Max out your mini break at THE PIG-at Bridge Place' Kent, with Muddy Stilettos insider intel on the cool, quirky and unmissable things to do – all within 30 mins from your room!
Foodies rejoice – Folkestone
24 min by car
A cool coastal destination with an artistic heart, vibrant foodie scene and loads of sunshine fun – including free al fresco cinema. If you’re visiting this seaside town then the Folkestone Harbour Arm is an absolute must. This quirky, foodie gem, sits right on the beach, boasts sea views aplenty, bursting with indie eateries and even Putters! Adventure Golf and Café. In the summer, there’s the added attraction of the Harbour Screen with a programme of film and sports. Coming up on the movie reel are: Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, Mamma Mia!, Grease, cult classics like Mean Girls and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as well as newer releases like Top Gun Maverick and Elvis. All screenings take place at 7pm and are COMPLETELY FREE.
Day trips – Broadstairs
30 mins by car
Broadstairs first became a fashionable place to visit in the Victorian era as one of Kent’s finest seaside towns but its had something of a renaissance in the past decade. Now known for its vibrant festivals throughout the year – add the Autumn Food Festival to your diary – and its up-and-coming foodie credentials, boasting cool restaurants like The Table. Plus it boasts a lovely beach – Stone Bay that just won Blue Flag 2023 seal of approval.
Celeb fave café
2 min by car, 17 min walk
Muddy knows that Tadpole Tearooms is Colin Firth’s favourite secret haunt when staying at The PIG for its wonderful food, lovely atmosphere and fantastic service plus it’s the perfect place to rest after a long walk or bike ride, we see why you love it, Col.
Wine bars for date night
14-24 min by car
If you’d like to escape for a little date night, we love hidden gem Porto Wine Bar in Whitstable (pictured), best known for their impressive extensive wine list with just over 60 wines plus 40 ports offered by the glass. Or try Muddy award-winning The Pilot in Folkestone with a stunning outdoor setting with an expanse of sea, sky and beyond. For something a little closer to home, there’s new wine bar Corkk and for the finest cocktails head to The Fig, both in Canterbury.
Walk with reward
30 mins by car
Take an amble from Broadstairs to Margate – on this easy-going route which is suitable to most abilities, so a wonderful opportunity to get outdoors. It can get rather blustery on the clifftops but the scenery is stunning with extensive views. It takes an average of 2 h 15 min to complete but that will fully justify lunch at local gem Sargasso, nestled against the sea wall of Margate’s harbour arm. An informal setting, but stunning food.
Seal trips, ahoy!
24 mins to Sandwich, 30 mins to Ramsgate
Love nature and looking for something a bit different? Check out River Runner who offer family friendly river and coastal trips out of Ramsgate and Sandwich. We love the sound of the Seal trips (lasting approx 1 hr 45 mins) departing from the Sandwich Quay. You will travel down the river Stour for 45 mins taking in all the hidden history and wildlife on the way before reaching the edge of Pegwell nature reserve where you will see the active resident seal colony. What an adventure!
Food & drink delights
7 mins by car, 45 min walk
This one’s right on the doorstep… Visit Woolton Farm for its wonderful cider and award-winning wines, plus you can feast on local produce in their rustic restaurant, The Barn. Try one of their mouthwatering plates – such as a Kentish Charcuterie Platter or Kentish Cheese Board – and if you like what you try you can purchase some to take home, thanks to the shop and deli counter. If the weather is warm, visit the cider garden to stroll around, or sit and drink in the sun. Plus there’s experiences on offer with private tours and tastings. Good job it’s within walking distance of The PIG at Bridge – so no worries there (or a very short taxi drive).
For the kids
8 mins by car
Less than a 10-minute drive away is Howletts Wild Animal Park which, like its sister park Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, is a proud partner of the Aspinall Foundation who save endangered species around the world. And, as luck would have it, it’s right on the doorstep – sitting just outside Canterbury. With lots of animal encounters and experiences, plus a Dinosaur Trail. No one’s getting bored any time soon.
30 mins by car
For energetic folk there’s Betteshanger Country Park on the coast in Deal – a brilliant place for outdoor adventure. It’s the most important cycling centre in East Kent, with a 3-kilometre road cycling track providing safe, traffic free road cycling facilities, so ideal for families. There is a further 10 kilometres of mountain bike trails, all of varying difficulty, designed to challenge and excite all levels of cyclist. A range of bicycles and helmets are available for hire. Visit at the right time of year and you’ll catch The Beast – the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course which always visits in May. Betteshanger Park can be easily reached by the A258 and has ample on-site parking.
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