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Wheels and Fins 2017

With Folk Week over for another year and Water Gala yesterday, the next major event on the Broadstairs events calendar has to be Wheels and Fins in September!

This action sports and music Festival takes place out of town on rural Joss Bay, overlooked by the stunning North Foreland lighthouse. It gets bigger and better every year. We are very proud to support the organisers once again as Festival sponsors.

Wheels and fins 8 – 10 September

Wheels and Fins 2017 poster

Joss Bay is brilliant for surfers. The hill down from North Foreland is perfect for soapbox car racing. The seaside / countryside location is ideal for a unique Festival and the music lineup is scorching hot this year. What more could you ask for?

Well naturally you’ll want some comfortable well equipped holiday accommodation and that’s where we come in – you could stay in one of our holiday lets in Broadstairs. At the time of writing there is still some availability for the Wheels and Fins dates, 8-10 September 2017, but what we’ve got won’t hang around for long. So move fast and get booking if you want to stay with us while you’re here for Wheels and Fins. Check what’s available via the form on our home page.

What’s On

Wheels and Fins ’17 events will include; the UK Mini Ramp Champs, The UK BMX Flatland Champs, surfing events, Soapbox Racing, live music and DJs on the Main Stage and all across the site at several different indoor and outdoor venues, craft beer & cider, loads of stalls with plenty of good things to eat and fun stuff to buy and loads more action centred fun.  Last year we loved watching the BMX trick demos while listening to top DJs. The vibe really was fantastic and everyone watching the demos was transfixed. We could see quite a few of the kids there visualising themselves taking up a new sport in the future, inspired by the professionals as they reared up on two wheels and spun like dervishes!

More than thirty music acts have already being confirmed, with more still to be announced. Ranging from, local faves like the energetic crowd pleasing Meister, to BBC Radio One DJ Danny Howard of ‘Dance Anthems’ fame, to the mega Reef, back on top and stronger than ever since Jesse Wood joined them on guitar in 2014, to the compelling four Scots, Twin Atlantic, who you’ll find now have a sophisticated and deeper sound than you’ve heard them bring before, from their hotly anticipated new album, GLA.

We take our hats off to Festival Director Dave Melmouth and his team for growing this event year on year. We can’t wait to enjoy everything that’s laid on for Festival goers this time around.  Maybe we’ll see you there!


Get your tickets and pick up more information on the Wheels and  Fins website.

Single day tickets for any of the three days are £25 for adults, £20 for youths (aged 13-17) and £15 for children aged over 8. 

Tickets for the whole Festival are great value: just £40 for adults, £30 for youths and £20 for children aged over 8. 

For children aged under 8, tickets are free but there a booking fee of £1.50 to pay.

location and how to get there

Joss Snelling was an infamous Broadstairs smuggler who met Princess Victoria when she was a little girl holidaying in Pierremont Hall in the town, before she became the Queen. Some say that Joss Bay is named after him as it was used as a base for his smuggling activities, but it is more likely that he was actually named after the bay which already bore the name long before he was born.

Joss Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in Broadstairs with golden sands as all the Thanet beaches have. It is also reputed to be the best location for surfing in the whole of the south east of England.

You can walk to Joss Bay from the centre of town by taking the coast road or walking west along a series of other beaches from Viking Bay when the tide is out (you’ll have to walk on the clifftops when the tide is in). It’s less than a mile and a half and takes less than ten minutes to cycle, with a choice of routes.

There will be cycle parking on site and the organisers will be arranging bicycle rides, walks and a range of other alternative ways to get to the festival as they want to encourage people not to drive – however there will be a car park close to the Festival site too, for those who need or want it.

For those arriving by train there will be a FREE shuttle bus from Broadstairs train station, laid on by the Festival organisers, so you can always hop on that – from morning till night time on all three days!