Come and explore Faversham
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Come to the pretty medieval market town of Faversham, roughly halfway between Sittingbourne and Canterbury on the A2, the old Roman road linking Dover with London. The town has evolved to provide visitors and residents a warm welcome and choice of experience and a place to enjoy the fruits and local produce the area is famous for. There are over 300 listed buildings in Faversham, recording its extraordinary industrial past. Today you can browse the range of independent shops, galleries (Creek Creative), inns and tea rooms in the town's historic market place or quay side at Standard Quay.
An Historic Welcome
Faversham, recognised as nationally significant by many is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and by the 1900s the area became the centre of the nation's explosives industry and manufactured gunpowder for the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo. Nearby, Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park gives a fascinating insight into these eras, providing a perfect combination of heritage and nature.
Faversham with it's own Charters took part in the national commemoration and celebrations to mark the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede on 15th June 1215. Faversham Town Council has created a new exhibition space at 12 Market Place , where the Faversham Magna Carta and charters will be available to view in the future.
The town is home to Britain's Oldest Brewer - Shepherd Neame, which has been brewing beer since 1698 (however, history suggests that the drink was produced in Faversham for several centuries before that). The Brewery has a Visitors Centre and offers guided tours which include an exciting tasting session.
The Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre in Preston Street provides a full history of Faversham from the early Iron Age settlements right up to the vast prosperity of Elizabethan times.
Explore the fascinating sites of Faversham whilst being told stories and tales about residents of more than 300 listed buildings located in the town. Faversham Town Walks offer guided 90 minute tours which start at the Fleur de Lis Museum. Bring your camera as Faversham is known for its photogenic townscapes, and hosts an 'Open House' programme each year (2019 being the 50th anniversary). Pick up a map at the Tourist Information Centre in Preston Street and go on your own adventure, admiring the landscapes of Faversham at your own pace, why not have a look at the many Food Trails on offer?
Shopping in Faversham
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 Faversham 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. In addition to the regular markets, speciality markets including 'Best of Faversham', art craft and food market on the first and third Saturday of each month and the 'Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market' on the first Sunday of every month except September. Local produce can also be found at award winning Macknade Fine Foods.
If you are looking for that certain destination shop you can 'Find it in Fav' with the support of the Faversham Traders Association, who have also produced a Faversham Town App for download featuring offers and the latest town information.
Not far from Faversham is Brogdale Collections, home to the National Fruit Collection which offers visitors a great day out, a series of seasonal annual fruit festivals for all the family to enjoy with an opportunity to taste and purchase some wonderful Kent Produce within Brogdale Market Place.
There is a choice of gardens to visit in the area. Mount Ephraim Gardens is a mature Edwardian garden with topiary and a Japanese rock garden. Doddington Place has a wonderful woodland garden with azaleas, whilst Belmont House offers a true glimpse of 18th Century style and Lord Harris' clock collection - one of the finest in Britain. In the town the Abbey Physic Community Garden provides a green haven and a cafe for light refreshment to.
Filming in Faversham
Faversham has been featured on camera a number of times in the past. Further information can be found at the Kent Film Office, which lists some of the programmes including: Great British Story: A People's History', 'Ade in Britain', 'Southclifffe' and 'Great British Railway Journeys (2014).
Faversham Visitor Information
Visit the Tourist Information Centre in Preston Street or download maps and information on our Plan Your Visit pages
Top Places To Visit In Faversham
Faversham Swimming Pool
Assembly Rooms Preston Street
St Mary of Charity Church Faversham
National Shrine of St Jude
Grain Store Studio
12 Market Place Exhibition Space
Brogdale Market Place
Boughton Golf Club
The White Lion