Things to do

Artistic Times
Visit Art Holidays Whitstable for art courses, teaching and bespoke artistic breaks.

Family Fun
Whitstable has been a favourite with families for generations with the beach being an obvious attraction for children and parents alike. There is also a swimming pool, golf course, bowling alley and museum.

Whitstable Carnival
The carnival is a big favourite with floats created by many local businesses, community groups and organisations every year. The 115th Whitstable Carnival will be held on Saturday 4th August 2012. Harbour Day is in the morning on the same day and is a lovely chance to get a closer look at the workings of the Harbour and enjoy the stalls and attractions on offer.

In 2012 there will be the 219th Whitstable Regatta held on Saturday 18th August and Sunday 19th August on Tankerton Slopes and in Tankerton Bay for the Waterborne Regatta. This great family day out features traditional fair-ground rides, amusements and activities for all!

Oyster Festival
Whitstable has of course been associated with oysters since Roman times and each year celebrates this with its week-long Oyster Festival. The whole town comes out to see this historic event, with the Sea Scouts performing a special ceremony along with live music and events and the Oyster Parade snaking along the High Street. The 2012 Whitstable Oyster  Festival will be held between Saturday 21 July through to Friday 27 July.

Click here to view photos of previous parades

Thames Sailing Barges
Whitstable is also home to several historic Thames Sailing Barges and you can takes trips from the Harbour around the Thames Estuary and back for very reasonable prices.

Whitstable Castle is a popular attraction in the town with pretty grounds and The Orangery Tea Rooms. Parking is available, and The Castle can also be hired for wedding, civil partnerships and other events. Click here for full details.

Art & Antiques
Whitstable has always been a haven for artists and there are several galleries in the town, including the Walker Platt Art Gallery and the lovely little Fish Slab Gallery.

Antiques shops also feature along the main shopping street with several antiques dealers making their home in Whitstable, with Warehams particularly standing out.


Whitstable is only 70 miles from central London, and links you by high-speed train directly into Stratford, where the Olympic Stadium is located and the main 2012 Games will be held.

The journey takes an hour and you won’t need to brave the crowds in central London, making The Seagull Whitstable an ideal place to stay during the Olympics!
Hang out by the sea, then take a quick train straight to the Games, watch your event and be back in time for a barbeque on the beach!

Click here for the Games Journey Planner and search for “Whitstable” and “Stratford International” stations to plan your trip.

Long Beach in Whitstable is famous for water-sports, with international windsurfing, kite surfing ,  jet-ski and water-skiing competition held there. Whitstable Yacht Club has been around for over 100 years, and you can find out all about water-sports on offer, including lessons for novices, here:

To find out more about waters-sports in the area more generally, click here:

There are several shops in the town dedicated to sailing and surfing, including Whitstable Windsurfing and Whitstable Marine.