Broadstairs Water Gala

For many, many years, the Wednesday after Folk Week has always been Water Gala day here in Broadstairs. Neptune rises out of the water, Punch & Judy play to enraptured children and music and entertainment fills the beach and its surrounds.

Toddler buried in sand

Escaping toes

Last year we only went down for the airshow for some reason, so this year, with the forecast good, I decided to make it a beach day. Along with a lot of other people it would seem!

When we arrived on Viking Bay, the main beach in Broadstairs, it was packed with families, all enjoying the incredible weather and the entertainment.

We’d missed Neptune’s arrival, but he wandered around the beach, having his photo taken with children keen to meet him. Even the beach cleaners made an effort, wearing pirate hats to adorn their uniforms, and delighting my children, and no doubt many others.

We watched boat trips come and go from the jetty, people exploring the RNLI lifeboat and a jet ski demonstration with a marvellous water jet invention that literally allowed the user to rise out of the water. It was fantastic and I’d love to try it!

Catalina memorial flypast Broadstairs

Cataline flypast

Then there was the main event of the airshow. In previous years, this has included visits from the Red Arrows but this year coincided with the start of the 70 year old Catalina’s memorial circuit of Britain, the oldest airworthy amphibian plane. She flew past a number of times, showing off her beauty, before continuing on her way northwards.

Next we were treated to an aerobatic display that seemed to defy gravity. The plane flew vertically into the sky, only to cascade downwards, seemingly out of control and righting itself just in time. He flew upside down in a perfect straight line across the bay and created loop the loops in the sky. The children were thrilled and excited by it and really believed he was going to crash into us every time he pointed his nose in our direction and flew towards us, shifting up and left just in time.

Broadstairs Fireworks


In the evening we had the only firework display of the summer and the promenade was full. We stood on a street corner to watch from afar, rather than trying to squeeze in among the crowds with a pushchair and a little person. Bear wasn’t too sure of the noise and flashing and by the end was looking close to meltdown so we were glad it didn’t go for too long.

frighened toddler

Scary times

Bunny however, loved it, although admitted later that she hadn’t expected the bangs to be as loud as they were! And on the way home, she said to me, “This is how my face looked when I was watching the fireworks”. And duly pulled a face of complete awe.
A fun day, helped by the glorious weather that gave way to rain overnight. We were lucky for another year and it was lovely to have an excuse to head onto the beach, despite wife not liking it!

Well done to all involved with its organisation and management. It is appreciated!

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14 comments on “Broadstairs Water Gala
  1. Oh bless her she looks too cute in those ear defenders! What an amazing day and I love your capture of the firework! How lucky for you to live there – I’d so love a home by the sea xx

    • Faded Seaside Mama says:

      We are lucky to live by the sea, but gave up a lot to move here – we have no close family near by which can be difficult. But I wouldn’t change it for the world. The summer does seem to be one long event after event after event at the moment! It’s fantastic!

  2. Cheryl says:

    What a great event to go to. You are so lucky to live by the sea. Love the photo of the escaping toes. Too cute!

  3. Charly Dove says:

    Wow it looks like the most amazing event, excellent photos too. Bear looks adorable with those headphones on 🙂

    • Faded Seaside Mama says:

      She wasn’t impressed by the noise at all – even with the defenders! Lucky we remembered to take them. They were a good buy!

  4. Jaime Oliver says:

    This looks like a fantastic event, although i am not a noise person either x

    • Faded Seaside Mama says:

      Fireworks are a special kind of noise though! It is a fun day and was made so much better by the wonderful weather!

  5. Wow what a fantastic day and you were positioned on the lovely beach to watch the entertainment unfold. Great videos especially the effect in the second one. Poor Bear’s face at the fireworks bless him – thanks for sharing your fab day with Country Kids.

    • Faded Seaside Mama says:

      It was fun being on the beach this year to watch – it feels as though you’re part of it from there.

  6. oh what a fabulous picture of her in her ear defenders. The sea is a real lure to me, although we don’t live by it, it is only about 30 minutes away so we go quite often, I just love the sound of the waves and the salt in the air. Fabulous picture of the fireworks too xx

    • Faded Seaside Mama says:

      I love the sea too – there is something about it that gets under your skin so I can never be too far from it without getting angsty!

  7. Mama Owl says:

    Looks like a fab event, love the pics

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