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Whitstable is a seaside town in northeast Kent, 8 miles from Canterbury. Whitstable is famous for its oysters which have been collected in the area since Roman times. The harbour houses a fish market as well as fish processing, cargo handling and boat storage operations. The big shed of the fish market has a seafood restaurant above, the Crab & Winkle, named after the now defunct Crab and Winkle railway line. Every year the town holds a nine day Oyster Festival in July. The festival traditionally starts with an opening parade and the official "Landing of the Catch", followed by the procession of the oysters in a horse-drawn dray through the town. There is entertainment and local art on display all over town. Harbour Street is home to 3 of the town’s galleries as well as many boutiques and individual shops. The Whitstable Museum and Art Gallery displays artefacts and portraits relating to the town's seafaring traditions. The Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre is yards from the beach and hosts numerous events, classes and exhibitions. The town's main theatre is the Playhouse and the only cinema is called the Imperial Oyster and is found above The Royal Native Oyster Stores restaurant. A notable feature of Whitstable is The Street, a natural strip of shingle bank, located to the east of the harbour. It is revealed only at low tide when it is possible to walk out along it. The town is criss-crossed by numerous small alleys, notably Squeeze Gut Alley. Island Wall, the closest street to the seafront, has several buildings dating from the mid 19th century including the Old Neptune, the Smack Inn and The Wall Tavern pubs. There are many colourful beach huts along the beach up past the harbour. Up on the hill is Whitstable Castle and gardens, the town’s community centre.
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Whitstable Oyster Co (399)
Whitstable Oyster Co (399)
Fish Market
Fish Market
Fishing Boats
Fishing Boats
Harbour
Harbour
Oyster Boat
Oyster Boat
Oyster Stores
Oyster Stores
Fish Huts
Fish Huts
Harbour Boat
Harbour Boat
Yellow Door Palace
Yellow Door Palace
Boats (346)
Boats (346)
Green Shed
Green Shed
A Thing !
A Thing !
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Winch
Winch
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Little Boat
Little Boat
Whitstable Windmill
Whitstable Windmill
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