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31 DAYS IN FAVERSHAM

JULY 2016 31 Days of things to do in Faversham.


Friday 1st- Faversham Market Located in Market Place from 9am until 4pm, the heart of Faversham. Running for nearly 1000 years, the markets are mentioned in the Domesday Book and holds the title as Kent’s oldest market.

Saturday 2nd- Discover the Secrets to Britain’s oldest brewer At Shepherd Neame Located at Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre 10:40am until 1:40pm. For one day only! A New series of specialist history tours will take place in areas of the brewery usually hidden from the public view. Visit the website: www.shepherdneame.co.uk or call: 01795 542016

Sunday 3rd – Kentish Food and Craft Fair at Doddington Place Gardens Visit Doddington Place Gardens for their Kentish food and craft fair with live Jazz music from 11am. With over 20 local producers, this is a great opportunity to sample what Kent has to offer. Also, not to be missed the Falconry display at 4pm in the gardens! Tickets: £6 per Adult and £2 per child. Visit: www.doddingtonplacegardens.co.uk or call: 01795 886101 for more information.

Monday 4th – Guided Orchard Tour at Brogdale Collections Take a trip to Brogdale and enjoy a guided Orchard tour. You will be taken round by some of the most knowledgeable people in Kent, who will pick some of the best fruit for you to try, with over 4,000 different varieties, you are never short of something tasty to enjoy! Tickets are available upon arrival. Tour times: 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm Visit the website: www.brogdalecollections.org

Tuesday 5th – Aquacise at Faversham Pools If you are looking for something to do, then why not visit Faversham Pools! At 12:45pm until 1:30pm enjoy Aquacise in the indoor pool. Visit the website for the pools summer programme: www.favershampools.com

Wednesday 6th - Guided house tour at Belmont House and Gardens Tour round the rooms with a guide and learn about the history of the magnificent neoclassical house. View the hidden gems within the house and end your tour with delicious cream teas and homemade cakes at the tea room (open 1pm-5pm). Admission: Adults £8.00, Children (12-16yrs) £5.00, Concessions £7.00. Family Ticket £25 (2 adults, 2 children) for more information visit: www.belmont-house.org


Thursday 7th- Footsteps of Royalty and Romans walk Take a healthy bite of Kent’s farming history as you follow the Footsteps of Royalty and Romans through the heart of the Garden of England. Print off walk from: www.faversham.org

Friday 8th- All’s well that ends well Theatre performance at Belmont House and Gardens The Changeling Theatre company will be at Belmont House and Gardens performing ‘All's

Sunday 10th – Open Gardens at Doddington A Unique opportunity to see private gardens in Doddington not normally open to the public. Award-winning allotments also open for viewing. Light lunches and afternoon teas will be available in the village hall. Tickets, at £5 per person, available from Doddington Village Hall on the day. For more information: www.faversham.org

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Monday 11th – Macknade Fine Foods Café

Tickets: £20 adults, £10

Macknade fine food hall is the south-east’s leading food hall, offering local and international produce. Visit the shop and stop for a spot of lunch or cake in the café. The café showcases what can be produced from fantastic ingredients on their shelves. Visit the website: www.macknade.com

for 10 to 18 year olds and under 10s go free! To book your tickets visit: www.belmont-house.org or call: 01634 338338

Saturday 9th – Crafts and Collectables fair at The Alexander Centre The crafts and collectables fair gives you the chance to buy locally made handicrafts and small collectables. The event coincides with Faversham’s Saturday market and the Faversham Society Open House scheme. For more information visit: www.faversham.org

Tuesday 12th – Jasper Moorhouse photography exhibition at Creek Creative Creek Creative has Jasper Moorhouse Photography on display from 12th- 17th July. Whilst visiting the exhibition enjoy a cup of tea in their café. More information at: www.creekcreative.org


Wednesday 13th – Syndale Valley Walk

Saturday 16th – Open House

Take a stroll on the Syndale Valley walk and Escape to a land that time forgot, where farming, food and rural traditions remain the cornerstones of community life among the unspoilt and picturesque scenery of the Syndale Valley. Print off the walk from: www.faversham.org

With over 30 fascinating properties not normally open to the public. Handbooks are the admission fee to the houses, which includes historical and architectural notes! Handbooks can be purchased from the visitor information Centre: 10 Preston Street, Faversham, and Kent, ME13 8NS from the beginning of June. For more information call: 01795 534542 or visit the website: www.favershamsociety.org

Thursday 14th – Spoon carving workshop at Belmont House and Gardens Learn the safe ways to carve and whittle. You will learn to safely and confidently perfect your techniques and by the end of the day, take home your very own spoon, hopefully having some fun along the way too! Dress accordingly and booking is essential! Price: £40 per person. To book a place call: 01795 890228 or email: events@belmont-house.org

Friday 15th – 70’s and 80’s night at West Faversham Community Centre put on your dancing shoes and dance the night away at the 70’s and 80’s night! Arrive at 8pm and enjoy a buffet and welcome drink included in entry fee. Admission: £8 For tickets call: 01795 537321 or buy them from the Centre reception desk

Sunday 17th – Cherry Fair at Brogdale Collections Join Brogdale between 10am and 4pm to celebrate the vast and interesting collection of Cherries in the National Fruit Collection at the Cherry Fair. Join tractor or walking tours, horticultural talks and displays, entertainment and local craft and produce. To buy tickets go to: www.brogdalecollections.co.uk

Monday 18th – Sandhurst Farm Forge A visit to Sandhurst Farm Forge is well worth it. Meet Charles Dickinson, a third generation Farrier and Blacksmith with over 40 years’ experience now working As an “Artist Blacksmith”. Open: 9am – 5pm. Phoning before visiting is advised: 01795 886854


Tuesday 19th – Faversham Market

Saturday 23rd- Faversham Nautical

Located in Market Place from 9am until 4pm, the heart of Faversham. Running for nearly 1000 years, the markets are mentioned in the Domesday Book and holds the title as Kent’s oldest market.

Festival Traditional Boats, Folk music and Creekside fun with fine ales, BBQs, Champagne and Oysters will all be at Faversham's fourth Annual Nautical Festival. The Festival brings together the town’s maritime heritage with stalls, music and interest on both banks of the historic creek. For more information visit: www.faversham.org

Wednesday 20th – The two Creeks walk Step back in time on the trail of Faversham’s Two Creeks and discover the rich Maritime and farming legacy that made this area the Larder of London. You’ll be captivated by the area’s stunning and historic shoreline, where tales of Its commercial past and smuggling still abound. Print off the walk from: www.faversham.org

Thursday 21st – Standard Quay Standard Quay is home for several classic ships and boats including barges, traditional fishing boats, classic tugs and overnight moorings. A beautiful array of independent shops sit alongside the Creek. The Quay offers Creek side walking, shopping, eating and a chance to see Faversham’s living history. Visit the website: www.standardquay.co.uk

Friday 22nd – Mount Ephraim Gardens Mount Ephraim provides the perfect setting for a relaxing day out! With ten acres of landscaped gardens, nestled amongst surrounding orchards and pasture. Take a break in their ‘west wing kitchen’ for tea and other refreshments before heading back to the gardens to wonder some more. Visit the website: www.mountephraimgardens.co.uk

Sunday 24thFaversham Nautical Festival Enjoy a second day at the Nautical festival here in Faversham. With stalls and boats along both creek sides and great entertainment throughout the day. For more information visit: www.faversham.org

Monday 25th - Fleur de Lis Museum Small from the outside, but a Tardis within. You’ll follow Faversham's history from the earliest archaeological times to the town it is today. From gunpowder, bricks and brewing, hop farming and printing, replica local shop fronts to the period schoolroom and so much more. Open: 10am- 4pm on Saturdays Admission: £5 for adults, £3.50 for 60+ years and £1.50 for children (5-16yrs) and full time students Society members get in free Find out more at: www.favershamsociety.org


Tuesday 26th- Oare Marshes Reserve

Friday 29th- Shrine of St. Jude

Oare Marshes Nature Reserve is located on the south bank of The Swale at Harty Ferry. The well-sheltered marshland and mudflats of Oare Marshes provide a superb habitat and attract many migrating birds throughout the year. Visit the website for more information on the birds: www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

The National Shrine of Saint Jude, Apostle and Martyr, is served by the Carmelite friars at Faversham. The Shrine was built in 1955 and people travel great distances from within the UK and abroad to visit the Shrine and pray. Visit their website for more information: www.stjudeshhrine.org.uk or call: 01795 539214

Wednesday27th- NGS Day at Doddington Place Gardens Doddington Place have an NGS Day to support the National Gardens Scheme. For more information on NGS visit: www.ngs.org.uk

Thursday 28th- St. Mary of Charity The parish church of St. Mary of Charity has roots that extend back to pre-Christian days. It is the largest parish church in Kent, denoting the importance of Faversham in the middle ages. Notable features include the reputed tomb of King Stephen. A beautiful church with royalty to its past. Opening times: 9am – 5pm (subject to alteration due to services).

Saturday 30th- Specialist clock tour at Belmont House and Gardens Starting at 1.30pm, Jonathan Betts, Senior Horologist at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, conducts a specialist tour around the clocks of Belmont House. Price: ÂŁ15.00 per person this includes garden entry. To Book, contact: administrator@belmonthouse.org or call: 0179589020

Sunday 31st- Chart Gunpowder Mills Centre of the nation's explosive industry for 400 years, the 18th century Chart Gunpowder Mills are the oldest of their kind in the world. Producing gunpowder powder from which was used at the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo. Visit one of the very few fully restored gunpowder mills in the country and, given a suitable water supply, is fully working here in Faversham. Find out more: www.faversham.org


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31 days in Faversham  

31 things to do in Faversham During July 2016!