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Rock Oyster Festival is right around the corner and makes the perfect addition to your North Cornwall holiday itinerary!

Rock Oyster Festival is close to our hearts…and our office! Being based in Rock, this annual festival is a firm favourite in our calendars.

This epic event in North Cornwall offers an array of entertainment, activities and most importantly, food! We’re so proud to be partnered with the festival this year and want to tell you all about it.

Read on to find out more about Rock Oyster Festival…

When is Rock Oyster Festival?

View of a cooking demonstration from the back of the tent at Rock Oyster.

This year Rock Oyster will take place over the last weekend in July, from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July.

Where is Rock Oyster?

A man teaching a cooking demonstration in a tent with an audience at Rock Oyster.

Rock Oyster takes place at Dinham House, a beautiful private estate overlooking the Camel Estuary.

Dinham House is primarily a wedding venue, but offers a stunning location for events like Rock Oyster.

The site is home to 40 acres of fields, perfect for hosting around 3,000 festivalgoers per day.

The more in-land fields are used for parking, whilst those overlooking the River Camel provide a scenic backdrop for the festival.

What type of festival is Rock Oyster?

Man doing a cooking demonstration at Rock Oyster festival with a fish in his hands.

Rock Oyster is a food and music festival. Every year, the festival is hosted by a new chef and this year it’s Jack Stein and friends.

The name Stein might sound familiar, and you’d be right, it does! Jack is the middle son of famous chef, Rick Stein, and is a successful chef in his own right.

He began his career as a kitchen porter, waited on during his time at university, before returning to the kitchen. He is now the Chef Director and oversees all of the menus at the Stein restaurants.

Who will be at Rock Oyster 2022?

A DJ set taking place on a stage with a crowd.

If you’ve got yourself a ticket to this year’s event, you’re in for a treat.

There are a number of a amazing chefs on the roster. Rick Stein, Gizzi Erskine, Rosemary Shrager, Emily Scott and Richard Bertinet are just some of the culinary talents you’ll see on stage.

Watch cooking demos, attend masterclasses and purchase delicious ingredients from artisan makers.

The musical line-up won’t disappoint either. The headlining acts are Laura Mvula, Happy Mondays and Passenger. There will also be DJ sets from Huey Morgan, and the incredible Grandmaster Flash.

Head to the Rock Oyster website to see the full line-up.

Can I get a day ticket to Rock Oyster?

 If you can’t make it to the festival for the whole weekend, then why not consider getting a day ticket?

You can purchase separate tickets for all three days of the festival. This way if you’ve got other plans to enjoy on your north Cornwall holiday, you can still fit in one of north Cornwall’s favourite annual events.

Is Rock Oyster family friendly?

Man teaches a child archery in a field in north Cornwall.

Yes! Bring your whole tribe along. Rock Oyster has plenty to keep your kids entertained.

They can meet a mystical creature, Mischief the Mermaid, and even learn survival skills with Under the Canopy Cornwall.

There’s an outfit making workshop where kids can make amazing looks to showcase at the big fashion show.

The Flying Seagull Project will be coming along to the festival too! Whether watching their amazing circus skills or taking part in workshops and dance lessons, your little ones will love them.

If you’ve got a budding little chef in the family, then why not book them onto the Rick Stein Kids Cookery School class? Let them spread their cooking wings and have a go at making crab tacos.

Discover the many extras you can enjoy at Rock Oyster

We’ve highlighted some of the fantastic extras you can add to your north Cornwall festival experience.

Please bear in mind, these experiences are an additional cost to your Rock Oyster ticket.


The amazing masterclasses on offer at Rock Oyster will see you returning home as a fully qualified professional chef! Okay, maybe not professional, but you’ll certainly learn a thing or two.

Man performing cooking demonstration outside with a crowd.

If you want to explore some of your favourite alcoholic beverages, then book the Cornish gin cocktails class, or go for the beer and cider tasting.

For those wanting to scrub up on their seafood skills, attend the whole fish preparation class or the Singaporean crab class.

Get back to the simple life with masterclasses in kitchen gardens, cooking over fire and even smoking and curing.

Kernow Springs hot tubs

Hot tubs and festivals? Yes please! If you want to start your day with a relaxing soak, or maybe you want to break up the day with a mid-afternoon warm-up, then you can make that happen.

Book a session in one of Kernow Springs‘ Scandinavian wood-fired hot tubs and take in the scenery.

Outdoor adventures

The fun doesn’t stop with food, music, and relaxation. Rock Oyster have teamed up with a number of outdoor activity providers to offer a range of fun things to do.

Head off on a SUP (stand-up paddle boarding) adventure, or try SUP yoga. Head out on a sea kayaking trip, surf trip or coasteering adventure.

A woman teaches a foraging class to a group in a field.

You can even head off on a foraging walk with former professional ecologist and forager, Caroline Davey. Explore the beautiful surrounds of the festival and learn how to pick out tasty treats all around.

Win 2 x VIP Rock Oyster Festival Tickets!

If this awesome north Cornwall festival sounds like something you want to enjoy then we have some great news!

Be in with a chance to win 2 x VIP tickets to Rock Oyster!

A VIP ticket includes:

  • Festival admission
  • Access to the Rock VIP area
  • Luxury toilets
  • VIP bar
  • Prime seating area

To enter the competition, simply comment on our Rock Oyster Festival tickets giveaway post on Facebook.

Find the Terms & Conditions here.

Good luck!

Finding your festival accommodation

At John Bray Cornish Holidays, we offer a beautiful range of cottages in Rock and the surrounding areas.

We’ve listed a few properties below that still have availablity for the Rock Oyster weekend! Check them out…

Avoca (Ref. 1080219)

Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 | Pet Friendly

Avoca in Rock, Cornwall. Ref. 1080219.

Available for 3 nights from Thurs 28th July – was £1051 now £698

Drishti (Ref. 1080613)

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 3 | No Pets

Drishti Ref. 1080613, a holiday cottage in Polzeath, north Cornwall.

Available for 7 nigths from Thurs 28th July – was £5036 now £3317

The Nook (Ref. 1080668)

Sleeps 2 | Bedrooms 1 | Bathrooms 1 | Pet Friendly

The Nook Ref. 1080668. A holiday cottage in St Minver in North Cornwall.

Available for 7 nigths from Sat 30th July – £1049

Lantern Cottage (Ref. 992568)

Sleeps 3 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 2 | No Pets

Lantern Cottage Ref. 992568, a Padstow cottage in North Cornwall.

Available for 3 nigths from Fri 29th July – was £1803 now £673

North Cornwall is a great destination for foodies. Our North Cornwall Food Guide series will steer you in the right direction for delicious meals. Check out our guide to Port Isaac restaurants and Wadebridge restaurant guide.

All images used with permission from Rock Oyster.