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

Beverley Fisher

Beverley Fisher

Wed 16 - Tue 22 Aug 2017

Karen Wynyard

Up The Wall

Wed 16 - Tue 22 Aug 2017



Wed 23 - Tue 29 Aug 2017

Summer Fair

Summer Fair

Mon 28 Aug 2017

Dave Martin

English Aftershow

Wed 30 Aug - Tue 12 Sep 2017

Ruth McDonald


Wed 30 Aug - Tue 5 Sep 2017

Playhouse Theatre Whitstable

NT Live: Yerma (15)

Thu 31 Aug 2017

C.A Grant

Cane Brake

Wed 6 - Tue 12 Sep 2017

Access 10

Beyond Reality

Wed 13 - Tue 19 Sep 2017

Kiffy McPherson

Kiffy McPherson

Wed 13 - Tue 19 Sep 2017

Playhouse Theatre Whitstable

The Lion in Winter

Tue 19 - Sat 23 Sep 2017

Sean Deane

Around & About Kent

Wed 20 - Tue 26 Sep 2017

Charles Borrell Echoes of the Sea

Echoes Of The Sea

Wed 20 - Tue 26 Sep 2017


Horsebridge Film: Lion

Thu 21 Sep 2017

Ann Palmer

A Breath of Fresh Sea Air

Wed 27 Sep - Tue 3 Oct 2017


Art About Thing

Wed 27 Sep - Tue 3 Oct 2017

Playhouse Theatre Whitstable

One Night at the Playhouse

Sat 30 Sep 2017

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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