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15
APR
16
MAY
‘Drawn to the Edge’, by Paul Fowler
Foyer of the Fleur de Lis Museum, Preston Street, Faversham
Commemorating the centenary of Faversham’s Great Explosion, the Fleur de Lis Museum holds a small, free-entry exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Paul Fowler inspired by the marshes of the Swale, where the 1916 munitions-works disaster occurred.
When: 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday; 10am to 1pm on Sundays      Contact: Visitor Information Centre, 01795 534542
6
MAY
Faversham Townswomen’s Guild
United Reformed Church, Preston Street, Faversham
Meeting of Faversham Townswomen’s Guild, with the guest speaker being Rob Masters on “My Dramatic Life”.
When: 2pm to 4pm      Contact: Sally Robertson
7
MAY
Preston Street, Faversham
Town centre market selling the best arts, crafts and food products from the Faversham area. Faversham is renowned for the range and quality of its food and drink products and boasts a growing industry of arts and crafts. Now you can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market, on the first and third Saturday of every month in Preston Street.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Nicola Chatten

8
MAY
Faversham Footpaths Group Walk
From outside the Guildhall, Market Place, Faversham
A guided country walk for members of Faversham Footpaths Group, and their family members and friends, and those thinking of joining the group.
When: 10am for about three hours      Contact: Brian Caffarey, 01795 530356
13
MAY
Faversham Mission Brass in Concert
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Faversham Mission Brass performs in aid of the Shane Alderman Charitable Trust, which supports disabled and Paralympic athletes.  Admission £5 on the door, which includes tea or coffee.  Raffle. Details of the charity are at www.shanealdermantrust.org.
When: 7.30pm      Contact: fmbrass@gmail.com
18
MAY
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NZ.
The Kent Creative Awards, run in association with Ashford School, celebrate the best in arts and culture in Kent and those who help to maintain and develop the creative sector in the county.
When: 6pm to midnight      Contact: Nathalie Banaigs, 01795 597576

19
MAY
TALK: Space, Time and Faversham Creek
Fleur Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham
Faversham Creek Trust (FCT) has invited its former chairman, Professor Chris Wright, to speak on “Space, Time and Faversham Creek”. The event is open to FCT members and non-members. It is free, but donations are welcome. Refreshments will be available for a donation.
When: 7.30pm      Contact: Sue Akhurst
20
MAY
Faversham United Church, Preston Street, Faversham
Annual general meeting of the Friends of Faversham Cottage Hospital and Community Health Centres. Tea and coffee provided.
When: 7pm for 7.30pm      Contact: Sue Grove, 01795 533818

20
MAY
Wine and Wisdom
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
A lively and fun quiz night. Tickets are £8 per person. The bar will be open.
When: 8pm to 10.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321
21
MAY
22
MAY
Faversham town centre
The Faversham Transport Weekend, a free event held each year in Faversham’s historic town centre, features vintage vehicles, delicious food and drink, a funfair and live music.
When: 10am to 4pm on both days      Contact: heather@faversham.org

21
MAY
LIVE MUSIC: Fate the Juggler
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Performing in musical styles from folk, rock, pop and country to celtic, Fate the Juggler return to the stage with new material and some old favourites. Supported by Funke and the Two Tone Baby. Tickets £10 from the Alexander Centre or by contacting 01795 594460 or bookings@thealexandercentre.com or the ticket hotline on 07760 430928.
When: 7.30pm      Contact: bookings@thealexandercentre.com / 01795 594460
21
MAY
Plant Sale
Painters Farm, Painters Forstal
Painters Forstal Gardeners’ Club holds its popular annual plant sale, at which you can buy good-quality annuals, perennials, shrubs and house plants, as well as vegetable plants, crafts and homemade cakes and preserves. The sale is at a new venue in the heart of Painters Forstal. Follow the signs to the campsite.
When: 10am to 12 noon      Contact: 01795 537622
25
MAY
Faversham Society Presentation
Faversham Society, Preston Street, Faversham
Faversham Business Partnership offers FBP members and non-FBP businesses a chance to network and to hear a Faversham Society presentation on the work of the society.
When: 6pm to 8pm      Contact: heather@faversham.org
27
MAY
Bingo
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Eyes down for the popular monthly bingo night run by West Faversham Community Association at its West Faversham Community Centre. Licensed bar plus teas and coffees for just 50p. Two bingo sessions, each costing £5 or £9, depending on how many games you play, plus a big prize raffle at halftime. Run by volunteers in aid of the community centre.
When: Doors open, 6.30pm. Eyes down, 7.30pm       Contact: 01795 537321
5
JUN
Doddington Open Gardens
Doddington
Unique opportunity to see private gardens in Doddington not normally open to the public, with award-winning allotments also open for viewing. Tickets, at £5 per person, available from Doddington Village Hall on the day. Light lunches and afternoon teas also available in the hall. In aid of Doddington Church.
When: 1pm to 5pm      Contact: Mrs Barbara Roberts, 01795 886332
5
JUN
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
An opportunity to discover what it means to be a farmer and the work they do to produce our food and manage the countryside. Enjoy tractor and trailer rides to see a combine harvester and other farming machinery on display, meet the people involved in the story behind your food, watch sheep-shearing demonstrations and take part in fun activities.
When: 1pm to 4pm      Contact: 01795 890228

5
JUN
Court Street and Market Place, Faversham
The only town-centre antiques market in Kent.  Taking place on the first Sunday of the month in Faversham’s beautiful town centre, it offers a wide range of vintage items, including antiques, clothing, collectibles, jewellery, paintings and furniture.  Many of Faversham’s lovely shops and cafes will also be open.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: Nicola Chatten

5
JUN
Dinghy Race
The Creek Basin, Faversham Creek (by the bridge)
Faversham Creek Trust holds its annual dinghy race. The starting and finishing times will depend on wind and tide. Organisers expect a 12.30pm start. If you are interested in taking part, email favershamcreektrust@yahoo.co.uk. Last year, six dinghies entered the race, crewed by children and adults.
When: 12 noon to 3pm      Contact: Sue Akhurst
5
JUN
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Step across the elegant Victorian threshold of the Alexander Centre, a heritage building once the heart of high society in Faversham and now restored to its former grandeur by the Alexander Centre Trust. Meet some of the best local suppliers, and chat to the centre’s dedicated team about ceremony and reception options. A goodie bag for each bride on registration and a glass of Buck’s Fizz for each guest. Free entry.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: 01795 594460

12
JUN
Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park, off Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 7UD
The Swale Arts Forum, a collaboration of artists promoting arts projects across Swale, presents Artists in the Woods: Nature, Myths and Magic. At this one-day event, wander round the gunpowder works and discover hidden secrets and magical wonders! There will be art installations, craft stalls, workshops, music, food and drink. Free entry.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Swale Arts Forum, info@swaleartsforum.com

12
JUN
Fun Day
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Fun day at West Faversham Community Centre with a variety of attractions and activities for people of all ages, and it’s all free!
When: 2pm to 6pm      Contact: 01795 537321
24
JUN
Bingo
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Popular monthly bingo evening run by West Faversham Community Association at its West Faversham Community Centre. Licensed bar plus teas and coffees for just 50p. Two bingo sessions, each costing £5 or £9, depending on how many games you play, plus a big prize raffle at halftime. Run by volunteers in aid of the community centre.
When: Doors open, 6.30pm. Start, 7.30pm       Contact: 01795 537321
26
JUN
Faversham Society Open Gardens and Garden Market
Faversham
The 2016 Faversham Society Open Gardens and Garden Market offers a chance to visit more than 30 gardens and a similar number of garden-related market stalls. This is now the largest  open gardens event in southeast England, and attracts visitors from all over Kent, London and farther afield.
When: 10am to 5pm      Contact: The Faversham Society, 01795 534542
2
JUL
Open House
Faversham
Annual event, organised by the Faversham Society and running on 2, 9 and 16 July, offering an opportunity to visit properties of historical and architectural interest, many of which are not generally open to the public. Entry for all three Saturdays is by  handbook, on sale at the Visitor Information Centre at the Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre, Preston Street, Faversham, from the beginning of June.
When: 10.30am to 4.30pm       Contact: Visitor Information Centre, 01795 534542
2
JUL
3
JUL
NGS Open Garden Weekend at Belmont
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
Belmont supports the National Gardens Scheme this weekend, and its tearoom is open from noon serving homemade cakes and cream teas.  Admission £4 (child £2). Belmont season tickets, HHA membership tickets and all other discounted schemes are not valid on NGS days. Proceeds from this weekend go to NGS chosen charities. Normal house tour admission applies.
When: 10am to 5pm      Contact: 01795 890228
2
JUL
Pop-up Cafe at the Purifier Building
Purifier Building, Morrisons Wharf, West Street, Faversham
Faversham Creek Trust runs a pop-up cafe during the Faversham Society Open House scheme. You will be invited to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake after viewing progress that shipwright apprentices at the Purifier Building are making on “Mayhi” and the activities in and around the Purifier.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Sue Akhurst
2
JUL
Friends of Faversham Cottage Hospital Stall
Market Place, Faversham
The Friends of Faversham Cottage Hospital and Community Health Centres run a stall at Faversham Market.
Contact: Sue Grove, 01795 533818
3
JUL
Court Street and Market Place, Faversham
The only town-centre antiques market in Kent.  Taking place on the first Sunday of the month in Faversham’s beautiful town centre, it offers a wide range of vintage items, including antiques, clothing, collectibles, jewellery, paintings and furniture.  Many of Faversham’s lovely shops and cafes will also be open.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: Nicola Chatten

8
JUL
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
Open-air performance of William Shakespeare’s “All’s Well that Ends Well”. Information about how to book is at www.belmont-house.org. Tickets £20 for adults and £10 for 10- to 18-year-olds. Under-10s go free. You are asked to take your own rugs or low-backed seating (and umbrellas in case of rain).
When: Performance starts at 7.30pm      Contact: 01795 890228

9
JUL
Open House
Faversham
Annual event, organised by the Faversham Society and running on 2, 9 and 16 July, offering an opportunity to visit properties of historical and architectural interest, many of which are not generally open to the public. Entry for all three Saturdays is by  handbook, on sale at the Visitor Information Centre at the Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre, Preston Street, Faversham, from the beginning of June.
When: 10.30am to 4.30pm       Contact: Visitor Information Centre, 01795 534542
9
JUL
Pop-up Cafe at the Purifier Building
Purifier Building, Morrisons Wharf, West Street, Faversham
Faversham Creek Trust runs a pop-up cafe during the Faversham Society Open House scheme. You will be invited to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake after viewing progress that shipwright apprentices at the Purifier Building are making on “Mayhi” and the activities in and around the Purifier.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Sue Akhurst
9
JUL
Craft and Collectables Fair
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Locally made handicrafts and small collectables for sale. The event coincides with Faversham’s Saturday market and the Faversham Society Open House scheme.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Anita Walker, 01795 531192
10
JUL
Doddington Open Gardens
Doddington
Unique opportunity to see private gardens in Doddington not normally open to the public, with award-winning allotments also open for viewing. Tickets, at £5 per person, available from Doddington Village Hall on the day. Light lunches and afternoon teas also available in the hall. In aid of Doddington Church.
When: 1pm to 5pm      Contact: Mrs Barbara Roberts, 01795 886332
15
JUL
Seventies and Eighties Night
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Boogie on over to West Faversham Community Centre to dance the night away. Entry, £8, includes a buffet and welcome drinks. Buy tickets from the centre reception desk or call on 01795 537321.
When: 8pm to 10.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321
16
JUL
Open House
Faversham
Annual event, organised by the Faversham Society and running on 2, 9 and 16 July, offering an opportunity to visit properties of historical and architectural interest, many of which are not generally open to the public. Entry for all three Saturdays is by  handbook, on sale at the Visitor Information Centre at the Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre, Preston Street, Faversham, from the beginning of June.
When: 10.30am to 4.30pm      Contact: Visitor Information Centre, 01795 534542
16
JUL
Pop-up Cafe at the Purifier Building
Purifier Building, Morrisons Wharf, West Street, Faversham
Faversham Creek Trust runs a pop-up cafe during the Faversham Society Open House scheme. You will be invited to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake after viewing progress that shipwright apprentices at the Purifier Building are making on “Mayhi” and the activities in and around the Purifier.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Sue Akhurst
16
JUL
Friends of Cottage Hospital Summer Fair
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
The Friends of Faversham Cottage Hospital and Community Health Centres hold their summer fair.
When: 10am to 12.30pm      Contact: Sue Grove, 533818
17
JUL
Court Street and Market Place, Faversham
Classic car rally, with about 100 iconic and classic cars in four categories assembling by the Guildhall at 8am before being sent off at intervals on a three-section 100-mile route over the Kent Downs before arriving back at the Guildhall for the presentation of garlands and trophies. The event is run by Kent Classic Rallies.
When: 8am-10.30am and 3pm-6pm      Contact: graham.a.adshead@gmail.com

23
JUL
24
JUL
Faversham Nautical Festival
Town Green and Front Brents, Faversham
A fete of traditional boats and folk music with barbecues, a beer tent, special interest exhibits, market stalls and children’s entertainment located on either side of Faversham Creek at its head.
When: 10am to 6pm each day      Contact: pecard@btconnect.com
24
JUL
She Stoops to Conquer
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
Open-air performance of “She Stoops to Conquer”, Oliver Goldsmith’s comedy of manners. Information about how to book is at www.belmont-house.org. Tickets are £20 for adults and £10 for 10- to 18-year-olds. Under-10s go free. You are asked to take your own rugs or low-backed seating (and umbrellas in case of rain).
When: Performance starts at 2pm      Contact: 01795 890228
29
JUL
Bingo
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Popular monthly bingo evening run by West Faversham Community Association at its West Faversham Community Centre. Licensed bar plus teas and coffees for just 50p. Two bingo sessions, each costing £5 or £9, depending on how many games you play, plus a big prize raffle at halftime. Run by volunteers in aid of the community centre.
When: Doors open at 6.30pm. Eyes down at 7.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321
14
AUG
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
Chapterhouse Theatre Company performs the unforgettable story of Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up. Join Wendy, Michael and John Darling on their adventures with Peter, far away on the magical island of Neverland. 
When: Performance starts at 2pm      Contact: 01795 890228

26
AUG
Bingo
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Popular monthly bingo evening run by West Faversham Community Association at its West Faversham Community Centre. Licensed bar plus teas and coffees for just 50p. Two bingo sessions, each costing £5 or £9, depending on how many games you play, plus a big prize raffle at halftime. Run by volunteers in aid of the community centre.
When: Doors open, 6.30pm. Eyes down, 7.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321
3
SEP
4
SEP
Craft and Collectables Fair
Assembly Rooms, Preston Street, Faversham
Locally made handicrafts and collectables for sale. The event is taking place during the Faversham Hop Festival.
When: 10am to 5pm      Contact: Anita Walker, 01795 531192
10
SEP
11
SEP
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
Belmont this year combines its two biggest events, promising plenty to see and do for the whole family. Exhibitors from the world of wood will be demonstrating traditional skills and craftsmanship, including chainsaw demonstrations, horse logging, willow weaving, pole-lathe turning, and steam engines cutting kindling and logs.
When: 10am to 5pm both days      Contact: 01795 890228

10
SEP
Race Night
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Have a flutter on racecourse films at West Faversham Community Association’s race night. Included in the evening is a fish-and-chip supper. The bar will also be open. Places £8 per person. Book on 01795 537321.
When: 7pm to 10.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321
16
SEP
18
SEP
Various Faversham venues
The third Faversham Food Festival takes place over three days at a variety of venues, starting on Town Quay with the landing of fish on Friday, stalls, music, bar and demonstrations. More details nearer the day, or check www.favershamfoodfestival.co.uk.
When: Friday night to Sunday night      Contact: David Selves, 01795 534689

16
SEP
Murder Mystery Night
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Murder Mystery Night, at which you and your table try to figure out “whodunnit”. Included in the night is a two-course meal. The bar will also be open. Places £15 per person. Tickets are available from West Faversham Community Centre or call 01795 537321.
When: 8pm to 11pm      Contact: 01795 537321
23
SEP
Wine and Wisdom
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
A lively and fun quiz night. Tickets are £8 per person. The bar will be open.
When: 8pm to 10.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321
30
SEP
Bingo
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Popular monthly bingo evening run by West Faversham Community Association at its West Faversham Community Centre. Licensed bar plus teas and coffees for just 50p. Two bingo sessions, each costing £5 or £9, depending on how many games you play, plus a big prize raffle at halftime. Run by volunteers in aid of the community centre.
When: Doors open, 6.30pm. Eyes down, 7.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321
6
OCT
Faversham Mission Brass in Concert
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Faversham Mission Brass performs in aid of the Royal Air Forces Association Wings Appeal.  Admission is £5 on the door.  Raffle.
When: 7.30pm      Contact: fmbrass@gmail.com
12
OCT
TALK: Wandering the Somme
Fleur de Lis Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham
A talk by Melanie Gibson-Barton organised by the Faversham branch of the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men. Non-members welcome at £1 per person.
When: 8pm, for about 90 minutes      Contact: Anne Salmon, 01795 537701 / annesalmon62@hotmail.co.uk
14
OCT
Seventies and Eighties Night
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Boogie on over to West Faversham Community Centre to dance the night away. Entry, £8, includes a buffet and welcome drinks. Buy tickets from the centre reception desk or call on 01795 537321.
When: 8pm to 10.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321
15
OCT
Craft and Collectables Fair
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Locally made handicrafts and small collectables for sale at a fair taking place on the day of Faversham Carnival.
When: 10am to 3.30pm      Contact: Anita Walker 01795 531192
28
OCT
Bingo
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Popular monthly bingo evening run by West Faversham Community Association at its West Faversham Community Centre. Licensed bar plus teas and coffees for just 50p. Two bingo sessions, each costing £5 or £9, depending on how many games you play, plus a big prize raffle at halftime. Run by volunteers in aid of the community centre.
When: Doors open, 6.30pm. Eyes down, 7.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321
30
OCT
Hallowe’en at Belmont
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
Hallowe’en event with lots of tricks and treats for all the family. Children can reveal their inner artist with pumpkin carving and creepy craft making, aided by Hand Crafted Events. There will also be a spooky trail around the gardens. Fancy dress is most welcome. The tearoom will be open from 12 noon for soup and sausage rolls, cream teas and homemade cakes. Children, £5. Adults, £1.
When: 12 noon to 3pm      Contact: 01795 890228
5
NOV
Race Night
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Have a flutter on racecourse films at West Faversham Community Association’s race night. Included in the evening is a fish-and-chip supper. The bar will also be open. Places £8 per person. Book on 01795 537321.
When: 7pm to 10.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321
9
NOV
TALK: Dickens in Kent
Fleur de Lis Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham
A talk by Christoph Bull organised by the Faversham branch of the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men. Non-members very welcome for £1.
When: 8pm, for about 90 minutes      Contact: Anne Salmon, 01795 537701 / annesalmon62@hotmail.co.uk
25
NOV
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Popular monthly bingo evening run by West Faversham Community Association at its West Faversham Community Centre. Licensed bar plus teas and coffees for just 50p. Two bingo sessions, each costing £5 or £9, depending on how many games you play, plus a big prize raffle at halftime. Run by volunteers in aid of the community centre.
When: Doors open, 6.30pm. Eyes down, 7.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321

3
DEC
Christmas Craft and Collectables Fair
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Locally made handicrafts for sale, including Christmas crackers. Also, small collectables for sale.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Anita Walker, 01794 531192
3
DEC
Friends of the Cottage Hospital Christmas Stall
Market Place, Faversham
The Friends of Faversham Cottage Hospital and Community Health Centres run a Christmas stall at Faversham Market.
Contact: Sue Grove, 01795 533818
16
DEC
Bingo
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Bingo evening run by West Faversham Community Association at its West Faversham Community Centre. Licensed bar plus teas and coffees for just 50p. Two bingo sessions, each costing £5 or £9, depending on how many games you play, plus a big prize raffle at halftime. Run by volunteers in aid of the community centre.
When: Doors open, 6.30pm. Start, 7.30pm       Contact: 01795 537321