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Faversham Magna Carta weekend

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Thank you to everyone who came along to the Faversham Magna Carta Weekend!

Faversham shone in medieval glory for the Magna Carta Weekend on the 13-14th June, with over 20,000 residents and visitors estimated to have attended the event.  People travelled far and wide to take part in the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta – some as far as from Australia.  The Magna Carta Rediscovered Exhibition at the Alexander Centre was flooded with 2,600 visitors over the weekend.

The Magna Carta Weekend put on an incredible display of medieval activities and entertainment including a knight school, birds of prey, archery, medieval camp, re-enactments, period music and the opportunity to take part in many medieval crafts such as spinning, wood turning and stone masonry.

The town’s medieval architecture was the perfect setting for the event.  With hundreds of people in period dress and the sounds of the cattle lowing in the medieval market under the Guildhall, Faversham was transported back in time to 800 years ago when the Magna Carta was sealed.

Nuala Brenchley-Sayers is a director of Faversham Business Partnership which coordinated the event.  She says: “The wonderful people of Faversham have joined forces to organise yet another fantastic local event.   We owe many thanks to the team of volunteers who worked so hard over the last few months making banners, bunting and Medieval clothing.  Grahame Kane and his team from Faversham Market also pulled out the stops to ensure the Weekend was a great success.  Our thanks also go to The Free Men of the Blean Reenactment Society, Joe’s Bows, Faversham Society and All the World’s a Stage for their support and involvement.”

"The feedback we’ve received from visitors and people taking part has been incredible, with many requests to hold another medieval weekend next year.  So watch this space!"

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Our sponsors

Magna Carta Weekend is a community event managed on a not-for-profit basis.  It could not take place without funding and sponsorship by local businesses and organisations.  We would to thank the following for their sponsorship:

Baldwins Estate Agents: traditional, independent business focusing on providing an honest, professional and personal service. Specialising in sales and lettings in Faversham and the surrounding area. Click here for more info

Faversham Creek Hotel: a boutique hotel situated in the centre of Faversham offering eight individually styled en-suite bedrooms along with a la carte dining at its Red Sails Restaurant. Click here for more info

Faversham Linen Services:  independent, family owned business providing the very best in commercial linen and work wear services. Operates throughout the South East of England. Click here for more info

Macknade Fine Foods: the South-East’s leading food hall offering the best food and drink shopping experience around. Click here for more info

MHA MacIntyre Hudson: chartered accountants, offering a full range of compliance services and business advice to owner-managed businesses, multinationals and high net worth individuals. Click here for info.

The Phoenix Tavern:  14th century free house with a wealth of oak beams, two inglenook fires and Chesterfield sofas, which is Cask Marque approved and in the Good Beer Guide. A wide range of ales, lagers and wines and an extensive menu. Click here for info

The Wild food Company: mobile catering service providing traditional and alternative wild game recipes to the general public.

Faversham Town Council and Queenborough Fishery Trust have also  kindly provided grants towards the running of the Magna Carta Weekend.

Many local firms and organisations have also lent their support to the Magna Carta Weekend in other ways.  So, we would also like to thank the following:

  • Cleaning Fairy
  • Jittermugs Coffee Shop
  • Lady Dane Veterinary Centre
  • Mackay and Co Solicitors
  • Lorenden Preparatory School
  • Ollie Bongo’s Pet Essentials
  • Rickard Lazenby Financial Services
  • The Saddlers’ Restaurant and Coffee Shop
  • Sandhurst Farm Forge B&B
  • Stripey Lizard Creative Services
  • Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre
  • The Vaults Cask and Kitchen