|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 followed by the Oyster Parade through town accompanied by local worthies, giants,music and fancy dress. On Sunday there is the Sea Sunday Parade and 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 with the Oyster Parade on Saturday 22nd and Sea Sunday on the 23rd (to be confirmed).
Click here for the event website : http://www.whitstableoysterfestival.com/
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