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Whitstable Oyster Festival relocates to the Tankerton Slopes for 2017

Whitstable Oyster Festival returns from the 22nd – 24th July to a new home on the beautiful Tankerton Slopes. Offering a changed programme to previous years, visitors and residents alike can expect a unique gastronomic experience, complete with an eclectic array of events for all ages based on the themes of Community, Heritage & Environment. 

On 22nd – 23rd July festival goers can take in the stunning vistas while treating themselves to high quality food, drink and music on Tankerton’s beautiful, grassy slopes at the Oyster Food Fair. A tradition that will take place on East Quay Beach (July 22nd), it wouldn’t be the Whitstable Oyster Festival without the Landing of the Oysters. From there, the new Seafront Procession will lead you along the promenade to the slopes, culminating with the immensely popular Oyster Eating Challenge (even Prince Charles felt compelled to indulge in some oyster scoffing when he paid a visit). Don’t forget the iconic mud tug (July 23rd), where groups from the local community will get down and dirty, going head-to-head in a test of strength on East Quay Beach. 

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Inspiring children produce recycled and upcycled sea inspired procession art, this year’s theme for the procession is Flotsam & Jetsam. Kids across the district will have the opportunity to make Procession pieces at various workshops, set to take place in schools and community halls from the 17th – 22nd July. 

Monday 24th July is Children’s Day so head to the slopes for the Whitstabubble Picnic; bring a blanket and a picnic and let the kids run wild through a host of free activities with plenty of bubbles. Let’s Fly a Kite is the traditional end to the day before heading down to the Horsebridge Beach for the festival finale…. the much loved Grotters.

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