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 3rd February 2018 10.30am

The Story of Two, Or Maybe Three, Wills - Part I

Sally Whitworth and Dawn Crouch have been studying three wills that have vital information about early Westgate and have become hooked! They would like to share their findings with you.

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

Latest News

£264.50 raised in our charity events

2018 Heritage Centre Calendar Now Available

Our recent charity events have raised a total of £264.50 for Macmillan Cancer Research and Cancer Research UK. Thank you to everyone who took part.

2018 Heritage Centre Calendar Now Available

2018 Heritage Centre Calendar Now Available

Our 2018 calendar is now available. It features one page per month, each with then and now views of Westgate-on-Sea. The calendar is priced at £6.00 and will be available from the Heritage Centre at our next talk on Saturday 7th October and while stocks last.

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


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.


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