Gallery: Colchester Oyster Festival provides fine food and knights to remember

Tony Simons, Captain of the Colchester Town Watch, clashes with Black Knight Spencer Ratcliffe, from

Tony Simons, Captain of the Colchester Town Watch, clashes with Black Knight Spencer Ratcliffe, from Company of Horsemen, at the Colchester Oyster Festival on Saturday, 6 September. - Credit: Su Anderson

A mounted knight in shining armour presented a ceremonial oyster to mark the “spectacular” start of an annual food festival and charity day in Essex.

Thousands of visitors flocked to Lower Castle Park on Saturday for the Colchester Oyster Festival, celebrating the town’s most famous food with a day of fun events and activities.

Organiser Don Quinn, of Snake in the Grass Events, said the day was all about people enjoying themselves and it had been a “great success”.

“Everyone has had a fantastic time – it’s been full on,” he added.

“The ceremonial oyster was delivered by a knight in shining armour on a magnificent horse – it looked rather spectacular.”


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A medieval theme ran through much of the festivities with jousting competitions, displays of horsemanship and archery shows.

The oyster stalls were reported to have sold out by 3pm and there was also live music, a show from the Essex Dog Display Team and “The Great Colchester Pie Eating Competition”.

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Mr Quinn said that despite all the food related fun, the main purpose of the event was to give charities a chance to raise money and build their profile.

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