Wandering around Whitstable with Keepers Cottages

Phoebe Shipton  ·  30th May 2023

Things to do in Whitstable

Known for its bohemian style and fresh rock oysters, Whitstable has always been a hidden gem on the Kent coast. Only a short 1.5 hours drive from London and a stone’s throw from a few of our properties,  Whitstable is the ideal seaside destination this summer. We know that visiting a new place can be daunting, so we’ve packaged up our favourite spots across Whitstable, from pub lunches to the nosing around the antique shops and indulging in some local treats at the  harbour side market. 

The Whitstable Museum and Gallery 

As a volunteer-run museum, the Whitstable Museum is home to many nautical finds including the invention of the very first diving helmet. Open from Thursday to Saturday, spend your weekend trip wandering through history. Home to The Invicta, the World’s first steam locomotive passenger railway, take a trip down memory lane and learn about the first line that ran from Whitstable to Canterbury.

The Sportsman

The taste of Whitstable. Delight in the local delicacies of The Sportsman with their five course tasting menu filled with small and seasonal specials. Unique from day to day, the menu includes traditional dishes that have been freshened up with new spins to experience the food from a new perspective. Choose from a two or three course menu or go for all five dishes, after all, you’re  on holiday!

Buried treasures and gems at the Harbour Market

Locally curated and all British made, the Harbour Market is an open-air market filled with hand-crafted goods and foods. Explore the many stools, from paintings, crafts, pet accessories, jewellery and sweet treats. There is something for everyone and every taste while you meet the craftsmen themselves. 

The Lobster Shack 

Perch on the park benches provided or take it away to sit on the pebbles, The Lobster Shack serves up some of the best seafood available. This beach bar style restaurant offers both hot and cold seafood with different specials each day  and local beers and wines that match the food perfectly. 

Whitstable Castle and Gardens 

Created as the residence of the Pearson Family in the late 1790’s, Whitstable Castle has been a sandstone coloured fortress and the backdrop for weddings, vintage fairs and murder mystery evenings for years. With their summer fair returning this year, Whitstable Castle is one not to be missed this season. With free admission for all visitors, enjoy 40+ food, drink, gift and craft stalls throughout the day with special live entertainment and a chance to dance in the sunshine. 

Ruskin Clothing

Created in the heart of Whitstable, treat yourself during your stay this summer. Ruskin Clothing is an ethical shopping experience run by two generations of the Keeys family. Bringing muted tones of timeless style and sustainable fashion, Ruskin has curated their very favourites from brands such as Samsøe Samsøe, YMC and House of Sunny.

Pearson’s Arms

As Whitstable has been a pilgrimage for fish lovers across generations, Pearson’s Arms is the perfect pub to pop in and relish in a fruit of the sea of your choice. From mussels to meatballs, the Pearson’s Arms has something for every taste. Why not get a selection and enjoy a two or three course set lunch menu. With wholesome, local food, ales and wines, the Pearson’s Arms is far from a usual pub visit. 

Take a look at our Whitstable properties here with availability this summer. 

About Phoebe Shipton

Having studied Marketing at University of Manchester, Phoebe joined the family business in 2020 as Head of Marketing and Operations. Phoebe is focused on making Keepers Cottages stand out, as well as ensuring the bookings flood in!

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