Take a trip to: FAVERSHAM
THE OLDEST MARKET TOWN IN KENT AND RECORDED IN THE DOMESDAY BOOK, FAVERSHAM IS BURSTING WITH HISTORY. WITH AN AMAZING ARRAY OF INDEPENDENT SHOPS, CAPTIVATING PLACES TO VISIT, WALKS AND A REPUTATION FOR FINE FOODS, FAVERSHAM IS THE PERFECT PLACE EXPLORE
SEE & DO
Belmont House and Gardens is an elegant 18th Century house, built by Samuel Wyatt and home to six generations of the Harris family. It contains many mementos of the family’s history and travels, these include paintings by the Trinidadian artist Michel-Jean Cazabon, Indian silverware and perhaps the finest private clock collection in the country. The gardens contain a Pinetum complete with grotto, a walled ornamental garden, specimen trees and a large kitchen garden with Victorian greenhouses, all set in parkland. www.belmont-house.org
The Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre offer an expert guide for an award-winning tour through the heart of this busy, working brewery to see how Shepherd Neame’s traditional Kentish ales and contemporary lagers are brewed. The tour culminates with a fascinating tutored tasting.
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 and the painted column dating from around 1306 featuring ten events in the life of our Lord. www.stmaryofcharity.org
The Maison Dieu is a picturesque 13th century building and is almost all that remains of a medieval hospital which provided overnight accommodation for Canterbury pilgrims and royalty on their way to and from the Continent. Since 1952 it has been a village museum – the oldest in the country – with Roman finds on display. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/maison-dieu/
Brogdale is home to the world’s largest collection of fruit trees and bushes. The collection preserves over 4,000 varieties dating back to the Roman Times. Explore the orchards on a guided tour to discover interesting history, stories and facts surrounding their fruit heritage. www.brogdalecollections.org
Faversham’s traditional street market is held on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in the centre of the town, situated around the historic Guildhall in the Market Place and along Court Street. The market varies on each of the three days boasting a colourful array of seasonal fruit and vegetables – many grown by local producers, meat, plants and bulbs, bunches of fresh flowers, artisan bakers, and makers of truly fine cakes. You’ll also find household essentials, clothes, accessories, trinkets, gifts and more!
BEST OF FAVERSHAM MARKET
The Best of Faversham Arts, Crafts and Food Market is held in Preston Street on the first and third Saturday of each month. All products and produce are lovingly crafted, grown, made and produced by people who care within 15 miles of Faversham.
ANTIQUES & VINTAGE MARKET
Faversham Antiques & Vintage Market is the only town centre antiques market in Kent. Taking place on the first Sunday of the month in Faversham’s beautiful town centre, it offers a wide range of vintage items including antiques, clothing, collectibles, jewellery, paintings and furniture.
On November 26, December 10 and December 17, Christmas markets take place in the heart of Faversham’s town centre. Packed full of locally produced food, drink and gift stalls, there’s also live music and plenty of merriment.
EAT & DRINK
Of course, being the home of Shepherd Neame, there are plenty of its hostelries in Faversham. Take a trip to The Plough Inn, which can be found in Lewson Street, three miles outside of the town centre, or more centrally is the The Albion Taverna is a stunning old building with beautiful gardens right next to the picturesque creek in Faversham, offering Mexican and British Fare.
On West Street, visit The Sun Inn – another Shepherd Neame pub serving delicious breakfast lunch and dinner.
If it’s Italian fare you’re after, try Posillipo – a traditional Neapolitan eatery with plenty of rave reviews, or if you fancy homemade treats with plenty of vegan options on offer, pay a visit to The Yard in Preston Street.
Faversham has plenty of places to enjoy a drink too – as well as the plentiful pubs, pay a visit to BinElla – a cosy wine bar situated on the historic Standard Quay, or if it’s local ciders and ales you’re after, head to Tiddly Pomme. Based at Brogdale Farm, they’re the shop to visit for a resident tipple or two.
Much of the area south of Faversham is in the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty while to the north are nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Market Town Faversham is Kent’s magical destination for day walks and walking holidays, and for savouring fine food and drink while enjoying some of the county’s best scenery.