Daytrippers: Exploring Dungeness

Dungeness is like a ghost town, for all intents and purposes it’s a dessert, masquerading as a beach. There's a beach hut that’s been destroyed by the weather, you can see where the wind has ripped through it, it looks as if its guts are spilling out. There’s a sort of chimney breast, it looks so bizarre sitting alone on the beach looking out to sea. A plaque explains its purpose, there used to be a blacksmith's here and this chimney is a recreation of one that once existed. As you walk nearer to the sea, you’ll find all sorts of items that have been abandoned or washed up on the shore. The small community of artists that live here utilise these items in their works. Decaying boats and engines are scattered around. An area of shipping containers have been littered with nets, gas canisters, boxes and all sorts of boating items.

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A Kentish classic: The Gypsy Tart

Gypsy tart is a Kentish classic that’s simple to make and deliciously sweet. Lots of people have fond memories of enjoying it as part of their school dinners, our recipe will satisfy a sweet craving at the end of a meal. It’s so easy, and delicious it's well worth the effort.

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Saturday Market Haul

Deal market is a great place to browse on a saturday morning, the town is buzzing, and you can pick up some great food and vintage items. From metal signs to old glasses, there's a lot of unique items on display so it’s worth rummaging around to see what you can find. On a nice day it’s great seeing the town filled with people; sitting, drinking coffee, and enjoying their Saturdays.

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Exploring Betteshanger

We spent the day at Betteshanger Park to try out some of their activities, we’ve been hearing a lot about them recently with loads of events taking place over the summer and with over 18,500 visitors during April alone, it's no surprise this has been their most successful year yet.


Only ten minutes away from deal by car, the parking at the Betteshanger is ample and well priced, with anything over 3 hours at £3. Its free to bring your own bikes and use the track, you can also cycle from Deal, it's only five more minutes by bike, so if your confident enough it's well worth the effort.

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How to host an antipasti party

If you’re having a few friends over for drinks and nibbles, making an antipasti board is a great way to impress. It looks good and you can fill it with a selection of your favorite foods. Creating a platter of meats and cheeses is so easy with all the great independent food stores we have in Deal. You can find some really interesting treats beyond the go to easy option; cheese and pineapple on a stick.

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