Planning your visit

Travel Advice

Whitstable is a small town with limited access for cars and will get very busy during the festival, particularly the opening weekend. Where possible, please arrange to travel on foot or by public transport.

  • Rail   Whitstable is easily accessible by rail with regular trains from London Victoria and from Thanet.  Whitstable railway station is a ten minute walk from the town centre.  For more information visit Whitstable is less than 15 minutes rail journey from Herne Bay to the east or Faversham to the west, with car parking available at these stations.
  • Bus   A regular bus service from Canterbury and Herne Bay is provided by Stagecoach. For information about this and other bus services visit
  • Coach  Many coach operators provide excursions to the Festival. Look out for these in your locality.
  • Cycling   The Crab & Winkle Way is a popular cycling route between  Canterbury and Whitstable, a picturesque and enjoyable way to travel to the Festival for children as well as adults. For more information about cycle routes visit
  • Car Travel  Please visit Canterbury City Council’s website for parking information. Canterbury City Council will be providing a Park & Ride Service during the opening weekend. The Park & Ride will run from the Kent Messenger car park, Estuary View Business Park CT5 3SE from 9am-7pm on Sat 27th and 10am-7pm on Sun 28th July. Buses will run every 15 minutes with a cost of £1 Adult return and 50p Child return.
  • WTFC’s Car Park of 75-80 spaces is being made available to visitors for the duration of the Oyster Festival Week. It will be clearly signposted at the bottom of the large hill running down to the town (Borstal Hill) and thereafter directional signs will take visitors to the rear entrance of the WTFC ground. Visitors will be ‘personally greeted’ at the entrance to the car park. Cost is £6.50 (cash only) for the whole day.

There is range of accommodation on offer in and around Whitstable. You can find further information at Visit Canterbury, the official tourism website for the Canterbury district.

Information for disabled people

If you have any special needs when visiting the festival or require further information, please contact us (by phone 0203 384 9841 or by email