Stella-Maris - Broadstairs - Star of the Sea

Picture of Broadstairs

Although the pandemic is officially over Covid has not gone away so some events may still get cancelled or curtailed so please make sure you contact the event organisers before making any plans for 2024 especially if travelling from afar!

If you do visit please respect our Town and please leave nothing but footprints in the sand when you depart.

The Seven Bays

There are seven beautiful sandy bays in and around Broadstairs, each providing a slightly different character. Here are just a few pictures of each bay starting with - Botany Bay.

Botany Bay Botany Bay is the most northerly bay of the seven with a unique character almost like a tropical island with its chalk cliffs. It is patrolled during the main season by lifeguards.

Kingsgate Bay Next is Kingsgate Bay with its caves in the chalk cliffs and the Captain Digby public house overlooking one side of the bay. Parking here is difficult although it is a short walk from Joss Bay where there is a large car park.

Joss Bay Joss Bay is very popular, especially with both surfers (when wind & tide is right) and sun seekers. It has a large car park and is patrolled by lifeguards during the main season. It is situated just below the North Foreland Lighthouse. There is a Surf School located here for details see the Joss Bay Surf School website.

Stone Bay The next as we move south Stone Bay, a popular bay with visitors and locals alike. It can be reached from either of two sets of steps down the cliffs, or by walking along the promenade from Viking Bay. It is also famous as the setting for the John Buchan book 'The 39 Steps'.

Viking Bay Viking Bay  Viking Bay is the main bay in Broadstairs, a delightful horse shoe shaped bay, patrolled by lifeguards. It combines a small harbour with some working boats with an active sailing club and fishing society as well as all the usual attractions for a traditional seaside - ice creams, candy floss, a small children's fun fair and a busy cafe. It is easily accessible for all now it has a beach lift open daily from Whitsun to the end of September. In 2006 Viking Bay received its first ever Blue Flag.

Louisa Bay This is a view of Louisa Bay and as you can see it is just round the southern headland of Viking Bay and can be reached on the promenade. It is usually quite quiet, and does have small kiosk. At high tide there is little if any sand left here!

Dumpton Gap The last of the seven bays, and most southerly, is known as Dumpton Gap. If you feel like a walk from here Ramsgate is not far and can be reached on the beach at low tide, but please make sure you know whether the tide is coming in or going out as you can be cut off if you get it wrong, or along the cliff top if the tide is in.

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