Raising a glass to a great event!

It is one of the highlights of the year and a firm favourite on the Lancashire social calendar. The first Oyster Festival at Guy’s Thatched Hamlet in Billsborrow took place back in 1991.

Since then Guy’s and the Wilkinson family that run the venue, have welcomed many national and international celebrities to their now world-famous festival, raising many thousands of pounds for charities as well as providing a feast of fun and food.

WNJ has developed a long and close working relationship with Guys Eating Establishment, the business behind the canalside venue which includes Owd Nell’s, since 1981.

And once again we were delighted to add our support to this year’s highly successful 26th Oyster Festival.

Many hundreds of people descended on Guy’s at the beginning of this month to enjoy clam chowder, fresh seafood, Guinness, champagne, Irish coffee and to celebrate the humble oyster.

WNJ’s guests at the grand seafood luncheon, one of the main highlights of the three day festival, certainly had a fantastic time.

It proved to be the perfect mix of excellent food, drink, banter and entertainment and a great opportunity to mix with colleagues, business associates and old friends.

The organisers are already hard at work planning for next year. In the meantime, for those of you who like the numbers, here are some fascinating oyster festival figures:

  • 6,500 pints of Guinness are drunk over the festival
  • 7,000 Irish oysters are consumed over the three days
  • Six charities benefit from the gathering
  • It takes 10 days to erect the marquees and two days to take them down
  • The Gaffney School of Irish Dancing has performed at 19 festivals