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Planning Your Visit

Booking Your Tickets

Many events throughout the festival are free however a handful of events do have a ticket charge. Please check the detailed event listings for full details.

Full booking details for ticketed events are available on our website,  Alternatively tickets can be purchased in person at the main festival box office located at the Horsebridge centre and at the Duke of Cumberland for events hosted there:

Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, 11 Horsebridge Road. Call 01227 281 174

The Duke of Cumberland, High St, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AP. Call 01227 280617

Event Ratings

Events are categorised using a pearl rating:

Blue Pearl – Babies & Toddlers

Green Pearl – Children’s events

Orange Pearl – Teenagers up (12+)

Red Pearl – Adults (18+)

Yellow Pearl – Suitable for all ages / families


During the opening weekend there will be information desks located around the town where festival staff and WOFA volunteers will be delighted to assist.

Regular news and scheduling updates will be made via our website, Facebook and Twitter so make sure you sign up.


There is range of accommodation on offer in and around Whitstable, however early booking is strongly advised! You can find further information at or alternatively try the accommodation providers listed amongst the festival friends.

Travel Advice

A new Park & Ride Scheme is being implemented this year to alleviate congestion within the town over the opening weekend.  It is strongly advised that visitors to Whitstable for the festival take advantage of this scheme or alternatively arrive on foot or by public transport where possible.

Park & Ride From £7.50 adv: Reserve your space in advance and you can save 25% on your Park and Ride ticket. Available to all private cars and passenger vehicle of up to 12 seats.  Pay by credit or debit card and print your barcoded ticket at home.

The gate price for Park and ride will be £10 on the day – subject to availability, cash only.

Regular shuttle buses will operate from the playing fields to and from the Harbour and the High Street throughout the day

Service operate from 8am to 8pm on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July.

Click here to book. 

Parking is accommodated at Church Street Playing Fields, Whitstable, CT5 1PF.

Important note – do not enter Whitstable town centre to utilise Park and Ride, instead use directions below and follow directional signage for Festival Park and Ride.

Approaching from the West M2/A299: Take the slip road off the A299 direction Whitstable, A2990.  Continue straight through, 2nd exit, the first and second roundabout keeping on the A2990, Thanet Way.  Continue straight on to the next roundabout at Tesco. At the Tesco’s roundabout continue straight on along Thanet Way, 2nd exit. After approximately 800 meters turn left into Church Street and the entrance to the car park is on the left.

Approaching from the East A299 (& Canterbury): Exit the A299 signposted Whitstable.  Take the 4th exit off the slip road roundabout and continue to next roundabout.  Take the 3rd exit at this roundabout turning right on to the A2990, Thanet Way.  Continue straight on to the next roundabout at Tesco. At the Tesco’s roundabout continue straight on along Thanet Way (2nd exit). After approximately 800 meters turn left into Church Street and the entrance to the car park is on the left.

Rail: Whitstable is easily accessible by rail with regular trains from London Victoria and St Pancras International from the west and from Thanet to the east.  Whitstable railway station is a ten minute walk from the town centre.  For more information visit Whitstable is less than 15 minutes rail journey from Herne Bay to the east or Faversham to the west, with car parking also available at these stations.

Bus: A regular bus service from Canterbury and Herne Bay is provided by Stagecoach. For information about this and other bus services visit

Coach: Many coach operators provide excursions to the Festival. Look out for these in your locality.

Cycling: The Crab & Winkle Way is a popular cycling route between Canterbury and Whitstable, a picturesque and enjoyable way to travel to the Festival for children as well as adults. For more information about cycle routes visit

Information for Disabled People

Whitstable Oyster Festival strives to make the festival accessible to all.  If you have any special needs or require further advice or assistance when visiting the festival, please contact us via email:

Or alternatively call 0203 3842708. We’d be happy to help where we can.

Behind the Scenes

The Whitstable Oyster Festival is produced by The Event Umbrella on behalf of Canterbury City Council. The festival is strongly supported by the Whitstable Oyster Festival Association and local businesses as Festival Friends.

Managing Director & Festival Producer:




Youth Events Coordinator:


Parade Manager:

Canterbury City Council:

Whitstable Oyster Festival Association

Festival Friends

Gus Corcoran

Zane Rambaran

Charlotte Johnson

Victoria Hazell

Shona McCarthy

Anna Sharp

Pip Thomas

John Hawkins and Michelle Moubarak

Volunteer festival committee members

Local business financial contributors

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