Mmmmm is for Margate.  The home of British seasideness, fish & chips, Tracey Emin, real Kent ale, the Turner Contemporary gallery, amusement arcades, retro shops, the most amazing tea shop EVER and one baffling, shell-decorated, unsolved mystery!

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Margate was a secret trip plotted by lovely Jane Peyton (from The School of Booze and Operalicious).  All I knew was that I was to meet her at Kings Cross St. Pancras armed with a sunhat and my camera, ready to board a high speed train to mystery!

I can’t believe how glorious the weather was and we had the most wonderful day, visiting the Tracey Emin exhibition at the Turner Contemporary and exploring the streets (especially in the Old Town).  Margate is full of art, Tracey Emin was wandering around opening sweet shops, we also met Peter, an artist inspired by Impressionism. (He was also an impressionist inspired by Groucho Marx and Fred Flintstone, weirdly similar characteristics in his impressions!) He was busy painting on  Hawley Square (home to lots of famous people over the years, including 70′s band Hawkwind) There are some cool and colourful artist studios on Margate Harbour that we got to after hours but I would definitely like to visit another time. We won 12 pence in the arcades (uh huh, get us!) we put it all back in the machines, trying to beat those tricky coins on a shelf, just about to fall off and make you a millionaire!  The Shell Grotto was brilliant and well worth a visit, I love that nobody knows why and how it was built.  The boys having such fun jumping into the sea, were adorable and maybe just a bit bonkers, it seemed a VERY long way down to me! Any trip to the seaside wouldn’t be complete without chips…YUM… and a trip with Jane is definitely not complete until some local ale has been supped.  As for The Mad Hatter’s Tea Rooms, Peter (the Mad Hatter) is lovely and such a gentleman. His tea rooms are a Margate MUST DO!

Big thanks and big hugs to you Jane for such a fab day! xx

Travel companion: Jane Peyton from The School of Booze & Operalicious

Places we visited:

The Isle of Thanet: Margate

The most delicious chips in Margate: Peter’s Fish Factory

Art & Tracey Emin: Turner Contemporary

Kent ales & local food (and mind-enhancing perry): The Lifeboat Ale & Cider House

Margate’s creative quarter: the Old Town

An unsolved, shell adorned mystery: The Shell Grotto

Mouthwatering cakes, afternoon tea, champagne and curiously fabulous, eccentric decor: The Mad Hatter’s Tearooms

Artist studios, bars, the sunset and crazy sea jumping: Margate Harbour Arm

 

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