Whitstable is an inspiring town located on the coast in Northern Kent, looking out across the Thames Estuary towards Essex and across the Swale to the Isle of Sheppey. The huge attraction of the area is its undamaged natural beauty, a working harbour with a lively fish market and a traditional seaside with far reaching pebble beaches. But let’s not forget that it is also a sophisticated town with many excellent restaurants, thriving pubs and an arty community, whose recent redevelopment has resulted in it being known as “Islington-on-Sea”. Static caravans for hire can be found on a number of holiday parks in Whitstable including Seaview Holiday Park, Alberta Holiday Park, Whitstable Seaview and Walden’s Of Seasalter to name a few.
History of Whitstable
First appearing in the Domesday book as “Witenestaple”, the history of the town goes back even further to Roman times, when oysters were exported from here to the Roman Empire. The oysters were the legend of the town up until the 1950s, when their production almost died out. In 1830 the opening of the world’s first steam railway connecting Whitstable and Canterbury, five miles apart, and together with the famous oysters attracted many Victorian holiday makers to the area. Whitstable became a thriving bathing, seaside town.
Crabbing on the beach
For at least a century children have been crab collecting on Whitstable beach. The best location is known to be on the West Beach where, with a crab line and a whelk or a piece of bacon attached to it you are set for crabbing. At times of low tide it’s easier to catch the crabs; just dig around in the damp sand at the base of the rocks on the beach. It’s a good way to keep the kids entertained for several hours while the sun is shining, just watch out for the crabs nipping your fingers.
Whilst there are many modern activities for children to enjoy on caravan holiday parks, crabbing is something totally different, interesting and drags them away from electronics. You’ll be surprised how much they will enjoy it.
Head from the East of the town towards Herne Bay, and you will see the colourful beach huts on the Tankerton Slopes, where the kids will enjoy running up and down. The best time to visit Tankerton beach is at low tide, when you can walk along the sandy area known as “The Street”. There is a path that runs behind the beach that you can cycle or walk along, all the way to Herne Bay.
South Swale Nature Reserve
The shingle shore and marshy reed beds on this reserve are important migratory and breeding grounds for thousands of breeds of bird waders and wildfowl such as redshanks, golden plover, marsh harriers and reed warblers. The area is also home to many insects, as well as wild flowers and plants. During the winter months it is quite exposed and wild, but on a sunny day you can walk along the beach and raised paths as far as Faversham.
Many birdwatchers rent a caravan for a short weekend break or sometimes a week or two, to spot the many species in this bird sanctuary.
Due to the close proximity of Whitstable to the City of London, you will be able to not only enjoy the seaside and countryside, but also the bright city lights for night life and shopping. If you are an owner of static caravans for hire, Rent My Caravan has thousands of potential holidaymakers waiting to book a caravan holiday on the Kent coast, so make sure they can see yours by advertising with us.