What is the Whitstable Oyster Festival?
Each July, the charming seaside town of Whitstable in Kent is flooded with locals and visitors for the annual Whitstable Oyster Festival. The festival includes the ‘Landing of the Oysters’ – a celebration around first catch of the season as it is hauled into the harbor. The festivities continue with parades, musical acts, comedy shows and of course, plenty of oysters! If oysters aren’t your favorite, no need to worry as there are plenty of food stalls serving up dishes from across the UK and around the world.
True oyster lovers may be tempted to join the annual oyster eating competition – first person to eat 6 is the winner, over 18s only!
Need to Know
Whitstable is a small town of just 32,000 people, so if you’d like to attend book your accommodation early. If you can’t find accommodation in Whitstable, there are plenty of other nearby seaside towns and villages where you can stay.
Did You Know?
The Whitstable Oyster Festival has played an important role in reviving the medieval tradition of building ‘grotters’ or small grottoes made from oyster shells that are lit with a candle. It is said that medieval fishermen would build these grottoes in tribute to St James, the patron saint of fishermen. The practice died out in the years following World War II but has been recently been re-popularized at local events such as the festival.
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