Westgate Heritage Centre, Westgate on Sea, Thanet, Kent
Westgate Heritage Centre, Westgate on Sea, Thanet, Kent

Welcome to the Westgate on Sea Heritage Centre

Founded in 2007, the Westgate Heritage Centre aims to tell the story of Westgate on Sea, a unique Victorian development, from 1865 the year when the first houses were built to the present day by a series of displays called “Time Line”.

We are open regularly throughout the year to browse our archives, speak to our volunteers or for our monthly talks about rich heritage of Westgate-on-Sea, please see the details in the Opening Times section.

Next Event

Saturday 7th October 2017 10.30am

Roxburgh Road

An illustrated talk by Dr Dawn Crouch. Roxburgh Road is the earliest of Westgate’s residential roads. Its history shows how carefully the new “Estate” was planned. New material has recently come to hand.

The Heritage Centre opens at 10.00am when homemade refreshments are on sale.

Latest News

Change Lives With Every Slice At The Heritage Centre

27th September 2017

Change Lives With Every Slice At The Heritage Centre

Our latest tea and cake afternoon, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, will be held on Wednesday 27th September from 2pm - 4pm. Please do come along and support this worthy cause.

Town Hall Buildings Open To The Public

The Town Hall Buildings will be open to the public to celebrate Heritage Open Day and is hosted by volunteers from the Westgate-on-Sea Heritage Centre. The Buildings will be open between 12noon and 4pm. At 12.30pm and 2.30pm Local Historian Dr Dawn Crouch will tell the story of the Town Hall buildings. Sir Wm Ingram, who had the Town Hall built exchanged many letters with the Chairman of the Parish Council and there will be Dramatic Readings from the original letters. Also a slide show on Sr William Ingram will be shown several times during the afternoon and displays will show early photographs of the exterior and interior of the building. Dr Crouch and the Heritage Centre volunteers will be happy to take you on a short tour of the Council Chambers. The Town Hall Assembly Room is now the Carlton Cinema.

REFRESHMENTS: Ploughman's lunches will be available from £5 to £7and will include a choice of cheese, pate, pork pie, ham, sausages, quiche; all will be served with fresh salad and artisan bread. Tea, Coffee and Fruit squash is included in the price.

Not suitable for wheelchair users as access is via a grand Victorian staircase. Toilets available on site.

Plenty to see and do. Children and family activities will be available.

Opening Times

Saturday 9 September: open 1200-1600, Talk at 1230 & 1430

Booking Details

No booking required

Access

Sorry no wheelchair access as entrance is up the original Victorian grand staircase to the chambers on the upper floor. Ploughman's lunches can be reserved in advance via The Heritage Centre (open Wednesdays or Saturdays pop-in between 11am to 1pm or email enquiries@westgateheritagecentre.org.uk or phone 01843 832617 or text 07955 913838 Toilets are available. Parking available throughout the Town, or side roads near by.

Additional information

Max 30 people per tour/session. Event contact over the festival:07955 913838.

Directions

The Town Hall Buildings are one minute walk from Westgate-on-Sea Train Station and a bus stop is directly outside. (The Carlton Cinema has replaced the original Assembly Room and this is a good landmark).

Organised by Westgate-on-Sea Heritage Centre in partnership with Westgate-on-Sea Investments

Heritage Lottery Fund