Seaside by the Stour

Donkey riding,1959. Picture from Lynette Coleman

Photo: Lynette Coleman

The Westgate Parks are more than six miles from the coast. But if you had visited Toddler’s Cove in the 1960s you would have found a sandy beach, donkey rides, a boating lake, a paddling pool and other sights and sounds of the traditional English seaside.


The history of leisure in this part of Canterbury dates back to the 1860s, when an open air swimming pool was built here, filled by a meander in the River Stour. It proved extremely popular and the other features that created ‘the Seaside by the Stour’ were added in later years.


Many local people have fond memories of being brought here as children in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Follow the links below to share their reminiscences and photographs.


Follow the links to find out more:


‘Seaside by the Stour’ – a 20 minute video¬†about the heyday of Toddler’s Cove




Newspaper articles ‘Seaside at Canterbury’ (PDF)


‘Seaside at¬†Canterbury’ photo gallery


Audio file of the text on the ‘Seaside by the Stour’ panel


Canterbury City Council HLF