Broadstairs is a coastal town on the Isle of Thanet in the Thanet district of east Kent, England, about 80 miles (130 km) east of London. It is part of the civil parish of Broadstairs and St Peter’s, which includes St. Peter’s and had a population in 2001 of about 24,000. Situated between Margate and Ramsgate, Broadstairs is one of Thanet’s seaside resorts, known as the “Jewel in Thanet’s crown”. The town’s crest motto is Stella Maris (“Star of the Sea”). The name derives from a former flight of steps in the chalk cliff, which led from the sands up to the 11th-century shrine of St Mary on the cliff’s summit.
The town spreads from Haine Road in the west to Kingsgate in the north (named after the landing of King Charles II in 1683) and to Dumpton in the south (named after the yeoman Dudeman who farmed there in the 13th century). The hamlet of Reading (formerlyReden or Redyng) Street was established by Flemish refugees in the 17th century
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Explore the heritage and history of Broadstairs, its quaint squares of fishermen’s cottages; the arched walkway beside Bleak House, (once the summer home of Charles Dickens), and the promenade with its glorious flower beds.
In the winter months, wrap up warmly to enjoy an invigorating walk through the park towards Ramsgate, or on the sands to Kingsgate and Margate.
The Broadstairs Dickens Festival is held annually in honour of the novelist Charles Dickens in the third week of June. A Christmas event in December is now part of the calendar. The festival includes a production of one of Dickens’ novels and people about the town wearing Victorian dress. The festival first took place in 1937, when Gladys Waterer, the then owner of Dickens House, conceived the idea of commemorating the centenary of the author’s first visit by putting on a production of David Copperfield, a novel written in the town.
Broadstairs has two paid for newspapers, the Isle of Thanet Gazette and Thanet Times, which are owned by Northcliffe Media. Free newspapers for the town include the Thanet Extra, part of the KM Group; and yourthanet, part of KOS Media. Isle magazine is published quarterly and includes listings of events as well as accommodation and tourist information. A digital edition is available online.
Local radio stations are KMFM Thanet, owned by the KM Group, community radio station Academy FM (Thanet); and the county-wide stations Heart Kent, Gold and BBC Radio Kent.Thanet Community Radio also offer a online community podcasting service for Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Margate and the wider areas of Thanet.
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