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More about Whitstable
A haven in the South East, Whitstable has a contemporary atmosphere within a characterful and eccentric coastal setting. 60 miles east of London (80 mins by train from Victoria), and 6 miles north of the Cathedral city of Canterbury, Whitstable is most famous for it’s oysters but recent years has seen its contemporary arts scene and restaurants/pubs gather just as much attention. Regardless of whether its a glorious sunny day or crisp winter one, Whitstable's miles of beaches, pretty weatherboard cottages, fabulous sunsets and cosmopolitan atmosphere, make it difiicult to beat!
Recommended for families are the Hotel Continental, Zizzi's, Farm & Harpers the Duke of Cumberland, or sunset fish and chips on beach side benches. Don't forget to pre-book a meal at the Sportsman, Michelin star winning gastro-pub in nearby Seasalter too.
The Whitstable Oyster Festival takes place every summer. Please click the link above for the actual dates.
The town of Whitstable has been associated with oysters for hundreds of years, and its oyster festival is both a celebration and a series of performances, in the full sense of the word. Relying very much on custom and tradition, it has a spontaneity that is constantly evolving from year to year, yet still retaining its own individual character.
The roots of the festival go back much further than even the locals would think: in Norman times, Whitstable was an established fishing port, and it was the custom then for fishers and dredgers to celebrate with an annual ceremony of thanksgiving.
Whitstable's unique coastal community and seafaring traditions are the main themes of the town's lively museum; with special features on oysters, diving and shipping.
The fascinating collection - with frequent new additions - give townspeople and their visitors an idea of why Whitstable is here, how it grew and how it is changing over the years.
In 2001 the Museum was awarded the international Nautiek Award for services to diving history. This was the first time the trophy had been awarded in the UK - the last recipient was the Naval Undersea Museum in Washington, USA.
Further galleries show pictures of Whitstable's coast and the notable collection of ship 'portraits' which capture the town's trading links around the globe.
A special display focuses on the rich wildlife of the local shoreline - the plants, fossils, shells and birds to be discovered there.
Whitstable was one of the first ten inshore lifeboat stations in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The crew have received four awards for gallantry, and also been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen in the honours lists.
Whitstable Natural History Society
The Society was formed in 1973 and has developed into one of the county's leading natural history groups. From the start its aims have been to encourage an interest in the natural environment and show the benefits and importance of that environment.
The Society has published two books and details of these can be found on the Publications page. Field meetings are arranged throughout the year and these cover most aspects of natural history, including bird watching, flora, fossils, insects and other wildlife. From September to April, the Society meets at 7.45 for 8pm on the last Friday of each month at the Methodist Church Hall, Argyle Road, Whitstable.
If you are a resident or a visitor to Whitstable you may like to follow one of our suggested Walks These will introduce you to some of the interesting areas and wildlife in and around Whitstable.
An area with a variety of attractions to suit all tastes and interests…
With a cathedral city at its heart, the Canterbury, Herne Bay, Whitstable and surrounding countryside dips and sweeps through river valleys, woods and hills to the seaside towns of this beautiful region of Kent.
We hope you will be tempted to stay with us for a while and take your time to explore our glorious countryside, dig deep into our history and heritage, bask on our beaches and bathe in waters that lap more than 80 miles of coastline.