The summer holidays are here and you might already be thinking about plans for September, when the children go back to school. I know, I know, they've only been off for a week. But they get six weeks to run riot in this glorious heatwave. When are the parents supposed to take a break? So, maybe you’re thinking about getting away yourselves, for a quiet weekend to recover from all the mayhem, or maybe you love your kids so much you would be willing to spend even more time with them! Each to their own. Either way, now is the best time to book a little getaway and the Little Deal Cottage is happy to take bookings in advance, whether it’s a weekend out of the city to soak in the seaside atmosphere, or a full week with the whole family over the Autumn half term.
For a weekend break, there is plenty to do in Deal, or sit back, relax and not do, if that’s what you came for. We have all the usual local attractions – the beaches and boardwalks, award-winning high-street, mazy smugglers’ lanes, the Royal Links golf courses, the beautifully maintained gardens, and castles. For the singers, or music lovers out there, we have a live music night every Friday where you’re invited to take the stage or sit back and listen. And for the traditional English pub-lovers, there’s a traditional meat raffle, bingo, and the classic game of play your cards right, happening every Sunday evening at The Telegraph, on Hamilton Road. But don’t take our word for it, go explore the area and see what other gems you find.
Meanwhile, Tides, in Deal, seem to be partying non-stop with Pool Disco Parties throughout the year, including term time and half term. The kids will love splashing around to music, and you probably will too. So whether you bring them along or come alone, Deal has everything you could possibly want from a short or long stint away from daily life and, if this weather’s anything to go by, we’ll be enjoying warm summer evenings well into autumn.
All that, and these dates for your diary as well:
September sees the return of the Faversham Hop Festival and the Napoleonic re-enactment weekend on the 1st and 2nd; Heritage Open Days across Kent from 13th to 16th; There’s Paws in the Park for dog lovers and a Salute to the 40s from 15th to 16th; and the British Touring Car Championship 29th-30th. October welcomes the Tenterden Folk Week from 4th-7th; the British Superbike Championship Finale from 12th to 14th; the intriguing National Apple Festival 13th-14th; and the Canterbury Festival 20th to 3rd November. Then Crafts for Christmas gets underway from 2nd to 4th November; the ever popular Firework Spectacular at Leeds Castle 3rd to 4th; and the Folkestone Book Festival 16th to 25th. And, of course any calendar of events in Kent wouldn’t be complete without the Rochester Dickens Christmas Festival from 1st to 2nd December.