Deal Seafront by Nigel Wallace

The elegant seaside town of Deal is home to two historic castles and an award winning pier and with quaint seaside houses, pebble beaches and painted fishing boats it provides wonderful inspiration for artists and photographers. It’s also a great backdrop to the Deal Festival that takes place from 29th June – 8th July in 2012. Started as a festival of chamber music it now includes opera and street music, as well as exhibitions and workshops.

As you would expect from such a picturesque town Deal has a thriving arts community including SEAS a group of artists and craftmakers who run Artist Open House exhibitions and workshops. The Burning Bush Gallery opposite the library also showcases local artists and owner Penny Bearman runs regular art workshops.

The annual Maritime Festival offers a programme of folk music with free street entertainment and storytelling plus maritime walks and talks, exhibitions by local artists and craftspeople, workshops, ceilidhs and concerts.

Enjoy wandering along winding Georgian streets and see bustling delis and interesting independent shops and for up to date visitor information call in to the Landmark Centre that also hosts a wide range of creative activities including dance and quilting classes.

The beautiful Edwardian Astor Theatre has recently been refurbished as a venue for a variety of creative pursuits, including theatre and music performances, burlesque workshops and creative workshops for the whole family.

For more information on the town see Deal.

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