Arr me hearties and all you landlubbers gather your young buccaneers and merfolk for a swashbuckling seaside adventure.
Just a stone's throw away from Canterbury are the seaside towns of Herne Bay and Whitstable; only 4 miles separate the two coastal towns so why not hop on your bike, take in some fresh sea air and begin exploring?
Those in search of traditional seaside magic will find it here in Herne Bay. Beautiful beaches and Victorian architecture combine to allow your children to create their own magical memories while you relive yours.
There is so much fun to be had on the beach, children will love collecting shells, building sandcastles and paddling in the sea. The beaches and wide promedades make Herne Bay ideal for a family day out at the seaside.
For those in search of traditional seaside magic, you will find it in Herne Bay. Two miles of splendid seafront offer seaside favourites in the shape of candyfloss, ice cream parlours, cafés, friendly pubs and fish and chip bars.
Once your pirates have exhausted themselves out on the beach there is no better time to commandeer the nearest fish and chip shop for a spot of lunch or enjoy your own pre packed lunch on one of the many benches scattered along the promenade.
Head towards Whitstable and drop anchor at Tankerton to enjoy spectacular views of the bay and at low tide the famous 'Street', before setting sail once more on your fun adventure to Whitstable.
Whitstable Harbour is the last stop on this fun-filled adventure, children will love learning more about the fully working harbour from one of the 11 new boards that form an information trail around the harbour, covering various topics including water sports, wind farms, wildlife, aggregates importing and whelk fishing.
It is a great opportunity to sample some of the scrumptious seafood there is on offer and you may even catch a glimpse of the many fishing boats that come and go during the day.
The cliff-top lawns of Tankerton Slopes, with their colourful beach huts, roll gently towards the sea and provide and excellent vantage point to watch the nautical world go by. Get views of the wartime forts and Southend.
This working harbour's activities include fishing, commercial shipping, restaurants, café, shellfish and fish sales, sailing barge trips, wind farm operations storage facilities and beach hut rental.
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.
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 Cut 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.