For this blog, we’ve handed over to the amazing Josie Barker, blogger at Rainy Days and Mondays – a fantastic resource for all things families, play and sensory! Living in Broadstairs, we thought she might know a thing or two about how to enjoy our coast this winter! Over to you Josie…..
I love where I live and I love bringing up my family here. Although sometimes, especially in the winter, it can be quite difficult to find things to do with them and to stop them from climbing up the walls!
So I’ve comprised a short list of things that we do to clear the cobwebs and burn some pent up energy in the winter months…..
The best thing about Thanet is the beaches, by far! It’s a free thing to visit and there are so many things you can do there. Use the beaches to explore the rock pools. Pull on the wellies and get exploring! We went for a seashore safari in the summer with the Thanet Coast Project and had a fabulous time. But there’s nothing stopping you from doing this in the winter too. Broadstairs main sands have a great rock pool area in low tide, but all along the coast of Thanet there are some great rock pools on practically every beach.
While you’re on the beach, get out the kites! The wintery weather lends itself to kite flying! It’s a large space and is so much fun! Or get out the binoculars and see what you can see out to sea, whether it’s boats or birds! You can make your own binoculars as well if you wanted to get the kids involved, see here.
What’s better to warm up after a winter visit to the beach? Broadstairs and Thanet itself are great for independent cafes, restaurants, bars and Ice Cream Parlours. But my favourite place to get a hot chocolate has to be Morelli’s. A fantastic spot to huddle up and watch the sea while warming up. This 50’s style ice-cream shop has been a staple in Broadstairs for my whole life and is now being a regular occurrence in my little family’s life too! If you’re not too cold, then they do some amazing ice-cream too!
Once you’re full up on yummy hot chocolate, take a visit to the arcades along the cliff top and have some fun with the 2p slot machines or grab a soft toy with the claw machine! All within a small walk of each other and perfect distance for little legs too.
If arcades aren’t your thing, then the Palace Cinema in Broadstairs is a great family-friendly and small cinema that you can catch a great family movie and warm up out of the cold for a few hours.
One last thing I wanted to mention as it is a firm family favourite, but you have to venture outside of central Broadstairs…. I would highly recommend visiting the donkeys at Elmwood Farm Stables, just at the end of Reading Street in St Peters, up from Joss Bay (another great beach for rock pools). If you take up some carrots or apples, (please don’t feed them anything else, it can spoil their diet!) then you can feed the donkeys and give them a stroke; they love the attention! They don’t usually bite but be cautious as they can get a bit excited and give you a nip!
Many Thanks for reading! Josie