Whitstable Oyster Festival & Broadstairs (day trip)

A day trip to Kent. We will visit the seaside town of Broadstairs and then travel to Whitstable to enjoy its annual Oyster Festival.

8:15am Meet Mark at Victoria train station
The meeting place is inside the train station, in front of the entrance to a pub called the Iron Duke. This is in the section of the station containing platforms 1-7 (there is a Caffe Ritazza and a branch of Burger King nearby).
I will be wearing an orange scarf / T-shirt, and my mobile number is 07984 257572.
I recommend you to bring a sandwich for lunch, to eat while in Broadstairs.

We will be taking this train:
8:52am London Victoria - 10:46am Broadstairs

There will be a couple of hours to enjoy Broadstairs: relax on the beach or around the bay, or perhaps walk to Dumpton Gap and back.



We will then take a train to Whitstable. We will go to the area where a samba band will be playing. At 2:45pm a catch of oysters is brought ashore to be formally blessed and presented to Whitstable: this ceremony is called the Landing of the Oysters and marks the official opening of the festival. This will be followed by a street parade. Afterwards you will have time to explore Whitstable Harbour and the town centre - there will be plenty of food stalls and street entertainment to enjoy.

[If anyone would like to go to see a traditional Music Hall show at the Playhouse Theatre in Whitstable, there is a matinee performance from 2:30pm until about 4:30pm (the cost is under £10) - for further details or to book online see:  http://www.playhousewhitstable.co.uk/index.php/productions
or you can book by phone by calling[masked] - ask to sit in row D, if available, or otherwise in row F]



We expect to leave on the following train:
6:39pm Whitstable - 8:07pm London Victoria
[the next train is 30 minutes later]

Please pay £30 in cash to Mark when you see him at Victoria train station (if possible bring the correct notes). This covers the train journeys and a contribution to the organiser's costs. You will need to bring extra money for food and drink, and for any optional attractions.

You should wear shoes which are suitable for walking. If you want to walk on the sand in Broadstairs you might want to carry some flip-flops with you (there is a promenade around the beach so you do not need to walk on the sand).

Weather forecasts:
Broadstairs: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2654635
Whitstable: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2634021

For photos of a similar trip in 2010, see:
http://www.meetup.com/London-International/photos/1001150

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  • Rakhee

    Thanks to Mark for organising a great trip....Thanks to the group for bonding so well with each other and having a great time together...Everybody was very friendly...Thanks for coming...Definitely a memorable day...

    2 · July 29, 2013

  • Alex S

    The trip was amazing as always!

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • Wayne M.

    A warm thank you to Mark for organising the trip to Whitstable and Margate. Your efforts in ensuring that it was all smoothly run was noted and appreciated. Also thanks to Rakhee for proving to be such an able assistant. There was also a infectious friendly atmosphere among the group, making this trip an all-round wonderful memory.

    July 29, 2013

  • Stefania L.

    Brilliant day

    July 28, 2013

  • Bénédicte

    Thank you Mark for the organization of this day trip. I really enjoyed my time. Margate is much nicer that I expected, especially along the seafront. We made a nice stroll around the promenade and walk around the city.
    Regarding Whitstable Oyster Festival, it was just perfect. I enjoyed the oysters and the seafood mix at the fisherman market. Whitstable is a lovely town (it was not my first time there and definitely this one won't be my last one. I shall come back and hopefully pretty soon, when it is less overcrowded.
    I also met some very nice people (Fotini, Jai, Lubna and her sister and Fay)

    Thank you once more time to Mark and Rakhee for their time and effort to make this day memorable.

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • Fotini

    I really enjoyed the trip but i will agree I would like to have seen Broadstairs as well. Hopefully next time! Whitstable made up for it though and the weather was good so all together a very nice day. It was great meeting you all lovely people and hope to see you again in one of the next trips :)

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • Fay

    The Whitstable Oyster Festival was very good, but I was a tad disappointed that we didn't go to Broadstairs as the weather wasn't behaving itself and we went to Margate instead. However, the Shell Grotto was very interesting where as Margate, on the whole, wasn't. A decision had to be made and the majority went with the flow.

    July 27, 2013

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