Study English in England...At The Beach!

Broadstairs Junior English Summer Courses

Broadstairs is a small seaside town located on the Southeast coastline and is known by the translation of the Town crest motto Stella Maris- Star of the Sea.

Broadstairs Beach

Broadstairs is at its best in the summer and there is always something to do, whether you want to sunbathe on the beach or visit one of the local museums. There is plenty of history associated with the area too - smuggling was prevalent for many years and Charles Dickens lived and wrote several of his famous novels in Broadstairs, so there is a lot to explore.

Grab a taste of this lovely seaside town during your English study course with Concorde by attending one of our English summer schools for students aged 12 to 18 years - read on to find out more about what you can get up to in the area when you aren't enjoying your course!


Broadstairs Viking BayThe beaches in Broadstairs are one of the main attractions. There are a number of bays in and around Broadstairs - and all of them are sandy, so you don't need to worry about getting pebbles in your shoes and you can sunbathe comfortably!

The main beach in Broadstairs is called Viking Bay, and includes amusements, deckchairs and sun loungers for hire, chalets for hire, children’s rides and a pier where you can buy some traditional English fish and chips (an absolutely must if you're visiting England for the first time)!

Palace Cinema

The building, which was originally a museum of armour which was built in 1911, it is a very traditional small cinema which maintains the character of the Grade 11 listed building and is definitely worth a visit. Visit the small traditional cinema to watch one of the latest films which are shown daily - a great opportunity to exercise your English listening skills while enjoying a good movie with your friends.

Lillyputt Minigolf

Lillyput Mini Golf is a fun golf course that is suitable for everyone. Grab some of your new friends from your English study group and have some fun here - there are plenty of entertaining features and surprises around the course.

Dickens House Museum

One of Broadstairs' top attractions, located along the clifftop, this was the house of Mary Pearson Strong who was Dickens’ inspiration for the character of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield. The museum has plenty of things on display, including which are different letters from the author himself - a must for Dickens enthusiasts!

Bleak House Museum

Broadstairs Bleak HouseBleak House was built in 1801 and was where Charles Dickens and his family spent their summer for 22 years. It was referred to by him as “our little watering place” and was where he completed his novel David Copperfield, and where he was inspired to write Bleak House.

Bleak House provides daily tours and includes a visit to his study which was where he wrote many of his novels. The Smuggling Museum is located in the cellars which were opened in 1970. Many of the exhibits were rescued when an eighteenth century wreck was exposed when sands shifted in Viking Bay in the early 1970s. 

Folk Week

Broadstairs Folk WeekFrom the 9th of August to the 16th August Broadstairs will be taken over by Morris dancers, Appalachian clog dancers, rapper sword dancers and many others. It is a large music festival with main acts performing at the Concert Marquee which is in the town’s main park (Pierremont Park), but smaller gigs are also being held in many pubs, restaurants and cafes as well as at the bandstand down the promenade. Folk Week’s origins are to do with folk music and its appreciation, but there are also many general festivities where pubs stay open later, main streets are closed to traffic and visitors can enjoy shopping in the folk tent where you can buy local fudge and some truly quirky souvenirs!

To learn more about our two lovely study centres in the heart of Broadstairs and spend some time on the beach while you improve your language skills this summer, take a look at our Junior English summer school courses or apply now to make sure you don't miss out! Not sure where you want to study? Send us an email to and we'll help you pick the best summer school for you.

Top wide photograph of Broadstairs: Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0.

Published by: Concorde International

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