Things to do in Deal

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PUB/RESTAURANT 50 metres – SHOPS 150 metres – NEAREST LARGE SUPERMARKET 400 metres – NEAREST BEACH 400 metres – TRAIN STATION 400 metres

THERE’S A GREAT CHOICE OF THINGS TO DO IN DEAL 

Middle Street and the Conservation Area – is at the heart of Deal, a mix of pastel toned Georgian terraced town houses and small shops crossed by a multitude of narrow streets running up to the seafront. Simply wander the lanes taking in the history of this town.

Borough Wines

The north end of Deal High Street – is where you will find a plethora of small, independent shops including antiques and collectables, vintage furniture, contemporary home furnishings, specialist book shops, fishmongers, organic food shop, coffee shops, deli, bakers and Borough Wines. Visit the weekly Saturday Market at the Union Road Car Park between 8.30 am and 3 pm.

Beaches – Deal’s pebble shoreline stretches east towards Sandwich Bay and west towards Walmer and Kingsdown. The beach is great for beach combing with its washed up seaweed, mermaid purses and cuttlefish bones. Picturesque fishing boats rest at the top of the shingle.

Deal Castle

Castles – within a 1 mile stretch you will find two castles built by King Henry VIII. Deal Castle is great fun as you can explore the whole defence from the ramparts to the narrow passageways of the basement. Walmer Castle, residence of the Duke of Wellington, is more stately home with its dressed rooms and exhibits including the chair that Wellington died in. Beautiful gardens and woodland walks make for a perfect spot for a picnic.

Concerts – enjoy  Deal Memorial Bandstand Trust concerts on Walmer Green every Sunday afternoon between May and September. The 2016 Royal Marines Concert will take place on Sunday 10th July at 2 pm.

Deal Pier – walk or scoot along the seafront to Deal Pier with its architectural award winning restaurant perfect for breakfast or a milkshake. For anglers, the Pier is a popular spot for fishing throughout the year.

Maritime – from the middle of the seventeenth century until after the Napoleonic Wars Deal was one of the most important naval centres in England. Deal Maritime & Local History Museum offers a fascinating insight into Deal’s maritime past. Deal Timeball Tower is a quirky museum dedicated to signalling and timekeeping and you can climb all the way to the top for great views across the town and sea.

Slightly further afield

Walmer BeachBeaches – Walmer Beach and Kingsdown Beach are both accessible by foot, bike or scooter from Deal along a pedestrian cycle path. The flatness of the cycle path makes a fun ride for the younger ones past beach huts and lobster traps. The beach becomes more wild and beautiful the further you head towards Kingsdown.

Country Parks – at the base of the White Cliffs of Dover is Samphire Hoe a nature reserve with a network of footpaths taking you past a variety of plants, birds and wildlife and holiday activities for the children. Betteshanger Country Park is geared towards cyclists as well as walkers and a great place for families to cycle and have fun in the large adventure playground.

Dover Castle – Dover Castle will not disappoint with its Great Tower, exciting exhibitions, secret wartime tunnels, underground hospital, WW1 fire command post and recreated Dunkirk evacuation experience. Host of family oriented activities during the holiday periods.

Gardens – close to the Quay in Sandwich you will find the Secret Gardens, three and a half acres of walled ornamental gardens set round a manor house belonging to Steph and Dom from Googlebox; in St Margarets the Pines Garden is a 6 acre organically managed garden with a sensory garden and sustainability trail for children.

South Foreland LighthouseLighthouse – South Foreland is a must see…a beautiful Victorian lighthouse that can only be reached by foot along stunning coastal cliff paths (there is a Sunday bus service that runs until 1 September). Take a discovery tour of the lighthouse or simply enjoy the tearooms, fly a borrowed kite for free or go hunting for treasure on the pirate trail solving the clues to crack the treasure chest code.

Medieval town – of Sandwich with its half-timbered houses is delightful to walk around. Seeped in history there are many places of interest including the Guildhall, the Barbican and Old Town Jail.

White Cliffs Dover – winter or summer walk the iconic White Cliffs of Dover enjoying the beautiful Kent countryside to one side with magnificent views across the English Channel on the other. A great spot for spotting owls, kestrels and peregrine falcons. Reward yourself with a beetroot brownie or a cream tea at the National Trust White Cliffs coffee shop. In Spring 2016, visit the newly opened Fan Bay Deep shelter a tunnel complex constructed in 1940/41 as accommodation for the Second World War gun battery.

Activities

Antiques & collectibles – rummage in the local antique shops for curiosities and vintage finds. At the north of Deal High Street you will find a collection of shops including Mileage and La Petite Brocante as well as a second hand bookshop. At the other end of Deal High Street is Inside Out close to Deal Castle with a further 2 antique shops on the Stand. The Astor also hosts an antiques market on selected Sundays.

Birdwatching Sandwich Bay Observatory Trust has a programme of weekly events including walks, talks and workshops. Bockhill is an area of National Trust farmland between St Margarets and Kingsdown known for its rarities and migrating birds.

Cinema – the Empire Cinema in Sandwich is an art deco style cinema that first opened its doors in 1937 showing the latest releases.

Coastal foraging – forage and feast on the edible delights of the shoreline including oysters, shellfish and seaweed. Deal has its very own coastal foraging expert  Wildflower Kitchen with sessions for families too.Coastal foraging

CyclingBetteshanger Country Park has a 2 mile tarmac road cycling track, woodland paths and mountain biking trails suitable for all ages; bike hire is available.  A nice, short ride for little legs is the shared pedestrian/cycle path next to the shingle beach at Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown. For more challenging routes try the National Cycle Routes from Deal to Sandwich, from Dover to Deal and the Miners’ Cycle Trail which takes in the lower slopes of the North Downs or the Skylark Trail a country road to Dover see cycling routes .

Fishing – Cottington Lakes offers a variety of angling from its eight lakes – mixed coarse, specimen carp and pike; for sea fishing Deal Pier is a popular spot for anglers or try beach fishing at Walmer & Deal.

Golf  – for a game of golf by the sea then the 18 hole Championship Links golf course Royal Cinque Ports at Deal is the closest.  Royal St George’s at Sandwich hosted the Open Championship in 2011 and there is also a clifftop course at Kingsdown. All welcome visitors.

Riding – there are a few riding stables in the area including Braeside Equestrian Centre and  Owl House Stables both at St Margarets at Cliffe where private and group hacks can be booked.

Seal spotting – travel the River Stour on the Sandwich River Bus spotting wildlife and seals. Trips run weekends and through the school holidays. For a more adrenalin filled adventure take the Dover Explorer a RIB speed boat from Dover Harbour on a sea safari.Deal walks

SwimmingTides in Deal has a fun leisure pool with wave machine and there is also a outdoor paddling pool on Walmer Green with bouncy castle and crazy golf (open from early May).

Theatre – this beautiful Edwardian Astor Theatre in Deal offers a packed programme of music, theatre, literary, films, comedy and exhibitions.

Walking – the list is endless…the long distance Saxon Shore Way passes through Deal with stunning clifftop walks between Kingsdown and St Margarets Bay. Explore the Golf Coast from Deal to Sandwich or venture inland for a countryside ramble.

Watersports – rent an Ocean Kayak (one seaters to one for a family of four) or rent a sailing dinghy or even try a sailing taster session at Dover Sea Sports.