Original article from Kent Live
Trips to the Mediterranean or the far-flung Bahamas may be looking unlikely this summer, but there's plenty of holiday activities happening right here on our doorstep.
The Kent coast is one of the most beautiful in Britain and is a surefire winner on sunny summer days.
As well as sunning yourself on the beach, tucking into punnets of fish & chips and braving fairground rides, there are more exotic excursions happening.
Jet Stream Tours are one provider making the most of the British staycation this year with a calendar of mini cruises running.
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The tour guides are firing up their engines and taking locals for a spin along the Costa del Kent on cruises to attraction points.
The trips leave from Chatham's Sun Pier with a selection of destinations and journey times available.
Tickets are limited at the moment due to social distancing regulations, although organisers hope to add more as and when restrictions are lifted so do keep checking back.
Southend Day Trip
Departure: 9 am (Chatham) for 11:15 – 11:30 am arrival (Southend)
Return: 4 pm (Southend) for 6:00 – 6:15 arrival (Chatham)
Price: Adults £25, Child £20, Concessions £22, Family £65, Under 3's Free
Travel along the Thames Estuary to the world's longest pier at Southend.
There's the promise of fish & chips on the beach and a visit to Adventure Island once you arrive on the Essex coast.
Between trips, you'll get approximately 4-5 hours of time onshore to explore.
And whilst on the boat there's a bar with snacks to get into the holiday spirit.
Chatham to Redsand Towers
Departure: 9:30 am, Saturday July 17
Price: Adults £28.0, Child £22, Concessions £24, Family £70, Under 3's Free
Unfortunately, you might have quite literally missed the boat for this excursion.
The company look all booked up for Redsand Towers trips but, at the time of writing, there are still a couple of tickets available for Saturday July 17.
From Chatham, the boat rides to the eerie Redsand Towers which are World War II Maunsell forts.
The boat trip to the towers takes around two and a half hours and passes a number of island forts along the Medway Estuary.
This trip is a great potion for keen photographers and passes the SS Richard Montgomery on the way back.
Fish and Chip Cruise
Departure: Every Thursday at 6 pm (Chatham)
Return: 9 pm (Chatham)
Price: Adults £20, Child £13.40, Concessions £16.80
Take a three-hour jaunt along the Medway while munching on fish and chips.
The British classic is served on board and there's a cash bar too.
Each trip comes with an in-the-know speaker to provide commentary and background information on nature.
Speakers come from Birdlife, Rochester Oyster and Floating Fishermen and Institute of Fisheries Management and there's a different central theme each week.
Voyagers are welcome to engage in the talk and learn more about the sea, or simply kick back and enjoy the food and view.