Falmouth Oyster Festival is on this week 9th-12th October. The festival celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season. Cornwall boasts one of the last remaining traditional oyster fisheries and you can see the the whole process on a Helford River Cruise.
The hour and half cruise launches from the quay on the Budock Vean Hotel foreshore. We take you past the breeding beds, where the seeds are carefully developed using water movement, before being moved towards the mouth of the Helford River to grow further.
The oyster cages are brought back down towards the creeks, where their shells harden up with the tidal exposure to the air. The cages are then emptied into this area where the dredging takes place. This whole process take 18 months to 2 years!
If you can’t make it on a cruise during the festival you can always buy a Gift Voucher, which is valid for 12 months and so you can come and explore the oyster farming at your convenience!