If you’re looking to fill your day/weekend/week with love this Valentine’s (and any time), then the Isle has it in abundance…
Single? Be ready to un-mingle
Indulge in some precious self-care, the joys of being independent and the thrill of solo adventures: try one of the Isle’s many yoga, pilates or meditation classes; pick up a pen, paintbrush or camera and express your creative passion, with the backdrop of beautiful beaches, bays, chalk cliffs and stunning architecture for inspiration. Or try golf, canoeing, cycling and even geocaching with Active Ramsgate.
Looking for love?
Fall in love with stunning sunsets, sensational sun rises, and a gorgeous 19 mile coastline that goes through 15 sandy bays. Take them all in on a solo stroll, with a friend or partner or even the kids. There really is nothing like connecting with nature to make you feel on top of the world. Share your snaps with us, tag #VisitThanet
Coupled up? Roses are red, the sea is blue…
Oh Thanet, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height of your splendid architecture, from Georgian and Victorian seaside homes to Pugin’s Gothic St Augustine’s Church and The Grange. I love thee to the sea and back, by sunrise and by sunset. I love thee freely, for your artistic inspiration…
Our poetry may not be as good as Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s, but walking around Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate hand in hand together, you’ll discover why for centuries, poets, writers and artists have loved the Isle. From T.S.Eliot, Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins to JMW Turner and Tracey Emin. Take a literary walk and find expressions of love at every turn, such as Emin’s neon on our Visitor Information Centre declaring to Margate ‘I Never Stopped Loving You’. Or listen to literature at Turner Contemporary on Valentine’s as actor Russell Tovey reads from an anthology of original short fiction by Pin Drop Studio.
Make Lovely memories with the family
Start a family love affair with the coast – wrap up and have fun on the beach (it’s not just for summer you know) – build sandcastles, go rockpooling and discover the unique marine life with our Coastal Explore Packs. Then cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate in one of our many cafes. You’ll create memories that will last a lifetime, guaranteed.
Canine companions bring so much joy and the Isle of Thanet is is the ‘paw’fect place for your pooch – in winter, the miles and miles of uncrowded sandy beaches are there for you to roam on and there’s a host of dog-friendly pubs and restaurants, attractions and accommodation.
And just in case you need any further inspiration to visit us this February…
Spice up your (love) life and tantalise those tastebuds with the Isle’s many places to eat and drink, from romantic fine dining served with a winter sunset and stars to brilliant brunches, award-winning eateries to farmers markets, local ingredients and freshly caught fish and local seafood to vegetarian street food and vegan wholefoods. The options are as diverse and plentiful as our coastline, and many places are offering special Valentine’s menus and events, just take a look here.
Take your love of culture to the moon and back by visiting Turner Contemporary’s current exhibition A place that exists only in moonlight: Katie Paterson and JMW Turner, then be seduced by Margate Old Town and the many independent artist studios and galleries you can find.
Get your pulses really racing with some cycling, running, walking or water sports – hire a bike from Ken’s Bike Shop, Ride…The BikeShed, Viking Coastal Trail Cycle Hire and Harbour Bikes, then follow the Viking Coastal trail as it takes you around the coast and inland passed Pegwell Bay to Reculver. Or work up a sweat with a run along the seafront, for the really daring you could even brave a winter water sport such as kite surfing. It’s all to play for here on the Isle of Thanet!
Make your heart sing at Brutus Gold’s Love Train at Dreamland (8 February) and get those dancing shoes on for the Romance Rave at Ramsgate Music Hall (14 February) and Tuesday Afternoon Tea Dances at Dreamland.
Whatever you’re looking for this Valentine’s, you can be sure to find it on the Isle of Thanet.
And we’d LOVE to have you come to stay.
Share the love, show us what it is that you love about the Isle, tag your trip with #LoveThanet