Fiver Fest Faversham

Fiver Fest Faversham

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Faversham will be taking part in a nationwide shop local initiative called FIVER FEST, we hope to get as many local businesses involved and help residents and tourists see the wide range of diverse independent businesses Faversham has to offer.

The event will run from the 10th – 24th October 2020, here is a little more about what it is and how you can get involved.


The Fiver Fest is part of a nationwide volunteer-led organisation called Totally Locally which supports small independent businesses to come together to create a more vibrant, stronger and resilient town by encouraging the community to think and act locally. 

Fiver Fest is being organised by (the website about local businesses for people who shop in Faversham).


Businesses taking part put on special £5 offers over 2 weeks, to show the diversity and value of what they sell, and to say thank you to the communities that support them.

Businesses come together to support each other, share each others offers, create maps, do trails, work on PR – everything to get people moving around the town, and discovering their local independent shops.


This is not about just selling £5 things. It’s an opportunity for you to get people through the door who haven’t ever stepped foot in your shop, or who haven’t been for ages. What you do when they get there is up to you.

Don’t worry if you don’t sell a lot of your special offer. It’s not about that (your offer may not be right for everyone). The idea is to get people engaged with the campaign and talking about our local businesses.


Offers should be something with a £5 spend to tie in with the £5 message (don’t use discounts like £5 or 5% off), Businesses not on the high street such as services, fitness etc can offer introductory services to get new clients on board. Make the offer for something brill, not just old stock you are trying to shift.

Don’t worry if you are stuck for ideas, we are here to help, ideas are what we are good at so get in touch and we will help you to find a fantastic £5 offering.


Apart from a fantastic opportunity to engage and take part in helping to revive the town, you will be part of a National Campaign and get all the promotion, PR, and media opportunities that go with it.  

You will get posters to put in your window, trail maps of all the businesses taking part to giveaway, merchandise (optional purchase) like our lovely tote bags (how about putting together a fab goody bag?) to promote the campaign.  Lots of local media coverage via Faversham Fiver Fest Facebook pages, Instagram and Twitter plus promotion on InFaversham website and Facebook page.  Oh and of course sharing and mentions on everyone else’s social media who takes part and gets involved.  It’ll be a blast.


It’s absolutely free* and open to all independent businesses in Faversham. 


Just fill in your details on the attached form, and return to [email protected] and we’ll do the rest!

We are asking for a voluntary donation of £5 to take part to help cover printing costs.  We stress this is voluntary because we want as many businesses to take part as possible.



Over the last two weeks, many of the town’s pubs, cafes and restaurants have started opening their doors to customers after four months without popping out for a drink or a bit to eat.

Business owners have needed to be creative and meticulous in their planning and arrangements in order to be COVID-compliant and keep customers and staff safe.

Faversham is lucky because many of its pubs have large enough gardens to be able to accommodate socially-distanced tables.  For example, you can currently enjoy a meal or a pint in the fresh air at pubs such as The Three Mariners in Oare; The Sun in West Street; The Shipwrights at Hollowshore or The Anchor at Standard Quay.

Many town centre pubs and cafes are also making room for customers by placing tables and chairs on the pavements and in the Market Place, so customers can enjoy a coffee or glass of wine for example outside The Bear Inn, or Castello on Market Street or The Refinery in West Street.

The hospitality trade plays a vital role in attracting visitors and shoppers to Faversham and its town centre and their return is good news for the economic recovery of the town.

Below is a list of pubs, cafes, restaurants and bars open for business. If you’re aware of an other establishments that should be included, please send us an email via our contact page. Thank you!

Public houses and bars:

The Shipwright’s Arms, Hollowshore
The Anchor
Bear Inn
The Limes
Furlongs Ale House
Market Inn
The Elephant Pub
The Ship Inn, Ospringe
Vino – 17 July
The Sun Inn
The Three Mariners, Oare
Castella Wine Bar
The Castle, Oare
The Leading Light
The Bull Inn
Soirée Cocktail Bar & Lounge
The Alma, Painter’s Forstal
White Lion, Selling
Brents Tavern
The George Inn, Newnham
Three Horseshoes
Red Lion, Badlesmere
Judd’s Folly Hotel
The Carpenters Arms, Eastling

Cafés and restaurants

Upstairs downstairs tearoom
Refinery Café
Annette’s baguettes
The Yard – opening soon
Macknade Café, Selling Road
Moonlight Café
The Swan
Café by the Creek, Oare
The Pantry
Papa Bianca
The Raj
Spice Lounge
Prince of India
Read’s, Canterbury Road

Faversham Market Through The Ages

Faversham Market was mentioned in the Doomsday book in (completed in 1086) as one of only 42 places in England that was recorded as having a market.  In 1546 King Henry VIII granted Faversham a Charter of Incorporation, which included the privilege of a market three times per week.  Subsequent monarchs added to this, including the right that a new market town could not be established within the distance it took to drive a herd of sheep to market in one day (approximately 6 miles).  This is still law in England today.

So today, as the market begins to re-open, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the people who visited Faversham, and some of the major events the market has lived through:

  • 1148 – Faversham’s Benedictine Abbey founded by King Stephen and his wife Queen Matilda.
  • 1170 – Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket assassinated.
  • 1252 – Faversham’s earliest charter issued by Henry III. It confirmed a number of rights and privileges enjoyed by the town and clarified its relationship with Dover as its ‘head port’ within the Cinque Ports.
  • 1300 – Magna Carta presented to the Barons and Port of Faversham
  • 1343 – Author of the Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer stays at the Maison Dieu complex during his own pilgrimage to Canterbury
  • 1346 – The Plague (Black Death) arrives in England
  • 1360 – Black Prince Stays at the Maison Dieu
  • 1455 – Wars Of The Roses Begins
  • 1527 – Grammar school founded.
  • 1538 – Abbey dissolved by Henry VIII, the rubble was shipped to Pale Of Calais for defences
  • 1551 – Thomas Arden (Controller of Customs & Mayor of Faversham) murdered.   The incident was recorded in the play Arden of Feversham written in 1592.
  • 1553 – Notorious Pirate John Ward is born in Faversham
  • 1560 – Gunpowder industry starts at Home Works.
  • 1564 – Christopher Marlowe is born in Canterbury, his family originate from Ospringe.
  • 1585 – More corn shipped through creek to London than from any other port.
  • 1587 – New grammar school opens, following a charter issued by Queen Elizabeth I in 1576. Faversham lost its previous school when the Abbey was dissolved.
  • 1588 – Faversham was fitting out the Hazard to fight the Spanish Armada. 
  • 1597 – Shakespeare first performs in Faversham
  • 1605 – Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot discovered. 
  • 1645 – Joan Walliford, Joan Cariden & Jane Hott, convicted as witches and executed in Faversham
  • 1660 – Charles II visits John Trowts’ house at 23 Court Street following the restoration.
  • 1683 – More wool exported through the Creek than from any English Port.
  • 1688 – King James II’s brief imprisonment in Faversham.
  • 1698 – Shepherd Neame founded
  • 1815 – The Battle Of Waterloo
  • 1838 – The Courtney Riots take place in Dunkirk and Hernhill
  • 1840 – Henry Wreight leaves fortune to town 
  • 1858 – Strood-Faversham railway opens, some of the counties most elaborate Jutish treasures where unearthed in Kingsfield during the building works.
  • 1914 – World War 1 breaks out
  • 1916 – Great Explosion at Uplees: 106 people killed
  • 1917 – Pollock’s Shipyard opens.
  • 1930 – Great Britain wins the coverted Cup of Nations for Roller Hockey in a tournament held at Montreux.  The whole team comes from Faversham, despite Faversham’s roller rink burning down five years earlier.
  • 1939 – Start of World War 2 
  • 1965 – M2 to Medway Towns opened
  • 1974  – Faversham Borough abolished, Faversham absorbed into new Borough of Swale.
  • 1975 – Shipyards close
  • 2020 – Covid-19 sees the market temporarily close