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Bucket list experience:

A man carries a tray of oysters at the Oyster Festival.

Last updated: 16 April, 2023

Since the mid-19th century, oystermen from Falmouth have earned a living dredging oysters in the Carrick Roads and surrounding rivers. Old laws still govern the practices of the oystermen to protect the natural ecology of the riverbeds and oyster stocks. Boats with engines are prohibited in the oyster fishery; instead sail-powered or hand-pulled dredges must be used.

This annual four-day foodie extravaganza, held at the start of the Falmouth oyster-dredging season, is a celebration of both Cornish produce and the traditional art of dredging by sail and hand punt.

Expect masterclasses from celebrity chefs, cookery demonstrations, a Falmouth Working Boat race, a town parade, live music, sea shanties, oyster shucking, shell painting, and marquees overflowing with Cornish oysters, seafood, wine and ale.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The festival sets up in the waterfront car park on Church Street.

Daytime entry into the festival and Friday night is free. Tickets are required for Thursday and Saturday night events – buy online in advance.

When to do it

The festival is held on the second weekend of October each year.

Destination guides including or relevant to this experience


Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)

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A region of craggy cliffs, sheltered creeks, glorious sandy beaches and quintessential villages – rich in local life, pagan legend and delicious, locally-made food and drink.