Big Broadstairs Weekend (with a little bit of Margate and Ramsgate too)

We have had a wonderful local weekend with lots of fun outdoors in the sunshine, really making the most of what this unique part of Britain has to offer.

50's fancy dress

Rockin’ the 50’s vibe!

On Friday night, I donned my favourite 50’s style frock with a big petticoat and coiffed my hair into something that resembled a beehive, using so much hairspray, I’m surprised the spiders on the ceiling didn’t fall off under the gas attack! I made my way to the Broadstairs Pavilion and armed with some dutch courage provided by a swift pint, joined my friends on stage to sing karaoke and danced the night away.  As usual, we were the last ones standing and the party continued for another couple of hours in some late night bars in Ramsgate.

50's costume and beehive

Best costume and best beehive!

I was chuffed to bits to win the best costume prize and my good friend won the best beehive for her bright red, beehive with a bow.  It was a fantastic night and great to really let my hair down for the first time in many months.  From the comments we’ve had since, our group certainly know how to party!!

Margate Old Town

Margate Old Town

The next morning, feeling a little worse for wear, we had pancakes and then had a lazy morning before heading into Margate for a fantastic burger (the best I’ve had in a long, long time) from The Greedy Cow which is a tiny cafe based in the lovely old town part of Margate.  We then had a little wander around, and did some window shopping in some of the many eclectic shops dotted around.

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Margate sea defence

Just before 3 o’clock, a small crowd began to gather on the new steps that have opened up an underused part of marvellous Margate main sands.  There were balloons, bubbles and flags and a big cheer went up at 3 to show the local appreciation for what has been a wonderful addition to the area.

Turner Gallery Margate

Fun at the Turner Contemporary Gallery Margate

We then headed over to the Turner Contemporary to check out the latest exhibition which unfortunately, doesn’t begin until next weekend but we had lots of fun playing in the cube sculpture outside, using the mirror effect of the glass panels to take some interesting shots.  Then we explored some steps that seemed to lead to the sky and discovered a space littered with a blanket of crushed shells and bordered with beach-friendly planting. It’s an unusual spot and well-hidden.

film screening on Broadstairs beach

“Watching” Hairspray on the beach

The evening was spent at the beach with some friends wrapped up in blankets, eating vinegary chips whilst we watched the weekend theme film, Hairspray.  Well, we sort of watched while chatting and chasing children around.  Bunny had lots of fun with her friends and it was genuinely good to be out for an evening with the girls enjoying the fresh air and surrounded by so many other local people, just doing the same.  I really love outdoor screenings as they have a knack for really bringing the community together in one place to just hang out and be sociable without massive cost or pressure to dress up or perform.

World record dance attempt

Dancing our way not quite into the record books

After a late night for the girls, we actually had a bit of a lie-in yesterday and made the most of the quiet morning to get some housework bits done.  Then I headed back into Broadstairs with my girls to participate in the Big Broadstairs Weekend Dancing Queen Guinness World Record attempt.  We met up with another friend and her children and registered before heading to the beah for a brief play and then up to the famous Morelli’s ice cream parlour for an ice cream treat.  At 3 o’clock, we headed back out onto the prom and joined a few hundred others to dance a prepared routine to one of the top songs from Hairspray.  Unfortunately, there weren’t quite enough of us dancing to beat the world record (achieved three years ago in the original Big Broadstairs Weekend), but it was fun to be a part of the attempt.

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Linking up with Fiona at Coombe Mill’s Country Kids Linky to celebrate getting outside with the children.

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I’m linking this up to Magic Moments hosted by Jaime at The Oliver’s Madhouse