Festivals

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.

 1920s Weekend - A Celebration for the 20s in Sittingbourne - Postponed Until 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.

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 2020 - Cancelled due to Covid 19

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 book tickets, go to the Brogdale Collections Website.

Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway - Closed until further notice in 2020

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 2020 Cancelled

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 16 + 17 May 2020 - (EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19)

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.

Faversham Foto Festival -  May - September 2020 - (EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL 2021)

A free to all visitor attraction in Faversham displaying the best of British photography in separate outdoor exhibitions around the town. The festival will run all summer with many workshops, talks and activities for the community, visitors and tourists to all enjoy. Look out for further event and workshop information to be announced.

Swale Pride Parade & Festival - Faversham - 27 June 2020 - (EVENT CANCELLED -  AWAITING NEW DATE)

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

Faversham Beer Festival - 24, 25 + 26 July 2020 (2020 EVENT CANCELLED - 2021 DATES 23 - 25 JULY )

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 28 - 30 August 2020 (EVENT CANCELLED - AWAITING 2021 DATE)

"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 Hop Festival 5 + 6 September 2020 (EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19 - HOPE TO RETURN 2021)

The Faversham Hop Festival is an annual two-day, free, family event. 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 25 - 27 September 2020 - Cancelled in 2020 due to Covid 19

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 Saturday 24 Oct - Sunday 1 November 2020

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 - EVENT NOT ON IN 2020

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 -  2020 EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL 3rd July 2021

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

Isle Fest  on the Isle of Sheppey - 18 + 19 July 2020 (EVENT CANCELLED DUE COVID 19)

After an amazing weekend in 2019 plans were well progressed for Fest 2020. With full festival stage, live music on the main stage with the UK's biggest and best tribute acts, a choice of food stalls, beer tents, ice creams, face painting, glitter tattoo's, side shows, amusements and fun fair rides, plus special surprise guests - it would have been a jam packed 2 days for families and grown ups alike. Unfortunately due to Covid 19 this event has been cancelled and the organisers wait to see if they are able to plan a similar event in 2021.

Queenborough Classic Yacht and Motor Boat Festival - 12 + 13 September 2020 (EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19) - Hope to hold event in 2021

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 - No 2020 dates announced due to Covid 19

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. (This event has also been cancelled due to Covid 19 in 2020). 

Christmas Lights in Swale 2020

Sittingbourne Christmas Lights Association are the first to switch lights on in the Swale area on Saturday 21 November, with a Christmas Market, funfair and entertainment from 10am until 6pm in the High Street.

Faversham Christmas Lights Switch on and Night Food Market will take place on Saturday 28 November in the Market Place.