Mike Samson's York Street Gallery opens this weekend

Mike Samson's York Street Gallery opens this weekend

Congratulations to Mike and Lizzie at York Street Gallery.  The grand opening is this weekend (9th June) featuring Mike’s own work.  Mike is a popular local artist who enjoys painting in and around Ramsgate and today sees him realise his ambition in opening an art gallery.  We popped down to wish Mike and Lizzie lots of luck and get a photo outside their new gallery (their granddaughter Megan very cleverly suggested closing the door so we could see ‘York Street Gallery’ on the glass).

Ramsgate's Maritime Museum is back!

Ramsgate's Maritime Museum is back!

Great news for our town this month as Ramsgate’s Maritime Museum doors opened in time for The May Day Bank Holiday. The museum, now run by The Steam Museum Trust, plans to be open for all the Bank Holidays and will also be open for 6 days a week throughout the school summer break.  The museum entry is free and there is a small fee (£1 for kids) to go aboard the last surviving sea-faring steam tug, Cervia (try saying that when you have a lisp like me!).

Good Luck to Caboose Cafe

Good Luck to Caboose Cafe

Charlie and I have both celebrated birthdays in the last few weeks – his being a bit special as he turned FORTY on 30th March.  He is obviously much older than me as I am only thirty twelve.    Anyway, the birthdays gave us a good excuse to check out the brand new Caboose Cafe/Bar which opened in Queens Street last month. 

Spring has Sprung!

Spring has Sprung!
Spring has Sprung!

The clocks may not be going forward until the weekend but the sun is shining down on Ramsgate.  Flowers are in bloom and the promenades are currently being restored to their former glory including the restoration of the beautiful benches on the East Cliff outside King George VI park. Shame about the white plastic plaques which are secured to each end of all nine benches but we can forgive them for wanting to show off their work!  The Victorian shelters are also receiving a complete overhaul with the first one almost finished and looking amazing - only 13 more to go! 

The Hungry Sailors are coming to Ramsgate!

The Hungry Sailors are coming to Ramsgate!
The Hungry Sailors are coming to Ramsgate!

Me and Charlie are really enjoying this new series with Coast's  Dick Strawbridge and his son James.  They are sailing on board the 44ft pilot cutter, Amelie Rose starting their journey from Fowey in Cornwall and exploring Britain's South Coast.  Their mission is to boldly sail across the South of England, seeking out locally sourced produce then cooking up a three course meal in the Amelie Rose's galley (or using madly engineered contraptions thought up by Strawbridge senior that weirdly seem to work).

Merry Christmas and Happy 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy 2012
Merry Christmas and Happy 2012

It's Chrismas Eve already, where does the time go?  I know quite a few of our guests will be celebrating this evening so I hope I have managed to post this on time (first attempt was a couple of days ago when I clicked the wrong button and lost the lot!)

2011 has been a great year for us and Ramsgate.  The B&B has been busier than ever with lots of new guests this year aswell as many familiar faces and Ramsgate has seen many new businesses open with more in the pipeline.  

World Food Day October 16th

World Food Day October 16th

Thanet is celebrating World Food Day on Sunday, 16th October at Margate's Winter Gardens.  The doors will be open from 11am - 4pm with this year's theme highlighting Fairtrade cotton.

With over 100 stalls featuring Fairtrade and local produce plus a fashion show, musical entertainment and workshops (including drumming, story-telling and cooking demos), this is a great family day out and it's free!

Broadstairs Food Festival 30th September - 2nd October

Broadstairs Food Festival 30th September - 2nd October

Broadstairs 3 day Food Festival gets underway tomorrow and this year, not only will there be more than 100 stalls celebrating Kent's finest food and drink but there will be sunshine too and lots of it!  Last year more than 21,000 people attended this lovely festival on Victoria Gardens and I suspect this year will be even busier.

Ramsgate's Summer Squall Arts Festival

Ramsgate's Summer Squall Arts Festival

Ramsgate Art Group are all set for another festival following on from the success of last year's August Bank Holiday event.

The weekend programme is packed with art including painting, sculpture, photography, music, poetry, street theatre and ofcourse the chance to meet many of our talented local artists, see their studios and buy their work.

Golf Open Week

Golf Open Week
Golf Open Week

What a fantastic week the Golf Open was, not just for Sandwich but for Ramsgate and the surrounding areas too.

The weather was unseasonably awful but it didn't put golf fans off and our guests like many others braved the wind and rain to watch their favourite golfers play the infuriating game of golf (I am rubbish at it).  Thank you to the BBC radio and TV coverage (now you don't hear that very often!) as they kept talking about the White Cliffs of Ramsgate and marvelling at the surrounding areas and even with the stormy weather it still managed to look beautiful.

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