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).
For photos of a similar trip in 2010, see: