The Ramsgate Wet Weather 8!
Did you know that Ramsgate has one of the mildest climates in the UK?
On the rare occasion that you may be caught in the rain, we’ve put together some suggestions on where to go to keep dry and still have lots of fun!
1. Ramsgate Tunnels Tour
Take a guided tour around the network of Deep Shelter Tunnels under Ramsgate, which housed 60,000 people during the Second World War.
(Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN, 01843 588123) www.ramsgatetunnels.org
2. Ramsgate Maritime Museum
Set in the heart of the country’s only Royal Harbour, the Museum tells the maritime history of the area with displays on the development of the Harbour, navigation, fishing, lifeboats and shipwrecks. The Clock House is also the site of the unique Ramsgate Meridian – from which its own particular Mean Time – 5 minutes, 41 seconds ahead of Greenwich – was calculated.
Ramsgate Maritime Museum
(The Clock House, Pier Yard, Ramsgate, CT11 8LS) www.ramsgatemaritimemuseum.org
3. Petticoat Lane Emporium
A huge emporium of all things vintage, retro, collectable or craft. Huge amounts of choice and you can while away many hours browsing these unique curios. 202 stalls, 3 shops and a vintage tea room. Has been featured on BBC’s Antiques Road Trip!
(47 Dumpton Drive, Ramsgate, CT11 8AD) www.petticoatemporium.com
Discover the history of computing and the ideas and stories of the inventors of the digital age, plus play on old school consoles with the games you remember!
(11 Church Hill, Ramsgate, CT11 8RA, 07876 271255) www.themicromuseum.org
5. Bumble Beez & Reload Lazer
Bumble Beez is Thanet’s largest indoor soft play area designed for children aged 0-12yrs. For children aged 4 and under we have a separate area with small slides and smaller ball pools. Our junior area includes wavy slides, dropslide, ball pool and football pitch. We have a large seating area and a servery where you can get drinks, hot and cold lunches, fruit pots, home made cake etc.
Reload is a 6000sq foot indoor lazer arena designed for ages 6-adult. We run live combat and missions using the latest technology. We can cater for 1-2 players up to large groups of 30.
(We are situated in the Old Focus DIY building, Pysons Road, Ramsgate, CT12 6RL. Contact no. 01843 570913)
6. Art galleries
Ramsgate has various art galleries, all displaying art from local artists, and are well worth a visit. We suggest you try the following:
Open 11-5 Friday to Sunday, or open by appointment
York Street Gallery
22 York Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9DS, 07887 477948
Open Tuesday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm
McGillan and Woodell Art Gallery
43 Queen St, Ramsgate CT11 9DZ, 01843 597428
Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Closed Sunday
7. St Augustine’s Church
The church is personal project of the renowned architect Augustus Pugin, most famous for designing Big Ben and his other work on the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. He said that this building was the perfect model of his ‘true principles’ of architecture and called it ‘my own child’. A leader of the Gothic Revival, St Augustine’s was the only church Pugin built with his own money. It is also the shrine to St Augustine of England, who arrived in Thanet with the mission to bring Christianity to the English for the first time. A new visitor education centre has just opened, so this is well worth a visit.
(St Augustine’s Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9PA, 01843 606756) www.augustinefriends.co.uk
8. The Grange
Another of Pugin’s buildings, he built this as a family home. Not only is the architecture impressive, there is also a small exhibition which contains information about the building as well as the history of Pugin.
(St Augustine’s Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9PA, 01628 825925) www.landmarktrust.org.uk
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