Whitstable is a popular quintessentially English seaside town. Located on the north coast of Kent, around five miles north of Canterbury with great transport links throughout North East Kent. The seaside town itself is famous for its oysters and has been since Roman times.
Every year since the 1980s Whitstable has thrown an Oyster festival, this festival is a revival of a festival from Norman times. This year’s event is taking place from Saturday 27th July until Friday 2nd August and it will feature the traditional oyster blessing ceremony on Sunday, family fun activities throughout the town on the weekend and following week with a firework finale taking place on Friday night down on the beach front.
One traditional event that is happening on the final Friday of the event is the Grotter building, this is where families build castles from oyster shells on the beach, and then at night the beach is turned into a field of lights by lighting a candle in each of the oyster castles, which looks spectacular.
Whilst you are there you can make the most of all the other attractions that Whitstable has to offer, including Whitstable Castle, art galleries and lots of boutique shops. You can also take a boat trip out to the Maunsell Forts in the sea that were used during WWII to stop German bombers using the Thames Estuary as their route to London and more recently used as pirate radio stations.
It has great restaurants including the famous Wheelers Oyster Bar, which is considered to be the one of the best oyster restaurants in the UK, winning many prestigious prizes.
More information on the Whitstable Oyster Festival can be found at www. whitstableoysterfestival.co.uk and on the Visit Canterbury website
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