Oyster Festivals UK

Oyster Festivals along the UK Coast

One of the best ways to enjoy oysters is, at an oyster festival or event! Celebrate the oyster with a selection of freshly shucked local oysters. Eat them fresh or cooked to order! Try local specialty foods and drinks. Plus, live music, chef cookery demonstrations, and other events and activities.

Oyster Festival Dates


Whitstable Oyster Festival

September 2024 Dates tbc

The Whitstable Oyster Festival recreates a festival from the Norman times. Oysters are bought ashore (by Sea Scouts), blessed, then presented to the Lord Mayor. Watch a vibrant parade through the streets of Whitstable. Other attractions include craft and food stalls, arts, street performers, children’s puppet shows, and lots more.


The Rock Oyster Festival

July 25th – 28th 2024

If you like music with your oysters, you’ll love The Rock Oyster Festival, held at Dinham House, overlooking the Camel Estuary. A celebration of food (centred around the oyster), music and art. Music for everyone – soul, country, folk, reggae, rock, and hip-hop. Local foods and oysters on offer. Children are looked after with circus acts, face painters, and lots more.


Falmouth Oyster Festival

October 2024

Celebrating fabulous Cornish seafood, the Falmouth Oyster Festival with 4 days of events.


The North East Oyster Festival

September 27th 2024

Held each September this event has become one of the ‘not to be missed’ dates on the calendar.

Build A Grotter With Your Oyster Shells

‘Grotters’ are small dome structures made out of oyster shells, which is a tradition that dates back to Victorian times.

This is a must-do activity at an Oyster Festival. Once you have had your fill of local delights, head to the beach and build a grotter with your empty oyster shells. Then sit back and enjoy your creation.

During the Whitstable Oyster Festival you will find Grotter Towers, on Horsebridge Beach from around 4pm.

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