The Creative Isle of Thanet: Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs & a COMPETITION!

On the Art Trail in Ramsgate

I’ve written previously about how much I enjoy a visit to Margate and I mentioned in my previous article about the amount of art that exists in the town.  Well you don’t have to take my word for it because Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, collectively known as the Isle of Thanet, is inviting visitors to embark on a 48-hour creative journey.  You get to explore the inspiring landscapes and rich artistic heritage of this truly enchanting corner of Kent. There’s a plethora of creative workshops, art galleries, public art trails and delectable culinary experiences available to enjoy so visitors are sure to discover their inner creativity while taking in the breathtaking coastal landscape.

Sunrise. Botany Bay.

The 48-hour itinerary offers a ‘pick and mix’ approach to creativity with workshops ranging from glass fusing, ceramics and cookery, to art classes, candle making, photography, leatherwork and music lessons. There are independent galleries and studios to explore, the chance to meet local artists along the way, plus a public art trail in Ramsgate and a Margate Art Trail e-bike tour if you prefer a guided exploration.

Creative adventures turn into culinary delights by indulging in the local award-winning food and drink. You could choose to sample brunch in a converted bus, savour seafood overlooking golden sands, or try some locally brewed ale in one of the many micro-pubs. There’s a feast of options, including allergen-friendly, veggie and vegan choices.

The Isle comes alive after dark with performances at Ramsgate’s Granville Theatre and the tiny Tom Thumb Theatre in Margate. Visitors can immerse themselves in the vibrant music scene, from intimate venues such as Ramsgate Music Hall and Where Else? to Dreamland Margate, which is fast becoming one of the coolest music venues in the county with some huge name acts gracing their stage in a most unique setting. Comedy nights and music, literary and film festivals add to the diverse entertainment options.

Even some of the Isle’s accommodation has an artistic flair.  Highlights include the Fort Road Hotel and the Falstaff, which feature work by local artists; The Albion Rooms which is owned by The Libertines and which encourages guests to “relax, write, record and explore in a living art space”; Rosslyn Court which houses an intimate acoustic music venue on the ground floor and hosts occasional workshops, plus Albion House, which overlooks the country’s only Royal Harbour, where you can enjoy regular ‘You Had To Be There’ storytelling nights.  That’s if you still haven’t spent a night or two at the Walpole Bay Hotel and Living Museum following my review a few months ago.

Just 70 minutes from London via Southeastern’s highspeed rail service, Kent’s creative Isle is an easily accessible haven for those seeking creative inspiration and relaxation.

Find out more at where you can also enter a competition to win a 48-hour creative escape in Ramsgate.



  • Maria Bligh

    Maria Bligh is a journalist, published author, professional speaker, singer and artist now settled in Sussex, UK, having previously travelled extensively throughout the UK and overseas, including a period living in Geneva. Married to a successful musician and with a background that encompasses working in the music industry, finance, sales and presentations training, she maintains a diverse existence. Her interests encompass travel, nature, animals and the arts: music, theatre, painting, writing and philosophy. Maria now writes for online and print magazines. Having once maintained a regular full page in “A Place In The Sun” magazine, travel is an obvious interest, but her articles also cover a wide variety of subjects. She bills herself as “an observer of the human condition and all that sail in her.” Maria has frequently appeared on radio & TV as well as in print. Her humorous style has seen her travel the world addressing audiences throughout Europe, Asia and Australasia and as a cruise-ship speaker with P&O and Fred Olsen.

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