Sunning itself on the North Kent shoreline, Thanet has attracted visitors for centuries. Margate became the first British seaside resort in 1736 and pioneered the world’s first donkey rides around 1780.
Whilst grand Georgian and Victorian houses and hotels were built, Ramsgate in particular, enjoyed the royal patronage of Kings and Queens, even charging the elegant middle-classes a toll to walk along its promenade. When the crowds departed for overseas package holiday and yesteryear’s grandeur faded, Thanet turned to culture and history to reinvent itself. Though, of course, the beaches and sunshine remain.
1. Visit the Turner Contemporary
Since 2011 the white irregular geometrical shapes of The Turner Contemporary, Margate has welcomed a succession of exhibitions.
Recently, the Turner Contemporary has housed an Open Exhibition, featuring
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