Oyster festival returns for a weekend of fun

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This year’s Whitstable Oyster Festival will be held on the weekend of 21 and 22 July, bringing more family fun, heritage-inspired happenings and memorable moments.

The weekend’s activities will be officially started with the traditional ceremony of the Landing of the Oysters, where a symbolic haul of oysters is brought to shore, complete with traditional costumes, and received by the Lord Mayor.

Come to Long Beach on the Saturday morning to see the boat come in, accompanied as always by the rhythms of local drum-stars Samba Pelo Mar.

Join with friends and family on Sunday to take part in the iconic oyster festival activity of grotter building – and then wait until twilight falls to take a stroll through the magical and mesmerising display as they glow in the gathering darkness.

The food and drink fair is also back, featuring regional, national and international cuisine to tantalise the taste buds. This year, the site on Tankerton Slopes is being opened up, to give more space to enjoy the food, relax and enjoy those spectacular sea views.

And remember throughout to embrace the #WOF18 Environmental Responsibility theme! #LoveWhitstable and #LeaveNoTrace.

There’s plenty more announcements to come, so follow the festival social media sites and www.whitstableoysterfestival.co.uk to stay up to date with news and information.

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