THE TOP TWO WHITSTABLE EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
There are some special events which areconducted every year these include
THE WHITSTABLE REGATTA
The Whitstable Regatta is one of the most established and the longest running events in Whitstable’s rich history. Believed by many in the town to be the world’s oldest regatta, the main attraction is a sailing contest between various boats from Whitstable. Hosted by Whitstable and Herne Bay Lions Club, the regatta is a two-day event packed with live music, craft stalls, amusements and all manner of family fun.
The festival’s programme has grown year by year, and has recently featured fantastic feats of derring-do at both land and sea, courtesy of the local Lifeboat Service, and RV8tors aviation display team. The Saturday features the locally-famous ‘greasy-pole’ competition, and culminates in the spectacular fireworks display.
There’s plenty of chances throughout the weekend for the little ones to get involved, with traditional seaside Punch and Judy shows, circus skills workshops, face-painting, magic shows and much more. And of course, no Whitstable party would be complete without some great live music, and each year the regatta attracts some of Kent’s best acts.
WHITSTABLE OYSTER FESTIVAL
Perhaps the town’s most famous event, the Whitstable Oyster Festival is celebrated in July and celebrates the role the world-famous Whitstable Native Oysters have played throughout the town’s history, and indeed continue to play today. It’s also a week-long, family-friendly jamboree, filled with fantastic live-bands, big-name stand-up comedians and a whole host of British seaside games and activities.
Stretching back to Norman times, when local fisherman and dredgers gave thanks for a plentiful harvest of Whitstable’s famous Native Oyster (Ostrea Edulis), today’s Festival commemorates Whitstable’s history with the ‘landing of the oysters ceremony’, which sees local sea scouts bringing the oysters to be blessed and presented to the mayor, before they are distributed to local inns and restaurants. All the family can get involved in some traditional fun with the ‘grotter’ building, one of the highlights of the festival, in which children of all ages build cairns out of empty oyster shells. These line Whitstable’s idyllic beach and are filled with candles, creating a breath-taking spectacle.
Whitstable Oysters are available at various pubs and seafood restaurants in Whitstable year round. The town’s seafaring traditions with special focus on oysters are displayed as artefacts and portraits in Whitstable Museum and Gallery, as is the town’s diving history.
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