Places to visit, eat and stay

What to do

Water sports

Whitstable Yacht Club has its headquarters on the western side of the harbour and has raced in Whitstable bay since 1902. Races are held every weekend for dinghies and catamarans, when there can be up to 90 boats on the water.

The Whitstable and District Angling Society is based on the South Quay. It was established in 1932 and enjoys a full programme of both beach and boat competitions during the course of the year.

Whitstable Water Ski Club has been at the heart of water skiing off Long Beach for more than 40 years. The club has held many major international races and produced champions at all levels.

Kite surfing’s Long Beach base has become a well-known national centre for the development of this sport. Transition kite-boarding operates from a base overlooking Long Beach. Riders are attached to a large kite using 30-metre high-tensile lines and usually ride around low tide when the water is shallower.

Windsurfing happens all along the Whitstable shoreline.

Lessons in all water sports are available at the sailing school at Whitstable Yacht Club.


The Thames sailing barge, Greta, is moored in the harbour. Launched in 1892, she was one of the Dunkirk ‘little ships.’  She’s the oldest working ship of all the Dunkirk little ships, providing sailing trips around the Thames Estuary.

Festivals and exhibitions

The internationally renowned Oyster festival and biennale provide weeks of entertainment.

Harbour day is a day of celebration and focus on the harbour, and includes the spectacular Thames Barge race as well as a model railway to celebrate both the harbour’s history and today’s operations.

The fishing fleet and tour of the Union Pluto, an aggregate transporting vessel, are additional attractions.

Food and drink

The Crab and Winkle

The Crab and Winkle restaurant enjoys a prime location with views overlooking the harbour. The company’s fish market is situated downstairs from the restaurant, and the fish is as fresh as you can get. The market also offers a wide range of seafood.

With a flair for cooking, attention to menus, and all-round service, the Crab and Winkle has received national critical acclaim.

Harbour Garden Café

Situated on the South Quay of Whitstable Harbour,  Melanie and Michael opened this unique, alfresco café in 2007.

The Harbour Garden Café is extremely popular with locals and visitors alike.

A guide to eating in Whitstable

Where to stay

From cosy bed and breakfasts to award winning self-catering accommodation, and atmospheric pubs to spacious hotels, Whitstable has it all.

Wherever you choose to sleep, you’re never more than a few minutes from the harbour.

Places to stay




Published: Tuesday 18 June

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

Dredging Report 2019

Published: Friday 12 April

To find details of the Harbour Dredge, look here.