|Where:||Whitstable, Kent - town centre and harbour areas|
|When:||Last week of July|
|Time:||From 12 noon Landing of the Oysters on Saturday|
The oyster was a staple of the Whitstable economy and the focus of the festivities is the harbour area of the little town. As well as week-long exhibitions and displays, there are numerous musical and other events including appearances by local side Dead Horse Morris, fireworks and building of “grotters” from oyster shells. The festival begins with the Landing of the Oysters, the first catch of the season, at Long Beach, which used to be followed by the Oyster Parade through town accompanied by local worthies, giants,music and fancy dress. On Sunday there is the Sea Sunday service celebrating all things maritime at St Alphege’s Church in the High Street from 9.30 (parade from 10.15) and during the afternoon there is an Oyster Eating Competition at the Harbour – it’s for over 18s only and the person to eat 6 oysters in the fastest time wins!
In 2017 the Festival will be held from Saturday 22nd July to Friday 28th July – from 2017 the festival is being significantly changed and there will no longer be a High Street Parade or Fireworks – see Facebook page link for details.
Click here for the event website : http://www.whitstableoysterfestival.com/
and here for the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/whitstableoysterfestival
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