What to do in Herne Bay & Whitstable
There’s always plenty to do whilst staying at our beachfront holiday rental accommodation in Herne Bay. With Whitstable in walking distance, Herne Bay is the ideal location to come home to when visiting all the costal and inland attractions around North East Kent. Below are some of the places we’d recommend, out of the hundreds of different places you could visit in Kent. We hope you enjoy the page and enjoy your stay at our beachfront holiday home.
Whitstable Harbour is still a working harbour, full of fishing boats and even an old lifeboat. If you arrive at the right time you’ll be able to watch as the fishing boats unload their catch of the day. There is also a wonderful permanent craft market set around the harbour where you can see and buy a variety of hand crafted goods including jewellery, wrought iron work, ceramics, textiles and furniture. The micro eateries serve a huge variety of food, from fresh wraps, burgers, Thai, and it would not be Whitstable without a delicious serving of fried fish and oysters.
Whitstable Harbour is about an hours walk along the seafront front from Jarrahdale Beach House
Meander the old cobbled streets of Canterbury, visit the world famous cathedral, visit some of the six museums, the castle and the abbey. That’s not forgetting the seven art galleries and six theaters, the array of shops and restaurants.
There’s so much to do in Canterbury and it’s only a 15 minute drive from our Beachfront House
Walk to Reculver Towers
The walk to Reculver Towers takes around an hour from our holiday rental in Herne Bay. Once there you can see the imposing twin towers of the medieval church at Reculver, as well the ruins of an early Roman Fort. There’s a café at Reculver and also The King Ethelbert Inn that does amazing food.
Whitstable Oyster Festival
The famous Oyster Festival is centred around Whitstable harbour which is only an hours walk from Jarrahdale Beach House, along the costal path.
The festival is now named the Whitstable Rocks Oyster Festival and is usually held in September of each year. To find out more about the festival and all the events that make up the festival visit their website.
Visit Wildwood Herne Bay
With over 200 different types of native animals set in over 40 acres of woodland, Wildwood is definitely worth a visit with the children. The kids can go wild in the amazing adventure playground which has slides a wild fort and tree-top towers! Animals include Wolves, Bison, Deer, Owls, Foxes, Red Squirrels, Wild Boar, Lynx, Wild Horses, Badgers, Beavers and more. Wildwood is only a 13 minute drive from Jarrahdale Beach House, for more information on times and facilities visit their website on this link. www.wildwoodtrust.org
Vintage Lifeboat Trips
Enjoy a ninety minute cruise to visit the seals or a thirty minute boat trip along the coast of Whitstable aboard a vintage Lifeboat. Only open during the months of April to October. www.vintagelifeboattrips.co.uk
Herne Bay Pier
Herne Bay Pier is a great day out for all the family, with a carousel, kiddie rides, carnival games and amusements, shops and places to eat and drink.
The Herne Bay Pier that you see today is the third pier to stand on this site and we’d highly recommend reading up on the pier history before you visit. The pier used to go over a thousand meters out into the sea. In fact, you can still see the old pier head detached way out in the ocean. Parts of the pier were intentionally destroyed in World War Two to prevent enemy landings. In the 1960s the sea froze, causing a lot of damage to the structure, and then it was battered by storms in the 1970s. We hope that one day the entire length of the pier will be re-built to it’s former glory.
Visit Margate and Dreamland
Only a half hour drive from Jarrahdale Holiday Rental you find Margate and Dreamland.
Trendy vintage stores and antique shops share adjoining walls with hipster cafes and chic seafood restaurants and then of course there’s Dreamland for the kids! Margate is the up and coming town of East Kent, there’s so much to for young and old, so definitely worth a visit.
The Seaside Museum Herne Bay
There are activities for kids to take part in too, making it a fun addition to your seaside day trip
One of the loveliest beaches in Thanet but it does get busy on warm days. When the tide is out it is great for looking for fossils and exploring the rock pools.
Discover underground living in World War 2 Britain by visiting the UK’s largest network of wartime tunnels, only a 20 minute drive form Jarrahdale Beach House. Visit the Ramsgate Tunnel Website for more information.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
If you fancy getting out on the water, and perhaps trying a new activity too, we’d definitely recommend learning to stand up paddle board or Kayak. Herne Bay Paddle Co. offers paddleboard and kayak rental, plus a range of classes to teach beginners right up to the most advanced. Once you get your balance, you could book onto one of the guided tours which go to the Reculver Towers, the Old Pier Head and Whitstable. If you’ve got your own paddle board or wind surfing board, there’s plenty of outside space to store it during your stay at the Jarrahdale Holiday let.
A Boat Trip to Maunsell Sea Forts
Why not take a boat trip to see the Maunsell Sea Forts, originally forming part of London’s defence against the Luftwaffe in world war 2. Visit the wind farms or enjoy a Seal Safari.
All these boats trips are available leaving from Whitstable Harbour. For more details visit Whitstable Boat Tours .
View the legendary Sunsets
The position of our Beachfront holiday rental in Herne Bay means you’ll get some of the best sea views and sunsets in Kent. On a clear evening, sit on the balcony of our holiday let and enjoy the amazing sunsets over the panoramic sea views.
Cycling or Walking the Oyster Bay Trail
If you enjoy cycling or walking with great sea views, big open skies and historical landscapes, then this route is for you! Approximately 7 miles of amazing sea views
on this mainly traffic free route, between Whitstable and Reculver. It’s the perfect day out whether you are cycling or walking and there’s plenty of nature to experience as well as pubs and cafes along the way. Our Beachfront Holiday let is right on the Oyster Bay Trail in Herne Bay.
Broadstairs is a beautiful seaside town packed with things to see and do for all the family and only a 30 minute drive from our holiday rental in Herne Bay
The spectacular coastline provides seven sandy beaches including Viking Bay, Botany Bay and Joss Bay ideal for a day trip to the beach with the kids. Broadstairs is full of shops, restaurants, pubs and cafe’s so whatever the reason, don’t miss out on a visit to Broadstairs.