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.

New this year - 1920s Weekend - A Celebration for the 20s in Sittingbourne 10 - 12 July 2020

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 19 - 23 February 2020

We hope you will join us again in February 2020. We have another exciting programme of events and activities planned for book lovers of all ages and persuasions, featuring author talks, discussions, creative workshops and spoken word events. Further information can be found on the festival website

Brogdale Collections Seasonal Fruit Festivals 2020

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.

Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway - Special Events 2020

SKLR opens Easter weekend and 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.

Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway - Special Themed Open Days 2020

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. Throughout the season from Sunday 12 April until the Gala Day on 25 October BWLR 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

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 - 23 May - 29 September 2020

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

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

Faversham Beer Festival - 24, 25 + 26 July 2020

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

"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

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

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 2020 To Be Confirmed

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. Book the date in your diary - full details available as soon as they are available, so keep an eye out on our Facebook page.

'Party in the Park' - Sittingbourne Music Festival -  June 2020 To Be Confirmed

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

Isle Fest  on the Isle of Sheppey - 18 + 19 July 2020

After an amazing weekend in 2019 we are delighted to announce Isle 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 - its a jam packed 2 days for families and grown ups alike. Tickets are limited and will be on sale soon for 2020. We will be releasing a limited number of early bird tickets for both days to make a saving before they go to sale online.

Queenborough Classic Yacht and Motor Boat Festival - 12 + 13 September 2020

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. Without classic boats, the Harbour  Trust we will not have a festival, so we are delighted to offer free berthing for up to 5 nights for qualifying vessels that registered before 31st July 2020. To register your Classic Boat please email admin@queenborough-harbour.co.uk

Sheppey Promenade Festival 2020 (Dates to be confirmed)

Organised by the Sheppey Promenade Group based at Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities, for 2020 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 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.