Turner contemporary art

Turner Contemporary If there’s one thing you do visit whilst in Thanet I would make it the Turner Contemporary Gallery which sits at the beginning of the pier arm in Margate overlooking the long sandy beach. A contemporary white building that shines out over the bay and grabs everyone’s attention. I recently visited to take a look at the Seeing Round Corners exhibition and I wasn’t disappointed. The gallery is free to enter and explore and I am always in awe of the exhibitions and artwork laid out. This time was no exception and my tour started outside the building on my walk up the steps to the entrance where I spotted this fabulous interpretation of the Union Jack. I love how all of the different patterns fall into a perfect Union Jack which is immediately recognisable.

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Yinka Shonibare

As I stepped through the entrance I found myself in a library. It was, in fact, Yinka Shonibare’s The British Library. On closer inspection, you could see that each of the books lining the shelves had been covered in brightly coloured fabric, a bit like we used to cover our school books back in the day. When you moved in even closer, names printed in gold could be spotted on the spines of the books, lots of very recognisable names.

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Yinka Shonibare’s The British Library celebrates and questions how immigration has contributed to the British culture of today. Shelves and shelves of books covered in colourful wax fabric the spines bearing the names of immigrants who have enriched British society.

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Mark Batchelor

There are some steps leading to the upper level and these are never left without any artwork to admire on your way up. In fact this time I was smiling as I spotted the Mini Disco by Mark Batchelor hanging from the ceiling in perfect symmetry.

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If you look even closer you will see that each disco ball is made entirely out of colourful plastic sunglasses, but aren’t they effective?

There is a great shop to visit which has so many wonderful things from jewellery to colouring books and I always come away with something no matter how small.

There are also workshops held upstairs for adults and children and I really want to take the twins along one day as I am sure they would gain enormously from being inspired by the work around them and just having a go at something new.

The exhibition is upstairs and includes all sorts of mediums, from art, to sculpture and also video and motion pieces. It’s really interesting and I always wish I could come up with some of these grand ideas that I see displayed.

Back down stairs I popped through the corridors to see what was hanging and was struck by these posters. It saddens me that people amongst us can be so cruel to say such things.

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Richard Long

As I exited the gallery and started to make me way over to Dreamland where dad was with the girls I looked back, and thank goodness I did otherwise I would have missed this enormous wall art called The Ebb Tide Circle Richard Long. It is painted on the wall and Richard Long uses his body to get the effect of movement. Fascinating.

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Keep up to date with the Turner Contemporary by checking their website (link at the top of the text) and their Facebook page

Last weekend we invited my brother and his children down to the coast to spend a weekend with us camping in Thanet. We took our caravan and they brought their tent and we booked two pitches next to each other, ours with electric hook up. I was delighted to try out my gorgeous OLPRO windbreak for the first time – it looks really cool doesn’t it?

OLPRO windbreak

One note to make is Manston Caravan park only has a 5 amp hook up which means the kettle will blow your connection every time. Annoying but can easily be worked around with a trusty camping kettle.

This beautifully kept park is very spacious with ten acres of perfectly kept fields lined with hedges to provide shelter from any strong coastal winds. It’s a well established park with well maintained gardens, one thing you most definitely won’t be here is cramped, there’s plenty of room for everyone.

Onsite facilities include washrooms, showers and a laundrette.

There is also a great adventure playground for the kids that’s also not on top of the pitches but within sight of all.

bbq food accompaniments

My OLPRO melamine set came in real handy too as you can see above, nothing broken and very easy to clean too.

family camping Manston caravan park

Manston Caravan Park is all about tranquillity, there is no entertainment onsite and no club house, you will also be asked to turn any music off by 10pm which is fine by us as we spent a really peaceful evening chatting, laughing and catching up on family news with nobody overhearing our conversations as we were all so spread out.

olpro windbreak

If you don’t want to cook your own meal The Jolly Farmer is within walking distance and has an excellent menu catering for all types, in busy periods it might be worth reserving a table, especially for large numbers.

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The caravan park is ideally situated for visiting Thanet, including Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs and other Kentish seaside towns. The Turner Contemporary Arts Centre in Margate is well worth a visit, they are celebrating their millionth customer this summer so you could be ‘One in a Million’ too.

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A view of the downstairs at Turner Contemporary with the current Curiosity exhibition

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Margate Old Town which is enjoying a fabulous revival and a joy to walk around is also full of pubs and eateries where you can sit and catch up on Facebook like this guy is maybe is?

the hoy margate

Our verdict: Excellent site for a peaceful stay with plenty to do in the surrounding area to let off a bit of steam. It has to be mentioned that Manston airport is close-by and we could hear the odd aeroplane taking off but not so many as to disturb our stay.