Between the Tides: Wintering

A mini Between the Tides to celebrate the launch of Katherine May’s new book, Wintering.

All events are now fully booked.

Saturday 1st February 2020, 16.30 – 21.00

16.30: Group Swim* on the beach outside the Yacht Club. The local Whitstable swimmers will be on hand for anyone who would like to talk about winter swimming. Open to all.

Please assemble on the beach outside Whitstable Yacht Club (see map) at 16.15.

17.30: Wintering by Katherine May – launch reception & reading. Margo Selby Studio, 35 Middle Wall, Whitstable CT5 1BJ

Finnish canapés will be served, and there will be music by Relig Oran. 

19.30: A Wassail for St Brigid’s Day: gathering on the beach, we will celebrate the Celtic festival of Imbolc, meaning ‘in the belly’ – a time when the ewes are pregnant, and the year is ready to burst forth into life. We’ll light a fire and toast the coming spring with a traditional wassail (more usually held on Twelfth Night). Open to all.

If you wish to join us directly on the beach, it’s the 3rd section east of the horse bridge/Oyster Stores (see map here). If the weather is poor, we will wassail outside the Margo Selby Studios on Middle Wall.

Accessibility: The Whitstable Yacht Club is wheelchair-accessible from Sea Street; however, the changing facilities are down some steps. The beach is accessible from a ramp in the Keam’s Yard car park on Island Wall, or via the Harbour. A beach wheelchair can be booked in advance under the Beach Within Reach scheme, by emailing Please contact us via Facebook or Twitter for any further support.

*Disclaimer: This is an informal meet up at a suggested time, not an organised swim. Swimming is at your own risk and the burden of safety is entirely your own. You judge when to get in and out the water, and how deep or far you will go out. There is no lifeguard (or first-aid kit) and if this is a concern for you then think carefully about whether you wish to enter the water. We strongly advise against swimming after the consumption of alcohol.