Holiday Fun in Faversham

When you’re young, school holidays are the best time of the year!

There’s plenty of fun to be had in Faversham for families and children of all ages – so let’s make it a summer holiday to remember for all the family.

If you’re looking for ideas for workshops and activities, family events or nearby attractions, then take a look at the round-up below.  There’s so much to do in Faversham over the summer holidays. 

Please see individual websites or contact organisers direct for full, up-to-date information.


WORKSHOPS, EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

JULY

19th July
Kent Roller Disco at the Alexander Centre, Preston Street – 6.30-8.00pm.  Tickets £6, available on the door, includes skate hire and safety equipment. www.thealexandercentre.com/whats-on

20th July
Faversham Open House.  Peek behind the front doors of some of Faversham’s most beautiful and historic old buildings.  Booklets available from the Visitor Centre on Preston Street.  For more details visit https://favershamsociety.org/open-house/

21stJuly
Cherry Fair at Brogdale Collections – 10.00am-4.00pm. Celebrate the delights of the Kentish cherry season with cherry-related entertainment, activities and tastings. Tickets £8 for adults and £4 for children, book on www.brogdalecollections.org/brogdale-cherry-fair/

24th July
The Greatest Showman Singalong at the Alexander Centre, Preston Street – 7.00pm.  Tickets available in advance or on the door, £6 for adults and 4.50 for children. www.thealexandercentre.com/whats-on

26-28th July
Faversham Beer Festival, Salters Lane, from 6pm.  Live music, over 60 Kent beers as well as a kids’ play area.  For details visit https://favershambeerfestival.co.uk/

30th July
Loom Weaving Craft Workshop at The Yarn Dispensary – 9.30-11.30am. Children aged 5+ can learn new skills and have fun along the way. Refreshments and games provided and at the end of the session, everyone leaves with a finished object.  Spaces are limited and cost £15.  To book email: shop@theyarndispensary.co.uk.

30th July
Italian Cooking Workshop at House of the Crafty Fox, 17 Preston Street – 10.00am-2.00pm.  From ages 12+ £66 per person.  Contact www.houseofthecraftyfox.co.uk or 07884 946406.

31st July
Crafty Club at House of the Crafty Fox, 17 Preston Street – 9.30am-1.00pm.  Clay, watercolours and ink printing.  From ages 7+ £25 per person.  Contact www.houseofthecraftyfox.co.uk or 07884 946406.

AUGUST

2nd-4th August
A New Day Festival at Mount Ephraim. Live music from some old-time favourites.  For details visit www.anewdayfestival.com.

4th August
Faversham Safari: Properties throughout Faversham will be holding garage sales from 9.00am-6.00pm. A great way to explore Faversham, meet new people and grab a bargain at the same time.  Download a map from the website: www.favershamsafari.wixsite.com/kent/about
Faversham Safari Charity Auction: Taking place at the Alexander Centre from 12pm in aid of Faversham Christmas Lights. 

5th August
Orchard Crafts Day at Brogdale Collections, 10.30am-2.30pm.  Explore the orchards looking out for animals, nature and flowers. Draw and sketch your own piece of artwork with pencils and pastels based on the orchards around you. Print and decorate your own fabric lunch bag. Tickets £9.50 per adult plus child (suitable for age 5 and over). Plus £7.50 for each additional person. Book on: www.brogdalecollections.org/product/orchard-craft-days/.

6th August
Fun with Pom Poms Workshop at The Yarn Dispensary – 9.30-11.30am. Children aged 5+ can learn new skills and have fun along the way. Refreshments and games provided and at the end of the session, everyone leaves with a finished object.  Spaces are limited and cost £15.  To book, email: shop@theyarndispensary.co.uk.

7th August
Crafty Club at House of the Crafty Fox, 17 Preston Street – 9.30am-1.00pm.  Sketch, origami and clay.  From ages 7+ £25 per person.  Contact: www.houseofthecraftyfox.co.uk or 07884 946406.

9th August
Outdoor theatre production of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin at Mount Ephraim, from 7.00pm.  Tickets adults £13.50 and children under 16 £8.For details and to book visit www.mountephraimgardens.co.uk.

11th August
Plum Day at Brogdale Collections plus guided walking and tractor trailer orchard tours. Enjoy a small display of the plums in season from the 337 varieties at the National Fruit Collection. Tickets Adult £12, child £4.50, entitles you to Orchard Tour entry all year.  Tickets on: www.brogdalecollections.org/plum-day-pear-day/.

11thAugust
Live music at the Red Lion, Hernhill from 3.00-5.00pm.  Horse trailer serving stone-baked pizzas. http://theredlionhernhill.co.uk/

12th August
Crafty Club at House of the Crafty Fox, 17 Preston Street – 9.30am-1.00pm.  Felt masks, screen print t-shirts and paper flower bouquet. From ages 7+ £25 per person. Contact www.houseofthecraftyfox.co.uk or 07884 946406.

12-16th August
Holiday Club at St Mary of Parish Church, Faversham, 10.00am-12.30pm. Songs, drama, craft, Bible stories, magic and refreshments. Children of all ages welcome, under school age children must be accompanied by an adult.  No charge, but donations welcome.  www.stmaryofcharity.org or call 01795 530421

13th August
Kids’ Willow Weaving Day at Brogdale Collections, 10.00am-3.00pm. Make a small basket, explore the orchards and visit the Learning Lab to find out more about nature in the orchards. Tickets £18 including materials, book on www.brogdalecollections.org/product/kids-willow-weaving-workshops/

13th August
Crafty Club at House of the Crafty Fox, 17 Preston Street – 9.30am-1.00pm. Chocolate bar making, macramé feathers, pom pom keyrings and badge making.  From ages 7+ £25 per person.  Contact www.houseofthecraftyfox.co.uk or 07884 946406.

13th August
Learn to Crochet Workshop at The Yarn Dispensary – 9.30-11.30am. Children aged 5 plus can learn new skills and have fun along the way. Refreshments and games provided and at the end of the session, everyone leaves with a finished object.  Spaces are limited and cost £15.  To book email shop@theyarndispensary.co.uk.

14th August
Asian Cooking Workshop at House of the Crafty Fox, 17 Preston Street – 10.00am-2.00pm.  From ages 12+ £66 per person.  Contact www.houseofthecraftyfox.co.uk or 07884 946406.

17th August
Creative Workshop at Creek Creative, 1 Abbey Street, 10.00am-12.00pm. exploring creating in 2D and 3D with a focus on ‘figures’ – using a variety of tools and materials. Cost £15 per session all materials provided – ages 7-14.  To book contact Amanda Thesiger on 07956 457201 or email drawingfromnature18@gmail.com

17-18th August
Green Gardening and Chilli Festival at Edible Culture located at Abbey School, starts 10.00am. Entry by donation to a Faversham charity and Abbey School Environmental projects. There will be stalls, activities, music, local food and plenty of chillies. https://edibleculture.co.uk

18th August
Treasure Island open air production at Belmont House. Brand-new adaption of everyone’s favourite swashbuckling pirate adventure.  Tickets £16 for adult and £11 for children, book on-line: www.belmont-house.org

19th August
Crafty Club at House of the Crafty Fox, 17 Preston Street – 9.30am-1.00pm.  Chocolate lollies, macramé plant hanger, decoupage and pot-up plant pots.  From ages 7+ £25 per person.  Contact www.houseofthecraftyfox.co.uk or 07884 946406.

19th& 20th August
Joe’s Bows workshop including archery, den building, outdoor cooking, semaphore flags and building fires. Taking place from 10.00am-3.00pm at Willow Farm, Hanslett’s Lane, near Faversham.  Ages 6-12 years, £25 per person.  Email joe@joesbows.co.uk book a place or for more details.

20th  August
Learn to Knit Workshop at The Yarn Dispensary – 9.30-11.30am. Children aged 5+  can learn new skills and have fun along the way. Refreshments and games provided and at the end of the session, everyone leaves with a finished object.  Spaces are limited and cost £15.  To book email shop@theyarndispensary.co.uk.

20th August
Crafty Club at House of the Crafty Fox, 17 Preston Street – 9.30am-1.00pm.  Fabric bowls, screen printed bags, essential oil pot-pouri. From ages 7+ £25 per person. Contact www.houseofthecraftyfox.co.uk or 07884 946406.

24th August
Creative Workshop at Creek Creative, 1 Abbey Street, 10.00am-12.00pm. exploring creating in 2D and 3D with a focus on ‘surface’ – using a variety of tools and materials. Cost £15 per session all materials provided – ages 7-14.  To book contact Amanda Thesiger on 07956 457201 or email drawingfromnature18@gmail.com

24-25th August
Cider Festival at Brogdale Collections, 10.00am-5.00pm.  Local craft ciders, fun games, stalls and food.  Free shuttlebus from Faversham Station.  Tickets £9 for adults and £5 for children.  Book on www.brogdalecollections.org/cider-festival/

24-30th August
Faversham Fringe. A festival featuring all genres of the performing arts, including theatre, comedy, magic, dance, spoken word and poetry.  For details visit  https://favershamfringe.co.uk/

25th August
Swale Pride Main Event at Faversham Football Ground.  Free family event with stalls, food & drink, funfair, live music and dance troupe. For details visit www.swalepride.co.uk.

25-26th August
Live jazz and birds of prey days at Doddington Place.  For details visit www.doddingtonplacegardens.co.uk.

28th August
Crafty Club at House of the Crafty Fox, 17 Preston Street – 9.30am-1.00pm.  Design mosaic, sun catcher, mural and dish.  From ages 7+ £25 per person.  Contact www.houseofthecraftyfox.co.uk or 07884 946406.

28th& 29th August
Joe’s Bows workshop including archery, den building, outdoor cooking, semaphore flags and building fires. Taking place from 10.00am-3.00pm at Willow Farm, Hanslett’s Lane, near Faversham.  Ages 6-12 years, £25 per person.  Email joe@joesbows.co.uk to book a place or for more details.

30th August
Vegan Baking Trio Cooking Workshop at House of the Crafty Fox, 17 Preston Street – 10.00am-2.00pm. From ages 12+ £66 per person. Contact www.houseofthecraftyfox.co.uk or 07884 946406.

30th August
Charity Gig featuring Alex Jansson at the Alexander Centre, Preston Street doors open 7.30pm.  Kick off the Hop Festival with this popular Swedish singer, songwriter.  Tickets £6 on www.facebook.com/events/2391106520910051/

31st August – 1stSeptember
Faversham Hop Festival.  The region’s biggest free street festival featuring the best of local live music with over 60 acts providing over 7-hours of live music across 5 stages.  Steeped in hop harvest tradition, there’s plenty of other entertainment including Morris Dancers and street processions. www.favershamhopfestival.orgfor details.

SEPTEMBER

7th September
Creative Workshop at Creek Creative, 1 Abbey Street, 10.00am-12.00pm. exploring creating in 2D and 3D with a focus on ‘drawing space’ – using a variety of tools and materials. Cost £15 per session all materials provided – ages 7-14.  To book contact Amanda Thesiger on 07956 457201 or email drawingfromnature18@gmail.com

EVERYDAY FUN IN FAVERSHAM

On those days when there isn’t a workshop or event that takes your fancy, you’ll find there are still plenty of great places around Faversham to visit and enjoy.  

Abbey Community Physic Garden, Abbey Place, Faversham
An oasis of beauty, nature and tranquillity just a short walk from the town centre - close to St Mary of Charity Church and the Elizabethan Grammar School.  With sculptures, ponds, paths and green spaces – it’s a perfect place for people of all ages. The gardens are free to visit and are open until 2pm Monday to Saturday.  For full details visit www.abbeyphysic.org

Clever Dilemma, Preston Street, Faversham
Clever Dilemma is currently offering two different escape room games – ‘Dracula’s Chambers’ and brand new for this summer ‘Murder at the Wild West Quest Saloon’.  Games are designed to challenge, engage and encourage players to work together to unravel the mysteries of the room.  A short walk from Faversham train station, Clever Dilemma is ideal for those who don’t drive.  Also, a great idea for rainy days! Suitable for children aged 11 and over. Booking essential on https://cleverdilemma.com/

Climbing wall at West Faversham Community Centre
Sessions and lessons available for all levels - from beginners to experienced climbers. Appropriate for children aged 5+, parent must be present for children under 16.  For opening times and prices see http://westfavershamca.org/climbing-wall/.

Faversham Activity Centre
All kids love to play!  Faversham Activity Centre boasts a great indoor play area with slides and ball pools galore.  Literally two minutes’ walk away is Faversham Recreation ground with its newly refurbished outdoor play areas for both younger and older children. With its large field, it’s ideal for a picnic and a game of cricket or football.  For details of the soft play go to: www.favershamactivitycentre.co.uk/adventure-play.

Faversham Markets
If you’re visiting Faversham on a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday – then you can pop along to Faversham Market too.  The Charter Market operates all three days a week in the Market Place, there’s also a Best of Faversham Market offering local arts, crafts and produce on the first and third Saturday of the month, based in Preston Street.  If antiques are your thing, visit the Antiques & Vintage Market in the Market Place on the first Sunday of every month (although there’s no market on 1stSeptember due to the Hop Festival).  See www.favershammarket.org for details.

Faversham Pools
Dive into one of Faversham’s most popular tourist attractions! Throughout the school holidays, Faversham’s outdoor pools are open from 9am - 6.45pm (6pm at weekends) with evening swimming on Thursdays until 7.30pm. Offering three fully-heated pools including a 33m pool with diving boards, and wild-water rapids pool. Ice creams, drinks and delicious home-cooked meals are available from Tides Cafe. Faversham Pools offers a fantastic, great-value day out for all the family. www.favershampools.com

Fleur de Lis Museum, Preston Street, Faversham 
Do not let the small frontage to the Museum on Preston Street deceive you – there is plenty to learn about this unique historic town! Step back in time to trace Faversham’s growth from early settlement to the height of its prosperity, explained in words, illustrations, photographs, sound and film. Opening times 10.00am-4.00pm and one ticket lasts all year. For details visit https://favershamsociety.org/fleur-de-lis-museum/

Huckleberry WoodsLower Road, Buckland, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0TP ​
If you’re into animals which are small, cute and fluffy – then you’re going to love Huckleberry Woods.  They have micro pigs, miniature ducks and gorgeous alpacas just waiting for you too book the opportunity to take them for a stroll! 
New this summer, they also have Teddy Bear lamb experiences. Three miniature Southdown lambs (famous for their cute teddy bear faces) have been harness-trained and love being taken for a walk in the orchard. The lambs are very gentle, so this experience is suitable for ages from 18 months. 
Pre-booking for all visits essential by emailing  belinda@huckleberrywoods.co.uk or calling 07929 871465 to check availability, before purchasing tickets online. More info on www.huckleberrywoods.co.uk.

Oare Gunpowder Works, Oare
Oare Gunpowder Works is the idea place to relax, enjoy wildlife and discover history. Children love the crumbling old buildings, wooden walkways, streams, ponds, trees and abundance of wildlife. Dogs welcome on a lead.  The perfect place to bring a picnic and stay a while. Entry is free. Opening times are 9.00am-5.00pm weekdays and 10.00am-4.00pm weekends.  Visit http://www.gunpowderworks.co.uk for details.

The Royal Cinema, Market Place, Faversham
The very popular Royal Cinema is privately owned and keeps prices very reasonable.  It’s gorgeous Tudorbethan architecture makes it unique and staff are renowned for their polite attitude and very smart uniforms! With its large screen and modern sound system, the cinema is a great place to catch up on the latest releases. Parking available at Central Car Park or it’s only a ten-minute walk from Faversham Train Station.  For releases go to http://royalcinema.co.uk/faversham/now/.

White Lion, Selling
If you’re looking for somewhere to take a walk amongst the beautiful Kentish Downs, or Perry Woods (which is very popular amongst families) – then why not pay a visit to Selling?  The White Lion offers a family-friendly lunch in a proper country pub – perfect when you’ve built up an appetite. They are open all day during the school holidays and are also running a ‘children eat free’ promotion for Visit Faversham visitors. Visit www.whitelionselling.co.uk/walks-trails for details of nearby walks.

For up-to-date information on what’s on and where to go in Faversham try www.visitfaversham.org or www.faversham.org

Capture Faversham Competition

Winners Chosen From Over 600 Entries

The winners of our Capture Faversham competition – created to capture intriguing and beautiful photos of Faversham - have been announced. The competition comprised two awards categories – the Expert’s Choice Award judged by award-winning international photographer Perou and the People’s Choice Award which was voted for by members of the public.

Capture Faversham was a social media initiative to collect unusual and imaginative photographs of Faversham and was organised by Faversham Town Council on behalf of Visit Faversham.  It was launched in April and ran across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, culminating in an Exhibition of the shortlisted photographs in Faversham’s Market Place in June. Over 600 images were entered into the competition with 40 shortlisted for the Exhibition - the standard of entries was extremely high.

Expert’s Choice Award

The overall Expert’s Choice winner was a photo of a dinghy racing on Faversham Creek taken by Mary Ransom.  

On presenting the prize, Perou said: “I love this picture because it’s got people in it along with the Creek and glimpses of Faversham in the background too. It tells a story and begs the question – how’s that sail going to fit under that bridge?! It works on so many levels. “

Mary’s prize is a package of Faversham activities including a night’s stay at Mount Ephraim; evening meal at the Red Lion Hernhill; brewery tour at Shepherd Neame; hamper from Macknade; Birds of Prey Experience with Joe’s Bows; a craft session at House of the Crafty Fox and lunch at the White Lion in Selling.

The runners up were: Stable Love – by Bess Browning; Fishing in the Swale – by Ann-Christin Thompson; Longest Day – by Seamus Masters; Endless Creek – by Mike Rogers; Moody Light – by Toby McGinn; Digging for Worms – by John Wolstenholme; The Famous Five – Liz Jeffery. Runners up received a White One Sugar poster of Faversham donated by Saxon Shore Estate Agents along with a copy of ‘365 a Year in the Life of Faversham’ book, which also includes amazing Faversham photographs.

People’s Choice Award

The overall winner of the People’s Choice Award was Jacob Doyle for his atmospheric shot of the Creek called ‘Gloaming Marshes’. 

Jacob wins a prize package including an orchard tour of Brogdale Collections, lunch at the Courtyard Café Brogdale, a Clever Dilemma escape room game, night’s stay at Sandhurst Farm Forge including breakfast, tickets to Doddington Gardens and a trip to Huckleberry Woods to take part in their micro pig walk.

The runners up were: Reflection - by Philip Radley; Stable Love – by Bess Browning; Endless Creek – by Mike Rogers and Moody Light – by Toby McGinn.  Their prizes include a Shepherd Neame goody bag; Sheldon Spa toiletries set; Mighty Fine Things meal for two and tickets for the Royal Cinema, Faversham.

The competition was organised on behalf of Visit Faversham by Faversham Town Council. Sara Smile from the Brogdale Collections represented Visit Faversham at the Exhibition Launch and said: “We were overwhelmed with the number of entries we received and the calibre has been very high indeed.  We would like to thank all those photographers and visitors who submitted their photos. The images have proved that Faversham is indeed an extremely photographic town.  From stunning sunsets to beautiful architectural details, the diversity of the images has been amazing.”

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