Sea Sports Centre and Hythe Bay Seafood Restaurant, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on October 3, 2009

The prow-shaped roof of Dover's new Sea Sports Centre juts into the sky on the beach near the Clock Tower end of the Harbour (which is where Sue`s Seafood Stall is!).

The existing Dover Water Sports Centre website states:

Dover Water Sports Centre is looking forward to moving to the new Sea Sports Centre, with a Cafe/Restaurant and "hot" showers. This means we can all keep enjoying sailing and powerboating throughout the whole year...

A Dover District Council webpage currently says (under "Facilities Under Development"):

The Dover Sea Sports Centre is currently being built on the seafront in Dover Harbour. The centre will provide an exceptional facility for local clubs and the opportunity to introduce more people to a range of outstanding sea sport opportunities. On the upper floor there will be catering, public areas and changing rooms while storage facilities, boathouse and lecture rooms are housed at beach level.

The facility cost approximately £2.5 million to build and was funded by an extensive range of organisations, local authorities and individuals. The facility is scheduled to open to the public later in 2009.

At the time of writing (1st of October, 2009) there are flyers dotted around town saying the anticipated date of completion is still "Late 2009", at which time the Dover Sea Sports Centre website will probably become active.

On the pebbles to the right of the Sea Sports Centre are: the Lifeguard Station (with the blue railings on top), the West Promenade Kiosk (out of shot), and then the single-storey building (with the white gable end) belonging to Dover Rowing Club.

Above these buildings is the long white row of the Churchill Hotel (in Waterloo Crescent) with the seperate block housing the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club on the far right

The seagull winging its way across the photo has a fair-sized object in its beak and could be heading towards East Cliff to feed a hungry chick.

The wooded hills to the right of the Sea Sports Centre are part of the Western Heights which contains a hidden Napoleonic fortress some 1500 yards long and up to 600 yards wide.

The inverted triangular feature towards the bottom right of the wooded area are the Pilots Meadow Allotments. It was here in 1852 (when it really was a meadow) that Charles Dicken's is reputed to have planned a chapter or two of Bleak House: see the Charles Dickens and Pilot`s Meadow, Adrian Street photo.

Hidden in the trees to the left of Pilot's Meadow are the ruins of the Courts Folly, a 200 year-old two-storey miniature castle which very few local people know about: Court`s Folly video slideshow.

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John Latter on October 17, 2009
John Latter on October 31, 2010

Dover's new Sea Sports Centre on the Esplanade contains the Beach Restaurant: click to visit the Beach Restaurant Facebook Group and the Beach Restaurant webpage (Menu, Tariff).

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