"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Westgate-on-Sea

Westgate-on-Sea is a seaside town in northeast Kent, England, with a population of 6,600. It is within the Thanet local government district and borders the larger seaside resort of Margate. Its two sandy beaches have remained a popular tourist attraction since the town's development in the 1860s from a small farming community.

The town is notable for once being the location of a Royal Naval Air Service seaplane base at St Mildred's Bay, which defended the Thames Estuary coastal towns during World War I. The town is the subject of Sir John Betjeman's poem, Westgate-on-Sea. Residents have included the 19th-century surgeon Sir Erasmus Wilson and former Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple. The artist Sir William Quiller Orchardson painted several of his most well-known pictures while living in Westgate-on-Sea. The British composer Arnold Cooke attended the town's Streete Preparatory School in the early 20th century, and Eton headmaster Anthony Chenevix-Trench spent the earliest few years of his education in the town.

Local authority: Kent County Council

OS Grid Reference: TR320701

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Things to see and do in and around Westgate-on-Sea

  • Powell-Cotton Museum
  • Lazer Rush Outdoor
  • Jungle Jims
  • Powell Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens
  • Strokes Adventure Golf
  • Ollies Childrens Indoor Play Centre
  • Walley World Indoor Adventure Playground
  • Old Town Hall Local History Museum
  • The Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum
  • The Shell Grotto
  • Junk Deluxe
  • Pick n Paint a Pot
  • Drapers Mill
  • Bugsys
  • Revolution Skatepark
  • Bumble Beez
  • Monkton Nature Reserve
  • Crampton Tower Museum

Tourist Information

Margate
Thanet Visitor Information Service
The Droit House
Stone Pier
Kent
England
CT9 1JD

Phone 01843 577 577
Email visitorinformation@thanet.gov.uk
http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/

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Weather

Forecast for Thursday 23 March

06:00


Chance of rain 5%
Max temp. 7°C
(feels like 4°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 6mph.
E
Pressure 1013
Humidity 84%
UV Index n/a
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09:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 8°C
(feels like 5°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 7mph.
E
Pressure 1015
Humidity 79%
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12:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 5°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 9mph.
ENE
Pressure 1015
Humidity 76%
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15:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 5°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 10mph.
NE
Pressure 1016
Humidity 80%
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18:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 5°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 10mph.
NE
Pressure 1017
Humidity 83%
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21:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 5°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 10mph.
ENE
Pressure 1020
Humidity 81%
UV Index n/a
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