Ten Pin Bowling – AMF operate a fully-computerised ten-lane facility by the seafront just east of
Whitstable Harbour. Open seven days from midday to midnight. Tel 0844 826 3037
Skateboard & BMX Park – Recently opened, this specially designed council facility has separate sections for both BMX bikers and skateboarders. It is situated a mile east of the harbour along the beach at Swalecliffe.
Brewery Bar Nightclub – Whitstable’s only night club plays music as loud as anyone could want as far away from neighbours as possible on the other side of the harbour at the end of the East Quay. Tel 01227 280 280
Public Tennis Courts – Just two hundred yards away along Island Wall, these five well-maintained Council-owned courts are bookable at Windy Corner Stores nearby. Tel 07709 934 233
West Beach – The perfect place for a stay-at-home holiday. With the beach at the bottom of the garden in Island Wall, you can dip your toddlers in and out of the sea, shingle and sun or pop-back inside whatever the demands of the moment. Even parents can relax here because what you need is close at hand.
Public Swimming Pool – Whitstable’s new public baths have a special shallow pool for small children, so when the sea is too cold you can still take them swimming only a half a mile’s push along the beach footpath eastwards.
Children’s Playground – The nearest one is in Cornwallis Circle, only 300 yards away this side of the High Street. It includes a typical selection of swings and climbing frames designed to the Council’s safety standards.
Sportsman Pub – While the original inn dates back to 1642, it was only restored a decade ago, yet this gastro-pub has been twice voted Shepherd Neame “Pub of the Year” and rated Michelin 1 Star. Tel 01227 273 370 (Booking essential)
Crab & Winkle Restaurant – With the local fishing fleet alongside in the harbour and the fish market downstairs, this high class restaurant upstairs completes the fish food chain experience. Tel 01227 779 377
Native Oyster Stores – Housed in the former Dredgerman’s Court on the beach, this is now Whitstable’s best-known restaurant attracting large numbers of visitors from afar. Tel 01227 276 856
Wheelers Oyster Bar – All that now remains of the famous chain is the original bar where the one-way system begins in the High Street. Routiers Recommendation. If you fail to book well in advance, Delia’s recipes are also available to take-away or read-up in her cook-book. Tel 01227 273 311
Giovanni’s Restaurant – Traditional Italian cuisine to the highest standards on the way out of town the other side of the railway bridge. Tel 01227 273 034
Zizzi Pizzeria – Located in the new Horsebridge development, this is the only chain to have successfully invaded Whitstable. Tel 01227 274 152
Shobab – A favourite Indian take-away, conveniently situated at the nearest part of the High Street. Tel 01227 272 325 and 272 717. Home Delivery.
Shangri-La – Upmarket Thai restaurant combines Indian and Chinese traditions just a few hundred yards away, near the theatre on the High Street. Tel 01227 265 800. Home Delivery.
China Chef - Located one mile East, near the Tankerton Roundabout 100 yards inland from the seafront tennis courts, this Chinese restaurant is a cut above the average, specialises in Peking, Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine. Tel 01227 282 688. Home Delivery.
Your seaside holiday home also makes a fine base for cycling tours. Here are four different tours to suit a variety of interests
Short – Coastal Cycling (The Orange Route)
Medium – Marshes & Downs (The Pink Route)
Medium – History Trail (The Green Route)
Long – Garden of Kent (The Blue Route)
For more information, click on the cycle paths link above. Read a testimonial from visiting cyclists.
Sailors & Skiers
Jet-Ski – Located near the Horsebridge, the Boatshed offers the RYA Jet-Ski course for beginners. Tel 01227 281 800. (Booking essential) theboatshedwhitstable.co.uk
Sailing – Wild Times is just half a mile along the beach eastwards by the Whitstable Yacht Club. This RYA approved school uses the Laser Pico for single-handers, Laser Stratos for families and Dart 16 for catamarans. Tel 01227 282 800. (Booking essential) wyc.org.uk
Windsurfing - Wild Times also teaches beginners on modern wide boards designed for maximum stability. For those worried about falling off, conditions are ideal at mid-tide when one can stand in the water. Tel 01227 282 800. (Booking essential) wyc.org.uk
Water Skiing – The Boatshed has a purpose-built Mastercraft X2 speedboat designed for both water-skiing and wakeboarding. Tel 01227 281 800. (Booking essential) theboatshedwhitstable.co.uk
Greta – Experience Whitstable’s maritime history in action. This traditional Thames sailing barge has been plying the East Coast for more than a century and now takes tourists for trips to the WWII Forts, Windfarm and round the Isle of Sheppey. (Booking essential) thamesbarges.co.uk
Whitstable & Seasalter Golf Club - Just on the other side of Island Wall. With its network of ditches this nine-hole seaside course looks deceptively easy: englishgolf-courses.co.uk/kent/whitstableseasalter.php. For the dedicated golfer there are several good full scale courses within a few miles: chestfield-golfclub.co.uk, favershamgolf.co.uk, and pentlandgolf.co.uk
Whitstable Museum - The town has an excellent museum of local history up the High Street. It has extensive displays on Whitstable’s distinctive maritime history including the oyster fishing industry and deep-sea diving. canterbury.gov.uk
Playhouse Theatre - The best of our local actors perform here. Check the programme for forthcoming performances. theplayhousewhitstable.co.uk
South – Crab & Winkle Line – Countryside walk from Whitstable to Canterbury along historic railway line: crabandwinkle.org
East – Whitstable – Take the Orientation Walk from Island Wall around the town suitable for prams and wheelchairs.
West – Saxon Shoreway – Take the Seaside Walk from Island Wall into Swale SSSI Nature Reserve.