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It's Oyster Fest 2013 ; Plus, win tickets for you and the family

May 23, 2013


ORGANISERS of this year's Rock Oyster Festival have unveiled a fantastic line-up of live music and children's entertainment.

Now in its fourth year, the festival returns to the banks of the Camel Estuary, north Cornwall, on Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23.

Organiser Charlie Anderson said: This year we've really focused on bringing a wide range of musical sounds and styles to the festival. With over 30 live acts across the weekend, we've everything from gypsy pirate and soul to hip hop and folk.

We've brought back the big top and added an acoustic woodland glade stage which is perched on a hill overlooking the estuary. The festival site at Dinham House is just gorgeous and we really pride ourselves on providing a safe, green environment where children can run around and families can relax and enjoy themselves.

Friday night has a pirate theme with 3 Daft Monkeys weaving their world music alongside nine-piece gypsy-punk troupe, Seas of Mirth.

Highlights on Saturday include Smerins Antisocial Club, whose diverse style encompasses old-time swing, hip hop, ska, dub and rock. They will be followed by Slamboree, a ten-piece band of musicians and circus performers, whose energetic shows combine live electronic music with circus acrobatics, pyrotechnics and theatre.

Things turn to folk on Sunday with songstress Martha Tilston and The Half Sisters who will be sure to charm audiences.

Children are well catered for with a designated kids' area and a vast array of activities to choose from. Archery, circus workshops, seashore scavenging, facepainting, football and fairground rides are just some of the things on offer. There is even a dedicated tent for baby changing and breast feeding.

On the entertainment front, Camp Kernow will be taking little ones on a unique environmental adventure with den building and wood whittling. Circus Berzercus will be dazzling the crowd with their Cafe Chaos show and Mark's Ark will be bringing a variety of exotic animals with his hands-on display.

The best of Cornwall's food and drink will be on show, including award-winning food producers and top chefs. The Flying Fish Chefs' Theatre will be hosting guests Joanna Weinberg, Times columnist and food writer; Padstow chef Jack Stein from The Seafood Restaurant; and Thom Hunt of 7th Rise and the Three Hungry Boys.

The festival also features food from many local restaurants, including the St Moritz Hotel will be serving up local seafood and Cornish ales and ciders will also be on sale.

Advance purchase weekend tickets for adults start at Pounds 50 and Pounds 10 for children. Weekend tickets on the gate subject to availability start at Pounds 65 for an adult.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit:

This year there's a set of family weekend tickets to be won.

? IF YOU would like the chance to win tickets for you and your family (two adults and two children) e-mail with the answer to this question by Friday, June 14: Which foraging expert and one of the Three Hungry Boys is demonstrating at this year's Rock Oyster Festival? A. Thom Thumb B. Thom Hunt C. Tom Hunter Terms and conditions: ? The tickets are non-transferable.

. ? Additional tickets can be bought for further family and friends that might like to attend.

. ? These tickets do not include camping. Camping spaces can be bought direct ? The competition winner must organise their own transport to and from the festival.

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