There is nothing better than a trip to the seaside in the summer holidays, you might only go for the day but it feels like a holiday. The Kent coast has so much to offer, You have the towns like Folkestone, Dover and Margate (handy for the newly opened Dreamland) and then you have Deal. Deal is a quaint little seaside town, full of original features and hasn't been spoilt with fast food joints and many many arcades. So now you have decided to come to Deal, just what is there to do this summer?
Here is a top ten list of some of the things we recommend.
The Hole in the Roof is a pub and hotel, so if you want to make it an overnight stay, pop over to Queenstreethotel.com and book yourself a room for as little as £30 for a single room and even much better value, you can book a family room for 2 adults and 2 children for £50. The pub itself has a lovely environment and in fact Tilly had a tea party there for her 5th birthday. Families are welcome and the pub is bustling at the weekend with live bands playing there and this summer they promise loads of summer fun with the bands they have on offer. It is across the road from the train station and walking distance to the sea front.
The paddling pool on Walmer sea front is a free pool for the little ones. It is run by Vista Leisure and is open from around May until the summer comes to an end. There is a shop on site to buy inflatables and tea, coffee and icecream as well as chips and snacks. There is no time limit to how long you can stay there and you can arrive as soon as it opens and stay until closing.
The farmers market under the town hall is a fantastic way to try out the local produce. you can try local fruit/veg, meat, eggs and home made produce. You wont get fresher produce anywhere other than this!
The seafront is so beautiful and unspoilt, It has a pebble beach and if you want to sit on the beach you have about a mile from the pier right up to the north end where you can relax and take in the sun. On the sea front near the pier you have a few cafe's and an ice cream parlour as well as some arcades. The thing I love about Deal as a seaside town is that it isn't spoiled with loads of arcades and funfair rides. Instead you will find fishing boats and castles. As you go towards the north end of town, there are no shops or toilets but if you want more privacy - its the best place to go.
Deal Castles are great places to go for historical Deal, We are lucky enough to have 2 castles still standing and one that stands in the north end, that is unfortunately just rubble now. Deal Castle is on the sea front and is one of the main military forts in England. It was built by Henry VIII and is one of the chain of defences along the Kent and Sussex coast. Entrance is £5.40 for adults and £3.20 for children. There are family tickets and group rates available. Another of Henry VIII's forts is Walmer Castle. Although this is oput of town and slightly harder to find, It is worth the visit. It is much more elegant and filled with Fine furniture and portraits of times gone by. There are magnificent gardens to sit and relax whilst your kids can run around, you have the kitchen garden to wonder around and the Queen Mother garden to stroll. Open this year is the Wellington room, where you can see the chair the Lord Wellington was sitting in when he died. Entry is £9.70 for adults and £5.80 for children.
Walmer Green and Bandstand are a busy place on a Sunday afternoon where you can enjoy a free concert through out the summer. Take your blankets and picnic and enjoy a perfectly relaxing sunday as you listen to the sounds of brass bands. The most popular of these concerts is the Royal Marines concert starting at 2pm on 12th July this year. More details of concerts are found here. Walmer green is also the venue of many events through out the summer like classic car shows and brocante's.
Charity Shops, Deal is not short of places to rummage and find some real bargains. They fill the high street and you can spend hours looking for the bargains they have on offer. You never know what your going to find! most of them are open 7 days a week so even if your here on a Sunday, you will find yourself browsing the shelves and racks!
The Pier is lovely to take a stroll down and all year long you will see it being used. Its full of friendly fishermen and there are benches all along it, so you can sit and watch the world go by. At the end of the pier is a cafe, so you can enjoy a coffee whilst looking out to see and on a good day, you can even see France!
Carnival week, In the last week of July, we have Regatta week. Everyone in town comes together for a week of festivities and fun. It will all kick off this year with a night at Hole In The Roof, when they have The Hoosiers Playing for an exclusive, tickets only concert. Then the weekend is full of Lorry Pulls, a teddy bear picnic, Sea Swim & Raft Race and a 10km run before the fun really starts on Wednesday for a baby show and party on the prom, a free concert of local bands and fireworks. then the Finale is the carnival itself on Thursday evening.
Fish and Chips - You cant visit the beach without stopping at one of our many fish and chips shops. Living by the sea, we have locals going out on boats every day to fish. If you walk from the pier towards Deal castle, you will see the boats and sometimes fishermen selling their catch. There is also fresh sea food for sale on the beach.
You get the real seaside experience when you visit Deal, Its a great place to bring kids up and a fantastic place to retire. But if your looking for somewhere to go for the day, you wont be disappointed with what you find here.