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 2 - 3 September 2017
The Faversham Hop Festival is an annual two-day, free, family event and will be held on Saturday and Sunday September 2nd and 3rd in 2017. 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 about the 2017 Hop Festival on September 2nd and 3rd please visit the official Faversham Hop Festival.
Faversham Food Festival 15 - 17 September 2017
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 25 - 27 August 2017
"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 on the 'A New Day' Festival website.
Faversham Hat Festival 15 April 2017
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
The Sheppey Promenade Festival is taking a year off in 2017 although the Sheppey Promenade Group based at Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities will be organising some events in 2017. Look out for updates and announcements on the dedicated Sheppey Promenade website and future plans for the festival. Please email Chris Reed if you wish to find out more about the Sheppey Promenade Group..
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 and Mops Fair. If anyone is interested in getting involved and developing the 2016 season of events please contact Sara Seabridge by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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.