Throughout the year, our communities in Faversham, the Isle of Sheppey and Sittingbourne host a range of festivals and annual events for local people as well as visitors to the area. 

For smaller events don't forget to check the 'What's On' section of our website.

Estuary Festival 2021 - Starts 22nd May 2021 for 23 Days of Art, Music, Literature and Film - Estuary 2021 is the second edition of the large-scale arts festival that celebrates the lives, landscapes and histories of the spectacular Thames Estuary.

 1920s Weekend - A Celebration for the 20s in Sittingbourne - 16 - 18 July 2021

The 20's Weekend will provide the opportunity for the towns venues, attractions, businesses and local organisations to showcase what the town has to offer with a 1920's theme. Already booked; Jazz and Dance Evening, Old Time Music Hall and a Murder Mystery, with a full programme of community events and activities coming together. Start making or book your 1920's costume now. Check the event page for the latest news.

Chickenstock Festival - 22nd July - 25th July 2021

Show of Hands, American group Hayseed Dixie, and 3 Daft Monkeys head a great line-up for four days of folk, country and blues at Kent's 'big' little music festival. Set on farmland near Kent County Showground, just five minutes from the M2 and M20. Join the flock. For tickets visit www.chickenstockfestival.co.uk

Faversham Literary Festival - February

We hope you will join us again in February 2021. We have aspirations for another exciting literary offer to follow the popular 2020 programme of events and activities that took place for book lovers of all ages and persuasions which featured author talks, discussions, creative workshops and spoken word events. For the latest 2021 information sign up to the festival newsletter

Brogdale Collections Seasonal Fruit Festivals  - Subject to Covid Recovery

Brogdale Farm, home of the National Fruit Collection, usually hosts a range of seasonal festivals and events to celebrate the produce of the area at Brogdale Farm. Due to the Covid lockdown now reopen for orchard tours, the market place, The Courtyard and some limited number workshop activities for more information or to plan a visit go to Brogdale Collections website.

Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway  

SKLR  (check SKLR website for latest information) usually runs through until the end of September, during the season it hosts a number of special events including; 'Jack the Station Cat', 'Steam and Beer', 'Ivor the Engine', 'Gala' and 'Santa Specials' - check the SKLR special event page for further information during the Covid 19 restrictions.

Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway - Special Themed Open Days 

This narrow gauge railway is set in the delightful and secluded 30 acres on the North Downs in Kent. It is central to the activities here at Bredgar and is part of a collection of restored vehicles and exhibits which ensure an absorbing day out for both enthusiast and the family. BWLR usually hosts themed open days for the public on the first Sunday of each month. Check the BWLR website for the latest information.

Faversham Festival of Transport 14th - 15th May 2022 (2021 Event Cancelled)

Faversham Transport Weekend takes place throughout the town centre. There are bus tours, exhibiting buses and large vehicles along with a market and live music on the Saturday. Hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles will be making an appearance on the Sunday as well as a funfair, live music, market stalls and other entertainment. Park & ride available. The event is free. A fun weekend for all the family.

Swale Pride Parade & Festival - Faversham (Awaiting 2021 Details)

Please come help support the LGBTQ+ community to promote inclusion and diversity in Faversham. 

Faversham Beer Festival -   23 - 25 July 2021

Faversham Beer Festival is a small not for profit independent beer and music festival located on Faversham Town Football Club. The aim of this event is to provide charitable funds to support local sporting activities. Faversham being home to the UK’s oldest brewer, it knows a thing or two about beer, so what a better place to have a beer festival. 

'A New Day Festival' at Mount Ephraim Gardens 20 - 22 August 2021 

"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.

The Faversham Hop Festival is an annual two-day, free, family event, which unfortunately has been cancelled again in 2021 due to the uncertainty and social distancing requirements Covid 19 brings. 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 (Await 2021 Details)

This is the sixth festival which celebrates the fine food and drink produced locally - for the latest festival information go to the Faversham Food Festival Facebook page or website.

Faversham Fringe - Faversham’s very own performing arts festival (Await 2021 Details)

Faversham Fringe is a festival featuring all genres of the performing arts including theatre, comedy, magic, mentalism, dance, poetry, spoken word, storytelling, improv and hypnotism.

The fifth Faversham Fringe Festival takes place in various venues in the historic town of Faversham, please see the website for full details, programme and tickets: favershamfringe.co.uk

Faversham Nautical Festival July - (Await 2021 Details)

A fantastic weekend of nautical fun and frolics, see barges, smacks and other traditional boats at the head of the Creek. Plus nautical displays, stalls, food and drinks, as well as live music all on the Town Quay and the Front Brents. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page.

'Party in the Park' - Sittingbourne Music Festival - 3rd July 2021

This year Party In The Park hosts its biggest music festival yet! 

Queenborough Classic Yacht and Motor Boat Festival -  

Usually, the festival is open to any boat, large or small, designed or built before 1970 – wood, steel, aluminium, fibreglass, ferro cement, sail, power, steam or other, the bigger the variety of boats the better the show. If in doubt as to whether your boat qualifies please email a photo and a short description. To register your Classic Boat please email admin@queenborough-harbour.co.uk

Sheppey Promenade Festival - (Await 2021 Details)

Organised by the Sheppey Promenade Group based at Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities, for events and activities please visit the Sheppey Promenade website or the Sheppey Promenade Facebook page.

The Harty Country Fayre will be held opposite the church at Harty in conjunction with the church's annual 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.  

Christmas Lights in Swale (Await 2021 Details)