Things to do at Rock Oyster Festival

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Counting down the weeks until Rock Oyster Festival? Don’t miss our top five things to do at the musical, foodie, family-friendly extravaganza hosted by Paul Ainsworth and pals

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Don your dancing shoes

This year sees Rock Oyster Festival’s best-ever line-up, with big names like Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Nick Mulvey, Gilles Peterson, Dub Pistols, Soul II Soul, Jaguar Skills, Olivia Dean, Eliza Shaddad, Zola Courtney, Land of the Giants and many more lighting up the Oyster Stage, which is set against the stonking backdrop of the Camel Estuary.

Paul Ainsworth
Paul Ainsworth

Fulfil your foodie fantasies

With Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth leading the chef line-up, this year’s foodie delights start at the Chef’s Tipis, where some of Cornwall’s best-loved restaurants and chefs – including Great British Menu‘s Jude Kereama, Guy Owen and Nick Beardshaw – will be whipping up some lip-smackingly good taster plates.

To see the pros at work, the Pearl Stage will feature chef demos from Masterchef winner Ping Coombes, plus other top South West chefs such as Michael Caines MBE, Romy Gill MBE and Juliet Sear.

Open-fire cooking float your boat? Head to Mussel Beach where Tom Hunt, Valentine Warner, Honey & Co. and Gill Meller will be doing demos.

Rejuvenate outdoors

If all that frenetic foodie action has you craving some wind-down time, nourish body and mind with an SUP yoga class, aerial yoga sesh or beach fitness on Mussel Beach. For those seeking something more heart-pumping, a morning wild run through grassy fields and winding country paths, led by Jordan Gardener, will get your lungs filled with fresh sea air to set you up for another day’s feasting and frolicking.

Hit the beach for family fun

Rock Oyster Festival isn’t just for grown-ups; there’s plenty to keep adventurers of all ages amused. Give the kids a blast of salty air with sea kayaking, surfing or coasteering sessions in the ocean. Or keep their feet on dry land with mini yoga, forest skills or the Sea Creature Fashion Show (get planning those creative costumes now).

Beach at Daymer Bay near Rock Oyster Festival in Cornwall

Drink in the Cornish surroundings

Rock Oyster Festival takes place in one of the most stunning parts of the country, so take time out from the foodie fun to explore breathtaking Cornish scenery. Sink your toes in the sand at world-class beaches, stomp along cliffside walking trails, and drink in panoramic views across the Camel Estuary.


Click here to buy tickets to Rock Oyster Festival. Check out the line-up here and below.

Fancy a chance of winning a VIP staycation at Rock Oyster Festival? Enter our competition here (closing date June 30, 2021).

Like 5 of the best things to do at Rock Oyster festival? Check out our round-up of summer 2021’s South West food and drink festivals here.


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