Summer's finally here - well, the Summer issue of Isle anyway. I do like this magazine, nothing gloomy in it, just a good listing of all the fun to be had in Thanet over the next few months.
There's a lot to read and listen to if you wish to keep up with local life, culture, history and the bits in between: Bygone Kent, Kent Life, the local papers - free and paid-for - and KMFM and BBC Kent to name just a few, and the general sense I get is that there is a lot happening here. Which is a good thing.
Here's the list of festivals I've spotted so far: I'm trying to build a comprehensive list of these so if I've missed any out please let me know - any annual and (loosely) cultural event qualifies!
Addington Street Fair, Big Sky Kite Festival, Broadstairs Dickens Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week, Planet Thanet CAMRA Beer Festival, Thanet Gay Pride, Margate Jazz Festival, Margate Big Event, Ramsgate Carnival, Ramsgate Jazz Week, Ramsgate Powerboat Grand Prix, Ramsgate Regatta Week, Thanet Music and Drama Festival, Thanet Walking Festival.
And of course there is life off the island (so rumour has it), including Herne Bay Festival, Canterbury Festival and Folkestone Literary Festival. Just got to find the time to see them all . . .