The Whitstable Oyster Festival got off to an excellent start earlier this week, with a visit from TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Taking time from their no doubt chock-a-block schedule while on a business trip in Kent, the royal couple took the time to visit the festival and test the famously fabulous oyster produce of Whitstable.

Royals and festival punters alike enjoyed a performance by local Samba band, Samba Pelo Mar – with the Prince and Duchess taking to the stage to assist with the rhythmic drum beating – before trying out the native or flat oyster – Ostrea edulis, which is the oyster that made Whitstable famous – at West Welks and The Harbour Garden Café. 

While Royal visits are hard to beat, the fun hasn’t stopped all week at The Whitstable Oyster Festival, with crabbing and the Punch & Judy show; cooking demonstrations in the harbour; workshops every morning at the Yacht Club; kite flying; Grotter building and a treasure hunt. 

The festival itself is a revival of the celebrations that took place in Whitstable, Kent, during the Norman times, when fishers and dredgers held  annual ceremonies of thanksgiving for their survival at sea and the success of the harvest.  

The festival is set to finish tonight, 2 August 2013, with a dazzling firework display over the sea, to see out the festivities in style.