Whitstable Oyster Festival

About the Festival

Welcome to Whitstable Oyster Festival 2017 …

2016 saw us say farewell to our home in the Harbour and we are excited about the possibilities of our new home on Tankerton Slopes. 

The official opening of the Festival on Saturday 22nd July is the historic Landing of the Oysters which will take place on East Quay Beach followed by a Seafront Procession along the beach to Tankerton Slopes, whilst the much loved Grotters will offer a family festival finale on Horsebridge Beach on Monday 24th July.  Between these two events there is something for everyone at WOF 2017 from taking the plunge at the Oyster Eating Competition, sitting back enjoying the music on the Beach Stage, soaking up the sun overlooking Whitstable Bay, eating fit to burst at the walking banquet that is the Oyster Food Fair or enjoying the fringe events hosted by our friends and neighbours in the town.

For children we are looking forward to hosting the favourite events of the last 4 years from Crabbing, Pirate Treasure Hunt, Beach Hut Tales, Chalky Chalks and Pirate Pottery. Before the Grotters, bring the kids up to Tankerton Slopes one last time for The Whitstabubble Picnic and Let’s Fly a Kite – free activities for all the family.

From Monday 17th July – Thursday 20th and Saturday 22nd July, July we hope children from across the town can come and join us at the Horsebridge Centre alongside Total Pap to decorate papier mache masks and fish for The Seafront Procession from the Landing of the Oysters to the Oyster Food Fair on Tankerton Slopes on Saturday 22nd.

Whether you are a visitor or a native, we hope you enjoy WOF 2017. We couldn’t do it without the assistance of the Whitstable Oyster Association, our Festival Sponsors and all those people who have supported us over the years.