For a magical shopping experience
With cobbled streets, beautiful historic buildings and a great selection of independent shops and cafés – Faversham is a wonderful place to enjoy your Christmas shopping. You’d be surprised at the variety of shops and the treats and goodies you can buy here, there really is something for everyone.
If you’re shopping for children – head to Hobby Shop in Preston Street which stocks a wide range of Playmobil, Brio, toy cars and more. Barley Mow in Court Street has a gorgeous selection of soft toys, teddies and books along with other gifts for younger children. Top Hat & Tales is a good spot for a wonderfully curated selection of books for children of all ages.
In addition to children’s gifts, Barley Mow also has a nice selection of toiletries and smellies and Apotheca in West Street is an Aladdin’s cave of scented candles, natural toiletries, make-up and delicious teas and remedies. There’s a lovely selection of ladies’ clothes in Luvie’s Boutiques on the Market Place including accessories such as hats, gloves, bags and jewellery and Butterfly Boutique opposite also sells a great selection of ladies’ clothing. For gents’ clothes head to Gridlock and Empire, both in Preston Street, which sell clothes and shoes for both sexes including well-known brands such as Penguin and Superdry. Top Hat & Tales also sells hats, gloves and scarves for ladies and gentlemen.
In addition to lovely ladies’ clothing, Luvie’s also sells treats for your home including candles and room diffusers. For more candles and gift ideas, visit Presentimes on the Market Place and Barley Mow, both sell a fab range of gifts for people of all ages and sexes. Barkers Jewellery in Preston Street stocks some gorgeous jewellery along with a great selection of watches and their excellent staff can help you make those tricky choices.
If you’re looking for Christmas food and drink, then MB Farms in West Street is a combination of a delicatessen and high street grocers. It stocks some great food and drink items for the gastronome in your life. On the outskirts of Faversham is the award-winning Macknade Fine Foods which is renowned throughout the region for its fabulous selection of food and drink, from Kent and around the world. It also boasts a first-class café.
For music-lovers, try Faversham’s record shop Creekside Vinyl on Market Street which sells a wide selection of new vinyl, CDs and record players. In addition, Hatter's Hall in Preston street sells used records, games and CDs. For those who play music, E Street Music Ltd stocks plenty of musical equipment including guitars and keyboards along with related accessories.
If you want to check out Faversham’s amazing creative scene – Creek Creative in Abbey Street has a gallery shop which sells prints, ceramics, jewellery and accessories made by local artists. For those people who love their crafts, The Yarn Dispensary and All Stitched Up, both located in Court Street, sell fabrics, wool, ribbon, buttons and so much more.
Cycling is such a popular sport these days and Faversham has an established bike shop called The Bike Warehouse in Preston Street, which sells a wide range of bikes for people of all sizes and experience, plus all the accompanying equipment.
Several Faversham shops stock merchandise for anyone wishing to buy a memento of their Faversham trip. In particular, the Fleur de Lis Visitor Centre in Preston Street has a lovely range of porcelain Faversham mugs as well as coasters, towels, fridge magnets along with an excellent selection of local history books.
You can’t go wrong with buying someone a book for Christmas. In addition to the Fleur de Lis and Top Hat & Tales, there are two very popular second-hand book shops in Faversham – Past Sentence in West Street and the Faversham Society’s bookshop on Gatefield Lane off Preston Street.
Items for the home also make perfect presents and Whites of Kent in Court Street has some lovely cushions, duvet sets and table linen. In addition to its range of tables and chairs, Faversham Furnishing in Preston Street also sells very attractive wooden ornaments.
Of course, we mustn’t forget our animal friends, they love Christmas presents too! You’ll find a terrific selection in Ollie Bongo’s on the Market Place including festive toys and edible treats.
If you visit Faversham on a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday you’ll find the town packed with bustling market stalls selling food, drink, plants, flowers, clothes and homewares. The first and third Saturday of the month is also Best of Faversham Market in Preston Street which features locally created artisan food and handcrafted items. First Sunday of the month you will find Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market taking over the town centre.
If you become weary after all this fabulous shopping, there are plenty of fine places in Faversham to stop for a cup of tea (or something stronger) and a bite to eat. In addition to the cafés on the Market Place it’s worth seeking out The Yard off Preston Street, the Creek Creative Gallery Café, The Refinery in West Street and both Cosgroves and Jittermugs in Preston Street. They all serve delicious, freshly produced breakfast and lunch.
There really is a treasure-trove of shops in Faversham and once you start exploring the delightful town centre you will find all kinds of wonderful Christmas gifts and decorations. Importantly, you will be served by friendly and knowledgeable staff who will help put a smile on your face. Who said Christmas shopping can’t be fun!
For more information about shops and services in Faversham visit www.faversham.org
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