With summer holiday mode fully activated, The Jolly’s PR machine has sprung into action, bursting to share our What To Do Where in Whitstable essential guide to what to eat, where to drink and how to explore Kent’s most vibrant and best-loved seaside town…

Try a trio of oysters with a glass of fizz [if oysters aren’t for you maybe just the fizz?] Whitstable is Oyster Central – there’s even a festival to celebrate our native catch (three days around 20th July) and the choice of outlets is endless but our money’s on an authentic al fresco experience @ The Forge. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g503922-d3698334-Reviews-The_Forge-Whitstable_Kent_England.html

Explore the shore from West Beach to Tankerton Slopes Take our secret off-road trail straight to the sea, spotting Peter Cushing’s house as you head towards the pub on the beach – The Old Neptune. Stroll on past Ed’s Dream [clue: she’s a land locked mermaid] towards the harbour to try your hand at crabbing (kits for sale at the Harbour Market). Back on the promenade, you can walk along The Street if the tide’s out [clue: you won’t find this on Google Maps]…look out for the end of Herne Bay pier ahead and Maunsell Forts on the horizon. A steep climb up Tankerton Slopes, amongst protected wildlife, leads you to The Marine Hotel around ooh wine o’clock? Cheers to that! https://www.marinewhitstable.co.uk/ 

Check into Whitstable’s vibrant music scene Whitstable rocks! From headline hip hop acts @ The Duke of Cumberland https://dukeinwhitstable.co.uk/  via The Rock Lodge’s open mic night https://www.therocklodge.co.uk/ to Northern Soul on original vinyl @ Revival https://revivalwhitstable.co.uk/ – there’s a musical pub crawl for every taste. Except maybe Grime. And Hard House. Everything else though.

The Italian Job @ David Browns Deli Choose your delicious antipasti platter from the counter, followed by freshly made pasta with a chilled Peroni or Prosecco…finish with a sweet treat and Espresso Martini – Saluti! http://www.davidbrowndeli.co.uk/about.html

Get lost! Follow the trail of historic alleyways that criss-cross town Breathe in through Squeeze Gut, along Beach Alley and down the Wave to reach the sea. A second challenge is to spot all ten of local Banksy type Catman’s trademark artworks around town. http://catmanartist.co.uk/

Sundowners on the beach @ The Old Neptune We’ll keep this simple…mini bottle of Prosecco + picnic table by the sea + glorious sunset over West Beach = living the Whitstable dream! http://www.thepubonthebeach.co.uk/

Go shopping! Whitstable is all about local independent shops – fashion, art, homeware, books, furniture, food and more! A stress-free shopping experience [shop a bit, coffee, shop some more, lunch, bit more shopping, wine] that ticks all our retail therapy boxes. Friendly independent high street – 1, impersonal big brands shopping mall – nil.

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