Things to do this weekend and soon

Whitstable Oyster Festival – Thursday 21 to Sunday 31 July

Lots happening including the Harbour Food Fair taking place on both weekends of the festival for the first time from 10:00am.There will be live music from the Shuck and the Beach Stage and there will also be a Buskers Stage between 11:00am and 5:00pm on Saturday July 23, and an open mic stage outside the library between 11:00am and 4:00pm. Visitors should not miss the famous Landing of the Oysters at Long Beach this Saturday at 4:45pm followed by the Seafood Parade with schoolchildren showing off their seafood-themed creations and music from Whitstable’s samba band and the town’s native marching band.

But there’s more – from the Whitstable Beer Festival to the oyster eating contest, mud tug and blessing of the water and don’t forget the fireworks at 9:00pm on Sunday 31 July at Horsebridge Beach. We went there on a camera club outing many years ago and, apart from the downpour while the fireworks were on, it was a good day out. Read more at


William Eggleston Portraits at National Portrait Gallery – 21 July to 23 October

William Eggleston is a pioneering American photographer renowned for his vivid, poetic and mysterious images and celebrated for his experimental use of colour. This exhibition of 100 works surveys Eggleston’s full career from the 1960s to the present day and is the most comprehensive display of his portrait photography ever.


Summer in the City Vintage Bus Tour – Saturday 23 July Starts at 2:30pm

This private event has taken place annually since 1983, developing from a fun night out with a single preserved bus into a large scale fund-raising event. Nevertheless it has always remained a private event for vehicle owners, their friends and families to have fun and should not be confused with ‘free vintage bus services’, which offer free rides to the public. However, enthusiasts are very welcome to meet up with them to view and photograph the buses at the start of the run in Hyde Park and along the route.


Alexandra Palace Summer Festival – Saturday 23 July 

After its successful launch last year, the Palace’s summer festival returns with DJ Yoda and a 100m waterslide. The day-long festival also offers a silent disco in the woods, family raving, and an outdoor screening of ET. Tickets are free (booking recommended; some activities extra)

While at Alexandra Palace at 1:00pm there is the “Great British Pram Race”


Club Outing to Lullingstone – Sunday 24 July

Meet at the Gatehouse at Lullingstone Castle at 1:30 pm so we can visit the house at 2:00pm. There is parking at the Castle and also at Lullingstone Park visitor centre. The Castle is 15 minutes walk from Eynsford Station. Please let Steve Jones know if you are coming.

More info in Steve’s e-mail of 12 July.


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