Things to do

The beach at Broadstairs

Artfuls is ideally located in the heart of beautiful Broadstairs, on the east coast of Kent. Nestled between chalky headlands, Broadstairs’ Viking Bay is a sheltered sandy paradise, just a few steps away from Artfuls’ front door.

Artfuls is the perfect base for your walks around Thanet and the East Kent coast. Whether you wish to tour the historical haunts of Turner and Dickens, or discover a secluded sandy bay, Artfuls has easy access to a wealth of adventure.

Explore Kent has a fantastic list of walks that include Broadstairs, here: Explore Kent – Broadstairs

Broadstairs Town Trail — take a self guided tour around the town, spotting 10 illustrated boards providing information on the historic buildings and inhabitants of Broadstairs. The route leaflet can be downloaded here: Broadstairs Town Trail

Turner and Dickens Trail – explore ancient footpaths and learn about the work and lives of Turner and Dickens from illustrated panels along the route. The route leaflet can be downloaded here: Turner and Dickens Trail

If you fancy a free guided tour from an enthusiastic local volunteer, take a look at the marvellous Kent Greeters, although please be aware that these fantastic volunteers need to be booked in advance: Free Guided Tour of Broadstairs

Of course, Artfuls bar and coffee shop area is open daily to replenish your energy reserves after your exploration. With locally blended teas and coffees, and decadent hand made cakes, you’ll soon feel ready to tackle another adventure!

History and literary buffs will relish the opportunity to walk where Dickens once walked. Just around the corner from Artfuls is the fantastic Dickens House Museum, and on the northern side of the bay you will find Bleak House, which was Dickens’ summer home, and reportedly where David Copperfield was written.

Dickens House Museum

In the summertime, Broadstairs plays host to a variety of entertainment, from the Dickens Festival in June, the Victorian Weekend in July, Broadstairs Folk Week in August, the Water Gala and daily music at the bandstand. In February, Broadstairs plays host to the Blues Bash, with Artfuls participating as a venue for wonderful intimate gigs.

Dickens Festival

Folk Week

Live music gigs

Water Gala

Bandstand live music

Blues Bash

For food lovers, the Easter Weekend brings the Spring Food Fair, and when October rolls around the Broadstairs Food Festival fills the air with sumptuous scents of locally made delicacies. Broadstairs Food Festival

Whatever your tastes, I’m sure you’ll agree that Broadstairs has something for everyone, and we hope you enjoy the amazing festivities in this beautiful town as much as we do.