Title ID 1042Collection ID262
TitleBroadstairs... Of Course!
Date[ca. 1965?]
CollectionKent Publicity Films
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyNon-fictionPromotional/Publicity
KeywordsBeaches Carnivals Castles Dance Entertainment Food Games Harbours Leisure Time Activities Seaside Resorts Shops Sport Swimming
LocalBroadstairs Canterbury St. Peters
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionChess Valley Films
CameraChess Valley Films
ProducerChess Valley Films
Format16mm Colour Sound
Duration12 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A promotional film advertising the Kent seaside resort of Broadstairs as "a place where history meets the sunny sands". Alongside the standard seaside activities, the film draws attention to the resort's unique attractions: its seven sandy bays, the town's annual Water Gala, and Dickens Festival.


The film opens with scenes of a camera crew, filming characters dressed in costume for the annual 'Dickens Festival'. A young woman then takes us, the viewer, around the attractions of Broadstairs, including the harbour and the seven bays. Activities available, take the form of swimming at the outdoor pool, games on the beach, donkey rides, trampolining, bowls, mini golf, waterskiing, cricket, and sailing. Events in the town include a horse show and gymkhana, games at the Annual water gala, fancy dress competitions, judging of the Miss Broadstairs beauty contest, and a carnival parade. Evening entertainment in the town takes the form of restaurants, and dancing. Suggested sightseeing around Broadstairs includes neighbouring St. Peters, West Cliff Promenade, Kingsgate castle, North Foreland Lighthouse and trips to Canterbury. The film also emphasises the benefits of Broadstairs as a growing residential town with modern homes, schools and shopping areas. Broadstairs' connections with Charles Dickens ends the film, as it began, with views of 'Bleak House', 'Dickens House' and sights from the Dickens Festival.


A still from 'Broadstairs... Of Course!' (1965?) showing people eating icecreamA still from 'Broadstairs... Of Course!' (1965?) showing Miss Broadstairs beauty queenA still from 'Broadstairs... Of Course!' (1965?) showing people in the sea at Broadstairs