Discovering Broadstairs With Southeastern Railway

Bonjour lecteurs! If you follow our adventures on Instagram, you will have seen us many times on the train. As we are now based in Ashford and loving the Kent life, I am commuting quite a bit when I need to go to London. So I am literally always on the train! And thanks to Southeastern Railway, it is quick and easy! In less than 40 minutes, I am up in town and can pretend to be glam for the day! But the famous railway service is running an offer that families can’t resist this summer! Indeed, with Off-Peak Day Return tickets from London from £15 (taking you to 12 destinations in Kent and East-Sussex), time to hop on a train with la famille! And that is what we did on a sunny bank holiday weekend… Discovering Broadstairs With Southeastern Railway! Have a look and read a little story if you fancy 🙂

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We will show you a cute place called Pierremont Park… and more!

Once Upon A Time…

There was a little boy called Baba. His maman was Frenchie and even though she had been living in South-East England for over a decade, she had never actually been to Broadstairs!

Well, it became a réalité thanks to the Summer Southeastern offers. All the family got on a train and direction la plage!

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Keeping busy on the train

So easy as there is a train pretty much every half an hour. The mama could rest and play with her little Baba. It involved some cars and a makeup tutorial.

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Baba was eager to get Papa dolled up a bit 🙂

While the daddy, commonly known as Grumpy Boyfriend, was in a better mood. Indeed, for once, he did not have to drive so that meant he could relax!

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Are we there yet?

And it was so quick! 40 minutes later, they arrived in town.

And Baba Came Across a Special Yellow Bus Toy

Landed and eager to see la mer (it was a very hot day!), the family walked down the road. But Frenchie Mummy loves shopping and is always looking for some fashion gem. So they had to stop by the local charity shops (in case there would be a vintage Chanel bag around!). She did not find anything.

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First stop. A local charity shop in Thanet

But Baba saw a cute little bus. ‘I want it!’ 50p later and a very happy toddler was playing with a new toy in his collection…

Pierremont Park

And because this Frenchie Baba has such a good sense of observation, he did not miss a playground hidden from the crowd called Pierremont Park.

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Caught up in action in Pierremont Park. Queen Victoria visited as a child!

Nobody was there! Baba had the entire place for himself! He had a blast for sure!

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Well, the yellow bus had a run there too!

Surrounded by beautiful flower trees, this was a lovely place to stop by and relax.

But Maman had other ideas… She wanted to see the town! ‘Allez! Let’s go!’

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Fancy a house there?

Secretly, she did not mind that much staying there, dreaming about the beautiful vintage houses but she heard that Broadstairs had a lot to offer!

Some Gorgeous Places To Stop By

And she wanted to see it all! The local bakery with some yummy cakes. It made here remember of her life as a student, selling baguettes in a Frenchie boulangerie when she was 16.

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Or some homemade cake maybe?

The Dickens House because he is such a classic of British literature.

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If you are in the area, have a look at the Dickens House

Mais encore… Some local café called the Old Curiosity Shop or a tea room that would make her think she is a bit of a princess.

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Loving a gift, not like others? The Curiosity Shop is for you!

Non!‘ Baba has other idées in mind… He didn’t have time to have an afternoon tea at the Old Bakehouse!

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If you fancy a rest, the Old Bakehouse has a sweet little terrace

La Plage!

While having a dreamy walk on the promenade, he actually spotted a little vintage funfair on Viking Bay. So obviously, he wanted to see it by himself!

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Viking Bay was on his radar!

After charming the (very pretty!) lady in charge, he managed to get a free ride.

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The vintage funfair there was a success!

And he tried all the transports featured: the bus, the plane, the police car…

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We stayed for over half an hour. Good news peeps! They have deckchairs for tired parents…

After 5 or 6 goes, it was time to see if his new yellow bus could cope with a swim!

Maman was happy sunbathing on the deckchair but she agreed to build a sandcastle.

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Baba fancied being a Viking for a minute!

‘Should we go on a mini cruise?’

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But we decided to relax instead

They decided not to. Instead, they stayed on the beach and had fish and chips.

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What a beautiful sky!

Eventually, Baba got tired. Too much fun in the sun! Quick in the buggy and he fell asleep in a few minutes. A bit more time for some window-shopping and they walked back slowly to the station.

Discovering Broadstairs With Southeastern Railway

What a beautiful day trip they had! They need to do that again soon this Summer!

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The end of a fab day… With Crampton Tower Museum in the background

And of course, the yellow bus is still a hit with Baba. Each time he plays with it, the Frenchie toddler can smell the sea and remember the ice cream he had that day while looking at the waves.

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Looking at the Bleak House Museum in the horizon

And the maman to think… ‘How formidable to live so close to a lovely place!’

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An adventure like no other!

If you too fancy a little break from London or your routine, have a look at the offers to travel with Southeastern Railway this summer. When you know that prices start from £15 for a day return ticket travelling from London, it’s time to put several dates in the diary.

Canterbury if you feel studious, Rochester if you love history (or some vintage clothes shopping session! And a cheeky fudge or two…), or even Broadstairs like the Frenchie family.

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Finish your journey in Broadstairs at the Bleak House Museum for a beautiful view!

Who knows? You might find a yellow bus too. And it is the perfect excuse to have a lovely time with your tribe. You can even dream about living in such a place as the Bleak House (it is actually a museum).

What will your next adventure be like?

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Viking Bay is so pretty!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Southeastern Railway. 

64 Comments

  1. Sharon Freemantle
    May 31, 2019 / 4:54 pm

    It looks like you have all had a fabulous day. You can see that Baba really loves his yellow bus. The photos are beautiful

  2. Priscilla Stubbs
    May 31, 2019 / 5:41 pm

    What a fun day you had. Plenty to do and see

  3. Tracy Nixon
    May 31, 2019 / 6:00 pm

    Looks a great place to visit! Thanks for the review!

  4. MARIA ROGERS
    May 31, 2019 / 6:52 pm

    I always remember going on days out by train as a child, it is such a good experience for children

  5. Nicola Marshall
    May 31, 2019 / 7:39 pm

    Looks like you both had a lovely day out , love the photos.

  6. Julia Kerr
    May 31, 2019 / 10:39 pm

    Sounds like a pretty perfect day to me

  7. Natalie Burgess
    June 1, 2019 / 6:58 am

    Ive never been here, you have definitely sold it to me!! Looks like you had an amazing time xx

  8. June 1, 2019 / 2:22 pm

    Looks like a lovely place to visit love that sky and baba looks like he had great fun

  9. Sheena Batey
    June 1, 2019 / 6:28 pm

    Only been to Kent once but it was beautiful

  10. Michelle Stokes
    June 2, 2019 / 8:00 am

    Looks like you had a fun day, with plenty to keep the little ones amused

  11. Margaret Clarkson
    June 2, 2019 / 11:43 am

    It all looks and sounds so lovely.

  12. Alica
    June 2, 2019 / 12:04 pm

    My favourite way to travel is by train! Looks a great place to visit!

  13. Margaret GALLAGHER
    June 2, 2019 / 2:21 pm

    Oooo la la looks fabulous – I’ve NEVER been here – sure the boys will love it

  14. Laura Pritchard
    June 2, 2019 / 2:54 pm

    Looks lovely there!

  15. Jeanette Leighton
    June 2, 2019 / 9:28 pm

    Looks like a great day , lots of fun

  16. Sima Chawda-bell
    June 3, 2019 / 6:21 am

    Will have to try this out with my 4 year old

  17. Hayley GLASPER-SMITH
    June 3, 2019 / 6:41 pm

    This looks so much fun looks perfect for families

  18. Andrea Fletcher
    June 3, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    Never been to Kent, looks lovely.

  19. John Prendergast
    June 3, 2019 / 8:12 pm

    Looks like you had a great day

  20. Gemma Hendry
    June 3, 2019 / 8:38 pm

    ive been to broadstairs and loved it its really beautiful

  21. Janie-Fleur Matcham
    June 4, 2019 / 12:40 pm

    I was born in broadstairs I love going home I love kent looks like you enjoyed it too.

  22. charlotte isobelle
    June 5, 2019 / 8:56 am

    It looks lovely there, we havent been down that way before

  23. christine shelley
    June 5, 2019 / 9:58 am

    Not a part of the country Ive ever been to , will put it on the list

  24. Sarah Morris
    June 5, 2019 / 6:21 pm

    Looks like u had an awesome day

  25. fiona waterworth
    June 5, 2019 / 8:09 pm

    Looks fun but too far down the uk for us

  26. Rich Tyler
    June 6, 2019 / 11:43 am

    Never been, looks wonderful

  27. Samantha O'D
    June 6, 2019 / 7:02 pm

    Looks like a really fun day

  28. Peter Watson
    June 7, 2019 / 6:27 pm

    Broadstairs is the unrecognised gem of the south coast.

  29. Ritchie Dee
    June 7, 2019 / 6:42 pm

    Looks like great fun

  30. Emma Walton
    June 7, 2019 / 6:54 pm

    I’ve never been to Broadstairs but it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. Maybe this year I will have a drive over there and spend the day.

  31. Fiona jk42
    June 7, 2019 / 8:37 pm

    I used to enjoy taking my kids on train journeys. It is often less stressful than driving as at least they are not confined to car seat but can move around so are less likely to get bored.

  32. Sheena Batey
    June 7, 2019 / 9:38 pm

    It’s much more relaxing traveling by train

  33. Susan Smith
    June 8, 2019 / 7:47 am

    Looks like a fun packed day and a great place to visit

  34. Rayanne Whitehouse
    June 8, 2019 / 2:40 pm

    Yes please count me in

  35. Annabel Greaves
    June 8, 2019 / 7:24 pm

    Looks like a really lovely place

  36. Rich Tyler
    June 9, 2019 / 9:54 am

    Amazing pictures, looks so lovely!

  37. Chloe Taylor
    June 9, 2019 / 4:21 pm

    gorgeous location and so many happy, sunny pictures! must visit!! xx

  38. Evette Williams
    June 9, 2019 / 5:31 pm

    Looks a great fun time

  39. Peter Watson
    June 9, 2019 / 5:55 pm

    Broadstairs is such a hidden gem of the south coast.

  40. Rayanne Whitehouse
    June 9, 2019 / 9:36 pm

    Lovely day out and nice pics

  41. Fiona jk42
    June 9, 2019 / 10:13 pm

    this looks like a lovely place to visit

  42. Kaye
    June 10, 2019 / 11:49 am

    Looks a lovely place to visit.

  43. Charlie barfoot
    June 10, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    Lovely pics fab blog! I’m so going to have to take my little ones here. Looks so lovely !

  44. Fiona jk42
    June 10, 2019 / 9:36 pm

    I love travelling by train to visit new places, it’s much less stressful than driving.

  45. Emma Nicoll
    June 11, 2019 / 10:05 am

    Looks such good fun!

  46. Carol Thomas
    June 11, 2019 / 5:45 pm

    Looks a fabulous day out. One to tell our eldest and DiL about

  47. twirlywhirly3
    June 12, 2019 / 4:43 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing adventure, going by train is always fun for the grandchildren, great review & the photos show how much fun your little man had

  48. zoe brown
    June 12, 2019 / 7:53 pm

    lovely place to visit looks great

  49. Rachel T
    June 12, 2019 / 8:46 pm

    My mum lives in broadstairs! Absolutely Beautiful place

  50. Jeanette Leighton
    June 12, 2019 / 10:06 pm

    Wow looks like a great time with beautiful weather

  51. June 13, 2019 / 6:11 am

    Looks a beautiful place to visit lots to see & do

  52. Rozella Moore
    June 13, 2019 / 7:57 am

    Looks great

  53. Nicola Docking
    June 13, 2019 / 8:18 am

    I actually used to be petrified of getting the train! Until my early 20s when I had a job where I literally travelled the country on the train. So determined to make sure my kids get lots of train experience so they’re not like I was!

  54. Chloe Jones
    June 13, 2019 / 9:15 am

    My Joshua loves trains and boats he genuinely is so fascinated by transport and would love to go here so thanks for sharing with us x

  55. Tina Edwards
    June 13, 2019 / 2:21 pm

    Great review

  56. Rebecca Nisbet
    June 13, 2019 / 3:46 pm

    It looks fantastic there

  57. Sarah Kirby
    June 14, 2019 / 6:16 am

    That looked to be an amazing day out

  58. Michelle Smith
    June 14, 2019 / 10:45 am

    Looks like you had an amazing trip

  59. Patricia Avery
    June 14, 2019 / 9:09 pm

    Sounds wonderful. We would love to travel by train but there are very few running now where I live and those that are leave something to be desired in comfort and cleanliness.

  60. Rachel Butterworth
    June 21, 2019 / 3:56 pm

    Never been before, looks beautiful though.

  61. June 22, 2019 / 2:40 pm

    What a lovely day out looks a beautiful place

  62. June 27, 2019 / 6:07 pm

    Looks like you all had a lovely time. Traveling by train allows you to relax and enjoy the journey

  63. Sharon Freemantle
    June 27, 2019 / 6:27 pm

    Looks like you had a fabulous day

  64. Katrina Adams
    July 1, 2019 / 8:54 am

    I have to make pit stops at charity shops when we go new places too! Love a good bargain. What great photos and looks like you had a lovely time.

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