Throughout the year, our communities in Faversham, the Isle of Sheppey and Sittingbourne organise a range of festivals for local people as well as visitors to the area. Here you can find out a little more about the main festivals and get a flavour of the annual events.
For smaller events don't forget to check the 'What's On' section of our website.
Faversham Hop Festival 1 - 2 September 2018
The Faversham Hop Festival is an annual two-day, free, family event and will be held on Saturday and Sunday September 1st and 2nd in 2018. Set against the backdrop of the medieval gem of Faversham town centre, this festival commemorates the golden days of hop-picking when families would come to Kent and pass the evenings with music and stories.
Dating back to 1990, the Faversham Hop Festival is the ideal atmosphere to evoke nostalgic memories, while encouraging families and friends to meet and enjoy a variety of free entertainment. It also encourages visitors to Faversham and thus helps to boost and sustain the local economy.
For more information as it is released please visit the official Faversham Hop Festival.
Faversham Food Festival 14 - 16 September 2018
Brogdale Collections Festivals
Brogdale Farm, home of the National Fruit Collection, hosts a range of seasonal festivals and events to celebrate the produce of the area including the Cider and Apple Festivals in August and October. For further information about the full range of events and activities at Brogdale Farm or to book tickets, go to the Brogdale Collections Website.
'A New Day' Festival at Mount Ephraim Gardens 3 - 5 August 2018
"The very best in 'Prog, Rock, Blues & Roots' - It's more than just a field, it's more than just a festival, it's a New Day!" Find out more and get your early bird tickets on the 'A New Day' Festival website.
Faversham Hat Festival 31 March 2018
The popular Hat Festival and Hat Parade encourage community involvement in a fun, creative and interesting way – centred round the theme of hats. Whether you want to make your own headwear, dress up a hat or just wear a well loved favourite....it's all about the hat!
For updates please see the Faversham Hat Festival Facebook page.
Sheppey Promenade Festival 21 - 28 July 2018
The Sheppey Promenade Festival will return for 2018 after a break in 2017, organised by the Sheppey Promenade Group based at Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities. It will open with a Band Concert on Saturday 21 July and climax with a Parade on 28 July. This year's theme is 'Women in WWI coupled with Womens Sufferage'. If you would like to get involved and help to shape this year's festival please go along to a festival planning meeting which will be held at Blue Town Heritage Centre on 1 March from 7.30pm. Information about the festival as it develops will be available at Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities in Sheerness.
In recent years the Sittingbourne Retail Association has led the way in developing new events in the Town Centre, including a St George's Day Extravaganza which in 2018 will take place on 21st April. If anyone is interested in getting involved please contact Sara Seabridge by emailing email@example.com or check out the Sittingbourne Retail Association's Facebook page.
Harty Country Fayre and Flower Festival
A traditional country fayre in the beautiful hamlet of Harty, the Harty Country Fayre is a free day out for all the family. With lovely handmade things to see, buy and eat, a falconry display and lots of wildlife and walks, the festival is buzzing with an array of stimulation for the senses and fabulous scenery to enjoy.
The Harty Country Fayre will be held opposite the church at Harty in conjunction with the church's annual Flower Festival. For more information please visit Harty Country Fayre.