The Whitstable Oyster Festival will have a new organiser for the next four years after Full Event Production was the successful bidder for Canterbury City Council’s contract.

Full, which has more than 20 years’ experience of organising events, was successful in the open, competitive tender process run by the council.

Full set out its aim for the family-orientated three-day festival with a focus on heritage, artistic events and food and drink.


The company placed the local community at the heart of its proposal, pledging to develop close links with the Whitstable Oyster Festival Association, establish a festival steering group with business partners and interested organisations, hold public forums to discuss events and plans, and use local suppliers wherever possible.

Councillor Neil Baker, chairman of the council’s community committee, said: “We are very pleased to have awarded the oyster festival contract to Full. They put together a comprehensive bid and showed real passion for the festival, so we’re looking forward to working with them over the next four years.

“It was great to see so much interest in the tender from event organisers. Clearly the festival is seen as a prestigious event and one that companies want to be associated with.

“We would like to thank the previous organiser, The Event Umbrella, for their work on the festival over the last few years and wish them the best for the future.”

Luke Fitzmaurice, operations director at Full, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed as delivery partner to this fantastic event. We’re looking forward to meeting with local residents and businesses who are integral to our vision for creating a festival focused around the community and the unique history of Whitstable.”