Title ID 1050Collection ID262
TitleThis is Broadstairs
CollectionKent Publicity Films
KeywordsBeaches Buildings Castles Carnivals Dance Entertainment Food Games Leisure Time Activities Seaside Resorts Shops Sport Swimming
LocalBroadstairs Canterbury Dover Sandwich Walmer
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionChess Valley Films
CameraRonald E. Haddock
DirectorHeather M. Davies
ProducerChess Valley Films
MusicWout Steenhuis
ParticipantsEdward Heath (politician); Wout Steenhuis (musician)
Format16mm Colour Sound
Duration12 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A seaside publicity film advertising the attractions of the Kent resort of Broadstairs. An update of the 1965 film "Broadstairs...Of Course!" the film promotes Broadstairs' main attractions of the sandy bays, leisure activities and local events including the Dickens festival, beauty contest, water gala and folk festival.


The film opens with a montage of scenes of Broadstairs emphasising the sandy beaches, white cliffs and sunny weather. The film's lightly humorous tone is evident in scenes of people struggling to change under a towel on the beach, the red faces of sunbathers and children burying their father in the sand. Beach scenes are interwoven between the other attractions of the town including; the North Foreland lighthouse, the cliffs at Joss Bay, and Dickens' Bleak House. Visitors are seen dining on lobster and other fine foods at smart restaurants and Broadstairs' many places to stay are promoted. Sporting activities recommended for visitors include swimming, sailing, golf, bowls, horse riding, fishing and tennis. More relaxed pursuits of drafts, chess, reading and music are also suggested. Excursions to Dover, Walmer, Sandwich, and Canterbury are shown and visitors are encouraged to go further afield from the Hoverport at Pegwell Bay. Evening entertainment in the town takes the form of music and dancing. Events shown in the town include the annual Dickens Festival, games at the Water Gala, the Miss Broadstairs beauty contest, the town's carnival parade and folk festival. The film also emphasises the benefits of Broadstairs as a residential town showing two local celebrities at home; Prime Minister Edward Heath and Dutch musician Wout Steenhuis. The film ends with a montage of scenes from in and around Broadstairs.


A still from 'This is Broadstairs' (1970) showing a child on the beachA still from 'This is Broadstairs' (1970) showing beauty queensA still from 'This is Broadstairs' (1970) showing a woman in a bikini