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

Canterbury Society of Art

Canterbury Society of Art Summer Exhibition

Wed 21 Jun - Tue 4 Jul 2017

Bob Male

Watercolour Exhibition

Wed 21 - Tue 27 Jun 2017

Roger Mortimer


Wed 28 Jun - Tue 4 Jul 2017

Charlie Veniga-Garrett

I Am Proud

Wed 5 - Tue 11 Jul 2017

Locus Art Group

Of Land and Sea

Wed 5 - Tue 18 Jul 2017

Playhouse Theatre Whitstable

Jack the Ripper: The Musical

Tue 11 - Sat 15 Jul 2017

Beards of Whitstable - Jack Peilow

Beards of Whitstable

Wed 12 - Tue 18 Jul 2017

Playhouse Theatre Whitstable

Edith's Wartime Scrapbook

Thu 20 Jul 2017

Horsebridge Film: Sully

Horsebridge Film: Sully

Thu 20 Jul 2017

Playhouse Theatre Whitstable

The Counterfeit Sixties

Fri 21 Jul 2017

Playhouse Theatre Whitstable

Legends & Laughter

Sat 22 Jul 2017

Time and Tide: Maritime Heritage Experience

Time and Tide: Maritime Heritage Experience

Sat 22 Jul - Sun 6 Aug 2017

Whitstable Oyster Festival

Whitstable Oyster Festival

Sat 22 - Mon 24 Jul 2017

Playhouse Theatre Whitstable

Nunsense: The Mega - Musical Version

Wed 26 - Sat 29 Jul 2017

Brian Murphy

La Vie et La Dance

Wed 9 - Tue 15 Aug 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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