Whitstable is a town renowned for its oysters, and its extensive artistic community. Growing out of a small fishing village, the town has a busy harbour, and a yearly Oyster Festival.
This year, the festival HQ is at Whitstable’s Horsebridge Arts Centre. Open every day, you can pick up information there about the festival and speak to our staff. All exhibitions and events are free, but some require advance booking. See whitstablebiennale.com/book or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have access requirements please contact us at email@example.com or call us on 07833 141585. Mobile rates may apply.
A special return bus service will operate from London to Whitstable for the first day of the Biennale on Saturday 2 June. To book the bus, please follow this link.
During the rest of the festival, National Express and StageCoach services leave regularly from London Victoria and local buses will be in operation around Kent. Please check your local bus information service for more details.
Trains from London: Direct trains run from St Pancras or Victoria every hour.
Trains from Margate and Ramsgate: Direct trains run between Margate / Ramsgate and Whitstable every 15–30 minutes.
Trains from Folkestone: Direct trains to Whitstable take 1 hour 20 mins, every hour.
See www.trainline.com for more information, and to check the times of last trains.
Whitstable is off the A299, which leads directly off the M2 motorway. It’s approximately one hour’s drive from London. For a map of car parks in Whitstable see www.seewhitstable.com/Whitstable-Parking.html but remember: Whitstable is a small town with limited access for cars.
The Crab & Winkle Way is a cycle route between Canterbury and Whitstable that takes its name from the pioneering railway line which ran between Canterbury and Whitstable from the early part of the 19th century. It was one of the first to be built in the UK. The route goes through Blean Woods and Clowes Wood, and is about 55 mins from Canterbury.
Staying in Whitstable
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.
Please check the venue listings next to the map in our printed brochure for wheelchair accessible locations and venues. These can be identified by the symbol ♿
Community groups based in Whitstable and the surrounding area can book free tours of the Biennale with our Learning Curator. Tours will be tailored to the needs of the group attending, and will take in a range of the our programme of film, performance and sound works. Students from universities from across the UK are also eligible for a free tour. To find out more and book, get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
For pushchair, wheelchair and accessibility tours, please also direct enquiries to
Other groups interested in a Biennale tour can book by emailing email@example.com. Tour prices are based on group size and requirements.
Download our smartphone guide
Available for iPhone (iTunes) and Android (Google Play). Search for Whitstable Biennale 2018.
Some events require advance booking. See each individual listing for more information and/or whitstablebiennale.com/book. You can also contact us to book, or with any questions about events, at firstname.lastname@example.org and on 07957 575794. Events are free unless stated. Please note that age restrictions apply to some events — check individual events for more details.
The Whitstable Satellite takes place alongside the main Whitstable Biennale programme. The programme provides an open platform for artists, and reflects the diverse artistic practices across Kent and beyond. 50 satellite projects with 130 artists can be visited over the course of the festival in Whitstable, pick up a brochure at the Horsebridge Centre to see what’s on, or visit the Satellite website.