Education and learning

The harbour and its surroundings offer opportunities for learning for all ages and in many forms.

Educational visits

We welcome organised visits to the harbour from schools. Areas you may find interesting to include are West’s Whelks and our attractive picnic area.

If there is anything that we can do to make your visit to Whitstable Harbour even better, get in touch with our team at the harbour office.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) visits and talks

The lifeboat answers approximately 60 to 70 calls per year, the majority being in the summer months.

All members of our crew are volunteers, with full time jobs elsewhere. The boathouse is normally unmanned, and the crew are summoned by pager, activated by the Coastguards.

If your school or youth group would like to visit the RNLI station, please contact Lifeboat Visits Officer David Hayward on 01227 264489 or at

We can also arrange talks for groups or clubs. Contact Geoff Parry on 01227 264756 for more information.

National Coastwatch station

Find out about the Coast watch on Tankerton Slopes.

Other learning opportunities

There are interpretation panels in many locations, providing information on topics such as the history of the harbour, wildlife, trade, and wind farms.

Why not take a trip on the Thames sailing barge, Greta? Sailing tuition is also available at the adjacent Whitstable Yacht Club.




Balmoral cancels visit to Whitstable Harbour

Published: Friday 09 June

A combination of the recent bad weather and the non-availability of her base in Gravesend has meant the much-loved Balmoral will not be visiting Whitstable Harbour this week and next.

Harbour Board Meeting

Published: Wednesday 12 April

If you would like to come along, the details are here.


Canterbury Society of Art Summer Exhibition

21 June - 04 July

Canterbury Society of Art A large and varied selection of works by local artists Something to interest everyone Come to our "Meet the artist" session on... at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

Watercolour Exhibition

21 June - 27 June

Bob Male An exhibition of watercolour paintings, prints and notelets of local landscapes and seascapes Also paintings of animalsl and general subjects,... at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre