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 🙂
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!
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.
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!
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.
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…
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.
Nobody was there! Baba had the entire place for himself! He had a blast for sure!
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!’
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.
The Dickens House because he is such a classic of British literature.
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.
‘Non!‘ Baba has other idées in mind… He didn’t have time to have an afternoon tea at the Old Bakehouse!
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!
After charming the (very pretty!) lady in charge, he managed to get a free ride.
And he tried all the transports featured: the bus, the plane, the police car…
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.
‘Should we go on a mini cruise?’
They decided not to. Instead, they stayed on the beach and had fish and chips.
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!
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.
And the maman to think… ‘How formidable to live so close to a lovely place!’
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.
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?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Southeastern Railway.
It looks like you have all had a fabulous day. You can see that Baba really loves his yellow bus. The photos are beautiful
What a fun day you had. Plenty to do and see
Looks a great place to visit! Thanks for the review!
I always remember going on days out by train as a child, it is such a good experience for children
Looks like you both had a lovely day out , love the photos.
Sounds like a pretty perfect day to me
Ive never been here, you have definitely sold it to me!! Looks like you had an amazing time xx
Looks like a lovely place to visit love that sky and baba looks like he had great fun
Only been to Kent once but it was beautiful
Looks like you had a fun day, with plenty to keep the little ones amused
It all looks and sounds so lovely.
My favourite way to travel is by train! Looks a great place to visit!
Oooo la la looks fabulous – I’ve NEVER been here – sure the boys will love it
Looks lovely there!
Looks like a great day , lots of fun
Will have to try this out with my 4 year old
This looks so much fun looks perfect for families
Never been to Kent, looks lovely.
Looks like you had a great day
ive been to broadstairs and loved it its really beautiful
I was born in broadstairs I love going home I love kent looks like you enjoyed it too.
It looks lovely there, we havent been down that way before
Not a part of the country Ive ever been to , will put it on the list
Looks like u had an awesome day
Looks fun but too far down the uk for us
Never been, looks wonderful
Looks like a really fun day
Broadstairs is the unrecognised gem of the south coast.
Looks like great fun
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.
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.
It’s much more relaxing traveling by train
Looks like a fun packed day and a great place to visit
Yes please count me in
Looks like a really lovely place
Amazing pictures, looks so lovely!
gorgeous location and so many happy, sunny pictures! must visit!! xx
Looks a great fun time
Broadstairs is such a hidden gem of the south coast.
Lovely day out and nice pics
this looks like a lovely place to visit
Looks a lovely place to visit.
Lovely pics fab blog! I’m so going to have to take my little ones here. Looks so lovely !
I love travelling by train to visit new places, it’s much less stressful than driving.
Looks such good fun!
Looks a fabulous day out. One to tell our eldest and DiL about
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
lovely place to visit looks great
My mum lives in broadstairs! Absolutely Beautiful place
Wow looks like a great time with beautiful weather
Looks a beautiful place to visit lots to see & do
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!
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
It looks fantastic there
That looked to be an amazing day out
Looks like you had an amazing trip
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.
Never been before, looks beautiful though.
What a lovely day out looks a beautiful place
Looks like you all had a lovely time. Traveling by train allows you to relax and enjoy the journey
Looks like you had a fabulous day
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.