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BANK HOLIDAY FUN IN FAVERSHAM

BANK HOLIDAY FUN IN FAVERSHAM

A round-up of places to go and things to do in Faversham over the August bank holiday.

Bank Holidays are a lovely treat for those of us that don’t have to work. After all, who doesn’t love a three-day weekend? With that in mind, here are some brilliant bank holiday events in Faversham to look out for.

Whether you are looking for something to do with the kids, or just with some friends in the evenings, we have some great suggestions.

– Faversham Pools will be open during the weekend and on the bank holiday, and if this weather keeps up, we’d all benefit from a splash in the outdoor pool. But remember, you need to book a slot in advance. You can do this through their website a week before.

– Faversham Markets will continue over the weekend with the Charter Market on the Friday and Saturday, and there is a special Antique’s Market on the Sunday, replacing the date in September due to the popular Hop Festival. www.favershammarket.org

– Looking for something new for the family? Explore Faversham like you haven’t seen before with a mystery treasure trail from treasuretrails.co.uk. These are done at your own pace, with clues sent to your mobile phone if you get lost. Plus there is a chance to win some real treasure! Your correct answers will be entered into a draw to win £100. Find out more on their website. Click here to find the Faversham trail.

– Technically this isn’t part of the bank holiday weekend but we have to mention Papa Bianco’s live music nights every Wednesday and Friday. On Friday they will be joined by The Altones, so head down to Standard Quay, grab a tasty pizza and kick back!

Ideas for Saturday:

– The popular Brogdale Cider Trail is back! On the 27th and 28th you can sample over 60 local ciders, listen to live music from the likes of Hullabaloo, tuck into delicious hot food from the variety of stalls, and take part in fair games and competitions. The whole family can enjoy this day, even your four-legged members! Tickets can be purchased online via Brogdale Collections website. https://brogdalecollections.org/festivals-and-events/

– Button up your Hawaiian shirts and pop down to The Dove at Dargate to enjoy BBQ food and live music from Mark Lees. Mark will be playing acoustic covers throughout the day starting from 1pm, perfect atmosphere for a sunny day!

– The Old Grammar School is opening for the day from 10.30am to 4pm. Have you ever wondered what the Elizabethan building looks like from the inside? Here’s your chance! Pop down to The Masonic Hall, Abbey Place ME13 7BG to see.

How to spend your Sunday:

– As mentioned above, Brogdale Cider Trails will be in full swing on Sunday too. Purchase your tickets online and head down to Brogdale Farm for a full day of sun, entertainment, food, dance, and most importantly cider.

– Gather your friends and family and head to The Dove in Dargate for an evening of favourite covers from local band Ozzie and The Uglies. They cover a wide variety of music from Pop, Funk, Soul, Reggae, to Rock n Roll, so there’s bound to be a song for everyone in your party.

– Do you fancy yourself as a bit of an antiques collector? There will be an Antiques Market on the 28th to replace the date in September that will be taken over by The Hop Festival. So, head down to rummage through tons of vintage and antique treasures. The Market opens from 8am and will start to close down at 3pm.

With the price of petrol and living soaring, many people will be choosing to stay local for their fun trips this summer. So if you live near Faversham, support your local businesses and attractions and have a fabulous time too!

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TREAT TIME TUESDAYS

Summer Savings in Faversham

Make the most of a fantastic summer of savings in Faversham.

Treat Time Tuesdays is a great way for Faversham’s residents to support local businesses and attractions on their doorstep whilst enjoying special deals and promotions.  It’s a great way of saving money on travel too!

There’s plenty of fun to be had in Faversham this summer!

See below for details of participating businesses and how to take part in their special offers.

Belmont House and Gardens

Belmont is an elegant 18th century house with stunning views over the surrounding Estate and the rolling Kentish North Downs.

The beautiful gardens consist of a walled garden, pinetum, wooded areas, formal lawns and a large kitchen garden.

The Tea Room will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Weekends, 11am – 4.30pm serving delicious lunches, homemade cakes and cream teas

Offer:
2 for 1 entry to Belmont gardens on Tuesdays  Offer valid until the end of September 2022. Anyone wishing to visit Belmont House, will  need to pay an upgrade fee.

Children under 12 are free of charge. Not valid on event days.

Simply take a Treat Time Tuesdays leaflet or show the website page on your mobile device when you visit to enjoy your Treat Time Tuesday offer.

Belmont Park, Throwley Rd, Throwley, Faversham ME13 0HH

Visit Belmont’s website here.

Brogdale Collections

You can enjoy year round access to the beautiful orchards at Brogdale, bursting with thousands of rare and heritage fruit and nut trees. A beautiful place to learn about fruit, growing and growing.  There’s plenty of fun for all the family including a wildlife garden, small playground and music garden.

Offer:

50% discount on Orchard Passes purchased on-site at Brogdale Collections Tuesdays.  This offer gives you year round access to the heritage orchards at Brogdale.

Take the Treat Time Tuesdays leaflet or show the website page on your mobile device when buying your pass, to enjoy your Treat Time Tuesday offer.

Please check Brogdale Collection’s website for opening times.

Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham, ME13 8XZ

Visit Brogdale’s website here.

Faversham Pools

We’re so lucky to have Faversham Pools on our doorstep.  Year-round indoor swimming, with heated outdoor lido and family fun pools in summertime and beyond.

Tides Cafe offers fresh coffee, home-made meals and a delicious selection of cakes.  In summer you can take cold drinks and snacks outside to enjoy in their sunny, grassy garden area overlooking the pools.

Faversham Pools is a registered charity, bringing affordable exercise to the community.

Offer:

Half-price kids’ swims on Tuesdays (reduced from £6 to £3).  General admission for the pools includes access to both indoor and outdoor pools.

This special offer is supported by the KCC Reconnect scheme and runs until Tuesday 30th August.

To take part in this offer, advance booking on Faversham Pool’s website is essential.  Look out for the special ticket price option on their website.

Leslie Smith Drive, Faversham ME13 8PW.

Visit Faversham Pool’s website here.

Huckleberry Woods Micro Animal Adventures

At Huckleberry Woods you can visit micro pigs, miniature donkeys, teddy bear sheep, miniature chickens and alpacas – right on your doorstep 10 minutes from Faversham town centre. 

  • Mingle with free-ranging animals 
  • Enjoy the small orchard venue for a peaceful couple of hours in the presence of happy miniature animals. 
  • Arrange to take the harness-trained animals for a stroll around their ancient orchard home .* 
  • The number of visitors is limited to ensure a relaxing experience for all so pre-booking is essential. 

* advanced booking required/extra charges apply. 

Offer:

One free child entry for every adult ticket holder.  Adult tickets must be pre-booked on their website in advance. Additional children simply accompany the adult to redeem the offer.

Take this leaflet or show the website page on your mobile device when you visit Huckleberry Woods.

Lower Road Buckland, Faversham, ME13 0TP

Visit Huckleberry Wood’s website here.

Macknade

Macknade creates spaces and experiences that bring people together around a shared love of food and drink.  This year it’s celebrating 175 years at the heart of the Faversham community.

Pay a visit to their Flagship Food Hall on Selling Road to discover the very best food and drink from across the county and all over the globe.  There’s a great café along with an outdoor deck to enjoy something to eat and drink too. 

Offer:

10% off fruit and veg on Tuesdays, plus free fruit samples for kids, courtesy of Brogdale Collections.

Show this webpage on your mobile device or a Treat Time Flyer leaflet to enjoy this special offer.  

Tuesdays are a great day to visit Macknade as they will also be holding £5 drop-in children’s pizza workshops. A great way to feed the kids and keep them entertained at the same time! Click here for details.

Simply take this leaflet or show the website page on your mobile device at participating business, to enjoy your Treat Time Tuesday offer.

Macknade is located on Selling Road, Faversham, ME13 8XF

Visit Macknade’s website here.

The Phoenix Tavern

A unique opportunity to enjoy a discount on the delicious food at The Phoenix Tavern. The Phoenix serves a menu of regularly changing, freshly cooked, local food and a list of carefully selected local, national & international beverages – including fine wines, premium beers, cocktails and coffees.

Settle in indoors or take a seat in our spacious garden – undercover and heated tables available.

Offer:

Telephone on a Tuesday to book a table on any Wednesday within the campaign period and receive 10% off food when dining with The Phoenix Tavern. 

Phone or text this number to book: 07834763540.

 Please mention Treat Time Tuesday when making your reservation.

99 Abbey Street, Faversham, ME13 7BH

Visit The Phoenix’s website here.

Top to Toe Fitness

Based in Faversham, Top to Toe Fitness provides group training in a fun, friendly and effective way. Offering classes for all levels of fitness in a truly unique setting.

For details of Top to Toe’s full timetable, visit their website here.

Offer:

Bring a friend for free to Top to Toe Tuesday sessions at Macknade Faversham.  Sign up to a Tuesday fitness class and bring a friend for free.

Drop in is £10 – share the cost with a friend.

To book your Treat Time Tuesday Top to Toe workout, click here.

Further information

Treat Time Tuesdays offers are available every Tuesday throughout the summer holidays. Unless stated otherwise, offers run until September 2022.

Please contact individual participants for further information about individual offers.

Win prizes with Treat Time Tuesdays

The fabulous businesses taking part in Treat Time Tuesdays have donated some terrific giveaways for social media competition prizes.

Be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages to make sure you don’t miss out!

InFaversham Social Media Competitions

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. The promoter is InFaversham, based at 1 Abbey Street, Faversham.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except people representing InFaversham their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter our competitions.
  4. By entering our competitions, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via InFaversham’s Instagram or Facebook social media platforms.
  6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received within the deadline stated on social media for whatever reason.
  7. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  8. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  9. Winners will be chosen at random by software, from all entries received and verified by the promoter and or its agents.
  10.  The winner will be notified by direct message on Instagram/Facebook within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted; is not eligible; has not met the competition’s criteria or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement.
  11. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected or how it will be delivered.
  12. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  13. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  14. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  15. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing [email protected]
  16. Our competitions are not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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Promotional opportunity for tourism businesses

Calling local tourism businesses!

New Treat Time Tuesday initiative for Faversham

A new initiative is being launched to encourage Faversham’s residents to try out local attractions and leisure businesses over the summer holidays.

The purpose is to help local tourism-related/leisure businesses and organisations who may be experiencing a downturn during current challenging times.  The initiative will also provide good value fun and treats for people living in Faversham, encouraging them to enjoy the attractions on their doorstep.  This is particularly pertinent when many people are struggling to pay for fuel for longer trips.

Summary

  • Businesses will provide special offers and treats every Tuesday
  • A flyer with details of the promotion will be distributed to households in Faversham, including new housing estates
  • A dedicated webpage will be created hosting information online
  • Anyone visiting a participating business and presenting the flyer or webpage will be able to access the special offer
  • There will be extensive social media activity, including a launch competition featuring prizes from participating businesses
  • The initiative will run during the school holidays, from the end of July until early September.  There’s a possibility Treat Time Tuesday could continue beyond this if participating businesses would like it to
  • The Town Council will be featuring Treat Time Tuesday in its Summer in Swale exhibition in 12 Market Place

Costs

The cost of taking part is £250.  This includes a contribution to the design, print and delivery of 2,000 flyers; creation of dedicated webpage; inclusion in social media campaign; contribution to project management and communications costs.

We are also offering the option for businesses to be included in the webpage, but not the flyer and its distribution, for a lower price of £100.

Timings

Deadline for taking part is 13th July.

Further info

For more details or to take part, please email [email protected]

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Inspiration for Father’s Day in Faversham

Are you looking for the perfect gift this Father’s Day? Faversham shops and businesses have plenty to offer this year, leaving you no excuse to shop elsewhere. 

It’s so important to shop local when and where you can, as many of the independent businesses have been hit hard over the last couple of years with many struggling to keep afloat. Buying from a local shop, market, or other business is a great way to support them by showing that you love what they do, and encouraging them to carry on their great work. 

Father’s Day suggestions from InFaversham

So, in no particular order, here are some fantastic local businesses to support this year… 

Lotty’s Flowers on the Market Place and D&G Florists in Preston Street both sell lovely little indoor plants and arrangements.  These make for perfect presents for little people to buy their dads.

Top Hat & Tales in West Street not only has a superb range of accessories and gifts.  You will also find a terrific selection of both fiction and non-fiction books too at their sister shop Tales on Market Street. 

Creekside Vinyl on Market Street is a cracking gem of a record shop with an owner who is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about music.  There’s plenty to choose from with a wide range of musical tastes. Or you can play it safe and buy a gift voucher.

The legendary Faversham gift shop Barley Mow has a wonderfully curated selection of gifts and cards and you’re bound to find something even for the hardest man to buy for!

Brogdale Collections holds terrific workshops and short courses including cider making, hedgerow wine making, gardening and more.  What a fab present idea for those dads that would prefer an experience as a gift.  Brogdale also sells gift vouchers and annual Orchard Passes.

Faversham Market will be open on Friday and Saturday – if your Dad loves gardening, then Richard’s Plants has a great selection of plants at reasonable prices. There’s plenty on offer for dads who enjoy their food and drink.

West 1 on Preston Street has a great range of men’s clothing and the friendly staff can help you pick out the perfect Father’s Day gift. Gridlock on Preston Street also has a great selection of men’s shoes, clothes and accessories.

Edible Culture on Canterbury Road and Grow at Brogdale are both great options if you’re looking for presents for dads that garden!  You could also pop down to Standard Quay too and check out the vintage tools and pots for sale.

If you’re thinking of splashing out and treating Dad to a watch, Barker’s on Preston Street is a lovely jewellery shop with an excellent selection of both watches and jewellery.

Why not treat your Dad to a fine bottle of wine from Vino’s in Court Street? Fabio has a great selection from you to choose from.

Macknade Fine Food on Selling Road has a magnificent range of both international and locally-sourced food and drink. They also sell hampers.  You’re sure to find the perfect present for foodie-dads.

In addition to the above, Faversham also has a selection of excellent card shops.  Check out Creek Creative Gallery; Forget-Me-Not and Presentimes

Support your local businesses

Of course we can’t possibly list everything going on in Faversham, so please keep the recommendations going by commenting on our social media posts.

Let’s shop local, love Faversham and take great care of our shops and businesses ❤

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What’s on in Faversham and Swale during Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend

What’s on in Faversham and Swale during Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend
2nd – 5th June

It’s another bank holiday weekend – but with a difference!!  Four days of fun to celebrate the Queen’s seventy years of service.  There are plenty of events happening around Swale, so check out our blog below and see what takes your fancy!  

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Jubilee in The Rec, Faversham

Sunday 5th June 2pm to 4pm

Faversham Recreation Ground, Park Road, Faversham ME13 8BF

Bring your picnic to Faversham Recreation Ground and listen to the stirring sounds of Faversham Mission Brass!  There are two playgrounds for children of all ages to enjoy and plenty of space to run and play.

Proms in the Market Place, Faversham

Friday 3rd June from 5.30pm

A full programme of entertainment will be taking place from 5.30pm.  The Faversham Gunpowder WI will be serving hot drinks, cakes and Pimms throughout the evening and The Railway Swing Band will be performing at 7.30pm

Free.  Market Place, Faversham, ME13 7AE.  https://favershamtowncouncil.gov.uk/community/community-events

Faversham Markets plus added entertainment
Saturday 4th

There will be street entertainment on the Market Place on Saturday 4th June including acoustic music and a clog dancing display!

Friday 3rd June – Charter Market in the Market Place selling a wide selection of food, drink, plants, flowers, gifts, homewares and clothes. 

Saturday 4th June – Charter Market and Best of Faversham selling locally created and grown artwork, food, drink and crafts. 

Sunday 5th June – Antiques and Vintage Market, with a fabulous selection of furniture, paintings, jewellery, collectibles, clothing and more. 

www.favershammarket.org

Faversham Town Crown Trail

From 28th May, visitors will be able to spot the crowns hidden around Faversham Town centre and solve the clues to be in with a chance of a prize.  Check out the Town Council’s website for details and to download a map.

Duckingham Palace at Faversham Pools
3rd July, 2-5pm

Make a splash for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Faversham Pools! There will be a barbecue, music, treasure hunt and fun family activities for all to enjoy. 

Booking online essential www.bookwhen.com/favershampools 

Jubilee Tea Dance for Senior Citizens, Alexander Centre, Faversham

2nd June 2022 –   12 to 3pm 

To commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, The Alexander Centre is putting on a Seniors Tea Dance, with dance instruction by Mr Meadowlark, accompanied by a delicious afternoon tea.

FREE ENTRY, although booking is essential.
The Alexander Centre, 15 – 17 Preston St, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8NZ

This Sceptered Isle – A musical celebration for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, The Assembly Rooms in Faversham 
2nd-6th June

Faversham Music Club is hosting a long weekend of musical treats in  celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

Click here for details https://favershamtowncouncil.gov.uk/event/this-sceptered-isle-a-musical-celebration-for-the-queens-platinum-jubilee/

Tickets can be purchased on the door.

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Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June

This special June event weekend is 1940s themed! So feel free to come dressed for the occasion, whether that be a service uniform or a fabulous tea dress. There will be visiting themed displays from local groups to really immerse in the experience! There’s also a fabulous tea room serving cakes, drinks and refreshments.  Tickets are £15 for adults, £7.50 for children over 5.  (Online booking prices.)

The Warren, Bredgar, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 8AT   01622 884254
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Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June

Edward Bear’s Teddy Bears Picnic.  This event is aimed at young children – bring your bear and a picnic or purchase some scrummy food at the Footplate Café.  There will be a treasure hunt at Kemsley Down. 

For timetables and prices check out the website www.sklr.net 
Sittingbourne Viaduct Station, The Wall, Sittingbourne, ME10 2XD

Jubilee Picnic and Fete, Newington, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 7NN
Saturday 4th June 1.30 to 5.00pm 

The Parish Council is planning a picnic and village fete on the Recreation Ground to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. There will be a tea tent, a variety of stalls, traditional games and a raffle.  Tickets will be available in advance and on the day.  

Fancy dress competition 2.00pm – The theme is ‘1952’, the year the Queen came to the throne. Further details will be in Village Voice and via Newington School. It’s time to start thinking of ideas, sewing, delving into the wardrobe or looking in charity shops.

Fun Dog Show 3.00pm

Entertainment: There will be entertainment with a 1950s theme. The Newington Concert Party will be providing some of the live music.

Entrance is free.

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Rose Street Cottage Coronation/Jubilee Collectibles Exhibition,  Sheerness

2nd June to 4th June

Rose Street Cottage will have an exhibition of Coronation/Jubilee collectables celebrating the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.  Rose Street Cottage and its two neighbouring properties are the only remaining homes of a number that were built for Sheerness Dockyard workers in the 18th and 19th centuries – often using timber “Chips” from the docks. They are weather boarded, roofed with Welsh slate and are Grade II listed.

Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities, 10 Rose Street, Sheerness Isle of Sheppey, Kent 
Opening hours 11am to 3pm

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Lighting of the Queenborough Beacon Ceremony
Thursday 2nd June at 9.15pm

Queenborough will join the nation in lighting a beacon for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Thursday 2nd June on Crundalls Wharf at 9.15pm. An event coordinated by Queenborough Town Council.

Crundalls Wharf , Queenborough, Isle of Sheppey, ME11 5EL

Swale Vehicle Enthusiasts Club Annual Show, Sheerness

Saturday 5th June 2022  10am to 3pm

A wide range of classic vehicles on show, trade stands, food and bar, all profits to go to local charities and causes

Sheppey Sports Club, off Queenborough Road, Halfway, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 3DB
Entry: Adults £3, under 18s £1, under 5s free
www.svec.co.uk

Queenborough Castle Site Platinum Jubilee Picnic

Sunday 5th June 2022 between  2 pm and 6 pm

Pack a picnic fit for royalty and join the Jubilee celebrations on the grounds where a once magnificent castle stood in Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey. Make sure you pack a bottle of bubbly and let the merriment flow.

Queenborough Castle Site, Queenborough, Isle of Sheppey, Kent ME11 5AS
www.queenborough-tc.gov.uk/queens-platinum-jubilee-castle-picnic

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Take a trip to Faversham’s Festival of Transport

What’s on at Faversham Festival of Transport?

On the weekend of the 14th and 15th May, Faversham town centre will be full of the sounds of engines revving and horns tooting as Faversham Festival of Transport comes to town!  This two day celebration of transport from across the decades will include vehicle displays, vintage bus rides, live music and stalls serving delicious food and drink.

Beautiful location

Faversham town centre has a fabulous Market Place and is packed with historic buildings – making it the perfect backdrop for a display of beautiful old vintage vehicles and sparkling sports cars.  With its lovely selection of independent shops and cafes, Faversham is also the perfect place to visit and enjoy your weekend. 

Programme of events

The highlight of Saturday is sure to be the FREE vintage bus rides taking place around Faversham and the surrounding countryside. For the older generations, these are a wonderful trip down memory lane and the youngsters are bound to adore a trip on a beautiful old bus!

On Saturday there will also be an electric vehicle event at the Church of St Mary of Charity in Church Road as well as a display of commercial vehicles throughout the town centre. 

Don’t forget, the oldest market in Kent – Faversham Charter Market – will be trading with its usual  selection of traders selling food and drink; clothing; collectibles; plants; homewares; pet supplies and more. 

Visit the market website here to learn more about the traders.

On Sunday, visitors will be treated to the main car show taking place in the Market Place, Court Street and Preston Street along with a display of steam vehicles down at Standard Quay at the bottom of Abbey Street.  The kids will also love the Go Kart Circuit located in the Central Car Park 

Make the most of Faversham

There are plenty of amazing places to visit and explore while you’re here – so why not make a day or even a weekend of it?  Standard Quay is within easy walking distance of the town centre and along with its attractive Creekside setting, it also boasts delicious places to eat and drink and some lovely antique shops too.

Brogdale Farm, just outside Faversham, is home to the National Fruit Collection – the world’s largest collection of temperate fruit trees.  It’s a beautiful place to visit.  It also has a popular Courtyard Café and shops selling plants, local beers,  fruit inspired local produce and artisan chocolate. 

The blossom at Brogdale Collections

If you love your food and drink, Macknade is well worth a visit.  This renowned food hall has one of the region’s best selections of fabulously curated food and drink, including produce from Kent and fine foods from around the continent.  Macknade also has a very popular indoor café and outdoor food deck – so why not grab some delicious lunch?  There’s a free park and ride service running from Macknade to the town centre, so you can catch a lift into the thick of the Festival and leave your car at Macknade for free.

If you have time, you could also enjoy one of the areas beautiful walks, followed by a spot of lunch in a rural pub.  For walking suggestions, check out the link here.

Helpful information

The car parks get pretty busy over the weekend, in addition, roadworks are planned on the M2 between Sittingbourne and Faversham during the weekend.  So why not enjoy another mode of transport and take the train!  There’s a regular service from London, Ebbsfleet, Canterbury, Dover and Ramsgate.

There’s also a free park and ride service running throughout the Festival, from Macknade, Selling Road, Faversham, ME13 8XF.

Free park and ride service from Macknade

If you do decide to drive, you can find more information about local parking here

For further information on visiting Faversham for the Transport Festival, take a look at their website here.  The Visit Faversham website can give you more ideas on places to visit and things to do while you’re here too.

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Celebrating Faversham with our Mad March Markets

Celebrating Faversham with our Mad March Markets

By Jess Roberts

Faversham Markets hosted a weekend of Mad March Markets and great fun was had by all.

Fun-packed weekend

The Mad March Markets brought thousands of visitors into Faversham on the 26th and 27th of March. What a weekend it was. 

The event was organised by Faversham Town Council, Faversham Markets, Red Dog PR and many great volunteers. It was held to celebrate the arrival of spring and life getting back to normal, following two years of restrictions. 

Many old and new faces took to the cobbled streets to set up their wonderful stalls full of local produce, handmade items, artwork, interactive crafts and more. Visiting Faversham Markets is always a great opportunity to meet the maker, and likewise for the businesses to meet their customers. We saw a lot of happy shoppers and stallholders spending time getting to know each other at the market weekend, which isn’t something you’ll see in national retail chains! You’ll always find a warm welcome and smiling faces here, the Faversham community is one of the best. 

Businesses joined in the fun!

Many of Faversham’s local businesses and shops also got involved in the Mad March Weekend and worked very hard on their window displays. A challenge was set to Faversham’s shops prior to the event to decorate their windows, celebrating all things spring, and we weren’t disappointed. The public voted for their favourites, and the results came in at the end of the second day. 

First place went to The Yarn Dispensary, who decorated their windows beautifully in knitted bunting, stockings, jumpers, and more. Their trophy was presented to The Yarn Dispensary team by Faversham’s Mayor, Alison Reynolds. A special shout out has to go out to the two runners up, Ollie Bongos Pet Essentials and Lotty’s Flowers, whose windows were superb. A lot of time and effort went into everybody’s windows and the results were very close – Faversham town centre looked very special. Thank you to all those that took part, and to the sponsors Alloy Marketing. 

Fun and games

Activities throughout the weekend included the Spot The Hare trail, which was another great success. Hundreds of programmes were picked up and taken around Faversham’s shops to find the hidden hares. The aim was to jot down the letter that the hare was hiding to spell out a secret word. Everybody that completed the task was entered into a hat to pick two winners to win family tickets to the Royal Cinema and some lovely spring pots from Richard’s Plants. 

During the course of the weekend, there was live music, entertainment, and even an appearance from a very cute, miniature pony!

Labyrinth and The Hospice Band provided visitors with some great music which attracted a great crowd, provided a fantastic atmosphere and was key to the success of the event. The two bands also managed to raise an admirable amount of £600 to help support the Hospice and the crisis in Ukraine.

Merryman the Jester was also present, providing fun and entertainment for the children. He never fails to impress with his juggling, magic tricks and silly pranks.  Roleplay Rascals created a fantastic dressing up opportunity, where children could pose in child-sized toy packaging! Craft activities were provided by local charity Holding On Letting Go on Saturday and on Sunday, Nan in a Van entertained the children with pottery painting.

In addition to all of this, we also had a special guest named Rupert. Rupert was a Shetland pony who visited the markets on the Saturday. He enjoyed his time taking photos with the Easter bunny, getting petted by the visitors and munching on hay throughout the day. If you missed him, he will be back at Christmas!  Rupert’s appearance was sponsored by Harrisons Homes and also managed to raise an admirable £200 for Holding On Letting Go.

A great success

Overall, the event was a huge success and brought everyone together after a tough time during the course of the pandemic. We look forward to many more events in Faversham in the weeks to come. 

Claire Windridge, from Faversham Town Council, says: “The purpose of the weekend’s activities was to welcome visitors and shoppers back to Faversham and showcase the town’s wonderful shops and  businesses. A massive thank you to the visitors and businesses who supported the event, it was wonderful to see so many people in town having fun.”

Thank you

Congratulations to Faversham Market,  Faversham Town Council, Red Dog PR and all the charities, stallholders, businesses and entertainers who worked hard to ensure the weekend was a success.  A wonderful example of everyone working together for the good of Faversham.

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Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Many of us couldn’t celebrate Mother’s Day how we wanted to last year, so we’d love to make it a day to remember this time around. Coming up on the 27th of March, you don’t have long to get your day planned.

Here are some suggestions for hints to give your children, or some ideas on how to treat your own Mum.

Flowers

Starting off simple, you can’t go wrong with a bunch of flowers, any mother would be delighted to receive some. You can head to Lotty’s Flowers in the Market Place or D&G Florist in East Street – both shops have flowers for all price ranges, from charming springtime daffodils to big bouquets.

Afternoon Tea

We can’t think of a better occasion than Mother’s Day to head into town for a spot of afternoon tea. We have plenty of tea rooms to pick from in Faversham such as: Cosgroves, Havishams, The Yard, The Secret Garden Café at Standard Quay, Creek Creative café, Upstairs Downstairs by Morrisons, the Café by the Creek at Oare and more.

Head to the Markets

The upcoming Mad March Market falls on Mother’s Day and will be a lovely place to celebrate along with friends and family. There will be live music from Labyrinth and The Hospice Band, entertainment from local stalls and Merryman The Jester, and several activities such as a ‘Spot The Hare Trail’ and a window display competition. We’ve heard there will also be a pony named Rupert at the market ready for meet and greets.

Alongside all of these lovely extras, there will also be plenty of opportunities to support local businesses by shopping at their weekend stalls. If you can’t make it on Sunday, it will also be on the Saturday from 9am until 3.30pm.

Don’t forget a card

Don’t forget a card! Presentimes, Barley Mow, No77, Forget Me Not, and more local shops are all full of a terrific selection of Mother’s Day cards. If you need wrapping paper these shops will also have you covered. You needn’t leave Faversham!

Picking the perfect gift

Shopping small is much more meaningful than shopping at big online retailers. You can often find one-of-a-kind gifts in Faversham that are much more special. Thankfully, Faversham is full of wonderful independent businesses. Take a look in Top Hat & Tales for accessories and artwork, No77 for interior pieces, soaps and jewellery, and Creek Creative for pieces from local artists and makers. The Best of Faversham Market is also on 19th and 26th of March, which is a great opportunity to meet the makers and see what they have to offer.

Treat Mum to a meal

We are lucky that Faversham is full of friendly pubs, cafes, and restaurants waiting to serve you and your family.

Does your mum love a glass of wine? Head to Vinos on Court Street or newly opened Baltic House Wine bar at Standard Quay – the perfect place to wind down and enjoy some delicious drinks. Next door is Papa Bianco which creates the best handmade pizzas, with monthly specials, desserts and more. If your mum would rather some nachos, head back to the Market Place to visit California Cravings for your fix of Mexican cuisine.

Of course, we have many great restaurants In Faversham many serving delicious Sunday lunches. Check out The Pheonix, The Quay, The Sun Inn, Ask Italian, and The Yard to name just a handful, who are all taking bookings for Mother’s Day.

We hope that this blog has given you some ideas on how to treat your mum this Mother’s Day, and that you have the best day surrounded by Family and Friend’s.

Mad March Market

Mad March Market is coming to Faversham … with a very special guest!

Faversham Market and Faversham Town Council would like to cordially invite you to join them in jumping into Spring with their Mad March Market on the 26th and 27th March. More importantly, though, another special guest also seeks your company, and you won’t want to let him down. 

This will be the first major Faversham Market event that has taken place since before the pandemic, and we warmly await the turning of what has been a very difficult corner for both visitors and residents of Faversham. We are certain you are not going to want to miss out on some great fun and entertainment. 

What awaits you?

The Mad March Market will catapult our town into longer, finer days, so spring down to Faversham for:

Town centre market

Family activities

Street entertainment

Talks and displays

Mother’s Day gifts and fun

Independent shops and cafes 

Something for everyone!

Hold your horses … there’s more!

We lured you in with the promise of a special guest, and we aim to deliver. That’s right, for one day only on Saturday 26th March, Rupert, the infamous miniature Shetland pony will be at 12 Market Place for the Mad March Market and would love to see you there. Little Rupert won’t be coming alone either as he has put hoof to paper and written some special children’s books that he will be selling on the day. 

Let it be known that Rupert is a very clever pony, and he cannot wait to meet all the children, young and old. He knows that like him, there will be many fans of the Easter Bunny who will be excited to participate in some fun and exciting activities during their visit and he will be ready and waiting for the fun to begin!

 A date for your diaries

 Faversham’s town will be enriched with spring themed window and shop displays, with a window display competition being held for the best decorated.  Expect spring colours, Easter bunting, lambs, eggs and all things flowery! The winner will receive a trophy from Faversham’s Mayor, Alison Reynolds.  

Special promotions will be weaved throughout the Market, so do come and join us and let’s get back to better, warmer, sunnier days together.

Kind thanks to Harrisons Homes for sponsoring Rupert the Shetland Pony’s visit to town and to Alloy Marketing for sponsoring the window display competition and arranging the prizes