We visit the little-known gem that is Faversham, a market town set among the Kent apple orchards, and the seaside at Whitstable, famous for oysters. The day includes morning coffee and lunch in a great pub.
Meet our Blue Badge guide at 10.30am in Faversham for morning refreshments (included) before exploring the town on a gentle stroll to see some of the 475 listed buildings. This is one of the most attractive and historic small towns in Kent and one of the few places outside of London where a king and his queen were buried.
We discover the finest medieval street in England, an old-world chemist with mortar and pestle shop sign, and the art deco cinema. Back to the pub for a lunch of farmhouse ham, egg and chips or vegetarian option – individuals can sort themselves out for desserts and bar drinks as desired on the day.
Whitstable has picture-postcard weatherboard cottages and streets with eccentric names, such as Squeeze Gut Alley. The harbour, flanked by fishermen’s huts and sail lofts was built to serve the “Crab & Winkle Line” linking Canterbury and London to the steam ships.
Tradition has it that Julius Caesar came to Britain to enjoy the Whitstable native oysters, already famous 2,000 years ago! If you’re not game for oysters you can always settle for a cup of tea before heading home at 4.45pm with lungs full of sea air.
Cost: £65, including morning coffee, lunch and driver’s gratuity
|Coach departure places and times|
|8.45am||Brockham Middle Street near junction with Oakdene Road|
|8.55am||Dorking outside Dorking Halls|
|9.00am||Dorking opposite Waitrose|
|9.05am||Dorking Knoll Road bus stop (on Horsham Road between Harrow Road East and Tower Hill Road)|
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