From week-long traditional festivals to the annual carnival, classic car shows to international food fayres and live music to out-door theatre, there is something to suit everyone's tastes
Whitstable Smack & Barge Race
The event, organised by the Kentish Sail Association, is a showpiece for an impressive display of traditional boats including Thames barges, Dutch barges, smacks, bawleys, gaffers, classic bermudans and traditional powered vessels.
Whitstable May Day
May day celebrations with events throughout the day including music, dancing displays, craft stalls, magic shows, punch and judy, Jack-in-the-Green, and refreshments. Morris Dancers usually start parading on the High street in the morning.
1st Monday in May
Whitstable’s first Regatta was held on 7th August 1792 between 26 boats from Whitstable and Faversham to test the boating skills of the local boatmen and sailors. A real sailing spectacle, oyster dredgers, schooners, barques and yachts alike are seen taking part in the annual event. Whitstable is filled with fairground rides, food & craft stalls plus there is usually an Air Display off Tankerton Slopes. The event ends with a spectacular firework display.
The festival is traditionally held on the last week of July at the point where the oyster season ends and a period where fishermen are able to take a break from their work. Throughout the town centre and stretching to the harbour areas, a number of week-long festivities will take place including exhibitions, displays, musical performances and fireworks.
Last weekend in July
Canterbury’s Cooking – A Festival of Food & Drink
The last weekend of September sees the Dane John Gardens become a giant smorgasbord as you walk and feast on the delights brought to you by Canterbury Food and Drink Festival.
Last weekend in September
The Whitstable carnival celebrates its 113 year old tradition. Local businesses and organisations put on a great spectacle of sound and colour.
Beginning of August