The Old Kent Coast: Wednesday 28th July. Broadstairs and Deal are survivors of a bygone age. The Secret Gardens of Sandwich are one of Monty Don’s top ten gardens. Aim to arrive on the cliffs above Broadstairs for morning coffee and a muffin at 10.30/45am. Broadstairs was a favourite summer resort of Charles Dickens. Douglas Fairbanks Junior and Mary Pickford honeymooned here and Edward Heath sang in the church choir. The town still maintains its air of gentility. Enjoy some fresh seafood and visit a classic Broadstairs Italian ice cream parlour or bring a packed lunch and a small towel for a picnic and a paddle.
In the afternoon we drive via Ramsgate (which could do with a little loving) to the mediaeval town of Sandwich (which is much loved). Compact, flat and divided into a series of “rooms” the Secret Gardens of Sandwich are ideal for an hour’s browse. Lutyens and Jekyll broke free from the highly formal Victorian garden and created the English County Garden style. Brick paths and herbaceous borders are planted with lilies, lupins and lavenders.We continue just a little further along the coast to Deal for tea. For many Deal is the prettiest seaside town in Kent; its attractive mix of unspoilt seafront, delightful conservation area and small fishing fleet certainly make it one of the gems of the Old Kent Coast. Our day finishes here at 4.45pm. Price £53.00 per person Coach departs Stevenage at 08.00.