Margate… a small, run down seaside town in Thanet, England? some may see it as a blotch on the Kentish landscape, but others (myself included) see it as place of inspiration, creative opportunity and development.

Views of Margate - A Kent seaside town

Margate’s regeneration has mostly been shaped by the Turner Contemporary, which forges a link between JMW Turner and the town. Turner himself certainly found Margate inspiring and even described Thanet skies as ‘the loveliest in all of Europe’.

Views of Margate - A Kent seaside town

Having lived in Margate for eight years, I can confirm… he was not wrong.

Views of Margate - A Kent seaside town

Views of Margate - A Kent seaside town

The Old Town sector of Margate has been given new life. It is now home to galleries, retro style shops and cafés… a little hub of culture in seemingly desolate surroundings. But I have always thought that even there, there is a melancholic beauty.

Views of Margate - A Kent seaside town

The derelict parts of Margate appeal to the romantic in me; the ghostly ruins of The Lido, of Dreamland (which is now in the process of being redeveloped) and the Scenic Railway, now overgrown, serve as a reminder of happier past times when Margate was a thriving seaside resort, and perhaps it will be again.

Views of Margate - A Kent seaside town

No one can deny that Margate is on the cusp of change; it’s up and coming, and for that reason I think it is an exciting place to be.