Last weekend, I took some time off from work, determined to spend quality Summer time with the family.
Every Summer, we visit Whitstable for its lovely beach, only a relatively modest driving distance from London.
Last year was rather blustery, but this year we were blessed with warm sunshine.
The town was also celebrating the Oyster festival and there were numerous stalls and activities planned for the festivity.
Lining the coast were numerous colourful beach huts, some available to hire out for the holiday season. The sea was surprisingly warm and the kids swam quite happily. My daughter told me that she felt like she was swimming in the sea in Malaysia.
We flew kites and played cricket on the beach. I was pleasantly surprised by my batting skills, much to the annoyance of my son who had to run for the ball.
A scenic stroll to the other end of the beach brought us to Jojo’s cafe for lunch. The restaurant part of Jojo’s is highly popular but unfortunately we didn’t book in time to secure a space. Note to self – book 2 weeks in advance next year.
The seaside town of Whitstable had that friendly village feel. This year the streets were teeming with visitors, in part due to the Oyster festival and also the warm weather.
There were numerous independent stores in Harbour street, the main high street of the town. One of my favourites was Frank which sold a wonderfully curated collection of home wares.
A few doors down is a cute little shop called Sundae Sundae, selling amazing ice creams, milkshakes, sweets and vintage toys. You can gauge its popularity by the unending queue forming outside.
If you are tired of queueing, you may want to try delicious dairy ice cream from Likett and Smyle’s roaming cart.
We could not finish our day trip to a British beach without sampling the local Fish and chips. I highly recommend V.C Jones on Harbour street.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay, I recommend Whitstable Fisherman huts.
Hope you have enjoyed this post. Wishing you all in advance a wonderful weekend ahead. x