Whitstable is a seaside town on the north coast of Kent in south-east England, 8 kilometres (5 mi) north of Canterbury and 3 kilometres (2 mi) west of Herne Bay. It has a population of about 30,000.
Whitstable is famous for oysters, which have been collected in the area since Roman times and are celebrated at the annual Whitstable Oyster Festival.
Whitstable has been awarded the honour of having the most diverse shopping in the UK, but it has recently been listed by The Times as one of the Top 20 Coolest Places in the UK. And the locals, or natives as they are known, are very keen to protect their independent shops which they regard as key to the town’s economic success