Summer inspiration

Skylarks and swallows over the fields, cobalt-blue skies against white chalk cliffs, bustling beach-hut cafes, the thrill of the the first sea swim, paddleboards and kayaks, drinks and food al fresco, outdoor concerts, regattas, markets and festivals... Welcome to summer in White Cliffs Country.

Make the most of your time here in the summer months - here's a taster of all the wonderful experiences and attractions in the Dover, Deal and Sandwich area:

  • take an exhilarating RIB ride with Dover Sea Safari or Wetwheels from Dover Harbour to see the White Cliffs from the sea, or join a trip along the River Stour with the River Runner from Sandwich Quay
  • browse the lovely local town-centre markets - every Saturday in Deal, on Thursdays in Sandwich and the third Saturday of the month in Dover - and the great range of independent shops 

Get a taste of local life

  • Food shops

    You'll find a fantastic range of food and drink purveyors in White Cliffs Country selling the best of local Kentish produce.

    A man and woman inside a food shop with bottles of wine lining the wall behind and piles of vegetables in the foreground.
  • walk along Deal Pier and stop for a drink or meal at the superbly appointed Deal Pier Kitchen or/and stroll along Dover seafront to the pier for great views of the seafront and cliffs, then to the Marina Curve for coffee at the Pedaler on the Port or one of the popular street food stalls here
  • enjoy lazy beach days and rock-pooling at the foot of the white cliffs at St Margaret's Bay (please check the tides first)
Two young children with sunhats, buckets and nets on a beach looking towards the sea.
Paddling, rock-pooling, picnics and ice-cream on our family-friendly beaches. Photo credit: @teandbiscuits_x
  • soak up the atmosphere of our fabulous free festivals, fairs, concerts, carnivals and regattas 
  • discover our rich heritage in awe-inspiring castles, forts and an amazing selection of museums, plus a busy season of re-enactments bringing history to life
  • explore the coast and countryside by following one of the many great walking or cycling trails, catering for all abilities and interests
A clifftop path with a glimpse of the white cliffs in the distance, blue sea and blue sky.
Walk the England Coast Path for fabulous views of the coast and across to France on a clear day.
  • head to our fabulous nature reserves to immerse yourself in the natural world - explore Samphire Hoe or Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory where you can escape into nature
  • meet the wildlife at Wingham Wildlife Park where there are also dinosaurs, a new reptile house and play park!

Search the website for more information and ideas for things to do and places to visit and whatever you get up to this summer, we hope you have a very happy time. Remember to tag us in your social media posts.