Residents of Bluewater Caravan Park are spoiled for choice when it comes to places to visit, in and around Hythe.
A trip to the seaside is, of course, a must. And there are several beaches to choose from – depending on what you’re looking for – all within a 20 minute drive.
If you have children to entertain, then Dymchurch is probably your first choice for a full day of fun. With its vast expanse of sandy beach, donkey rides, a fun fair, amusement arcades and pubs, it’s not hard to see why Dymchurch draws holiday-makers from far and wide.
If you’re looking for a quiet stroll on the beach, especially during the peak summer months, then Fisherman’s Beach, in Hythe, would better suit your needs. The shingle beach stretches all the way to Sandgate and Folkestone.
There are various options for dining, in Hythe, including the Bay View Fish Restaurant and the Imperial Hotel. Less formal settings, include Griggs of Hythe, which is a fishmongers, but sets out a handful of picnic tables on the shingle beach for diners to enjoy authentic fish and chips (or any other meal from their seafood menu) while breathing in the sea air.
A little further up the coast, you’ll find various food and drinks wagons, lining the roadside, serving noodles, crepes, hot and cold drinks and ice creams. And if you keep on walking, you’ll find yourselves in Sandgate, with a lovely selection of boutiques, antique shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes and an award-winning coastal park. Not only does this provide children with some of the best climbing apparatus in the area, it offers walkers and cyclists the chance to take in the spectacular views of the coastline.
At the other end of the park, you come to Folkestone beach, under an extensive rejuvenation program, part of which will see an extension of the promenade. If you head down to Folkestone harbour, you can enjoy a quintessentially, English seaside experience of cockles and mussels, fish and chips, ice cream and a sandy beach, aptly named Sunny Sands.
The Harbour Arm, with its own eclectic array of eating establishments and breath-taking scenery, is also worth exploring before leaving Folkestone harbour. If you plan to head into town, you can experience the narrow, cobbled surface of Folkestone’s Old High Street, fringed with art galleries, restaurants and cafes, which rises steeply as it leads you through the old quarter and into town. For a moment, it is reminiscent of a Harry Potter scene, then you turn a corner and enter the bustling town centre.
Hythe is also a great base if you want to visit a zoo. We have the famous John Aspinall wildlife park Port Lympne on our doorstep. A secret, even little known among the locals, is that you can view some of the animals from the canal’s towpath,
if you’re happy to get on your bike! Its sister zoo, Howletts, near Canterbury, is also worth a visit to see the gorillas. Wingham Zoo is another great day out. Again, about 40 minutes away, heading towards Canterbury, and probably easier and much more accessible for small children.