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1
OCT
Faversham Business Partnership Launch
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Faversham businesses and traders are invited to attend the launch of Faversham Business Partnership, the new-generation FEP. Prompt start at 8am with introduction by Chris Bichard, chairman and presentations by FBP Partners, followed by a chance to network. To attend, email heather@faversham.org.
When: 8am to 12 noon      Contact: heather@faversham.org
3
OCT
27
OCT
Fleur de Lis Gallery, Preston Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NS
Free-admission exhibition of work by Sociable Sewing, a small sewing group in Faversham that has produced hand-made tactile books for children with little or no sight. Although designed for children, the books are appealing to both blind and sighted adults as well.
When: Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sunday, 10am-1pm       

4
OCT
'Best of Faversham' Market
Preston Street, Faversham
Faversham is renowned for its food and drink products and boasts a growing industry of arts and crafts. Enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the 'Best of Faversham' Market, on the first Saturday of every month in Preston Street. The regular Saturday market will be in its usual location in Market Place and Court Street.
When: 9am to 4pm      Contact: info@bestoffaversham.org
4
OCT
Autumn Beer and Food Matching Evening
Shepherd Neame Brewery, Court Street, Faversham
Enjoy a gourmet evening featuring a six-course evening meal showcasing seven beers and lagers. An expert from Sheps will explain how its brewers and its taste panel ensure that Shepherd Neame products are of the highest quality. Booking essential.
When: 7pm for four hours      Contact: 01795 542016 or tours@shepherdneame.co.uk
5
OCT
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
The only town-centre antiques market in Kent, taking place on the first Sunday of the month and offering a wide range of vintage items, including antiques, clothing, collectibles, jewellery, paintings and furniture. Many of Faversham’s lovely shops and cafés will also be open.
When: 8.30am to 3pm      Contact: Pete Barrow, 07966 375572
8
OCT
TALK: 'Thirty Years of Bovver on the Hover'
Fleur de Lis Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham
Brian Laverick-Smith gives a talk about hovercraft services from Dover at a meeting of the Faversham branch of the Association of Men of Kent & Kentish Men. Non-members welcome at £1 per person.
When: 8pm, for one and a half hours      Contact: Anne Salmon, 01795 537701 / annesalmon62@hotmail.co.uk
10
OCT
Evening Tour and Ale Samplers' Supper
Shepherd Neame Brewery, Court Street, Faversham
An evening tour of the Shepherd Neame brewery, with tasting, followed by a two-course home-cooked supper in the historic Visitor Centre of Britain's oldest brewer. Booking essential.
When: 7pm for three and a half hours       Contact: 01795 542016 or tours@shepherdneame.co.uk
10
OCT
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NY
Kent Coastal Concert Band plays in a concert that has become an annual event at the Alexander Centre. The band will perform an engaging and entertaining programme of music that makes the most of the acoustics that this great venue has to offer.
When: 7.30pm to 9.30pm      Contact: kentcoastalconcertband@gmail.com

11
OCT
Oxjam Music Workshop
Assembly Rooms, Preston Street, Faversham
A fun-based singing workshop with the Canterbury Ladies’ Choir, directed by Kerry Boyle. Suitable for whole families or groups of friends, with repertoire ranging from gospel to folk and African songs. No previous experience. Tickets £10. In aid of Oxjam Music Festival (Oxfam). Tea and cakes available.
When: 3pm to 6pm      Contact: Janice 07979 900425 / Susanna 07947 252538
12
OCT
Wedding Fair
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
A wedding fair to let brides-to-be, and their friends and family, see the full potential of the Alexander Centre as a wedding venue, and to showcase local suppliers. A free event, with a complimentary glass of Buck’s Fizz in the lounge.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: events@thealexandercentre.com
17
OCT
An Evening with Marlene Dietrich
Arden Theatre, Leslie Smith Drive, Faversham
Show written and performed by Anette Mutton, paying cabaret tribute to Marlene Dietrich, promising a delightful evening’s entertainment. Tickets, costing £8 in advance/concessions or £9 at the door, are available from Sweet Scene, Preston Street, Faversham. Suggested age 14-plus.
When: 8pm      Contact: Mary Caryer, 01795 531600
18
OCT
19
OCT
Brogdale Farm, Faversham
Display of 400 apple varieties and ‘try-before-you-buy’ in the fruit packing house. Tractor-trailer and walking tours of the orchards, and a craft and produce village offering unusual gift ideas. Enjoy live music, local food and entertainment. Details at the Brogdale Collections website, brogdalecollections.co.uk.
When: 10am to 5pm      Contact: info@brogdalecollections.co.uk

18
OCT
Craft Fair
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Carnival Day craft fair featuring locally made handicrafts on display and for sale.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Anita Walker, 01795 531192
18
OCT
Faversham town centre
Faversham's traditional evening carnival.
When: Evening      

18
OCT
19
OCT
Faversham Food Festival Apple and Game Weekend
Various venues
Fourth of a series of four Faversham Food Festival weekend celebrations of local food being held in 2014.
Contact: Visit www.FavershamFoodFestival.co.uk
23
OCT
Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Faversham
Faversham Music Club presents the Piatti Quartet, one of the UK’s foremost young string quartets, presenting a programme including works by Haydn, Ravel and Beethoven.
When: 7.30pm to 9.30pm      Contact: Norma Baxter, favmusclub@tiscali.co.uk

26
OCT
Halloween at Belmont
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
Tricks and treats for all the family at Belmont, Throwley. The day will include a spooky trail around the gardens, and Hand Crafted Events helping visitors with seasonal arts and crafts. Fancy dress is most welcome. The Belmont tea room will be open from noon.
When: 12 noon to 3pm      Contact: 01795 890202
28
OCT
Natural Painting
Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Discover what natural materials you can use to make paint and create your masterpiece. Places £3. Booking is essential. Call Medway Valley Countryside Partnership on 01622 683695.
When: 10am and 1pm for two hours      Contact: Medway Valley Countryside Partnership, 01622 683695
28
OCT
Magna Carta Fair: How to get involved
Creek Creative, Abbey Street, Faversham
A chance to find out how to get involved in a Magna Carta Fair to be held in Faversham in June 2015 as part of the town’s Magna Carta celebrations. Faversham Business Partnership is inviting community groups, businesses and traders to attend.
When: 6pm to 8pm      Contact: ima@faversham.org
31
OCT
Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Walk around what was once a bustling gunpowder works with the ranger team to hear ghost stories. Places £3. Booking is essential, through Medway Valley Countryside Partnership on 01622 683695.
When: 10am and 1pm, for two hours      Contact: Medway Valley Countryside Partnership 01622 683695

1
NOV
'Best of Faversham' Market
Preston Street, Faversham
Faversham is renowned for its food and drink products and boasts a growing industry of arts and crafts. Enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the 'Best of Faversham' Market, on the first Saturday of every month in Preston Street. The regular Saturday market will be in its usual location in Market Place and Court Street.
When: 9am to 4pm      Contact: info@bestoffaversham.org
2
NOV
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
The only town-centre antiques market in Kent, taking place on the first Sunday of the month and offering a wide range of vintage items, including antiques, clothing, collectibles, jewellery, paintings and furniture. Many of Faversham’s lovely shops and cafés will also be open.
When: 8.30am to 3pm      Contact: Pete Barrow, 07966 375572
5
NOV
Fleur de Lis Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham
Martin Heard gives a talk at a meeting of the Faversham branch of the Association of Men of Kent & Kentish Men. Non-members welcome at £1 a person.
When: 8pm, for one and a half hours      Contact: Anne Salmon, 01795 537701 / annesalmon62@hotmail.co.uk

7
NOV
Evening Tour and Ale Samplers' Supper
Shepherd Neame Brewery, Court Street, Faversham
An evening tour of the Shepherd Neame brewery, with tasting, followed by a two-course home-cooked supper in the historic Visitor Centre of Britain's oldest brewer. Booking essential.
When: 7pm for three and a half hours       Contact: 01795 542016 or tours@shepherdneame.co.uk
7
NOV
Assembly Rooms, Preston Street, Faversham
An  irreverent musical evening improvising on all genres of music and song, from the baroque, renaissance and classical repertoire to folk song, music hall ballads and Broadway favourites. In aid of the restoration of the Faversham Assembly Rooms.
When: 7.45pm to 9.30pm      Contact: Martin Nicholls, 01795 530925

8
NOV
LIVE MUSIC: Bande-Apart
The Carpenters Arms, Eastling
Bande-Apart play a unique mixture of jazz, blues, folk and jazz/funk. The four-piece professional band consists of sax, bass, guitar and drums. See www.bandeapartjazz.co.uk for an insight into the band.
When: 9pm till late      Contact: www.bandeapartjazz.co.uk
9
NOV
The Gunpowder Plot, a Story through Time
Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park, Faversham
See stories of the old gunpowder factories come alive with the Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park ranger team and a few of their old friends. Places £3 a child. Booking essential, through Medway Valley Countryside Partnership on 01622 683695.
When: 10am for two hours       Contact: Medway Valley Countryside Partnership, 01622 683695
20
NOV
Assembly Rooms, Preston Street, Faversham
Faversham Music Club presents Emmanuel Bach (violin) and Jennifer Stern (piano), playing works by J. S. Bach, Brahms, Bartok, Richard Strauss and Waxman. Tickets £12 (students £6) on the door or from www.favershammusicclub.co.uk or Rodney Foord (01795 535937). Light refreshments in the interval.
When: 7.30pm      Contact: Norma Baxter, favmusclub@tiscali.co.uk

21
NOV
Evening Tour and Ale Samplers' Supper
Shepherd Neame Brewery, Court Street, Faversham
An evening tour of the Shepherd Neame brewery, with tasting, followed by a two-course home-cooked supper in the historic Visitor Centre of Britain's oldest brewer. Booking essential.
When: 7pm for three and a half hours       Contact: 01795 542016 or tours@shepherdneame.co.uk
29
NOV
Christmas Lights Night Market
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
Following the success of last year’s Christmas Night Market and this year’s Midsummer Night’s Feast, Faversham Markets will be holding a night food and craft market to celebrate the switch-on of Faversham Christmas Lights. Expect fairy lights, tables to sit at, live music and mulled wine and cider.
When: 5.30pm to 10pm      Contact: Favershammarket.org
29
NOV
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Khushi Feet, the Kent charity supporting schools for street children in India, holds a gala dinner with the actress and director Louise Jameson as guest of honour, catering by Corinne’s Creative Kitchen and Chetna Makan, a contestant on this year’s “Great British Bake Off” on BBC One, and entertainment from dancer Arunima Kumar.
When: 7pm to 10.30pm      Contact: info@khushifeet.org.uk

3
DEC
Christmas Workshop
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
Get in the mood for Christmas with a special workshop to create your own seasonal door wreath and to make festive table decorations, instructed by Julie Davies. Coffee and mince pies served on arrival, and a hearty soup at lunchtime. The workshop includes tutorial, materials and refreshments. Booking essential, at £35.
When: 11am to 3.30pm      Contact: 01795 890202 or events@belmont-house.org
6
DEC
‘Small Business Saturday’ Expo
Creek Creative, Abbey Street, Faversham
Event in support of the national Small Business Saturday, encouraging people to “shop local” and support small businesses in their community. Meet local small businesses and find out more about the talents and expertise that are on your doorstep.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: jude.sach@sachvirtualassistance.co.uk or 01795 342400
6
DEC
7
DEC
Christmas at Brogdale
Brogdale Farm, Faversham
Enjoy a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine or cider before taking a walk through the beautifully lit orchards. There will be carols, as well as a craft and produce village so that you can find a perfect gift for everyone this Christmas. Details on the Brogdale Collections website at brogdalecollections.co.uk.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: info@brogdalecollections.co.uk
6
DEC
Christmas Craft Fair
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Christmas craft fair with more than 25 stalls selling Christmas goods and local craftwork, including Christmas crackers and greetings cards.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Anita Walker, 01795 531192
6
DEC
Shepherd Neame Brewery, Court Street, Faversham
Enjoy a gourmet evening featuring a six-course evening meal showcasing seven beers and lagers. A beer expert from Sheps will explain how its brewers and its taste panel ensure that Shepherd Neame products are of the highest quality. Booking essential.
When: 7pm for four hours      Contact: 01795 542016 or tours@shepherdneame.co.uk

7
DEC
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
The only town-centre antiques market in Kent, taking place on the first Sunday of the month and offering a wide range of vintage items, including antiques, clothing, collectibles, jewellery, paintings and furniture. Many of Faversham’s lovely shops and cafés will also be open.
When: 8.30am to 3pm      Contact: Pete Barrow, 07966 375572
11
DEC
Faversham Mission Brass Christmas Concert
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Christmas concert by Faversham Mission Brass, with proceeds going to Faversham Christmas Lights.  Admission is £5.
When: 7.30pm      Contact: fmbrass@gmail.com
14
DEC
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
Faversham Markets is celebrating Christmas in style with Christmas Markets on Sundays 14 and 21 December with more than 70 traders promising great local gifts, food and drink, entertainment, mulled wine and cider and general Christmas merriment.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Favershammarket.org

19
DEC
Market Place, Faversham
Ceremony to commemorate Lieutenant-General Sir Philip Neame, VC, who, 100 years ago, as a young lieutenant and explosives expert, was awarded the Victoria Cross on 19 December 1914 for his valour and quick thinking at Neuve Chapelle.
When: 11.30am to 1pm      Contact: Faversham Town Council