Tucked away in the southeast of England, Ramsgate is a charming seaside town. So when my boyfriend and I were invited to a family friend’s wedding there, we jumped at the chance for a mini break away!
Although it’s just a couple of hours drive from West London, passing Heathrow airport on a Friday afternoon as everyone flocks to the seaside for the weekend soon makes it into a long old trek. Thankfully traffic apps came to the rescue, and after leaving work at lunch time we chucked our bags in the car and enjoyed the scenic route past the worst of the traffic. Finally joining the dreaded M25, we were soon on our way with the tunes blasting and the jelly babies out.
Once the junctions surrounding Heathrow had been passed, the drive was actually fairly enjoyable and we were soon surrounded by the rolling hills of the south east. By late afternoon we were nearing Dover, and after a bit of confusion with the directions we came round to Ramsgate. My favourite game to play on road trips to the beach is ‘who can see the sea first’. It’s a strange game, but I’ve played it ever since I was a child and I always look out when I think we might be near the sea!
After checking in to the seafront Travelodge, our bellies were rumbling and we set off to find some dinner and explore the local area. Thankfully the weather was still nice enough that we could eat outside overlooking the harbour, so we tucked in to a couple of delicious Italian dishes before taking a wander around the town, playing the arcade games on the seafront and then calling it a night.
Up bright and early the next morning, we had to check out of our room and dump our stuff in my boyfriend’s parents room, who were also staying at the same hotel. We were only staying the one night, and as they’d be at the wedding all day we were using their room as a base/dumping ground. But we were soon out for breakfast, which meant bacon butties on the seafront – perfect!
The day continued on in a perfect fashion – we spent hours crabbing (after walking for what felt like forever to find a cash machine!) and it was beyond relaxing…even if we were constantly being attacked by seagulls trying to steal our bait! Once we’d caught a few crabs, we let them free back into the water, and made our way through the local town festival to clean up and head over to the wedding. The strangest thing about the mini festival was the presence of German sausages. Not ones to ever refuse a tasty wurst, my boyfriend tucked into a spicy one, while mine was filled with cheese. I won’t lie…it looked disgusting, but it was delicious! Got me all excited for our Christmas trip where we get to eat an abundance of hot dogs!
Unfortunately we only had a short time in Ramsgate, as we had to head off late in the evening to be at my parents house for the next morning. But, it was long enough to make me want to visit the lovely seaside town again and stay for longer next time!