With the kids back in school, the nights drawing in and the weather beginning to get colder, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas.
Christmas in Whitstable has its own unique charm, with traditional carol services and long walks on the beach, so why not enjoy this festive season by the sea?
Tankerton Christmas Market
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a traditional Christmas market, and this year’s market returns to the slopes on Sunday 4th December.
A number of stalls and attractions have already been booked, including face-painting, photography, Flutterby Me Jewellery, and the Whitstable Twinning association.
Christmas Food Festival at Whitstable Castle
This year Whitstable Castle hosts its inaugural food festival – a one-day celebration of the very best food and drink that Kent has to offer.
Featuring stalls showcasing locally-sourced and artisanal produce, Whitstable’s Christmas Food Festival also hosts a number of Kentish breweries and wineries – making it the perfect place to pick up a tasty tipple.
Whitstable Castle, or Tankerton Towers as it was known after its construction by the Pearson family in the 1790s, is a wonderful example of mid-period georgian architecture situated on the seafront just a short walk from the harbour.
Serving these days as a highly sought-after venue for prestige events such as weddings and parties, the castle features a public park complete with extensive ornamental gardens, maintained by a team of gardeners working year-round to ensure every season is filled with colour and life.
There is also a children’s play-area, perfect for kids to run around in, perhaps while you enjoy a spot of tea at the castle’s Orangery Tea Rooms, open seven days a week.
Whitstable Christmas Farmer’s Market
Whitstable’s famous farmer’s market returns for the festive season on Sunday 18th December.
As well as the usual range of fresh local and artisanal produce, the Terlingham Vineyard has a new stall showcasing the very best in Kentish wine, whilst a local favourite returns bringing chocolate, fudge and other sweet snacks and tasty treats.