Family Festival News
Saturday 27 July to Friday 2 August
It’s nearly time for the summer holidays, which means it’s nearly time for the Whitstable Oyster Festival! We have so much to tell you about what we have planned for all the family in this year’s newsletter! If you have been to the festival before, you’ll know that the celebrations start with the Landing of the Oysters on Long Beach. Watch the ‘catch’ being brought ashore in a special ceremony where they are blessed before being taken
through the town by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury and distributed to local restaurants at the head of the Oyster Parade. Before the landing begins, we’re holding a children’s camp on Long Beach at 11am – come join us and bring your enthusiasm and your creativity! Have you heard what the parade theme is this year? ‘Fishing in the Deep Blue Sea’, which means you should look out for oystermen, Rainbow Fish and maybe even the odd sea monster!
Get Involved! If you like helping out in the kitchen you can cook up a storm with The Community Chef who will be with us all week. On Monday, join in the silliness as Professor Des Turner brings back his good old-fashioned Punch and Judy show. Come along to the library on Thursday for some spooky (and not so spooky!) tales with Scandalmongers storyteller, Emily Parrish and don’t miss the Whitstabubble Beach Party on Tankerton Slopes - get ready for some giant bubbles and plenty of party games! Finally, the finale! Before the sun sets on this year’s festival there will be a BBQ and music on the beach at our Mardi Gras to get the whole family in the mood for the fantastic firework display that closes our week.
Get Creative! Get Competitive! We hope you’ve remembered your swimming costume because, whatever the weather, you can enter our Pearl Dive contest at Whitstable Swimming Pool on Saturday afternoon. If you think your dog’s got talent, don’t miss the novelty Scallywags Dog Show in Marine Crescent on Sunday! Our Crabbing Competition on Monday promises to be as silly as ever with lots of prizes to be won and if you’ve never flown a kite before, you’ll get your chance on Tuesday after the kite-making workshop so let’s hope it’s windy! You’ll need your detective skills for the treasure hunt on Wednesday afternoon - find the clues fast to be first past the post!
Our friends at The Horsebridge invite you to design and make your own plaster cast tile on Monday and you can create a chalky masterpiece outside the library with Stephen Hall’s Pavement Art. Then it’s back to The Horsebridge for a spot of jewellery-making on Tuesday followed by an hour of painting to create your finest collage on Wednesday. We know where we’ll be on Friday afternoon - building a grotter on Reeves Beach! Collect your bucket of shells and get all the family to help make a wonderful oystershell castle.
Full family listings are on the opposite page, please check for prices, special instructions and age guidelines. Festival Workshops at the Yacht Club, 10am to 11.30am Monday to Friday Innovative and exciting new theatre company WrongSemble present a week of workshops filled with all things crafty, creative and colourful, each with a unique theatrical feel. Each day is different with puppets, kites, seaside games, pirates and carnival on the menu. Tickets £3.50 a day or £15 for the full week. Beach Hut Tales – About Storyteller Emily Guille-Marrett of ReadingFairy.com Founder Emily Guille-Marrett lives in Whitstable and over the past 12 years has worked with leading educationalists, authors and illustrators to create print and digital books to help children learn to read and love reading. She has commissioned and published these works for world-leading reading programmes, including Oxford Reading Tree with Biff, Chip and Kipper, Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc and a range of home learning materials for Ladybird books.
Family events take place all week – don’t miss out! Saturday 11am to 3pm 12 noon to 1pm 3pm to 5.30pm
Children’s Parade Camp, Long Beach Pearl Dive: Whitstable Swimming Pool Landing and parade
Free £ book ahead Free
Sunday 11am to 4pm
Scallywags Dog Show, Tankerton Slopes
Monday 10am to 11.30am 10am to 1pm 12 noon to 1pm 12 noon to 2pm 1pm to 2.30pm 2.30 and 3.30pm 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Festival workshop: The Puppet Parlour, Yacht Club Seaside tile-making workshop, The Horsebridge The Community Chef @ the Harbour Beach Hut Tales, West Beach Pavement art at the Library Punch and Judy, Whitstable Umbrella Centre Crabbing, Reeves Beach
£ book ahead £ book ahead Free, book on the day Free Free Free Book on the day
Tuesday 10am to 11.30am 10am to 1pm 12 noon to 1pm 12 noon to 2pm 2pm to 3.30pm
Festival workshop: Wind and Waves, Yacht Club Driftwood jewellery making workshop, The Horsebridge The Community Chef @ the Harbour Beach Hut Tales, West Beach Kite-flying, Tankerton Slopes
£ book ahead £ book ahead Free, book on the day Free Free
Wednesday 10am to 11.30am 10am to 1pm 12 noon to 1pm 12 noon to 2pm 2pm to 3.30pm All day
Festival workshop: All Aboard! Yacht Club Seaside collage workshop, The Horsebridge The Community Chef @ the Harbour Beach Hut Tales, West Beach Oystercatchers Treasure Hunt, Castle Paul Bommer screenprinting workshops, the Print Block
£ book ahead £ book ahead Free, book on the day Free Free £ book ahead
Thursday 10am to 11.30am 10am to 10.45am 11am to 1pm 12 noon to 1pm 2pm to 3.30pm
Festival workshop: A Day at the Seaside!: Yacht Club Library story-telling Creepy Tales with Scandalmongers Pinch pot workshop, Whitstable Museum The Community Chef @ the Harbour Whitstabubble Beach Party, Tankerton Slopes
£ book ahead Free Free, book on the day Free, book on the day Free
Friday 10am to 11.30am 12 noon to 1pm 12 noon to 2pm 3pm to 5pm 9.45pm
Festival workshop: Carnival Time, Yacht Club The Community Chef @ the Harbour Beach Hut Tales, West Beach Grotters! Finale Fireworks
£ book ahead Free, book on the day Free Free, book on the day Free
Free: all welcome – just turn up! Free, book on the day: places limited so you can book half an hour before the event starts £ book ahead: Buy tickets in advance at The Horsebridge Box Office (call in or phone 01227 281 174) * Paul Bommer workshops: tickets £15; book ahead at email@example.com