Whitstable Bay

things to do

In Whitstable

It is easy to find things to do when you are five minutes from the beach and a 15 minute drive to the historic towns of Canterbury or Faversham. We have listed just a small selection on offer.

The beaches: Take a relaxing stroll along the beach, watch the sunset, or try to spot the occasional seal. To the east of the harbour, walking towards Tankerton Slopes, at low tide you will discover 'The Street', a natural shingle bank that you can walk out to sea on for about half a mile and perhaps discover a mermaid!

The alleys: A number of small alleys criss-cross the town, once used by smugglers to escape from the police. The most notable is Squeeze Gut Alley in which you have to turn sideways to get through - probably best tried before dinner!

Sailing trips: These can be arranged from the harbour office to take you out to the World War II Forts, the windfarm or a seal watching spot in the Thames Estuary.

The harbour: You can sample the daily catch of the local fisherman at the fish markets. The Village located in the heart of the Harbour is a community of local producers, designers, artists, and independent local retailers selling their wares every weekend.

If you are looking for a more active break then there is plenty to choose from.

Local events 2016

  • 2nd & 4th Saturday of every month, Whitstable Farmers Market
  • 23rd to 29th July, The Whitstable Oyster Festival

Where to eat & drink

Although famed for its seafood restaurants, Whitstable offers a wide array of different options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are happy to make suggestions and reservations.

Further afield

Staying in Whitstable provides a good base if you are feeling more adventurous and want to go further afield.

Canterbury is just seven miles away where you can visit the Cathedral and other historic sites and, not least, a great place for shopping. Alternatively, pop to Faversham, a historic market town just eight miles from Whitstable with its navigable creeks, the UK's oldest brewery, and the gunpowder mills where Guy Fawkes planned his plot!

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