The World is on our Doorstep!

The World is on our Doorstep!
The World is on our Doorstep!

Exciting news for Kent and The Isle of Thanet with Kent International Airport at Manston finally taking off with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines who have started their twice daily service to Amsterdam's Schipol Airport this week.  Flights are conveniently scheduled to allow day trips (0635hrs and 1040hrs) as well as fantastic links to over 190 destinations worldwide via Schipol.

March goes out like a lamb?

March goes out like a lamb?
March goes out like a lamb?
March goes out like a lamb?

It’s been so cold this March, I actually saw a dog wearing a onesie (see photo of a very embarrassed poodle).   I also had the privilege of climbing to Ramsgate’s highest point to take some photos from The Granville’s tower which was both amazing and freezing!

Royal Harbour Brasserie lives up to it's name

Royal Harbour Brasserie lives up to it's name
Royal Harbour Brasserie lives up to it's name

Charlie and I had lunch yesterday at the newly opened Royal Harbour Brasserie.  A perfectly placed restaurant with beautiful views of Ramsgate's harbour and The English Channel.  Adrian Mowl, the chef and owner took on this restaurant after it had lain dormant for 5 years just waiting for the right person to come along and revitalise it and he definitely fits the bill!  There is plenty of space with a warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Best of British to Blue Swift Gallery!

Best of British to Blue Swift Gallery!

I had a lovely introduction to Blue Swift yesterday – Ramsgate’s newest store in Queen Street where I met Jody Anderson who runs this beautiful, contemporary art gallery and bespoke framing shop with his wife Anna (visit www.blueswift.co.uk).  Not only will they frame your beloved pieces of art but they will advise you on the best options whilst considering the environment and your wallet!

Season's Greetings to all our Guests

Season's Greetings to all our Guests
Season's Greetings to all our Guests

Merry Christmas!

Charlie and I have had a great year at Glendevon with the highlight being when we received our Silver Award for the third year running (Charlie actually received a 5 star rating for his breakfast don’t you know).  It has also been an exciting year for Ramsgate.  We have seen new cafes and bars open plus new independent stores and art galleries (congratulations to Mike and Lizzie of York Street Gallery who, after only 6 months trading received ‘The Town Image Award’ namely for their contribution to local art). 

Rosie goes to Updown Gallery!

Rosie goes to Updown Gallery!
Rosie goes to Updown Gallery!

Congratulations to Kate Smith who has just opened the beautiful Updown Gallery at Satis House – a double fronted Victorian house in Elms Avenue, Ramsgate.  Updown Gallery opened this weekend with the first exhibition celebrating Sir Peter Blake’s work spanning over 6 decades. It's in a great location (just up the road from Waitrose car park) and is open for prospective buyers and admirers alike from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday – Friday and 11am to 6pm on Saturday.

Kent Coastal Week is Coming Soon

 Kent Coastal Week is Coming Soon
 Kent Coastal Week is Coming Soon

Kent Coastal Week gets underway towards the end of October (27/10 – 4/11) with the action really starting in Ramsgate on Sunday 28th.  From 10am, head to the Customs House building where you can pick up a brochure (link for brochure included at the end of this blog) on events taking place through the week.  There will be over 50 stalls in the street (Harbour Parade) and entertainment from Ramsgate Arts Group will include a 2 hour tour around town celebrating Ramsgate’s history with poetry and music (tours start at 11am and 2pm).  A storytelling treasure

Ramsgate's Third Annual Arts Festival

Ramsgate's Third Annual Arts Festival
Ramsgate's Third Annual Arts Festival

The Summer Squall Arts Festival was a great success this weekend with fantastic weather shining down on another superb Bank Holiday weekend here in sunny Ramsgate.  Even the silver lady got dressed up for the occasion and this year’s line up was even more diverse with free entertainment dotted around the town including outdoor theatre, live music for all tastes including award winning opera and of course, the chance to view and buy local art at their Open Studios. 

 

Thanet at War 28th and 29th July

Thanet at War 28th and 29th July

This weekend Ramsgate goes back in time for the third year running as it hosts the Thanet at War 1940’s Weekend.  This WWII re-enactment is held over two days from 28th July and is hosted by Bygone Days Historical Group.

Torch Blazes Through Ramsgate

Torch Blazes Through Ramsgate

Eight days to go and it was Ramsgate’s turn today to cheer on the Olympic Torch as it winds its way around the Isle of Thanet.  The sun shone as we cheered a very proud torchbearer through town.  The torch will end the day at Leeds Castle, Maidstone around 6pm after visiting the major towns en route including Margate where Tracey Emin will carry the torch through her home town.

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