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in the bag - shop swale

Swale has a blend of small independent shops with some of the High Street stores you would expect to see. The Town Centre's of Faversham, Sheerness and Sittingbourne all offer a great range of local stores as well as some top retailers. With some of our villages offering farm shops and a range of local produce.

The Forum Shopping Centre, Sittingbourne The Forum Shopping Centre - Sittingbourne

All three Towns are Market Towns where you can not only find a bargain, but  enjoy the hustle and bustle of a market place.

Faversham Market

The market in Faversham is the oldest in Kent and has a history going back at least 900 years. The backdrop to the market is the picturesque town where the historic buildings from old Tudor through to Georgian and later Victorian are all beautifully kept. The scene that meets you has changed so little it would still be recognised by Shakespeare, who acted here, and Queen Elizabeth I, who visited the town in 1572.

At one end of the market is Shepherd Neame's brewery, the oldest in Britain. You often smell the unique aroma of malt and hops as you browse in the market! You could try a cup of Earl Grey and a tea cake in any of the reasonably priced cafes? Or sup a pint of ale in one of Faversham's traditional pubs.

Faversham's street market is now held in the town centre around the Guildhall in Market Place and Court Street on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, from 8.30am to 4.00pm.

The market offering varies during the three days, with a variety of stalls selling household essentials, clothes, trinkets, fresh plants and flowers, fruit and vegetables; with many local food producers in evidence particularly on Saturdays.

It is only a few minutes walk from the main car park, and just five minutes from the station, too.

So if you fancy a nostalgic trip in pleasant surroundings, Faversham Market is a great place to shop. In addition to the regular markets on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays the market features the' Best of Faversham' and 'Faversham Antiques & Vintage Market' on a monthly basis.

For more information including pitch bookings, then please contact Grahame Kane on 07550 011 634

Sittingbourne Market

The market in Sittingbourne has a long and proud history, which will be enhanced by the town centre's redevelopment as it establishes itself as a new and exciting shopping destination. Currently placed within the Forum Shopping Centre car park, the market provides a range of everyday goods at sensible prices every Friday.

For more information including pitch bookings, then please contact Mrs Lorraine Prince on 07771645886 or email.

Sittingbourne Artisan Market

A new shopping experience in the High Street on the second Saturday of the month between March and December. All products are locally sourced or made. Further enquiries should be made to Jill Read on 01795 417592 or check out the Facebook page.

Sheerness Co-operative Market

The  market is now an integral part of the local community with community groups welcome to prebook a pitch and promote their work.

Support the market and make a point of picking up the latest bargain every Tuesday and Saturday mornings in Sheerness Town Centre, on part of the Rose Street car park.

For more information including availability of pitch bookings for Tuesday market please contact Mrs Rosalyn Simpson on 07867504842, for Saturday market bookings please call Mrs Lorraine Prince on 07771645886 or contact both of them via the market email.

Iwade Village Market

Iwade Village Market is open from 10am to 1pm at Iwade Village Hall on every second Sunday of the month until August, then we shall open the 2nd Sunday every other month. With a great range of stalls and the market going from strength to strength why not come along if you've not been before or not been for a while, we'd love to see you. For further information for Farmers' Markets across Kent go to the Kent Farmers' Market Association website.

New for 2016 - Local Produce Market - Teynham Village Hall, Belle Friday Close ME9 9TU - held on the first Saturday of every month from 10am - 1pm. There are details on the Teynham Village Hall Facebook page  Call Laura Brown on 07716 204258 for more information or email.