Margate Carnival & Soul Weekend

One of my favourite times of the year in Margate is Soul Weekend. I'm a huge fan of soul music and it's great to be able to go and enjoy it in a variety of settings, whether it's in one of the many bars, at an outdoor stage (free to the public) or even just by being on the Margate steps and soaking up the amazing atmosphere. There's something really satisfying about sitting in the sun and hearing Marvin Gaye being played across the sea.

It was good to see even more outdoor areas running this year. One stage focused on world music and even offered free dance classes.

Ladybirds make for cool nail art. 

The Lighthouse Bar on the Harbour Arm drew massive crowds!

Margate carnival usually coincides with Soul Weekend and this year's seemed more vibrant and diverse than ever! I was really entertained by the floats and performers. The music and colours made the town really come alive, the whole place felt like one giant street party. 

I'm grateful to carnivals for reminding me that toffee apples exist!

Even in my twenties, I like seeing real life Disney princesses. 

The Margate Tribes carnival entry was wonderful - check out the website for this summer's festival, which features loads of fantastic events taking place all over town here.

Despite the crowds, there were plenty of places around the harbour to relax. 

I'm not sure if I've ever seen Margate so busy before. The queue for Peter's Fish Factory permanently looked as long as the carnival - worth it though!

I had such a good time and I really recommend that anyone who wants to see Margate at its best should come to this weekend. The weather was amazing this year and I enjoyed dancing to some of my favourite music. 

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