The area of District of Thanet was formed under The Local Government Act 1972. It was created on the 1st April 1974. Situated in Kent, at the most easterly point of the county, it has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and places you may be familiar will be Margate, Westgate-on Sea, Broadstairs, Kingsgate and Ramsgate. Not only is the area a tourist destination, it also has a very important agricultural community. The area is also known as Isle of Thanet.

Ramsgate has one of the largest marina’s on the English south coast.

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Thanet is mostly coastal with North, East and South-East facing coastlines and it has borders with the City of Canterbury and Dover. The major hospital for the area in the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital also known as the QEQM which is at St Peters Road, Margate, Kent CT9 4AN.

So, what is there to do in the Thanet area? With all these lovely beaches, walking and fresh air must be just one of the main distractions.

The Shell Grotto is an intriguing place. Underground rooms and passageways are covered by a staggering 2000sqft of mosaic created with more than 4.6 million shells. It was discovered in 1835 and nobody knows how it came to be created. There are a few theories including that it was a pagan shrine. Take a look for yourself and come to your own conclusion at 33 Grotto Hill, Margate CT9 2BU.

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Heading back underground, the Ramsgate Tunnels are the purpose built Air Raid Precautions Tunnels under the town. Hear historical stories and all about life underground… Marina Esplanade Follow signs 300 yards on right after the waterfall going up the hill, Ramsgate, Isle of Thanet, CT11 8FH 

Margate is also well knows for Dreamland, which is a heritage amusement park and entertainment centre which is based on a traditional English funfair. There are many rides and some super events! In 2014 the park suffered a suspected arson attack and the famous Scenic Railway was damaged – 49-51, Marine Terrace, Margate, Thanet, CT9 1XJ

The Hornby Visitor Centre – the place to go if you want to relive your childhood days of Hornby, Scalextrix, Airfix and Corgi. Relish in the wonderful displays and historic archives at Westwood Industrial Estate, Ramsgate Road, Margate CT9 4JA

Situated on the seafront at Margate is Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, Kent, CT9 1HG. There are always new exhibitions and activities. The reason for the name of the site is that JMW Turner visited Margate and was inspired by the skies and light of the area.

Margate Tudor House is thought to be the oldest house of its kind in Kent and was built around 1525. The house is also believed to have been one of the largest in Thanet and would have belonged to someone extremely wealthy – 60 King Street, Margate CT9 1QE. Previous visitors say that it is worth adding this site into a day trip taking in the Shell Grotto too.

The coast

Viking Bay is seen as a very traditional English seaside resort – Harbour Street, Broadstairs, Thanet CT10 1EU

Joss Bay is a great choice if you want to go crabbing and again, it’s a lovely unspoilt seaside resort where you can enjoy the simplicities of a day out with a bucket and spade and an ice-cream… Joss Gap Road, Broadstairs CT10 3PG

Margate Main Sands is a lovely clean sandy beach with lovely cliff top views. It also has the added advantage of being just two minutes walk from the train station. Londoners are drawn to it’s sandy beach and traditional feel and it has been a seaside resort for over 250 years. Make sure you visit Margate Old Town too with its retro shops and micro pubs – Marine Terrace, Margate CT9 1XJ

Another great beach to visit is the main beach at Broadstairs, known as Stone Bay which also has lots of rock pool opportunities
Eastern Esplanade, Broadstairs CT10 1DU

With the backdrop of white chalk cliffs and wonderful golden sands, a walk along the beach sounds like heaven at Botany Bay which you can find at Marine Drive, Fitzroy Avenue, Kingsgate CT10 3LG

Three more seaside places to visit

  • Palm Bay Beach – Palm Bay Ave, Margate CT9 1EY 
  • Dumpton Gap – Dumpton Gap Road, Broadstairs CT10 1TD
  • Minnis Bay – Birchington CT7 9LX

Divorce and infidelity

If you are not living your best life in Thanet and are looking for a family solicitor then we have the following entries in The Hug Directory.

Elaine Flynn is from Arthurs Solicitors

Elaine Flynn of Arthurs Solicitors based in Birchington

“Elaine has pursued a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, to effectively offer the right level of empathy and support to her clients.  She is available to her clients outside of usual working hours to best meet the varied needs and requirements of a busy lifestyle.”

family law cafe

The Family Law Cafe, Kent is a new take on how people can resolve family law issues and get the results they want. When you come to the Family Law Cafe, you will be mentored through resolving your issue – starting with making a plan.

Paula Tanner Head of Family Law Tiger Law

Clients often describe Paula of Tiger Law , Ashford, as down-to-earth and approachable, which is important in family law as the issues being discussed are often very personal and emotional. 

The London Mediation Service

One of the most affordable mediation services in the UK  with the only cost to you being the MIAM and mediation sessions. We also operate remotely anywhere in the UK. We believe that mediation need not be expensive, complicated or time consuming. Using a team of experienced mediators, we are sure that we can help you find resolution to your present conflict.

Have you thought about divorce coaching or counselling?

Even if you were the one to instigate the breakup, the end of a marriage or relationship is difficult and will throw your life into turmoil as you realise there are lots of issues to work through with the person you no longer want to be with. Communications will be tricky and stressful.

Maybe you didn’t see the break-up coming and are in shock or have escaped a violent marriage and don’t know which way to turn. Whatever the reason, dealing with your feelings isn’t easy. The other side of the coin could be that you still want to be with your partner and to be married.  Releasing a relationship for whatever reason, can leave the future looking very bleak and intimidating. It’s a difficult time. Read the rest of this article.

Grief Counselling

Taking advantage of a counsellor in a time of grief, is far from being a sign of weakness. In fact, it shows strength. Bereavement Counselling is a specialised type of counselling which is designed to support those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Counselling sessions help them to work through their grief and deal with it, rather than trying to cover up feelings and emotions. It can also give them the tools and mechanisms to cope when they are alone. This type of counselling is recommended for any age group especially where the life of the one who is suffering the loss, is being adversely affected by grief. Read more about this.

We have support available in the Thanet area

Caroline is a divorce counsellor, coach and psychotherapist

Caroline is a counsellor, mediator and divorce coach and features in The Kent Hug Directory with many years experience in her field. She is fuelled by her passion for understanding the complexities and emotions involved when couples separate or divorce. Her empathic nature enables her to easily engage with her clients, helping them to quickly find solutions and strategies for their problems.

Becca Worthington

Grief and Life Coach, and Founder of Becca Worthington Health & Wellbeing.

I work with people who have experienced loss and support them to heal from the pain of grief and start living fully again. I was widowed in 2014 and lost my father in 2019 and am very conscious of their not being enough or the right support for grievers, because of this I am very passionate about not only supporting grievers but those people supporting grievers.

When you are going through difficult times, it can be very easy for your mental bandwidth to reach full capacity and to not even think about your finances. Here are a list of local financial planners who may be able to assist you

  • Investaco – Ramsgate – 14 Invicta Way, Manston Park, Ramsgate, Kent, CT12 5FD
  • County Associates – 43 Maple Leaf Business Park, Columbus Avenue, Manston, Kent, CT12 5GD
  • Austin Lakin Clark – Station House, Station Approach, Birchington CT7 9RF
  • Westbrook Financial Services Ltd – 3 Cecil Square, Margate, Kent, CT9 1BD

So, you think you have no financial future?

If you work, how can you maximise your income? Could you ask your employer for training and up your game at work? Get a promotion? Could do something at weekends to earn some extra cash. You may have to be “all hands to the pumps” for a while to set yourself on the straight and narrow financially, but it will be all worthwhile. Again, it is worth speaking to a financial advisor about the possibilities available to you. There are also career coaches out there who can help you to realise your potential and income growth! Financial planning needs to be a box you tick.

How can I get a cheap divorce?

You may need some life insurance to protect your children in the event of your death or you may wish to protect your income if you suffered a critical illness. There are many possibilities to explore and you can take what you earn along with what you may have in the bank and make the best of the situation. Many people have company pensions which lay dormant, these can be revived and made to work again. Everyone’s situation differs.


You will be dealing with similar issues if your partner has died. You have to look at the “pot” available to you and get it working to its maximum potential, taking into account the possible future scenarios. A one to one consultation with a financial advisor will help you to put things into some kind of order. If you haven’t dealt with money matters before, they will explain what everything means as you go along. You may find that your partner had shares which mean nothing to you. Get all the paperwork together ready for an advisor to look through and make sense of. Read the rest of this article about financial planning and starting again

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