What is there to do when staying on holiday in Whitstable?
Whitstable is one of Kent’s most popular holiday destinations – and for good reason! With miles of beautiful, uninterrupted coastline, fantastic pubs and restaurants and a high street teeming with the quirky charm of dozens of boutique and independent shops, every day in Whitstable brings more to experience, explore and enjoy.
There are many things to do in Whitstable but check our top 2 activities!
Harbour Street is a charming little row of boutiques, restaurants and shops, some of which have barely changed in over a hundred years. A pedestrianised one-way system makes it a perfect destination for shoppers, with a host of independent retailers offering a truly unique experience just a stone’s-throw from the beach. Music fans will find a visit to Rock Bottom Records to be a real treat, with the shop’s great atmosphere matched only by their wide-ranging selection of vinyl. And anyone looking for a bite to eat on Harbour Street need look no further than the Coastal Kitchen of Elliots @ No.1 Harbour Street. With a menu divided up into ‘morning, noon and night’ dishes, Elliot’s offers hungry shoppers the chance of a repast throughout the day in a relaxed, fun environment. If you’re stopping in for lunch, be sure to try their famous crab sandwich, which some claim to be the best in Whitstable.
If you’ve ever fancied trying your hand at sailing, then there’s no better place to weigh anchor than Whitstable. If you’re looking to dive straight in, then your best bet is the Whitstable Yacht Club, which offers people of all ages and skill-levels the chance to hit the high seas. For absolute beginners, the club offers a 3 hour taster session for £60, which the chance to get to grips with the basics under the tutelage of one of the club’s instructors. Once you’ve set sail on your way to mastering the sport, the club offers level 1, 2 and 3 courses on picos, stratos and catamarans. For more experienced sailors, the club offers competitive racing throughout the year.
The Whitstable Boating Company offers a range of dinghies, kayaks and paddleboards available for rental. If you’re new to sailing, the Whitstable Boating Company also offers a range of taster sessions to help you find your sea legs. Or if you’re just looking to sit back and relax, they also offer a cruise on their 18-foot catamaran, which is a fantastic way to see the town and the harbour.
Speaking of which, The Greta Thames Sailing Barge offers a unique way to explore the Thames Estuary. First launched in 1892, Greta is a Thames Sailing Barge which for many years carried ammunition, beer, grain and building materials along the Thames. Now fitted out to accommodate members of the public, the barge offers a range of popular sea tours in and around Whitstable, including sojourns to the Maunsell Sea Forts, the Kentish Flats Wind Farms, Herne Bay Pier and Reculver Tower. Journeys up and down the estuary are a fantastic way to explore the rich maritime heritage of Whitstable and experience the town from sea as well as land.