Welcome to the Margate Town Team website. The Margate Town Team was formed in May 2012. The team currently consists of 12 local people who volunteer their time to help lobby the local authority, promote and organise events, work with organisations to bring in footfall, to increase occupancy and provide a place for people to work, shop and relax.
The Margate Town Team has a clearly defined set of objectives that were specified in the original Mary Portas bid. However, the aims of the Town Team go beyond the remit of the Portas bid and therefore its objectives include these but are not limited to them. The Town Team has four overarching strategic aims:
1. To create a vibrant attractive high street through developing a food and arts culture
2. To create an identity for Margate that builds on its original heritage
3. To regenerate Margate through partnership working
4. To secure additional funding to sustain the work of the group indefinitely
The‘Old Town’s’provision’ of independent café’s, bars and restaurants along with its mix of boutiques, men’s outfitters, specialist gift shops, privately owned galleries the beautiful beach and bathing waters provide a great day out for residents and visitors alike.
The momentum continues up the high street and the local area with a great range of Cafés, restaurants and bars. Something to suit everyone.
Music & Dance - A vintage lounge bar with frequent musical and dance performances can be found at ‘Morgan’s Margate’, Music for the Soul – ‘Olby’s Soul Cafe’ or for a bit of Jazz – check out ‘The Lifeboat’ great Coffee shops and dare it be said more exciting places to eat.
Details of Restaurants, Cafés and bars can be found at:
Whilst Margate continues to be seen as a traditional seaside town with fruit machine arcades, 'Wimpy' (Yes Margate is one of the few towns in the UK that still has a 'Wimpy') and local pubs it must be recognised that innovation is still at its heart. It has allowed many to take their first tentative steps in making their own business work. This is evident in Margate Town Team’s support for ‘Pop-up - Margate. The Mary Portas investment has seen creativity and inspiration pave the way for those enterprising individuals to take on premises in their own right. Pop-Up Margate currently ‘houses’ a fabulous selection of goods and services. Drop by and see what great things are on offer. Services include Eyebrow Threading and in-house photographic studio and for the youngsters – A music and Dance studio from ‘Off The Hook Productions’ For yourself or for great gift ideas - Handmade fashion Jewellery, Decorative hand-made cards, Vintage fashions, Vinyl Records, Street 'everyday wear' fashions, Vintage furniture and ornaments, and so much more. Visit today.
In addition many small independents have chosen to make Margate home including boutique fashions at ‘The Secret Wardrobe’ and ‘Gallery Boutique, Street Fashions from ‘Monique’s Boutique, New ‘Retro’ clothing range at ‘Rat Race, Children’s wear at Just 4 Kids.
Not to mention an Introduction to the ‘Longservers’ with residence in Margate for well over a decade and some for over 50 years. Henry’s for Photographic equipment;baby toys and accessories, ‘Terry’s Gifts’ for ornamental & novelty gift ideas as well as Clocks and watches, RHS award winning Florist ‘Petals’ or for the more practical needs of shoe repairs and Key cutting – ‘S.D Shoe Repairs’