Whitstable Oyster Fesival
21st July 2016
Come and celebrate the Blessing of the Oysters in this popular North East Kent coastal town.
Oysters have been around since Roman times and Whitstable was where Julius Caesar came drawn by the Whitstable Native Oyster. The town became known as the 'Pearl of Kent' and is today famous for it's Oyster Festival, which is celebrated over 10 days each Summer.
The Festival includes the blessing of the oysters, which are then taken around the town in a procession. Another old custom was the decoration of hollows made from sand called 'Grotters', which were used to beg a penny by children. Today the Festival includes a competition to dress these grotters in shells and light them at dusk.