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‘Oysters are like Marmite – you’ll either love them or hate them,’ point out the canny folk at Alberta Holiday Park near Whitstable, a town that’s home to the famous annual oyster festival and where the pearly critters have been harvested since Roman times. They also point out that you don’t have to try them if you don’t want to, but we think watching children tentatively try oysters for the first time is one of the best (i.e. most amusing) culinary experiences you'll ever have.
Based in the village of Seasalter near the oyster haven, Alberta Holiday Park is awash with all things watery: it’s set virtually on Seasalter beach and has a heated outdoor pool – with a safe Splash Zone so that tiddlers don’t get squished. The kids can also dry off in the play area or go loopy with the activities and events at the kids’ club, while there are antics for all ages in the entertainment club.
As this is a Park Holidays site, there are top-notch facilities and amenities: a clubhouse with free wifi and Sky TV, a family diner and takeaway, and a shop for last-minute essentials. The smartly equipped caravans sleep up to six or eight people and all come with gas, electricity, linen and entertainment passes included in the price. And then there’s the seafood, family days out, history and heritage all along this part of Kent – it’s almost like the world’s your oyster…
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Canterbury: Kent Uni. Keynes Coll. Coach Stop
— 4.8 miles
4.8 miles Herne Bay: Town Centre Coach Stop — 6.2 miles
6.2 miles Canterbury Bus Station — 6.2 miles
- Train stations
Whitstable Rail Station
— 2.1 miles
2.1 miles Chestfield & Swalecliffe Rail Station — 3.6 miles
3.6 miles Faversham Rail Station — 4.8 miles
- Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal
— 18.0 miles
18.0 miles Ramsgate Ferry Terminal — 18.5 miles
18.5 miles Burnham on Crouch Ferry Landing — 20.7 miles
Kent International Airport
— 16.0 miles
16.0 miles London Southend Airport — 19.8 miles
19.8 miles Lydd London Ashford Airport — 27.1 miles
* Take the M2 (signposted M2 Dover, Channel Tunnel, Canterbury, Chatham)
* Pass the Medway Service Area (MOTO) and keep in the right-hand lane, then continue forward onto Thanet Way - A299 (signposted Margate, Ramsgate)
* Branch left (signposted Whitstable), A2990
* Turn left onto Church Lane, bear left onto Faversham Road and continue until you arrive at Alberta, Seasalter
Food! Apart from the seafood and other delicacies in Whitstable, foodies can wander along to the village of Seasalter for some top local nosh at The Sportsman pub, the first eatery in the area to win a Michelin star (Seasalter’s also the spot where you might catch a glimpse of Harry Hill or Janet Street-Porter, who both have holiday homes here).
To land your own slippery catch, sea angling and fishing competitions are a stroll away at the seaside village of Herne Bay. This is also the launching pad to work up an appetite with some watersports : try Zapcat racing or jet skiing here, or stick to Whitstable for yachting, water skiing, surfing and sailing. The Whitstable Museum and Art Gallery covers the history of water-based heritage along this stretch of Kent coast – including the oyster trade, natch.
For more munching, a little way inland from Alberta Holiday Park is Brogdale Farm, home of the National Fruit Collection and the biggest collection of fruit plants and trees in the world; there are regular festivals and tasting days as well as orchard tours and courses. Or combine a farm visit with rides, an animal village and more at the Hop Farm Family Park at Paddock’s Wood.
The heritage city of Canterbury, where Chaucer’s pilgrims rested their weary feet, is five miles from Alberta and has England’s oldest cathedral as well as a city wall built in Roman times; there’s also the Marlowe Theatre, named after Elizabethan playwright Kit who was born in the city. History heads can also canter to the cathedral and castle in the historic Kent town of Rochester, visit (and take a balloon flight from) Edward I’s former favourite home Leeds Castle, or amble around one of the several National Trust sites in the county: Knole, near Sevenoaks, was the hunting ground of Henry VIII and the inspiration for Virginia Woolfe’s Elizabethan romance Orlando.
Other day trips from Alberta include a gentle steam along the fourteen miles of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, biking along the Crab and Winkle Way between Whitstable and Canterbury, going ape at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park or Howletts Wild Animal Park, and taking the ferry to Calais to la belle France.
- Whitstable Museum and Art Gallery (1.7 miles)
- West Gate Towers Museum (5.8 miles)
- Canterbury Heritage Museum (5.9 miles)
- Stoneacre (18.9 miles)
- The White Cliffs of Dover (21.1 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.