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Thanet is a local government district in Kent and the Isle of Thanet makes up the major part of this district. It is located on the North East tip of Kent and is predominantly a coastal district, it is bordered by Canterbury and Dover. The main towns in this district are Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs.
Ramsgate is a well known seaside town in the Thanet district of Kent, it was one of the great English seaside towns in the 19th century. Ramsgate’s main attraction is its coastline and is a popular tourist attraction and a popular place for fishing. The town has one of the largest marinas and also the port of Ramsgate has provided the cross channel ferries for many years.
Margate is also a seaside town in the district of Thanet, Margate has been a leading resort for the past 250 years and is a popular tourist attraction like its neighbour – Ramsgate. It has been a traditional holiday destination for Londoners drawn to its sandy beaches. Margate had a historical Victorian pier which was destroyed by a storm in 1978.
Broadstairs is known as the ‘Jewel in Thanet’s Crown’, the towns crest motto is Stella Morris (Star of the Sea). The name Broadstairs came after a flight of steps which was made in the cliffs to give access to the shrine from the bay which was located on the cliff top named ‘Shrine of our Lady’ meaning broad place and a fishing settlement developed in the vicinity of the the shrine in the 14th century.
The Isle of Thanet was formed over 7000 years ago and is separated from mainland by the Wanstum Channel. The estimated population is 128,100.
Railway connections into Thanet are via the Chatham main line and now includes the new high speed railway links. There is also an airport at Manston which was formerly RAF Manston but now renamed Kent International Airport. Ferry services also operate from the Port of Ramsgate.
Thanet has a large hospital – The Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother (QEQM) extension work is currently being carried out.
Thanet College is a major provider of further education in East Kent and also a training provider that works with local businesses to raise the level of education across the region.
Thanet enjoys a Maritime Climate as it is surrounded on 3 sides of the district by the sea. This generally results in mild winters and warm dry summers.