The Sykes’ Canterbury Tales! Part Two

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To read part one of this blog, please click here. Don’t forget, we currently have two holiday cottages near Canterbury: 1) The Old Dairy (ref. 3975) and 2) Dimity Cottage (ref 2349). If you would like to see some of the sights we mention in this two-part blog, why not take a look at these properties?

Part Two

Beyond Canterbury itself, there are plenty of great places for days out. The beaches at Herne Bay and Whitstable are within a short drive. Whitstable and neighbouring Tankerton have excellent sandy beaches; Tankerton’s is a Blue Flag beach. Whitstable, with its pretty harbour filled with gently bobbing fishing boats, is famous for its oysters, and there are plenty of places to try them, especially during the annual Oyster Festival, which provides a riot of  pomp, pageantry and family fun towards the end of July each year. There’s a vibrant arts scene here if you like a bit of culture, and also some good shops that lend themselves to browsing. Herne Bay too is a great coastal spot on your South of England cottage holiday for a spot of quintessentially British seaside fun. Brightly coloured beach huts dot the sand, against a backdrop of neatly planted gardens and the promenade, complete with traditional bandstand. For those holidaying with children, there are plenty of visitor attractions to keep little ones of all ages entertained. Discover the enchanting woodland trails and farm of Druidstone Park at Blean or take a themed boat trip courtesy of Baby Blast Marine at Herne Bay or Whitstable. Seal spotting, the Kentish flats and a Forts Tour are just some of the options on this boat trip with a purpose. Enjoy the natural world with a trip to the lakes, wetlands and woodlands of the Environmental Education Centre at Broad Oak, with pond dipping, bird hides and a comfortable Visitor Centre. For animals of the wilder variety, a trip to Howletts Wild Animal Park at Bekesbourne has gorillas, elephants and close encounters with tigers amongst ninety acres of Wildlife Park. Further afield, Richborough Castle near Sandwich has great views and Roman ruins, whilst Dover Castle, Museum and the White Cliffs Experience make for a rewarding day trip from Canterbury.

For the great outdoors, the Kent countryside offers some lovely walks and cycles. Inland, discover the deep country scattered with picturesque villages and hamlets and most English of English villages, or the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cyclists can enjoy the relatively flat terrain on a marked ride linking Dover, Deal, Sandwich, Whitstable and Canterbury. The Crab and Winkle Way is a largely traffic-free route covering the seven or so miles between Canterbury and seaside Whitstable, passing through the ancient woodland of Blean Woods, making it a great ride or walk to do with the family, with plenty of suitable picnic stops en route. There are many varied bike rides and themed walking routes, such as the Saxon Shore Way or the Stour Valley Walk, available from the regional tourist offices.

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