Rick Astley to Headline the 20th North East Oyster Festival at Hardwick Hall Hotel

Rick Astley to Headline the 20th North East Oyster Festival at Hardwick Hall Hotel

One of the North East’s most beloved events, the annual Oyster Festival, held at Hardwick Hall Hotel near Sedgefield, is gearing up for its 20th edition with an extra dose of pop magic. This highly anticipated day-time celebration has earned a reputation as one of the region’s top events, offering guests a lavish seafood banquet paired with fantastic entertainment.

To mark this special milestone, the organizers have arranged an incredible line-up, with none other than music icon Rick Astley headlining the festival on Friday, 29 September. Known for his chart-topping hits like “Never Gonna Give You Up” and “Together Forever,” Rick’s performance is sure to be a highlight of the festivities.

Alongside Rick Astley’s performance, the event will feature an array of attractions, including live music from Irish band the Emerald Thieves, the JJ Galway Band, and comedian Josh Daniels. The entertainment doesn’t end there, as legendary DJ Brandon Block will be treating guests to a special DJ set throughout the day, keeping the party vibe alive. The whole proceedings will be skillfully overseen by compere Steve Walls, ensuring a seamless and entertaining experience for everyone.

The festival kicks off at noon and runs until 6 pm, giving attendees ample time to indulge in a sumptuous feast of oysters freshly sourced from around the country. The menu also boasts delicacies such as dressed crab, Dublin Bay prawns, Scottish poached salmon, and mussels, offering a true seafood extravaganza.

To set the celebratory mood, guests will be treated to a champagne reception upon arrival, followed by complimentary Guinness and wine throughout the day.

Tickets for the 20th North East Oyster Festival are priced at £200 each, and those interested can secure their spot by reaching out via email at events@hardwickhallhotel.co.uk or by calling 01740 620253.

As the festival celebrates two decades of success, it continues to be a sought-after event, attracting seafood enthusiasts, music lovers, and entertainment seekers from near and far. The combination of delectable cuisine, lively performances, and an electric atmosphere makes the North East Oyster Festival a standout occasion on the region’s social calendar.