Faversham Experiences - L Hope Fitzgerald from Bindfulness Bookbinding and R Kim Sharrock from The Phoenix Tavern

Give a Faversham experience this Christmas

Faversham experiences – a great idea for Christmas gifts

There are many organisations in Faversham offering people experiences, events and entertainment.  Whether your loved one enjoys food, gardening or crafts – you’ll find the perfect experience for them in Faversham. These are a great idea for Christmas presents with a difference.

Giving a gift voucher, ticket or annual pass is a great way to support local businesses and attractions. The perfect sustainable Christmas gift too.

This directory contains a selection of some of the town’s finest experiences.  All of which offer gift vouchers, tickets or passes that you can buy and give to your loved ones this Christmas.


Perfect for Christmas gifts

The Alexander Centre

The Alex is a busy community centre and events venue in the heart of Faversham – look out for their impressive portico on Preston Street.  The Alex has an excellent timetable of events planned throughout the year including comedy, music, theatre, workshops and more.

Christmas is a particularly busy time with Christmas Markets in November and December; Christmas craft workshops; great music events to get you in the festive mood, and the popular Santa’s Grotto.  

Details of specific events below, but with events and activities happening at the Centre all the time, do check out the website to get the latest info: www.thealex.org.uk.

Forthcoming events

Christmas Fairs & Markets:

  • St Catherine’s Church Victorian Fayre – Sat 19th Nov
  • Eventissima Artisan Craft, Curios & Gift Markets – Sat 26th & Sun 27th Nov; Sun 4th & Sun 11th Dec
  • Christmas Craft Fair – Sat 3rd Dec
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Christmas Bazaar – Sat 10th Dec
  • The Alex’s Christmas Market – Sat 17th Dec

Festive Workshops:

  • Christmas Wreath workshops with Kim Barnicott of Bee Street Flowers – Weds 30th Nov 7pm & Weds 7th Dec 7pm
  • Christmas Cracker Workshop – Sat 19th Nov
  • Handprinted Christmas Wrapping Paper workshop – Sat 3rd Dec
  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – Sat 10th Dec

Fab music events to celebrate the season:

  • Curb Pilots & Gumboots Reggae Band – Sat 3rd Dec
  • DS:UK – in tribute to Dire Straits – Sat 10th Dec
  • Christmas Jazz@theAlex: Steve Waterman’s Latin Jazz Quartet – Fri 16th Dec

For families:

  • Santa’s Grotto – Sat 17th & Sun 18th Dec – Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the Big Man himself!    

Book tickets via The Alex’s website for the perfect Christmas present.

Website   Email – [email protected]


Learn photography skills with the experts from Beamtwenty3.  Run by a qualified teacher and professional photographer Neil Brown, he will teach you how to unlock the secrets of using your phone to take stunning photos.  This is the perfect way to ensure you take stylish and imaginative photos for personal or professional use. These workshops will cover a range of photography techniques from composition to editing and are delivered in a friendly, fun and informative way.

Workshops can be delivered on a one-to-one basis or in small groups of 2 or 3 people. For larger groups, they can come deliver the workshop at your place of work or organisation. Each workshop lasts 2 hours and are flexible to suit your availability.

For more information or to book please click here.

If you have any questions about these workshops please email Neil Brown using his address below.

Website Email – [email protected]

Belmont House

Belmont House is an elegant 18th century house with stunning views over the surrounding estate and rolling North Downs. Steeped in history, this unique house contains mementos of the Harris family’s history and travels including paintings, photograph albums, furniture, silverware along with one of the finest private collections of clocks and watches in England.

Looking for something different to give your loved ones this Christmas? 

A Belmont House Garden Season Ticket makes the perfect gift and is the perfect way to enjoy the garden on a regular basis. A season ticket permits two adults and two children unlimited visits to the gardens for one year from the date of purchase.

They also host a variety of interesting and creative workshops. If you have ever fancied the idea of learning a new skill in a fun, relaxed environment or simply want to treat yourself or a friend to a great day out, then why not book yourselves tickets as the perfect Christmas treat. From willow-weaving and basket making, to linocut printing and herbal distilling, you’ll find something for everyone.

Website    Email – [email protected]

Bindfulness Handmade Books

Handmade books in Faversham. Hope Fitzgerald’s notebooks, sketchbooks and bespoke journals are traditionally crafted with beautiful papers, bookcloth and linen.  Her popular bookbinding workshops run throughout the year in Faversham. Bespoke one-to-one or group classes for other locations are available.

Workshops include:

  • Begin Bookbinding
  • Japanese Stab Binding
  • Sewn Boards Binding

Bindfulness will also be selling their beautiful books at Christmas markets where you can also buy their gift vouchers.  Find them at:

  • Lenham Mid winter Market – 18/19/20 Nov
  • Turner Contemporary Market  – 2/3 Dec

Visit bindfulness.com to buy beautiful and practical handmade books, sign up for workshops, purchase a gift voucher or arrange a bespoke learning session.

Website   Email – [email protected].

Click here to visit their gift voucher page.

Brogdale Collections

Located in acres of beautiful orchards, Brogdale Collections is home to the National Fruit Collection and is responsible for educating the public about this unique collection of fruit.  In addition to offering access to the rare and heritage fruit orchards with an annual Orchard Pass, the Charity also organises an extensive timetable of rural workshops, holiday activities and events. 

Brogdale Collections offers some fabulous experiences which make for excellent gifts.  

Rural courses:

Brogdale Collections, offer some of the best horticultural and rural courses run by experts from all over the South East of England. 

With a selection of half day or whole day courses covering country crafts, cider, beer and wine making, horticulture, foraging, willow weaving and bee keeping there’s so much to discover. 

Click here for more information.

Annual family events:

Brogdale Collections holds a series of popular events for the general public including Cider Trails; Heritage Orchard PYO Days; Easter Trails and Hanami Cherry Blossom celebrations. 

Click here for more information.

Annual Orchard Pass:

Brogdale is home to the National Fruit Collections – the world’s largest collection of temperate fruit – and their orchards are full of heritage and rare fruits.  An Orchard Pass gives visitors year-round access to these beautiful orchards to learn about fruit and growing through the seasons.

Not sure what to choose? To allow your loved one to select their own gift, vouchers are available on-line and can be sent direct to the recipient.

Click here to purchase an Orchard Pass.

Website     Email – [email protected]

Brogdale Farm

Brogdale Farm is a visitor location set in beautiful orchards on the edge of Faversham.  It is home to a varied selection of organisations, many of which offer experiences, courses and workshops for the public to enjoy.

These include:

  • Brogdale Collections: rural courses, workshops; public events year round access to the unique heritage orchards at Brogdale with an annual pass
  • Country Practice: treatments for your emotional and physical well-being including facials, massages, hot stone treatments, aromatherapy, reflexology and more
  • Kakawa Artisan Chocolate: chocolate making workshops; chocolate and chill nights and chocolate-themed parties
  • Tania Paige’s Craft Place: get your hands messy and join in textile-based craft workshops including screen printing; silk painting; mug painting and lino painting.  Tania is holding a number of Christmas-themed craft classes which are fun for all the family.

In addition to the above, other businesses at Brogdale also sell gift vouchers including fruit tree nursery Grow at Brogdale; Mad Cat Brewery; theTiddly Pomme drinks and gifts shop and The Courtyard Café. 

For details of all the businesses based at Brogdale Farm, check out the websites tenants page, here.

To be the first to know about new events at Brogdale Farm, click here.

The Cave Hotel

The Cave Hotel is located in the beautiful countryside in Boughton outside Faversham.  It’s an indulgent and sophisticated venue boasting the Firepit Restaurant specialising in wood-smoked cuisine served in striking surroundings; the Cowgirl Lounge serving signature cocktails in a chic bar; hydrotherapy pool and sauna in addition to a jacuzzi with panoramic pools over the stunning Kent countryside.  The Hotel is also home to a two-course golf club, designed for golfers of all standards. 

The Cave offers a fabulous selection of gift vouchers for treats and experiences including golf rounds and lessons; tasting menus; afternoon teas and more.  This is a stunning gift for someone you want to spoil this Christmas.  Vouchers can be purchased on their website.

Christmas and New Year at The Cave

Firework night – 5th November

Firework display from 7pm

Everyone is welcome to watch the display on their golf course. 

Hot chocolates will be served and food to purchase from their Korean Cowgirl food truck

Christmas Party Nights

The Cave is offering joint party nights in their marquee event space. 

The cost is £75 per person and includes a glass of bubbles, 3 course sharing menu, and entertainment throughout the evening with the Cave’s resident DJ. 

At 11pm guests are then welcome to head to their newly refurbed Korean Cowgirl lounge. 

Alternatively, you can enjoy Christmas menus in The Cave’s restaurants including:

Firepit Christmas

  • £60 sharing menu for lunch  – add a wine pairing
  • £90 sharing evening menu – add a wine pairing 

Korean Cowgirl restaurant

Bin the stale sausage rolls and come and get some low and slow brisket for that evening feast.

Christmas day  – £150 per person

New Year’s Eve Party

Dress to impress at the Cave Hotels New Year’s Eve street party hosted in their exclusive events marquee. Street food, cocktails on tap and the best firework show this side of Leeds castle! 

Tickets are £125 per person. 

New Year’s Eve at the Firepit

£150 tasting menu 

Enjoy canapes and champagne in the Cave lounge accompanied by magical tricks and fun.

Meal at the Firepit

After your meal head down to the Korean cowgirl lounge and enjoy some cocktails, photobooth and resident DJ. 

Fireworks at midnight. 

Website   Email – [email protected]

Country Practice

Country Practice is a friendly and professional provider of a wide range of natural health and beauty therapies.  They support people with a variety of health needs, including mobility and stress-related issues and more. Their warm, comfortable and caring practice is also the perfect spot for some nurturing and pampering.

Country Practice is based at Brogdale Farm and offers a lovely selection of alternative health and beauty treatments, including:

  • facials
  • massages
  • hot stone treatments
  • aromatherapy
  • reflexology
  • reiki

Country Practice sells beautifully wrapped gift vouchers containing small treats which can be bought from their practice at Brogdale Farm and redeemed against all their treatments.  Vouchers can also be ordered over the phone and these are emailed directly to the recipient.  

Website     Email – [email protected]

Corinne’s Creative Kitchen 

Corinne’s Creative Kitchen offers home-cooked dishes either as freezer fillers or for those special occasions. 

Corinne runs cookery classes on Zoom to teach people good practice when cooking Indian and other food. Corinne’s Creative Kitchen focuses on method, spice blending, tips for preserving spices and the six flavours of ayurveda that produce a perfectly balanced meal. 

Corinne’s Creative Kitchen runs a programme of six master classes once or twice a year plus a monthly ‘cook along’. 

All information can be found on their website along with details of how to purchase gift vouchers. 

Master Classes

Over a period of six Sundays, the Master Classes take participants through a set of dishes, building on knowledge along the way. The same classes are used for both non-vegetarian or vegetarian cooking. Corinne’s Creative Kitchen provides participants with a spice pack sent out before the start of the course with spices for each week. The main ingredients will have to be bought by the participant and lists will be sent out in advance.

Cook Along Classes

The Cook Along classes are a wonderful experience with participants cooking something different from their usual repertoire in their own homes for their families. 

All information can be found on their website along with details of how to purchase gift vouchers.

Website     Email –  [email protected]

Joe’s Bows

Joe’s Bows organises hands-on outdoor activities at two beautiful locations near Faversham – Belmont House in Throwley and Provender House in Norton. Their experiences include falconry; owl flying; archery; axe throwing and laser clay shooting.  Participants can enjoy the amazing experience of flying hawks, owls, buzzards and other birds of prey or the thrill of shooting arrows and throwing axes at targets in the stunning Kentish countryside.

Joe’s Bows hold experiences that last half a day or an hour, to suit different interests and pockets.  Perfect for anyone aged 8 and over. 

Experience Days

  • Half Day Falconry – 3hrs at Belmont House and Gardens, includes Garden entry – £65 ages 8+
  • 1hr Owl Flying – 1hr at Belmont House and Gardens, includes Garden entry – £25 ages 8+
  • Half Days Targets – 3hrs at Provender House, Norton, includes Axe Throwing, Archery and Crossbows – £65 ages 11+
  • 1hr Archery – 1hr at PRovender House, field and target archery £25 ages8+
  • 1hr Axe Throwing – 1hr at Provender House £25 ages 11+
  • 1hr Laser Clay Shooting – 1hr at Provender House £25 ages 11+

Gift vouchers

Their gift vouchers can be purchased via Joe’s Bows website or by calling their office.  If required, they can be sent direct to the recipient

Website  Email –  [email protected]


Langdon is a garden venue, secretly tucked away amongst ancient farmland in Goodnestone, just outside Faversham. They offer a range of workshops, classes and walks, all rooted in the natural surroundings of the garden and its wildlife, trees and plants. Treat your loved one to one of their interactive, hands-on gardening workshops, or a set of seasonal walks with the Langdon head-gardener. Perhaps a day of sketching by the pond would suit them, or a mindfulness class. 

Events at Langdon

Langdon have a wonderful schedule of outdoor and creative events coming up in 2023.  Many of these are listed on their website including:

  • Drawing and writing workshop
  • Outdoor family cooking days
  • Kitchen herbal workshop
  • Seasonal guided walks
  • Propagation for beginners workshop

For more details on Langdons workshops, click here.

If you’re not sure exactly what to get, you can give them the pleasure of choosing themselves with a gift voucher. To book click on the link here

Website     Email –   [email protected]

Macknade Food Hall

If anyone knows how to do Christmas, it’s Macknade on Selling Road.  The famous Faversham food hall is well known for its incredible produce throughout the year, but it’s even more special over the festive period. Think mountains of panettone, free-range Kentish turkeys and oozy Vacherin Mont d’Dor!

Gift cards

This year, you can gift the magic of Macknade to your friends and family with a gift card that can be spent in their fabulous food hall or café.

Gift cards are available from £10+ and you can pick yours up either in-store or online via their website here.

Events at Macknade

Macknade regularly holds food-related events throughout the year, including activities for the family during school holidays.  Check out their website for the latest details.

Website Email –  [email protected]

Mount Ephraim

Mount Ephraim Country House and Gardens is home to ten acres of glorious Edwardian gardens to explore five days a week between April and September.  Highlights include the topiary featuring various animals and birds; an ornamental grass maze; the arboretum and an extensive collection of spring bulbs and mature trees.  Their West Wing Tea Room serves cream teas, light lunches, and afternoon teas.

Season Tickets

Enjoy unlimited access to Mount Ephraim’s gardens during their 2023 garden season plus free access to  Mount Ephraim’s organised garden events. The gardens are open on Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays between 11am and 5pm from 1 April to 30 September 2023, with a week’s closure in August for a festival. 

Season Tickets are available for adults, children or families and give you a 10% discount in the Tea Room. Available to purchase online via https://www.mountephraimgardens.co.uk/shop/

Afternoon Tea for 2 Vouchers

Treat someone special to a delicious Afternoon Tea for Two at Mount Ephraim Gardens during their 2023 Season. Savour finger sandwiches, home-made cakes and freshly baked scones in their West Wing Tea Room or outside on the terrace overlooking the topiary garden. Available Wednesdays to Sundays between April and September. 

Available to purchase online via https://www.mountephraimgardens.co.uk/shop/

Website     Email – [email protected]

Papà Bianco

Located by the Creek on Faversham’s picturesque Standard Quay, Papà Bianco is a very popular pizza restaurant, cocktail bar and live music venue.  A beautiful spot to sit and take in the views whilst enjoying freshly made pizza and delicious cocktails. They also offer delivery and takeaway services. 

Every week they host multiple local music artists and DJ nights and will be holding Christmas party nights all through the festive period.  Check out their What’s On page for latest details.

Papà Bianco sell voucher codes that can be customised and purchased at the venue or over the phone.  These are either posted or added on to local deliveries and are a great gift idea.

Website      Email – 01795 320450

The Phoenix Tavern

Situated in the heart of historic Faversham on one of the most picturesque streets in Kent, The Phoenix serves a menu of creative, contemporary, carefully crafted dishes including six course tasting menus. Relaxed fine dining in a cosy tavern. They also serve a great selection of fine wines, premium beers, cocktails, soft drinks and coffees.

Gift vouchers

For the perfect Christmas gift, check out The Phoenix Tavern’s dining vouchers and cocktail vouchers. These are available in amounts of £25, £50, £75 and £100.

Vouchers can be purchased from their website here to be emailed to the purchaser or recipient, or purchased and collected from The Phoenix.

Christmas menu

The Phoenix will be serving a special Christmas menu featuring its usual excellent delicious cuisine.  Available from 30 November – 23 December, Wednesday to Saturday 12-3pm (along with our light lunches menu) & 6-9pm (Sunday roast service as usual).

Booking essential. Pre-order on all bookings. £10 deposit per person.  See their website for menu details. 

Website         Email –  [email protected]

Faversham Dog Directory

Dog-friendly places to visit in Faversham

Dog-friendly Faversham

It’s no mystery why dogs are known as man’s best friend. If you’ve had a stressful day they’ll greet you at the door with a wagging tail. If you’re watching a film and need a snuggle buddy, they’re there for you. If you’re off on an adventure, they’re always happy to join you. 

In Faversham, we are extremely lucky to have a fabulous selection of shops and businesses that will welcome your four-legged friend with open arms/paws.   Whether you’re stopping for a bite to eat, or popping into the shops, there are plenty of places you can visit with your dog.

To coincide with Faversham Town Council’s forthcoming Howl-O-Ween Parade taking place on the 29th October, we thought we’d celebrate our dog-friendly town by putting together a directory of businesses in Faversham where dogs are welcome.

Thank you to your sponsors!

Many thanks to Tell’s Pet Accessories who trades on Faversham Market and sells a wide range of food, snacks and treats for your pets for supporting our dog-friendly guide. Keep up-to-date with Tell’s news on his Facebook page here.

Also, a big shout out to Poppy and Swiss, for her support.  She’s a local illustrator who specialises in creating beautiful portraits of your dog, these make for perfect, affordable gifts! Check out her website here.

Faversham Dog-Friendly Directory

Places to eat and drink with your dog

  • Albion Taverna. Popular pub and Mexican restaurant located alongside the creek. Dogs are allowed outside only. 29 Front Brents
  • Apotheca Faversham. Offers everything you need to pamper, relax and heal. They welcome dogs and always keep a bowl of water handy. West Street
  • The Anchor.300-year-old pub situated a short walk from the beautiful Standard Quay. 52 Abbey Street
  • Baltic House Wine Bar. Quaint wine bar with a wide selection of wine and cocktails. Standard Quay
  • Bull Inn. Dogs welcome in pub and of course the lovely garden. Tanner Street
  • Café By the Creek. A family run cafe located just outside Oare. The Boatyard, Oare Road
  • California Cravings @ The Saddlers Cantina. Mexican restaurant with a Californian twist. 1 Market Place
  • Castella. Beautiful, bohemian French bar serving coffee, wines, beers and spirits. Occasional live music and other events.
  • The Carpenters Arms. Eating and drinking house in Eastling. Dog-friendly, good food and plenty of great walks around the village.
  • Cosgroves. Lovely café on Preston Street open for breakfast and lunch service. 14 Preston Street
  • The Creekers Tap. Friendly micropub serving real cask ales, craft kegs, Belgian beers and more. 37 Preston Street
  • Diana’s Tea Room. Tea room & takeaway serving delicious home-made cakes and scones, cream teas, soup, sandwiches and more. East Street
  • Fleur Book Shop. Moved to its lovely new location in Preston Street and very dog friendly. Preston Street
  • Furlongs Ale House. Faversham’s own micropub, serving local ales, ciders, lagers, wine and juices. 6a Preston Street
  • Havishams Coffee House.  Havishams has one of the best spots in town, located in the Market Place with plenty of outdoor seating for you and your dog to watch the world go by. Market Place.
  • Jittermugs. Tapas and Mediterranean kitchen serving breakfasts and lunches. 18a Preston Street
  • The Limes. Shepherd Neame pub and restaurant with regular live music, events and quizzes. 59 Preston Street
  • Market Inn. Popular pub located on East Street
  • Papa Bianco. A taste of Italy in Faversham, specialising in pizzas and cocktails. Standard Quay
  • The Phoenix Tavern. Beautiful pub and restaurant serving great quality locally sourced food.  Well-behaved dogs welcome in garden and dedicated indoor space. 98 Abbey Street, Faversham
  • Quints Retreat. Creekside snack shack with a Jaws theme, located away from the hustle and bustle in the boatyard. Ironwharf by Standard Quay
  • Railway Hotel. Beautiful pub located near the Faversham Station on Preston Street
  • The Cow Shed at The Ship Inn . Delicious home-cooked meals in Ospringe. Hosts of Faversham’s Doggy Brunch every 1st Saturday of the month.
  • The Refinery. Independent fully licensed coffee bar with a passion for roasted coffee and hand blended loose-leaf tea. 122 West Street
  • The Secret Garden Café. Café tucked away in the picturesque Standard Quay. Standard Quay
  • The Ship Inn. Creekside pub serving fresh food and drink. Conyer
  • Soiree. Small cocktail bar and lounge with outdoor seating. 6 Preston Street
  • The Sun Inn. Traditional ale house serving Shepherd Neame’s award winning ales and traditional food. Dogs allowed in bar area. 10 West Street
  • The Three Tuns, located on the very pretty Tanner Street
  • The Quay. A boutique hotel, bar and restaurant located on Conduit Street.
  • Upstairs Downstairs. Two floors of antiques and collectables, with a lovely vintage tearoom open seven days a week. 88 West Street
  • The Yard. A tranquil restaurant hiding just off Preston Street, dogs are welcome in the Courtyard. 10 Jacobs Yard
  • Visitor Information Centre, 12 Market Place, Faversham.

Places to treat your dog In Faversham

  • Ollie Bongos. Friendly town centre pet shop with a great range of food, toys and accessories. 11 Market Place
  • Tell’s Pet Stall. Find Terry on Faversham Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.  He sells a wide selection of treats and food for all kinds of pets – particularly dogs!  He is happy to take orders and deliver locally using his special bike!  Check out his Facebook page here for latest news and updates.
  • Gladwells Pet & Country Store. Large pet shop with everything you may need for your four-legged friend located on the outskirts of Faversham. Graveney Road
  • Pawzativity Dog Supplies. Dry, wet and raw dog foods and supplies. Standard Quay

Dog-friendly shops In Faversham

  • The Hobby Shop. Model Railways, LEGO, Warhammer, Diecast Vehicles, Readymade Vehicles, Jigsaw Puzzles, BRIO and more. Preston Street
  • Iliffe and Iliffe Estate Agents.  Where dogs are welcome for cuddles and a drink. 16 Market Place
  • L Jay’s Attic. Vintage, retro, pre-loved & revivalist furniture, clothing, accessories & gift items. 71 Preston Street
  • Lotty’s Flowers. Boutique florist covering all occasions. 2b Market Place
  • No 77. Shop selling homewares, gifts and accessories.  77 Preston Street
  • T et Al. Situated next door to Lotty’s, T et Al sell a large collection of houseplants and gifts, as well as tea and cake! 2a Market Place
  • Upstairs Downstairs Antiques Shop, Two floors of tempting collectables, and a lovely vintage tearoom, open seven days a week! 88-90 West Street
  • The Yarn Dispensary. Friendly local yarn shop. 6 Market Place

Places to stay with your dog In Faversham

  • Creekside B&B. A home from home 0.6 miles from the centre of Faversham. 16 Waterside Close
  • Judds Folly Hotel. Set in 3 acres of grounds, Judd’s Folly Hotel has a traditional bar, restaurant and a lounge with views over Swale Valley. Historic market town Faversham is just a 5-minute drive away. Syndale Park
  • The Railway Hotel. Hotel with restaurant and bar in a convenient location just next to the station and a short walk from the centre of Faversham. Preston Street

Places to visit In Faversham

  • Belmont House. A beautiful Georgian House with stunning formal gardens and surrounding parkland for you to discover. Belmont Park, Throwley
  • Brogdale Farm. Dogs welcome in the Market Place area, although they are unable to be walked in the orchards.  Brogdale Road.
  • Eventissima Events Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets . Regular indoor markets offering fabulous Kentish crafts, art, jewellery, homeware and much more . Dog friendly at all markets . Alexander Centre , Preston Street.
  • Faversham Markets every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and Faversham Antiques Market the first Sunday of the month, both located in Court Street and Market Place. Best of Faversham the first and third Saturday of the month in Preston Street.
  • Doddington Place. 850 acre Edwardian estate, located on the edge of Doddington village. Church Lane, Sittingbourne
  • Mount Ephraim. Ten glorious acres of Edwardian terraced gardens. Staple Street, Hernhill
  • Willow Farm. Newly Refurbished Equestrian Centre with indoor & outdoor arenas, cafe & Gillett Cook’s. Pet-friendly accommodation launching in late spring/summer 2023! Hansletts Lane

Who have we missed?

If there is anyone we have missed off the directory, please email [email protected] and we’ll add them on.

Download your own copy

Click here to download your own copy of our Dog Friendly Directory.

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Macknade Celebrates 175 Years

Macknade Celebrates 175 Years of Quality & Community 

Kent food & drink brand, Macknade, is celebrating its 175th birthday this September. Starting life as a family farm in 1847, Macknade is now a leading destination for UK foodies, with vibrant spaces in both Faversham & Ashford, and a curated range of hampers & gifts online. 

Birthday Party 

On Saturday 17th September, Macknade is celebrating its big birthday with a party in its Faversham Food Village. Everyone is invited to join in the celebrations, which include: 

– Live music from Gracie & the Booms and DJ Finchy 

– Tastings & masterclasses from select local producers, including Greens and Ridge Distillery and & Bloss coffee 

– Food & drink stalls 

– Kids craft activities 

The event is free of charge and guests can drop in at any point between 12-9 pm. The full programme of activities and further information about the event can be found at macknade.com. 

175 Years, 175 Prizes 

Between the 17th September and 15th October, all Macknade customers will have the opportunity to win one of 175 prizes during a special birthday prize draw. Anyone shopping in Macknade’s Faversham or Ashford stores during this period will be given a prizecard revealing what they’ve won, with prizes ranging from a tasting experience at Simpsons Vineyard to a limited-edition Macknade t-shirt. 

Stefano Cuomo, CEO and 6th generation of the family to lead Macknade, commented, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our team, our customers & our suppliers for their incredible support over the years. Macknade wouldn’t be anything without all of you and I am grateful to be a part of it. I encourage everyone to join us on September 17th to enjoy everything that makes Macknade so special. Bring your friends, bring your family and let us bring this glorious summer to a close in style.”  


History of Macknade 

In 1847, Frederick Neame Snr (Stefano’s great, great, great grandfather) started Macknade Farm in Faversham, which became one of the region’s leading fruit and vegetable growers, nationally renowned for its fruit, hops and livestock. Handed down through the generations, the farm developed a reputation for fantastic produce and in 1947, pears from the Macknade orchards were served at the wedding of Princess Elizabeth to the late Philip Mountbatten. 

In 1979 Patricia Neame (Stefano’s mother) and her husband Renato Cuomo opened a P.Y.O on the corner of the family farm. Renato, an Italian native, originally from the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, brought an Italian influence to Macknade which is still very much a part of the brand today. 

Keeping connections to the land but moving away from farming, in 2001, the family decided to focus purely on retail. The last two decades have seen huge growth, expansion and divergence within Macknade. With quality produce continuing to come through the doors and a thriving community beginning to develop, it made perfect sense for Macknade to add a café to its Faversham retail space in 2011. 

This was further expanded in 2018 with an outdoor dining area, which later evolved into the Food Village – a marketplace showcasing the very best food & drink from hand-picked vendors. This vibrant space sees live music and families gather in the warmer months for tasty food, outdoor fun and support for local vendors serving up exceptional food. 

In 2020 Macknade took its next big step, venturing outside of Faversham to open a brand-new retail and restaurant space at Elwick Place in Ashford. Macknade Ashford opened just ahead of the Covid pandemic and secured its place at the heart of the community very quickly, and is a space which continues to thrive. 

Today, in an ever-changing world, Macknade is focussed on its mission of creating ‘favourite places’ for customers, suppliers & staff alike, in true community spirit. 

Find out more on Macknade’s website here.


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.

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

Mad March illustration

Faversham Mad March Market

Celebrate the arrival of spring with Mad March Market – 26th and 27th March

To celebrate the end of a difficult time for many local people and businesses, Faversham Town Council and Faversham Market have joined forces to hold a Mad March Market.  This will celebrate the best of Faversham in spring and will welcome back visitors, shoppers and residents to this lovely town.

What to look forward to

There will be a bumper weekend of markets. There will be a selection of stalls from Faversham Charter Market, Best of Faversham Market and Faversham Antiques & Vintage Market making an appearance.

The whole family will also be able to enjoy a mad selection of activities and entertainment including:

  • Meet Rupert the Pony, sponsored by Harrison Homes
  • Street entertainment including magic and fun
  • Music
  • ‘Spot the Hare’ trail
  • Fun photo opportunities
  • Window Display competition, sponsored by Alloy Marketing

12 Market Place will be hosting talks and demonstrations by local producers along with fun activities for children.

Many of the town centre’s unique and independent shops, cafes and businesses will also be open for visitors to enjoy. 

Where it’s taking place

Taking place in Faversham Market Place and Court Street along with a Best of Faversham Market in Preston Street on Saturday.  There will also be displays and activities in The Town Hall at 12 Market Place.  Most of the fun will be taking place between 10am and 3pm.

The weekend’s themes

Sunday 27th is Mother’s Day. The Mad March Market will be a lovely way to spend some time with family and friends, without breaking the piggy bank.

The organisers will be working with local attractions and businesses to highlight the best of Faversham this season. There will be a focus on food and drink; flowers, nature and growing; farming; creativity and more.

More information

If you are a business, trader or attraction and would like to find out how you can get involved – please email [email protected].

For more information click here.