Whitstable Harbour Day is now an established annual event run by Whitstable Maritime and Whitstable Harbour Board. It takes place in August every year and is regularly attended by around 8,000 visitors – and approximately 150 volunteers helping on the day.
In 2020 the event will take place over two days – with Harbour Day on Saturday 1st August, and a brand new two day event, the Whitstable Boat Show, also taking place in the harbour area on both Saturday and Sunday (2nd August).
Previous Harbour Days have seen the harbour packed with boats, traditional barges, smacks and Old Gaffers racing offshore and Margate’s deep water lifeboat on display onshore. Visitors have been able to go aboard a 60 ft. Border Force Maritime Command and a 55 ft. Inshore Fisheries and Conservation coastal patrol boat and catch local community radio station live broadcasts from the event.
The programme for Harbour Day is designed to showcase the town’s many talents and has in previous years included bands, children’s drama, a choir and fancy dress.
The 40 or so stalls that line the quays on the day invite visitors to explore and experience the town’s maritime heritage. Marine ecology, water safety, water pollution, plastics, coastal management and oyster farming have been among the popular – and topical – themes highlighted in previous years. Activities such as ropework, creative marine art, and model boat building have also been showcased.
Of course, every year features a different set of events and attractions, and planning is now under way for the 2020 event. If you would like to be sent advanced details of Harbour Day 2020 before they are released to the general public – including a complementary programme as a PDF that you can download to your smartphone or tablet – please register now via our Contact page and select “Harbour Day”.
Harbour Day Programme 2019 (16 pages)