10 summer hot spots

PUBLISHED: 16:07 19 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:33 20 February 2013

10 summer hot spots

10 summer hot spots

When it's hot, hot, hot you'll want to be by water, so whether it's building sandcastles on Viking Bay, taking a river boat tour in Canterbury or trout fishing at Bewl, Kent's fantastic coast and inland waterways have got the lot

10 summer hot spots



When its hot, hot, hot youll want to be by water, so whether its building sandcastles on Viking Bay, taking a river boat tour in Canterbury or trout fishing at Bewl, Kents fantastic coast and inland waterways have got the lot



Joss Bay, Broadstairs


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Always wanted to be a surfer? Head off for beautiful Joss Bay and learn the basics with the pros at Joss Bay Surf School, whove given thousands of lessons to


both young and old, abled and disabled over the last


12 years. If theres no surf around, try out your kayaking skills or even investigate the new craze that is snurflking (12pm, two hours, eight to 18-years, Weds in August.



Minnis Bay, Birchington


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with rocky and shingle areas that offers lots of different activities for families. Minnis Bay Sailing Club, a dinghy and catamaran sailing club, is based here and theres


a windsurfing area too. Kite board lessons are available and you can go on a seal watching trip from the (tidal) bay. Theres a childrens play area nearby.



Botany Bay, Broadstairs


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Described as Thanets best-kept secret, this secluded bay with breathtaking chalk features (our cover star this month) manages to be popular yet quiet too. It got its name because the common fate of a captured smuggler was deportation to Botany Bay in Australia on a convict ship. In the late 18th century there was a big battle here between local smugglers and the revenue men.



Bewl Water, Lamberhurst


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The largest inland stretch of water in the south east, Bewl has its own sandy beach and you can enjoy wind surfing, canoeing, paddle boarding and even walking on water while safely enclosed in a giant inflatable hydroball. Or why not hire a boat and try your hand at catching from a well-stocked lake of rainbow, brown or unusual blue trout. The Waterside Bistro is a great new addition.



Main Sands, Margate


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If you yearn for the golden sands of your childhood, pack your bucket and spade and head for a nostalgia-filled trip to the seaside at Margate . Dreamland may be no more, but theres a tidal boating pool, donkey rides and childrens rides, and you can even keep an eye on the progress of the Turner Contemporay (due to open on the seafront in 2011) from your beach towel.



Boat trips, Ramsgate


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Jump aboard the Sea Searcher for a short sightseeing trip taking in the Lighthouse and Tidal Ball and learn about the history of this splendid Royal Harbour, or opt for a longer cruise and a spot of wild seal watching. If youve got a full day available, then try your hand at catching skate, bass or dogfish further out to sea (fishing rods, bait and tackle can be provided).



Viking Bay, Broadstairs


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Charles Dickens loved to holiday here and todays families feel just the same way about the resorts main bay. The sweeping sandy beach with a clifftop promenade, harbour pier and boardwalk is a truly English seaside delight you even get a Punch and Judy show in August. Theres a Surf School here and you can hire surf ski and belly boards. Childrens rides.



Historic River Tour, Canterbury


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f youre visiting Canterbury this month, youre going to need to cool off, so why not sit back and relax and take in the sights of the city from the comfort of a chauffered tour boat? Youll potter up to the Franciscan island of Greyfriars, pass under the 12th-century Eastbridge Hospital and Kings Bridge, get to see how the Marlowe is progressing and spot the infamous ducking stool.



Dover Water Sports, Dover


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For youngsters aged eight and over, Splash Weeks at Dover Sports offer the chance to try out a number of different water sport activities and have fun on the beach. Depending on the weather conditions, theyll try dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and a powerboat ride. Beach sports and games. Multi-activity Splash Weeks run on 9-13 and 23-27 August. Sessions start at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm. Book.



Boating lake, Hever


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Hever Castle is one of Kents most romantic places to visit, but you can get an entirely different view by hiring


a rowing boat at weekends from the boathouse on the lakeside near the Loggia. If you prefer a waterside stroll, its now possible to walk the entire distance around the lake and along the way look out for kingfishers, swans, herons and crested grebes. It takes about an hour and a wildlife information leaflet helps you identify species.



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