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As a baby I can keep in mind attempting to swim out to a wrecked fishing boat off the seashore at Camber Sands on the Sussex/Kent border. I stared on the horizon till the entire universe felt blue. It felt like essentially the most unique place on Earth. The south-east coast clearly made an impression, as I later settled in Kent and I’m elevating my family right here.

I work as a guard and bouncer, incomes £11.76 an hour, which doesn’t purchase a variety of excursions, even with my girlfriend’s wage chucked in (she works in a college for susceptible youngsters).


However since the price of residing disaster kicked in we now have managed to search out low cost native sights galore. Listed below are a few of our favourites.

Herne Bay

Herne Bay Pier, Kent.
Herne Bay Pier, Kent. {Photograph}: Paul Martin/Alamy

Quite a lot of our days out are by bus (Stagecoach is providing a £2 price-capped grownup single fare till 31 October, and an ongoing kid-for-a-quid deal). Herne Bay seafront is a daily vacation spot. I really like chasing my daughter across the steps of the Victorian clock tower, or watching the bikers rev up within the Neptune automobile park. As a result of my daughter’s beneath 16 she will get free entry to the Seaside Museum on William Road, the place we are able to learn concerning the last-known “pursuit by HM Customs beneath sail” (old-school smuggling), which reportedly passed off on 4 September 2004 and concerned an area boatman.

If it’s sunny, we’ll go crabbing off the pier with a bucket and kite string. If it’s windy, we’ll spend our change on air hockey within the arcade. On the seashore, I’ll open the compass app on my telephone and gaze due east, previous the free-to-access Reculver Towers, a part of a ruined medieval church, close to the stays of a Roman fortress, and out to Europe.


My daughter’s e-book of monsters has led us on a quest to Whitstable seeking Crabzilla, a 15-metre-wide crustacean whose {photograph} was posted on the Bizarre Whitstable weblog in 2014 and shortly turned a world headline.


We’ve by no means seen it, however we love strolling previous the stalls on Harbour Market, or sitting within the Bubble Cafe searching on the distant sea. I hold my head down if anybody grumbles about “the DFLs” (Down-from-Londons – I used to be born in Leytonstone). If my daughter wants a runaround, we’ll head to the free play space exterior Whitstable Fortress. If climbing a pirate ship doesn’t exhaust her, performing some sparring on the biscuit-coloured sand when the tide’s out by no means fails. Her karate is an effective match for my road combating.

Romney Marsh

The Old Lighthouse at Dungeness.
The Previous Lighthouse at Dungeness. {Photograph}: Peter Lane/Alamy

We discover the identical large horizons – however fewer boutiques – if we take a bus and practice to Romney Marsh. The 100-square mile space spreads into East Sussex and was as soon as beneath the ocean. Right now it consists of fields dotted with grazing sheep, waterways and villages.

At its south-east tip is Dungeness, the place climbing the Previous Lighthouse prices £5 grownup, £3 baby. We like to look at the native anglers – none of whom budge yr spherical come rain, shine, explosions on the close by Lydd navy ranges, or bizarre noises from contained in the nuclear energy station on the seashore.

Quex Park

Quex Park is a 100-hectare (250-acre) nation property and exercise centre on the best way to Margate and free to enter. There may be loopy golf or paintballing for a price, however we’re fairly glad chasing one another over logs, or spying on the peacocks exterior the Powell-Cotton Museum. To get even nearer to wildlife, strolling an Anglo-Nubian goat prices £22.50 for half an hour.


Kearsney Abbey

Kearsney Abbey, Kent.
Kearsney Abbey, Kent. {Photograph}: Bax Walker/Alamy

One other good picnic spot is Kearsney Abbey, a few miles inland from Dover. The four-hectare website has orchards, an superior wood jungle health club, a number of ponds – one guarded by swans, one other by toy-boat customers – and a flint-lined stream for teenagers to dangle their toes in. On our go to I had my fingers full chasing after the gull who’d run off with half my cheese sandwich.

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