Debbie Green
7th May 2024

Whether you live in the district or are planning a staycation, Whitstable offers far more than just beaches, oysters and fabulous shopping & food. Although those are tempting enough!

You can also learn a skill by booking a workshop in the town, covering art, wine, upcycling, renovating and so much more. We've compiled a selection of great businesses and organisations offering workshops.

Interested? Make sure you ask to be added to their mailing lists. Remember that the workshops can also be bought as gifts—a unique way to show someone you care!

And don’t forget to share your photos of the day & results of your chosen workshop with the businesses - and tag us in.

Lisa offers terrarium workshops in her green oasis, Fuscia Green Shop, at 106 High Street.

You can book into set workshops or you can organise a private one with a minimum of just two students. The terrariums to take home come in 3 sizes so you can choose the one to suit your home and budget. The shop alone is a great place to visit and see the sheer range of plants, pots & more on offer.

The details can all be found on the website or just pop in to book if you are local.

The Horsebridge Centre offers so many workshops that it's well worth joining its mailing list and following its social media.

Sessions include printmaking with Rochelle Bloom, clay figure making with Steve Postgate, abstract landscape drawing with Kim O’Neil, photography with Ignite Academy, as well as yoga, contemporary dance, and a 'feel good on the inside & glow on the outside' course, there really is something for everyone.

There are also family workshops and seasonal crafts.

The galleries show a huge range of artists, so always plan to pop in to be inspired and enjoy the shop selling locally made gifts & homewares.

Brits Love Vintage at 45 Oxford St, Whitstable, offers various workshops based up on upcycling, refurbishing and furniture painting using Frenchic paints. So if you have always wanted to start a paint project but aren’t sure where to start, contact them to find out more and follow on their socials.

There are also some great antique shops in the town, so you can find the piece you want to work on while here.

We Sell by the Sea, based at 69 High Street, offers a range of creative workshops held in their space by local artists & creatives.

Some of their workshops have included lino cut workshops, Easter flowers, kids inspiration workshops, crocheting, bouquet workshops, beret embroidery using your personal star sign and more!

Follow them on Instagram for the latest news

If wine is your thing, then how about the following...

The Offy at 5 High Street arranges a monthly wine tasting & quiz, a great way to try some new wines, with blind tastings, food and wine-related prizes, plus a raffle. They will also organise a private gin, wine etc tasting so do get in touch to find out more

Or, to experience English and Kentish wines, visit the English Wine Room at 24 Oxford Street. It offers regular small group wine tastings of English sparkling and still wines over weekends, bank holidays and weekday evenings.

Kakawa Chocolatiers, the newest shop in Whitstable based at 75-77 Oxford Street, not only sells amazing chocolates but also offers people the chance to join in with the chocolate making.

There are also sessions for the little ones whilst you enjoy a hot chocolate & a waffle.

The Umbrella Centre on Oxford Street hosts numerous events throughout the year so be sure to look at the what’s on guides when you are planning your visit.

Creative arts, yoga, Tai Chi, music classes for little ones, and more are on the calendar. A great place to meet people and learn new skills.