Chartering from Whitstable Harbour in the summer months you can sail around the historical Thames Estuary Forts and wind farm, taking in views of the Whitstable and Herne Bay coastline.When you need a rest and a bite to eat, you won't be disappointed as there is a wide variety of independent restaurants and cafés dotted around the town.Screen Archive South East holds another film about Whitstable by John and Leslie Grimsdale, a colour film entitled Manuscript and printed records for the County of Kent including books, pamphlets, maps, illustrations and microfilm, reflecting Kent's local history.
A shot of a cow in a field is accompanied by a jokey caption and a shot of a butcher’s shop. Couples, many in formal evening wear, dance at the Castle Pleasure Garden. Water sports and games take place in the shallower water. Outside, a children’s fancy dress competition takes place and carnival floats gather for the start of a parade. Planes taking part in the South Coast Air Race fly past over the coast.
Pairs of young girls dance, one of them presents a bouquet of flowers to a woman and the dancing continues. The Mayor inspects members of the St John Ambulance, then takes the salute as they march past. Shots of the participants in costume and their floats follow. Floats include the Carnival Queen, a Whitstable Oyster Company float, decorated prams, people on horseback, a windmill, a wedding cake float and many more. Guests of honour and dignitaries give speeches from a platform at the Cripplegate Annual Grand Fete. A Festival of Britain poster advertises ‘The Churches Rally’.
A newspaper headline declares: ‘Natives of Whitstable Live Longer’.
A close-up of an invitation for an outing to Hastings and Polegate is followed by shots of elderly people taking a coach trip. “Whitstable Festival Week” The Mayor and Mayoress open the proceedings, followed by scenes inside an exhibition displaying artefacts, models and paintings.
A small crowd gathers at Chestfield Cricket Ground for the opening of the Swalecliffe and Chestfield fete. Girl-pipers march through the grounds and others perform a Scottish dance. A close-up of a newspaper article and a Bible precede a shot of the Sea Cadets’ band, members of St John Ambulance and nurses parading along the street and entering a church. A few scenes urging people to volunteer for youth work and Bible classes inside the exhibition bring the film to a close.
The ‘Whitstable Old People’s Welfare Committee Garden Party’ takes place at the Castle Pleasure Garden. There are shots of them sitting in deckchairs, watching young girls perform a dance. The celebrations featured in this film are typical of the Festival of Britain events held in towns and villages nationwide.The Whitstable Museum and Art Gallery enables you to discover local stories of the seaside and the town's history including oyster fishing, diving and ship building.There are regular exhibitions in the connecting art gallery and a programme of special events. Head to Harbour Street for the independent boutiques and gift shops or Whitstable Harbour Village (open at weekends) where you will find artists, artisans, food producers and more all trading from traditional fisherman's huts.Whitstable Castle & Gardens has stunning gardens overlooking Whitstable Bay.Dating back to the 1790s this wonderful folly's highlights include the castle roof garden, Orangery tea room, pirate-themed area for children and beautiful gardens containing a wide variety of plants, trees and garden features.The Crab and Winkle Way is an excellent 7.5 mile (12km) mainly traffic-free route between Canterbury and Whitstable.