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Why You Should Go to Whitstable

By Wanderlust23

Many seaside towns in the UK are in dire need of regeneration.  Many are cheesy, touristy or some are so deserted that they are depressing and the local economy is failing.  On the flip side of that coin there are many beautiful seaside towns that are doing well and so worth the trip like St Ives and Broadstairs.  Two seaside towns that I hope to visit again.

One seaside town that falls in the doing well group is Whitstable.   It is one of the first seaside towns you reach when escaping the big smoke and venturing south east into Kent.  It has a charm that easily pulls you in and invites you to explore.

The Harbour - Whitstable

I’ve blogged about Whitstable in the past but the reason why you must go next summer is the yearly Oyster Festival.  Held the last week in July it sees the harbour come to life with down from Londoners and surrounding Kent folk.  Year on year the festival gains in popularity and at times the harbour gets packed to heaving levels.

Oysters - Whitstable Oyster Festival Kent

The native or flat oysters are what have made the town famous.  I’ve often seen a stall at the Southbank from the Whitstable Oyster Co as well.  Plenty were served up but not being much of a seafood fan myself I skipped them.  Thankfully there are many tasty treats scattered around the harbour to indulge your tastebuds.

Kioks - Whitstable Oyster Festival

Besides food and drink there are stalls showcasing clothes and many other unique gift items.  After spending time eating and generally walk around we watched the annual parade which was slightly underwhelming, I’d skip this in future.

Parade - Whitstable

Moving on from the festival I suggest taking a stroll down the town centre where you will find cute independent shops.  I loved this dress and umbrella below.

Dress and parasol - Whitstable town

The beach adjacent to the harbour is similar to Brighton with pebbles rather than sand.  I’ve never seen it full even with the festival in full swing.  So if it does become too packed a 5 minute walk gets you away from the crowd.  Near the beach you will find these colorful cottages that you can admire below.

Colourful cottages in Whitstable

Travel to Whitstable from London is around an hour and a half and it is best for a day trip.  If you do stay in the area I suggest also visiting Canterbury.

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