Whitstable Castle and Gardens were awarded the Green Flag award in 2012 and again in 2013. Please do take a look at our management plan and other supporting information which is available to download below as a PDF or word document
Whitstable Castle Gardens has become one of the most popular local destinations since the restoration project was completed in September 2010. Extensive ground works have been undertaken to achieve this unique setting for the whole family and all abilities to enjoy.No matter what season there is always something different for you to see and enjoy in the gardens. Along with the hard landscaping there is also the addition of the new adventure play area containing play equipment such as the Pirate ship, swing, roundabout and also the inclusion of interactive items such as the sandpits and water feature.
The Castle Gardens have hosted many community events since re-openng including the return of the Whitstable & Herne Bay Lions Club May Day Fair. Treasure hunts have been very popular as well as our Scarecrow festivals held in October 2011 and 2012 with over 30 entries annually and over 200 families taking part in the trail around the gardens. The Easter egg trail proved to be a big hit with the younger children and over 150 children along with their families took part. Running alongside this were craft workshops in the new Castle Studio, a wooden building erected in 2011 with help from funding given by the Castle Centre Association, George Wilson Ltd and other local groups.
During the summer Whitstable Brass hold free open air concerts on the top terrace. Tango proved very popular in July last year with a temporary dance floor installed in the Rose Garden. The Pirate Treasure Hunt (as part of the Oyster Festival) brought families, not only from Whitstable and the district but from London and beyond.
Whitstable Castle Gardens have been recognised locally by wining the 2011 Best Public Open Space award in Whitstable In Bloom. As well as this, for the last three years we have entered Kent Wildlife 'Wild About Gardening' competition winning bronze in the first two years and a silver last year. The gardens attract a wide variety of wildlife from birds, insects, mammals, foxes etc. Bats have returned to the Castle gardens and can be seen searching for food at dusk. Stag beetles have always been a resident here and new habitats have been built to help with the protection of them. We have a pair of regular, nesting blue tits in an unusual home - the column for the main car park CCTV camera; the pair can be seen busy returning to the nest with new nesting material and now insects for the young.
The Castle Garden can also boast to having the biggest living Christmas tree in Kent, adorned with some 500 LED energy efficient lights, the tree is lit up in late November and stays on throughout December.
Green Flag Award Management Plan details - Download here
Litter, vandalism and maintenance policy 2012 - Download here
Maintenance Policy Final 2012 - Download here
Biodiversity policy - Download here
Whitstable Castle Heritage - Download here
Wild About Gardens 2009 - Download here
Wild About Gardens 2010 - Download here
Wild About Gardens 2011 - Download here