Hey all, how are we?
Just a quick one today as I’m meant to be holiday packing and house tidying, blogging is so much more fun!
Who is heading to Whitstable for the Oyster Festival this weekend? We will miss it this year but was so exciting to see all the hustle and bustle in the town this morning as everyone was preparing for the busiest time of the year.
It’s a hot topic in my home town about the increased numbers of people who flock to the coast each summer to relax and enjoy all Whitstable has to offer. It’s hardly surprising that many people have chosen to stay and now call Whitstable home too.
The festival is mainly based around the harbour and beach areas but the town itself takes on the festival. Window displays are themed for the oyster festival and awards given to those who create the best. Cafes, bars and local shops come to life and often you can’t move let alone find a table!
There are beautiful fireworks, activities for the children all day, music, food, drinks and usually lots of gorgeous sunshine.
Some of my favourite spots all year round are just as lovely during the festival. I would definitely recommend The Forge which is a wooden shack on the front between the Native Oyster Restaurant and the Lifeboat station. They serve oysters, fish and chips, all manner of locally caught fish, ice creams (to die for), fresh donuts and all manner of lovely alcohol. The staff are friendly and a bit kooky but that’s what we love!
The Whitstable Harbour Village is also well worth a look, lots of little stalls full of crafts, food, drinks, photography and many other treasures. Such a nice place to have a walk around.
The Handsome Sam micro pub is along the other end of town but well worth a stop. It’s just after the railway bridge across Oxford Street. The owner is fab and they not only serve the usual micro pub drinks but also have a great range of wine and have a gorgeous prosecco for only £15!
Crabbing is an absolute must at the Oyster Festival and you must go to Georges Mini Market in the town for all the bits. Georges was where I spent my pocket money as a child and I love that my boys now do the same. They have a huge and eclectic range of souvenirs, hardware, toys, beach gear, you really must have a look!
Food wise Alimo which is under the railway bridge is amazing, they serve Moroccan food mostly but it’s so yummy. There are also plenty of little cafes, my favourite being the Beach Cafe near to the bowling alley.
The Offy too are fab, they are on the high street and charge reasonable prices so you can pop in for a bottle to drink on the beach without paying pub prices. There are some lovely pubs too but I love just sitting on the beach!
Have an amazing weekend whatever your plans hold xx