broadstairs' main attractions are of course the beaches. There are a number of lovely seaside bays in and around Broadstairs and all of them are sandy so great for sunbathing and no worries about getting shoes full of pebbles. The main beach is called Viking Bay, which includes amusement, children's rides, a pier (which sells traditional English fish and chips) and a range of amenities for hire including deckhairs, sun loungers and chalets.
The Palace Cinema is a very traditional small movie theatre which maintains the character of the Grade 11 listed building and is well worth a visit. You can watch one of the latest films at one of the daily screenings - a great opportunity to exercise your English listening skills while enjoying a good show!
Lillyput Minigolf is a fun miniature golf course that is suitable for kids of all ages (or just adults who like to act like kids)! Grab some of your new friends from your English school and have some fun here - there are plenty of entertaining features and surprises around the course, as you'd expect from mini adventure golf.
One of Broadstairs' top attractions is Bleak House Museum, the house of Mary Pearson Strong who was Dickens’ inspiration for the character of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield. The museum has plenty of things on display, including which are different letters from the author himself - a must for Dickens enthusiasts!
From the 9th of August to the 16th August Broadstairs gets taken over by Morris dancers, Appalachian clog dancers, rapper sword dancers and many other happy-footed brigades during Folk Week. This is a large music and dance festival with main acts performing at the Concert Marquee in the town’s main park. Smaller events are also held in many pubs, restaurants and cafes as well as at the bandstand down on the promenade. Folk Week’s origins are to do with folk music and its appreciation, but there are also plenty of general festivities where pubs stay open later, main streets are closed to traffic and visitors can enjoy shopping in the folk tent where you can buy local fudge and some great souvenirs.
If you're interested in studying English in England in the lovely seaside town of Broadstairs this summer, you can find out more about junior English summer courses for students aged 12-18 years from internationally acclaimed English language school Concorde International. Visit their website at www.concorde-int.com today to apply for your place.