Whitstable is like no other town by the sea. Its traditional charms, strong arts culture and rich maritime history complement Whitstable's modern appeal.

Whitstable's main claim to fame is its oysters which remain an intrinsic part of this sea town's character and are celebrated every July at the Oyster Festival. Oysters and other delicacies from the sea can be enjoyed at the local restaurants and pubs or taken home from the fresh fish market at the harbour.

Whitstable Events

Festive Music & Carols

Christmas Carols

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Christmas Food Festival

Christmas Food Festival

Sun 11 Dec 2016

Strictly Music Hall

Strictly Music Hall

Sun 11 Dec 2016

Made In Whitstable Christmas Showcase

Made In Whitstable Christmas Showcase

Wed 14 - Tue 20 Dec 2016

Shoppers can delight in the town's bohemian charm with independent craft and gift shops, galleries, delicatessens and fashion shops trading side by side with butchers and bakers. When you need to recharge with a drink and food you will be spoilt for choice with a wonderful choice of cafes, restaurants and pubs. Whitstable is one of a very few in the country that has a pub on the beach.

Whether you take the main route through the town or enjoy haphazard progress through quiet lanes and alleyways with eccentric names such as Squeeze Gut Alley, you'll end up at the working harbour. Constructed in 1831 the harbour has an interesting history including diving, shipbuilding and fishing.

Along the coast at Tankerton, grassy slopes dip to meet the sea throwing out an invitation to visitors and locals to walk along the prom and take in some bracing sea air. There's a chance too to get unsurpassed views of Whitstable's skyline from The Street, a wide ridge of shingle stretching out to sea, but only revealed when the tide is low.

With its sense of intimacy and rich character Whitstable has secured a favoured spot in the hearts and minds of all who visit the town.

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Upcoming Events
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date event
Sat 10 Dec Christmas Carols at St Alphege Church
Sat 10 Dec Whitstable Seafarers at Whitstable Museum and Gallery
Sun 11 Dec Christmas Food Festival at Whitstable Castle and Gardens
Sun 11 Dec Strictly Music Hall at Playhouse Theatre Whitstable
Thu 15 Dec Horsebridge Film: The Martian (12) at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre
Thu 15 Dec NT Live: No Man's Land (12A) at Playhouse Theatre Whitstable
Sat 17 Dec Whitstable Seafarers at Whitstable Museum and Gallery
Sat 7 Jan Whitstable Seafarers at Whitstable Museum and Gallery

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