Do & Eat: Margate, KentFun, food and culture in a revitalised seaside town
Start at the Turner Contemporary gallery – whatever’s showing, the exhibitions are always worth seeing. Have a coffee here, in the light-filled café, or wander along the Harbour Arm to Mala Kaffe for Scandi-influenced snacks and coffee. Walk back to the seafront, and head east along the prom, past the Winter Gardens theatre, towards the suburb of Cliftonville and Walpole Bay, with lovely views all the way. For a longer walk, continue on the clifftop Viking Coastal Trail to Broadstairs (five miles away), via Botany Bay (around two miles); otherwise stroll back to Margate Old Town (just opposite Turner Contemporary) for an inventive seafood lunch at Hantverk & Found and a rummage in the second-hand and gift shops (try Market Street, King Street and Fort Road). After that, it’s a choice between the charms of Margate Main Sands or retro fairground fun and arcade games at Dreamland (check the opening times in winter months).
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