Shop Faversham this Christmas

Shop Faversham this Christmas

It’s easier than you think to support local shops and businesses this Christmas.  Here are some great ideas for Christmas presents shopping in Faversham.

Despite another lockdown meaning many shops and businesses having to close their doors again, there are still many ways to continue to shop locally and support Faversham’s businesses. 

Many of us miss strolling down West Street, wrapped up in coats and scarves and popping into all the shops for our Christmas shopping.  And it’s such a shame that we won’t be able to enjoy the wonderful Faversham Christmas Markets again this year or the fabulous Lights Switch On.  However, now more than ever, it’s important to continue to shop local and keep Faversham’s thriving businesses up and running. Plus, with all the amazing and unique gifts on offer from Faversham businesses, who needs Amazon..? 

With a lot of local shops going online and starting up delivery services, it can be tricky to know where to start with your local Christmas shopping. Firstly, a quick shout out to the Facebook Page ‘Christmas Shopping in Faversham’, where local people and shops are posting info on how to buy their goods online. Worth a quick look! 

We’ve rounded up just a few of the brilliant item available.

Christmas Tree – Erriot Wood Christmas trees 

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The most exciting part of Christmas – the tree! These Nordmann Firs, grown locally in Kent, are delivered right to your door. Drop them a message on Facebook for further details. (https://www.facebook.com/Erriot-Wood-Christmas-Trees-Delivered-112181870660576)

Christmas Tree – Quality Christmas Trees

Based next to Lysted School, Quality Christmas Trees are also offering free delivery to the Faversham area.  Contact them via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/733171886873719/posts/1482222381968662/?sfnsn=scwspmo

Wreaths – Lotty’s Flowers

Lotty’s is offering a range of beautiful festive wreaths in an assortment of sizes and styles. They are offering both delivery and collection services – check out their website (https://www.lottysflowers.com) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Lottys.Flowers).

Gift ideas – plenty of choice on your doorstep

Here are just some of the fantastic offering of gifts in Faversham.

Records – Creekside Vinyl

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The perfect gift for any music lover – a record! Creekside vinyl has a brilliant range in stock with everything from Radiohead to Beethoven. On their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CreeksideVinylFaversham) they post regular ‘virtual browsing’ updates to give you a taste of what they have in store (almost as good as flicking through the  stacks of albums yourself). But if you can’t find what you’re after just give them a call – they offer a call and collect service.

Books – Top Hat and Tales

Top Hat and Tales has a brilliant range of books of every description available online to order. Along with a wonderfully curated selection of gifts and accessories, customers can enjoy click and collect from the shop in West Street or they will deliver locally. Visit their website to order

Edible Culture – Potted House plants and all things horticultural!

Edible Culture, based on Canterbury Road in the grounds of Abbey School, are currently fully open and a great place for Christmas shopping.  They are stocking houseplants, pots, wildlife accessories and gift boxes (picture).  They also have a terrific range of Christmas trees decorations. https://edibleculture.co.uk

Chilli oils and rubs – ChilliChupShop

For any food lover who likes their spices check out ChilliChupShop’s Etsy page. They have a huge range of products all centred around the chilli all made here in the UK and would normally be selling at Faversham markets. 

Gift Cards and Hampers – Macknade

For the serious food lover Macknade are offering gift cards (from £5) and a range of food and drink Hampers which can be delivered or collected. Check out their website for more details

Bra Boss – Bras and fittings

Although Bra Boss has had to close for lockdown, you can still order online bralettes and briefs, plus a gift voucher would make a fab present. You can choose how much to put on the gift voucher which can cover the cost of a private fitting and maybe a new bra to go with it. Check the website for further details.

Notebooks – Bindfulness

Bindfulness has a delightful range of handmade notebooks which would make a beautiful gift. The cover and first page feature original Cyanotype prints of leaves and flowers. Check out the website (https://bindfulness.com) to order online! 

Prints and cards – Sherbert and Spice

Faversham based designer Sherbert and Spice has a range of cool prints available to buy on etsy – a great present idea or stocking filler. Christmas cards are also available to buy.

Gifts and Cards – Barley Mow

Barley Mow offers a whole range of unusual gifts, cards and decorations all available for click and collect. Visit their facebook page for more.

Fawn and Thistle, unique gifts and cards

Local illustrator Kirsten McNee is based at Creek Creative and has fabulous range of cards, prints, homewares and gifts, all featuring her charming and quirky illustrations.

Full details on her website https://www.fawnandthistle.com/

Faversham print – Jess Illo

This is a great gift for anyone who loves all things Faversham. Local designer Jess Illo has this print, as well as similar prints for Whitstable and Canterbury, available on her Etsy shop. She also offers personalised prints – check it out here

Natural beauty, health and home products – Apotheca

Apotheca has a great range of natural beauty products, remedies, essential oils, candles, incense, and much more. You can also buy a gift voucher for the treatments they offer – everything from acupuncture to hot stone massages. Check out their website or Facebook for more info.

Country Practice at Brogdale Farm 

also sells beautifully packaged gift vouchers which can be redeemed against their range of relaxing health treatments for the body and soul.  https://www.countrypractice.co.uk/

Gift Vouchers for courses and events at Brogdale Collections

Brogdale is home to the largest collection of temperate fruit trees in the world and their orchards are stunning.  We’re so lucky to have them on our doorstep.  They run a schedule of rural courses throughout the year including gardening, foraging and cider making – a perfect Christmas present idea for someone who loves anything to do with nature and the outdoors.  Details on their website www.brodalecollections.org

Gloves – Top Hat and Tales in West Street 

Warm and snuggly lamb’s wool fingerless gloves perfect for the upcoming wintry weather. Find these and other similar bits and pieces on the Top Hat and Tails website.

Socks – Luvies Boutique

Luvies boutique are still trading on their Facebook page by posting products such as these cute bumblebee bamboo socks, so you can drop them a message to order online. 

Board games – The Hobby Shop

It isn’t Christmas without family board games and the Hobby Shop in Preston Street has a fantastic range.   Game of Thrones Monopoly, Sherlock Cluedo, Harry Potter Trivial Pursuits, Strictly Come Dancing the board game… plus all the classics. Everything is listed on their website which is super easy to use to order online!

For four-legged members of the family – Ollie Bongo’s Pet Essentials

Ollie Bongo’s has a great range of festive treats for your furry friends and will deliver locally – check out their Facebook page for further details. It is also worth noting that Ollie Bongos is open over lockdown, so feel free to pop in to check out what they have in stock and for other pet essentials.

Gifts for small people

There are plenty of childrens gifts available in Faversham

Sweets – Jilly Pop Sweet Shop

For stocking fillers and sweet treats Jilly Pop Sweet Shop based on East Street has gone online and has a variety of gifts on offer. Check out their website for more info

Lego Harry Potter Calendar – The Hobby shop 

The Hobby Shop has a great range of toys and games on its online shop, including Lego, Playmobile, and much more. This advent calendar is perfect for any Harry Potter fans and includes 24 wizard-related items waiting to be constructed.

Huckleberry Woods Micro Animal Farm

The perfect present for little people – animal days and walks with micro pigs, donkeys, sheep, and alpacas. You can view the full range of available activities on their website.

Falconry Experiences – Joe’s Bows

Set in the beautiful Edwardian gardens of Mount Ephraim, Joe’s Bows offers falconry handling and bow and arrow experiences, as well as other outdoor activities. Find out more on their website 

Eat, drink and be merry

Takeaway bottles of wine – Vino

Vino on Court Street is open for collections, so get in contact if you’re after takeaway bottles of wine or bubbles! They also offer free delivery in Faversham. Check out their wine list on www.vinofaversham.co.uk or their Facebook for contact details.

Craft beers from Mad Cat Brewery 

Based at Brogdale Farm, Mad Cat brews a very popular range of all types of beers using local hops.  You can now buy direct from their website https://www.madcatbrewery.co.uk/shop/.  Perfect for gifts for the beer lover in your life, or just to stock up for Christmas!

Takeaway meals – The Yard

The Yard, in Jacob’s Yard off Preston Street, is offering hearty seasonal takeaway dishes for those evenings you just don’t fancy cooking. Menus change regularly so be sure to follow them on Facebook to keep up to date. With dishes such as caramelised shallot, bacon & apple sausage rolls, roasted veg and cheddar tarts, and chorizo, lentil & parsnip stew. 

Takeaway Pizza – Papa Bianco

Currently on offer at Papa Bianco on Standard Quay from Monday to Wednesday is a starter, two pizzas and two deserts for £30 (or £40 with a bottle of wine…) perfect for a cosy night in. Make sure to call up to book your order as deliveries get booked up fast! https://www.facebook.com/papabiancofaversham

These are just a few suggestions of some of the fabulous Christmas gift ideas from Faversham businesses.   

Click and Collect – Allport Cars

If you would like to shop local but are isolating or unable to access businesses for collections.  Allport Cars are offering a “click and collect” service in the Faversham area. To make arrangements, contact AllPort cars via Facebook.

For more ideas check out:

The Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/favershamshopping or search Instagram using #shopfavershamonline.

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.

WHAT IS FIVER FEST?

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 InFaversham.co.uk (the website about local businesses for people who shop in Faversham).

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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.

AN OPPORTUNITY…

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.

£5 OFFERS

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.

WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF IT?

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.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE INVOLVED?

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

WHERE DO I SIGN?

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.

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FAVERSHAM’S HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY STEPS UP AFTER LOCKDOWN

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
Havishams
Annette’s baguettes
The Yard – opening soon
Jittermugs
Cosgroves
Macknade Café, Selling Road
Moonlight Café
The Swan
Café by the Creek, Oare
The Pantry
Possilipos
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