Whitstable Oyster Festival – 21st July to the 31st July 2016
It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the days are getting long, and your thoughts start drifting away to lazy afternoons with the sand between your toes, the blue open sky stretching as far as you can see and the gentle lapping of the waves upon the shore slowly lulling you towards a cheeky afternoon snooze. If you close your eyes you can almost smell the salty sea breeze. So why not check out the Whitstable Oyster Festival, a week-long celebration blending rich Kentish heritage and sun-filled fun for all the family?
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.
Fittingly for the famous oyster festival, the organisers have landed some real pearls this year in the form of the world-class entertainers. The fabulous Cuban Brothers, personal favourites of Elton John and Robbie Williams, bring a little bit of Havana to the Kentish shores along with their inimitable brand of funk and soul, and Johnny Borrell, million-selling erstwhile Razorlight frontman and white jean aficionado, brings his new band Zazou into town, providing the perfect summer soundtrack with their jaunty tempos and sax-laden grooves.
And the fun doesn’t stop there, with over 80 great activities spread out across the week. Pull a mussel laughing with the comedy impro-all-stars, featuring Tv’s Marcus Brigstocke. Enjoy a sing-along by the sea, as Whitstable’s own Screen on the Slopes returns with screenings of classic films ‘Grease’ and ‘The Sound of Music.’ And make sure to bring your little buccaneers down to Whitstable Castle on Wednesday the 29th for a pirate treasure hunt. With food and drink festivals stretching on through the week, and more arts, crafts and workshops than you could shake a paintbrush or some pipe-cleaners at, the only way to avoid missing out is to come along and check it out for yourself.
Even though our roots in Whitstable don’t quite stretch back to Norman times, we at Discovery Holiday Homes are proud of our long-standing links with Kent. We have properties throughout the Garden of England, as well as across the country and abroad, and we want to find the perfect property for your holiday. To inquire about your next stay in Whitstable, give us a call on +44 (0)1227 656991, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or search the site Whitstable Holiday Homes.
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