If there is one event you're going to attend in Kent each year, it has to be the Whitstable Oyster Festival. This amazing event that spans 10 days of the summer every year is a guaranteed way to create a memorable summer, whether you're a family looking for some time to bond by the beach, or simply a group of friends looking to bask in the summer sun by the sea.
The popularity of this seaside event has been proven by the growth from what started out as a small celebration for the people of Whitstable, to an event now attended by people from all over the UK, and even hosting visitors from abroad! While the event brings tens of thousands of visitors to the Whitstable area, the wide range of local businesses and restaurants that take part in the festivities means there is always something to do, or somewhere to go.
The event itself dates back to Norman times, when local fisherman would hold celebrations as a way to show gratitude for their successful fishing year, as well as thankfulness that they had survived the harsh sea storms that they would have had to face throughout the year. The formality of this original celebration is brought to life by the "Landing of the Oysters" that starts off the Whitstable Oyster Festival, which sees local Sea Scouts land the oysters that are then blessed and distributed throughout the town during a very vibrant parade that sees itself through Whitstable town center.
While the opening ceremony is based on this traditional start to the event, everything that follows is very much a modern way to pay tribute to the Norman celebrations. The event hosts musicians who populate all of the local bars and beach fronts, as well as comedians who fill out their venues with great performances that cater to all audiences. Witnessing these talented performers, while sampling local ales such as Whitstable Bay and tasting the fresh sea food or ice cream that can be found along almost any street in Whitstable town, is part of what makes this monumental event so memorable.
At its core, the Whitstable Oyster Festival is a celebration of appreciation and joy, which is something that can truly be seen by all of those in attendance and provides the perfect summer atmosphere suited to anyone who wishes to attend. You simply have to turn to social media accounts during this week to see just how much is going on, and how many people are taking part. While Whitstable is a lovely place to visit all year round, this festival truly brings every aspect of the town to life.
The popularity of this event means that if you're hoping to visit, you should always plan ahead with your accommodation. With Driftwood Beach House being close enough to join in the festivities but far enough to relax in peace afterwards, why not see
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Whether it's our spacious Chess Room, our Moroccan Room, or our famous Hot Tub Room, you'll be able to relax in peace after a long day of enjoying the Whitstable Oyster Festival.