This summer has seen lots of exciting activities take place across our community. Deal has seen the Deal Music and Arts Festival as well as the Deal Carnival. Walmer has hosted its charming Children’s Festival, as well as the Royal Marines Memorial Concert. The concert was extremely moving and a stunning display of the musical talent in our armed forces.
These wonderful events have helped bring us together again as a community after two dreadful years of Covid. They also make our area a great place to visit for the many holiday makers and visitors that have flocked to our area in recent weeks.
With the heatwave, the Deal and Walmer seafront has been full of people soaking up the sun and enjoying our beautiful beaches. The newly opened Roman Landings Adventure Golf has been packed, as has the children’s paddling pool. It is so good to see so many people out and about enjoying themselves.
Meanwhile Dover Harbour Board has invested millions of pounds in its new Marina Curve. This has begun to fill up with pop-up bars and cafés, with live music every Sunday. This summer it has created a great place to meet friends and family, while relaxing and enjoying the area. The prestigious Dover Marina Hotel and Spa with its Mr White’s English Chophouse, by Marco Pierre White and outside summer Pimm’s bar is also a great destination that has added to the atmosphere.
The Port of Dover Community Regatta was a great day out. It brought together many community groups in the town and helped them to fundraise for the support they provide to so many. I particularly enjoyed playing “Spin the Wheel” with the Rotary and being able to thank the RNLI for all their hard work all year round.
The sea sports centre is another great family attraction, which benefitted from previous multi-million pound government investment along Dover’s seafront. Walking into town from the seafront, is the new-look Market Square. This has been made possible by nearly £2.5 million pounds of government funding from the coastal communities fund together with funding from Dover District Council.
As well as events happening in the towns there is so much going on in the villages. Eastry church Fete was a massive success. Looking forward to the bank holiday weekend, we will have the firm family favourite Rotary Club of Dover’s Duck Race and Funday at Kearsney Abbey with the first race starting at 12pm.
There is so much to do in Dover and Deal. I could never cover it all in one column. Thank you to everyone who has helped put on or volunteered at an event or has been working within hospitality this summer. These many events have showcased the many amazing experiences Dover and Deal have to offer and done so much to bring us all together this Summertime.