Attractively located between Folkestone and Hythe, the coastal Kent village of Sandgate is worth much more than a passing visit. A few minutes' journey from both towns by car or bus - or an easy seafront walk or cycle ride - you'll find beaches with long views over the Channel, a High Street famous for antiques and collectables, a wonderful selection of restaurants - eateries include traditional fish and chips, Mexican, Tapas, traditional British restaurants and pub food - and cosy bars as well as small, independent shops.
Sandgate Beach has won the Seaside Award - Keep Britain Tidy’s own award for the beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.- for the last three years running (2013-2015). In 2015 it is the only beach in Shepway to hold the Seaside Award.
Although small - the parish boundary spans two miles of coast and extends inland up steep wooded hills - Sandgate has a fascinating history which embraces the times of Henry VIII, smugglers, the threat of invasion by Napoleon and vital military roles in two world wars. Social reformers and celebrities of literature and the arts have made made their home in the village : from HG Wells to William Wilberforce, Hattie Jacques and many more.
Sandgate Design Statement - recent years have seen growing local concern at the increasing threat to Sandgate's rich, sensitive and highly attractive built environment by unsympathetic new development. The SDS is a document produced by Sandgate for Sandgate. It has been adopted by the local authority it will be used to assess local planning applications. Please click on the link above to download the document. Hard copies at £5 each are available to buy from Sandgate Library. There is also a reference copy to view in the library.
Sandgate Library is located at James Morris Court, Sandgate High Street, Sandgate (across the road from St Pauls). Library opening hours are Monday to Saturday (excluding Wednesday) 9.30am to 1pm. The Library is also the Sandgate Parish Council Office - opening hours 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday.
This website contains information and links for residents and visitors about Sandgate and its Council. For more information about the area, see the Sandgate community website and Sandgate businesses and events website.