One of the most agreeable spots along the north Kent coast and a popular day-trip destination for Londoners, pretty, bohemian WHITSTABLE has been farming the oysters for which it is famed since classical times, when the Romans feasted on the region’s marine delicacies. Oysters are still farmed in the area today, but Whitstable is nowadays more dependent on its commercial port, fishing and seaside tourism. The annual Oyster Festival (last two weeks of July) sees the town come alive with parades, performances and a raucous oyster-eating competition.

Follow the signs at the top of the vibrant High Street, with its delis, restaurants and gift stores, to reach the seafront, a quiet shingle beach backed by pretty weatherboard cottages and a line of colourful beach huts.

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