A traditional folk music and dance festival. Over the past 54 years, the festival has become a magnet for people who love authentic music, the opportunity to dance and sing and meet up with an extended family or friends. You can find Folk Week by the beach in the Pavilion on the Sands or the Sailing Club; in the town's historic Crampton Tower and the modern Baptist Centre - as well as in loads of pubs and cafes - and of course - along the promenade at the Bandstand, overlooking beautiful Viking Bay. It's a great way of getting to know Broadstairs!
Held twice a year in April and October offering 3 days of food and drink gorgeousness! The festival began in 2009 and is a foodie's heaven, celebrating and promoting the amazing variety, quality and abundance of food and drink produced in Kent, and encouraging people to buy local produce in the shops, farm shops and other farmers markets. There's FREE entry to over 100 top quality stalls, many offering award winning food, drink & homeware.
Broadstairs Blues Bash is a FREE Blues music festival which takes place annually in mid-February. Broadstairs has a vibrant exciting music scene and with small intimate wine-bars, friendly pubs and bars, and one ticketed (250) venue, it is the ideal town for a Blues festival. It attracts high quality performers, so if you're a fan of old Blues, new Blues, GREAT Blues, this festival is definitely one not to miss.
Held weekly during July and August experience a spectacular fireworks display over Viking Bay. Each event (with the exception of the Water Gala) commences at 6.00 pm with fairground stalls and food on Victoria Gardens. From 8.00 pm enjoy live music on the Bandstand. The fireworks start at 9.45 pm. (subject to weather conditions) All the events are FREE, however a bucket collection is held at each event.
In 1937, to commemorate the centenary of the author's first visit, Gladys Waterer, the then resident of Dickens House, conceived the idea of putting on a production of David Copperfield and of having people about the town in Victorian dress to publicise it. Thus the festival was born and, with the exception of the years of World War 2, has been held annually ever since. The locals celebrate the connection with costumed parades, street entertainment, and a number of free events on the streets of Broadstairs.
Family entertainment and fun by the seaside at Viking Bay. Head to the beach for fun on the sands with beach games and water activities, create amazing sandcastles and sculptures, discover sea life in the rock-pools and along the seashore, take part in the crabbing competition and watch Punch & Judy. Live music in the evening on the bandstand is guaranteed to get you dancing in the moonlight - finishing with a fantastic Firework finale over the bay!