Sandwich itself, has a population of around 4,500, but it is surrounded by small villages, such as Eastry, Ash, Worth and Woodnesborough, which have always been regarded as part of the Sandwich area.
The larger towns of Canterbury, Deal, Dover and Thanet (Ramsgate, Broadstairs & Margate) and their shops and entertainments are within easy reach by road and rail.
The nearby towns & the channel ports plus the many golf courses, nature reserves, gardens and other attractions, all make Sandwich an ideal base to discover Kent, the Garden of England.
Make the most of your summer holidays by planning a few day trips out of London to Kent and Hythe Bay that all the family will enjoy. With Southeastern’s fantastic advance purchase Off-Peak ticket offer this summer, you can get to selected seaside destinations in Kent from £10 day return, and East Sussex from £15 day return*. So why not get out and start having fun? We’ve picked some of our favourite destinations for families on the Kent and East Sussex coasts. For a laid back day out, take the kids to this lovely little town with its long pebble beach. Deal has a pier with a café at the end of it and maritime curiosities like the Deal Timeball Tower. The Timeball on the roof climbs up its pole and drops down at 1pm every day. In summer it drops hourly from 9am to 5pm but do check ahead for occasional service stops.
The stunning, circular bastions at Deal Castle form a beautiful flower shape. It’s well preserved and can be explored from top to bottom, including the warren of dark passages within the bastion walls.
Keen cyclists? Head out from Deal station to Betteshangar Park for family-friendly cycle routes, nature and wildlife spotting, archery activities and fossil-hunting.
Budding sailors will love a day out to Ramsgate. Take a walk to the Royal Harbour and have lunch overlooking the yachts and boats, then put your sea legs to the test and book a Sea Searcher Boat Trip out to spot seals or opt for beach and bay trips with RIB Request.
If you prefer to stay on dry land, why not venture underground at the Ramsgate Tunnels? Built to keep locals safe from air raids during World War II, it’s a fascinating place to visit and see where over 300 families lived below ground in 1940.
Broadstairs is one of the prettiest coast towns in Kent for easy seaside pleasures and has a wealth of top-rated ice cream parlours and cake shops to satisfy tastes young and old. Lilliput Minigolf is a must on any family day out.
With older children, take your bikes and follow the Viking Coastal Trail – there are stunning beaches like Joss Bay along the way to reward your efforts.
Time your visit for the Water Gala on August 23. There will be games and live entertainment on the beach, funfair rides, air and boat displays, costumed characters, a Punch and Judy show and a fabulous fireworks finale.