Holidaying in Broadstairs in Kent offers all of the charm you'd expect from a quintessential seaside town favoured by Charles Dickens. The town's traditional high street has a delightful range of independent shops to explore, and there are no less than seven sandy beaches.

Learn to surf at Joss Bay or Viking Bay, the town's main beach. Or marvel at the one of Kent's most photogenic spots, the wide open beach and beautiful chalk stacks of Botany Bay, just along the coast to Margate.

An afternoon tea at Bleak House, where Dickens wrote David Copperfield, is a nice way to relax - or get some exercise with a good cliff top walk to Ramsgate or Margate.

Other attractions include the Dickens House Museum, Cramton Tower, Pierremont Park and the award-winning St Peter's Village Tour, where costumed characters walk you through the local history.

For more ideas, please visit our things to do in Kent pages.