Today we spent the day in the oldest beach resort in England, Margate. We wanted to make the most of the little sunshine we have left this Summer and give Matilda another day on the beach. Margate has a wide sandy beach, obviously not a patch on the stunning Cornish coastline, but it's just under two hours from West London so it won out for a day trip. We had a lot of fun and loved discovering the old town which has really been done up and occupied by sweet gift shops, a number of vintage/retro shops and cafes. The high street does look like it's on its last legs so unless you want a trip to Primark then don't bother. There are some lovely little galleries lining the pier alongside the lighthouse, showcasing local artists plus a number of eateries which we'll definitely try out next time we go. And yes I do believe Margate is a much maligned destination, it's obviously trying to improve itself particularly after the Turner Gallery opened it's doors. There are a number of commercial ventures that definitely wouldn't look out of place in the rather more trendy Brighton. So give it a chance this Summer, avoid the gory arcades, greasy chippies and you might just surprise yourself with this little corner of Thanet.