Whitstable and Tankerton and Knitting by the Sea

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I’ve blogged about Whitstable before as it’s somewhere I love to go. This week’s visit included a pop into a tiny antique shop which really appeals to me with my crafting hat on.  Vintage sewing patterns, haberdashery and linens (not the same ones!) – it’s like a walk into my late mother’s sewing room, or seeing my grandmother’s linen collection of hand embroidered table cloths and antimacassars. If you are ever in Whitstable you must visit Anchors Aweigh Vintage at 63 Harbour Street !

Whitstable town has a selection of independent traders, an arty vibe, some great eateries, but it’s also a working fishing harbour.   Another time I would have stopped for a plate of something freshly fried.  At Weekends during the summer months this harbour area is a hive of activity with stalls selling edible treats and tasteful seaside trinkets.


After my jobs this time, I parked at Tankerton Slopes, just beyond Whitstable.  There is a huge expanse of shingle beach and an uninterrupted view out to sea.  Midweek it’s very quiet and peaceful.  I took out my knitting and worked a few rows before heading home.  That was my treat for my trip and it certainly topped up my yearning for being beside the sea more frequently.


Still working on a baby dress, it’s slow going due to a hand complaint! I am itching to get it finished.

7 thoughts on “Whitstable and Tankerton and Knitting by the Sea

    shazza said:
    April 21, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Blue skies are heaven. 😁

    quietwatercraft said:
    April 23, 2018 at 9:27 am

    My family used to go to Whitstable a lot when we lived in Kent, but I was only little so I don’t really remember it. It looks gorgeous though, maybe worth another visit now I’m all grown up

      tinaor responded:
      April 23, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      It still has a very traditional British coastal feel to it. I love it! And, if you are lucky enough to find a little coffee booth near the yacht club they give out free doughnuts with hot drinks!!!

    ReginaMary said:
    April 23, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Such pretty photos! I love knitting by the water.

      tinaor responded:
      April 23, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      Me too. Knitting in the fresh air and with the sea in view – mmm, bliss!

    healthynativewhitstable said:
    July 31, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Hi Tina, you don’t look like you have been getting on too back with the Baby dress, has it arrived yet? Just to let you know I am starting to pull together a Whitstable guide as the seewhitstable one is not being updated any more. Might be handy for your readers: https://healthynativewhitstable.wordpress.com/ – ps will add Anchors Aweigh soon!

      tinaor responded:
      July 31, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      You lucky thing living in Whitstable – I love to visit when I can. The baby dress was not finished – unfortunately I was adjusting the meaurements to fit a one year old and realised half way through it would be a poor fit.

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