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.




Whitstable Harbour Day

Published: Thursday 20 June

Harbour Day is back on Saturday 3rd August.


Published: Tuesday 18 June

Work on redeveloping Whitstable Harbour’s south quay shed has stepped up a gear.