Welcoming the oysters
credit: Pete Robinson

Thank you to all that supported Stranraer Oyster Festival 2023

Now that the dust is finally starting to settle, we want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone involved in producing an epic weekend of entertainment.

As you will see from the list, it takes a massive team of people to pull an event like Stranraer Oyster Festival off. The festival team are blown away by the support we receive.



Our funders and sponsors:

Stranraer Skills Station


Event Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway Council Coastal Benefit Fund and Major Events Fund

Kilgallioch Community Fund

South of Scotland Enterprise

Tesco Bags of Help

The Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery Company Ltd

The Holywood Trust

Seafood from Scotland


In kind sponsorship:

SP Energy Networks

AMEY SW Scotland

Stena Line UKIE Cairnryan

P&O Ferries Stranraer

Stranraer MC Monthly Producers Market

Soleburn Garden Centre

Home Hardware Stranraer

Lwc Laundry Cleaning & Supplies


Local business sponsors:

Coffee bean at cafe Pizzeria

Bespoke Home Finance Ltd

J&Co Brokers Ltd

Jewson Tool Hire - Stranraer

McMillan Bain & Company

Smith & Valentine

Tigh Na Mara Hotel & Restaurant

Silver Fox Wedding Cars

South West Property Centre

R Barbours & Sons Limited

William Loch Stranraer

Galloway and Ayrshire Properties


The Big Oyster Bash:

Scotia Windows & Doors

Mark Mullaly

North West Castle

Stranraer Community Events Group

Gordon McKee Photography

Stranraer FC

Albert White

Hugh Aitken Jewellers

Henrys Bay House Restaurant



Lorna at Indigo Words

Ian and Rachel at Findlay Design


Craig and team at McClymont Electrical Services

John Dinning at Sound Travels Live and team


Sandy at SW Audio SW Audio

Euan & Ross Alexander and all musical acts

Ann at Stranraer Private Hire

DJ Paul Challis

Dreams to Themes

Scott and team at Arkhouse Inn 2.0

James Keenan

Our amazing bar staff

Pat & Barry

ACR Cash Registers

Colin Hattersley Photography

Pete Robinson Photography

Colfin Captures

Scarlett Visuals

Caroline Ann McQuistin

All press coverage

Marie-Clare James

The Cookery Theatre Co.

WC in Fields

Quay Head Apartments

Sally Hair - Canapes

Fig & Olive Cafe - Canapes

Ryan Halley of North West Castle - Canapes

FPC Security

Annie's Aider Ltd

Lord Stair and Stair Estates



Entertainment Marquee Food Stalls

Market Stall Traders

Outdoor Traders

Stranraer Water Sports Association


Programme Items:

Sydney Charles Aviation Display Team

Doug MacLean

Don Sloan at The Oxford Cultural Collective

Chef Michael Caines

Chef Julie Lin

Chef Felicity Cloake

Chef Helen Cross

Chef Tony Singh MBE

Chef Dave Alexander of Dunskey Estate

Flourish by Ryan

Chef Douglas Lisi of Tigh Na Mara Hotel & Restaurant

Massimo Lisi

The Wallace Family

Lochryan Pipe Band

Wallace School of Dancing

Stranraer Drumming Group

Alan Smith Compere

Lianne Brown

Tristan Hugh-Jones

John & Alec Ross

Rab and John of the Vital Spark Oyster Boat

Andy Cumming

All Scottish Shucking Championships competitors

Dr Janet Brown

Elaine Barton of Stranraer & District Local History Trust

Dark Sky Spirits

Wigtownshire Yesteryear Transport & Machinery Club


Kids Entertainment:

The Road Runner

Daffy Dill Entertainment

Giggle and Paint

Natasha Siobhan Hair Extensions


Creative Stranraer

Owl Magic

Franc Karpo - Amazing Scotland Comedy Magician

Pop the Balloon Man

Envy Cheerleading

All groups taking part in procession

Diana Hamilton of AccessibleArt



All of our fantastic festival volunteers

Our youth volunteer team

O N US South West Scotland

Lyndsay Gibb

Mark Mullally

Ian McDowall


We are so grateful to you all!

Please note we have done our best efforts to include everyone on this list, and if we’ve omitted anyone, be assured it’s a simple error and your importance is exactly the same as those we’ve noted. Please do let us know and we will get you added immediately.