Christmas in Faversham

Whether you’re looking for Christmas fun with the family, a night out with friends or great Christmas shopping – you’ll find it all in Faversham. 

In addition to a busy schedule of festive activities and events,  you’ll discover a lovely selection of shops and fine places to eat and drink in Faversham’s beautiful, historic Market Place and town centre. 

Here’s a round up things to do and places to go in Faversham this Christmas.

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Standard Quay - Faversham’s Hidden Creekside Gem

Just a short walk from Faversham’s historic Market Place is the gorgeous Abbey Street – known as the ‘finest medieval street in the South East’ – it actually contains a fascinating selection of properties spanning across the centuries.  Abbey Street provides a beautiful tree-lined approach to Standard Quay, which is located at its far end and nestled alongside Faversham Creek.

Many towns have their hidden treasures and Faversham is no exception.  Although considering the increasing number of people visiting Standard Quay, it’s becoming the worst kept secret ever!

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Faversham – The Small Town That Loves To Hold Big Events!

Faversham Hop Festival, the South East’s largest free street festival

Faversham Hop Festival is taking place on 31st August and 1st September in Faversham’s beautiful, historic town centre. It’s the region’s biggest free street festival and attracts people from far and wide – many taking advantage of the Festival’s campsite at the nearby Abbey School.

Visitors are attracted to the best of local live music with over 60 acts providing over 7-hours of live music across five stages. Steeped in hop harvest tradition, there’s plenty of other entertainment including Morris Dancers and street processions.

Faversham is a market town and there will be many stalls selling the best local food, drink, arts and crafts along with the town centre’s small, independent shops, bars and cafes – many of which are open during the festival.

Events in Faversham this summer

Faversham is well known for its headline events – holding several throughout the summer. In addition to the Hop Festival the town is holding its Nautical Festival on the 6th & 7th July celebrating Faversham Creek and the town’s nautical heritage. Faversham Open Houses - where the curious can explore Faversham’s fascinating historic private houses will - takes place on 6, 13 & 20th July with Open Gardens & Garden Market Day on 30th June. Faversham Market’s Midsummer Night’s Feast is a celebration of live music, street food and good times and will be held in Faversham Market Place on the evening of 22nd June.

Not forgetting Faversham's weekly markets which take place every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; the Best of Faversham Markets selling the best of local food, drink, produce, gifts, arts and crafts on the first and third Saturday of the month and Faversham Antiques & Vintage Market, the country's largest town centre antiques market, taking place on the first Sunday of every month (apart from September when it's the Hop Festival).

Christmas in Faversham

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Whether you’re looking for Christmas fun with the family, a night out with friends or great Christmas shopping – you’ll find it all in Faversham. The Christmas Markets continue to be a popular highlight of the year, in particular the night market and lights switch on with Father Christmas. There are also plenty of Christmas Fairs for people wishing to buy locally made items or craft workshops for those who like to make their own.

Faversham’s beautiful, historic Market Place and town centre hosts a lovely selection of shops and fine places to eat and drink.

Why not visit Faversham for magical fun this Christmas?

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The death of every serviceman from Faversham who died in World War One is being commemorated in an exhibition called ‘Faversham Remembers’.  The exhibition will feature the Community Bunting Project which is made up of 383 pieces of bunting, each dedicated to a Faversham serviceman who died in the War.  Over the last year, members of the public, schools and youth organisations have been creating personalised pieces of bunting.  Many contributors are descendants of whose who gave their lives.

The exhibition will also feature a new book on Faversham’s experience of World War One called ‘Faversham in the Great War’.  It features insights into how the War affected the town including arrangements for treating wounded soldiers; the role played by local women during the War; personal accounts of the experiences of local soldiers and the famous story of the Great Explosion in 1916.

Book launch

Councillor Mike Cosgrove, Deputy Mayor of Faversham, says: “It is extremely important to the people of Faversham that local service men and women who gave up their lives in the Great War are remembered.  The bunting project and Faversham Remembers Exhibition have engaged hundreds of people throughout Faversham, who have worked together to show our gratitude and deepest respect to the 383 servicemen that died. The exhibition and book also remember the other local men, women and children whose lives were hugely affected by World War One.”

Faversham Remembers is taking place from 2nd to 26th November at 12 Market Place in Faversham.  The exhibition, organised by Adrienne Begent the Deputy Town Clerk at Faversham Town Council, is jointly funded by Faversham Town Council and Swale Borough Council, will also feature a display of memorials including original graves from France.

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