THOUSANDS of oysters were eaten, songs were sung and Guinness drunk at the start of a popular festival yesterday.
Guy’s Thatched Hamlet in Bilsborrow is in the middle of celebrating the 24th annual Guy’s Oyster Festival and it got off to a great start yesterday.
Expected to attract more than 7,000 local and international visitors over the course of the weekend, a seafood luncheon was held in the festival marquee seeing more than 7,000 oysters eaten by more than 1,000 diners yesterday.
Followed by live music, dancing and plenty of Guinness being consumed, it was the perfect start to the weekend’s festivities.
Today will see the traditional Irish jig event take place will hopes of attracting nearly 2,000 people. The over 18s event is held in the festival marquee and starts at 7.30pm with tickets including a free Irish stew supper.
Tomorrow the Hamlet hosts a family jamboree with things to do for all the family.
Irish band Murphy’s Law will be coming all the way from Cork, Ireland to play throughout the afternoon to accompany a host of free activities.
Thomas Bounce and his circus skills school will be showing children of all ages the tricks of the trade and The Living Jungle Mobile Zoo will bring some animals along including spiders, snakes, lizards and cockroaches.
There will also be giant inflatables, fairground rides, Punch and Judy and much more. The jamboree runs from noon until late afternoon and families are invited to get involved in the event.
Tickets are available for today’s event on 01995 640010 or at www.guysthatchedhamlet.co.uk/GETINTOUCH/