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6
FEB
29
FEB
The Fleur Gallery, 13 Preston Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NS
Free exhibition of photographs by members of Faversham and District Camera Club in the Fleur Gallery annex of the Faversham Society’s Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre.
When: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm; Sunday, 10am to 1pm      Contact: The Faversham Society

13
FEB
LIVE MUSIC: Taking Care of Valentines
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Taking Care of Vegas, the Elvis Presley tribute band, presents “Taking Care of Valentines”, celebrating the music of Elvis in love, with support from the Dulcie May and Stephen Bridgand jazz duo. Tickets £10 at the Alexander Centre, or call 01795 594460 or email bookings@thealexandercentre.com.
When: 8pm      Contact: 01795 594460 / bookings@thealexandercentre.com
14
FEB
Bramble Hall, Bushey Close, Boughton-under-Blean
It’s all about the food, and not the romance! An event for those wishing to celebrate Valentine’s Day, as a couple or as mates, without it being cheesy or feeling awkward. The focus is on food that is good for your heart, and not just your love life.
When: 6pm      Contact: 07434 927147

16
FEB
17
FEB
Belmont House, Throwley
A chance for children to have fun making a mess in the kitchen at beautiful Belmont and take home some tasty treats for all the family to enjoy.
When: 10am to 1pm      Contact: 01795 890228

18
FEB
20
FEB
PANTOMIME: Aladdin
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Faversham’s Up the Creek Pantomime Society presents an original version of this traditional panto, with songs, genies, laughter, fairies and not one, but two, dames.
When: 7.45pm-10pm (18 and 19 Feb); 11am and 3pm (20 Feb)      Contact: Sue Shepherd
21
FEB
Faversham Footpaths Group Walk
From outside the Guildhall, Market Place, Faversham
Free walk for Faversham Footpaths Group members, and their families and friends, and for those interested in joining the group. The group’s walks are usually about three hours (five or six miles). Participants today need to check that they are with the right group because a visiting walk club is meeting at the same spot at the same time.
When: 10am for about three hours      Contact: Brian Caffarey
23
FEB
The Yard Cafe, Jacob Yard, off Preston Street, Faversham
A meeting of Bookshare Faversham, the book group in which participants don’t have to read the same book! Read whatever book you want and then go along with the book and briefly talk about it. Everyone else does the same and, at the end, participants share their books with each other and take away a new book and lots of recommendations.
When: 7pm to 9.30pm      Contact: tinahagger@gmail.com

26
FEB
Bingo
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Eyes down for the popular monthly bingo night run by West Faversham Community Association at 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 at 7.30pm      Contact: 01795 537321
26
FEB
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Writer and performer Gavin Robertson takes on the James Bond phenomenon, spoofing the movies and exploding every cliche in the book(s). An hour-long solo performance full of thrills, spills and giggles is followed by a fun Q&A and a Bond-themed quiz.  A must-see for Bond fans, and a fun night out even for those not enamoured of 007. Tickets £8 (£6 concessionary).
When: 8pm      Contact: 01795 594460 / bookings@thealexandercentre.com

27
FEB
Fun Fashion Show and Shopping Event
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
A fun ladies’ night out. See current High Street fashions and then have a chance to shop for the clothes at heavily discounted prices. Tickets £6 (including a complimentary glass of wine) bookable in advance from the Alexander Centre in person or on 01795 594460 or through bookings@thealexandercentre.com, or available on the night.
When: 7pm      Contact: bookings@thealexandercentre.com
27
FEB
Mother’s Day and Easter Craft and Gift Fair
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Craft and gift fair offering you a chance to browse stalls to find those perfect gifts for Mother’s Day or Easter, or just to treat yourself.  Choose from cakes, sweets, picture frames, candles, books and much, much more. Organised by Drum Pan Catering. Free entry.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: 01795 594460
27
FEB
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Workshop with Pam McKinnon, hosted by Dogs Trust, teaching dogs to find a specific scent, and thus building trust, speeding up bonding with newly rescued dogs, and helping to develop concentration in young or impulsive dogs. The workshop is suitable for all breeds and ages of dogs.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: 07920 658672

29
FEB
Lorenden School, Painters Forstal
Painters Forstal Gardeners’ Club presents Jim Buttress speaking about his 25 years as Royal Parks Superintendent. He is also a senior figure at the Chelsea Flower Show, has judged Britain In Bloom for many years and has been a judge on BBC Two's “The Big Allotment Challenge”.
When: 7.30pm to 9pm      Contact: 01795 480431

4
MAR
28
MAR
The Fleur Gallery 13 Preston Street Faversham Kent ME13 8NS
Free exhibition of oil-painting landscapes, jewellery and collages by artist Gordon Lewns in the Fleur Gallery annex of the Faversham Society’s Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre.
When: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm; Sunday, 10am to 1pm      Contact: The Faversham Society

9
MAR
Fleur de Lis Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham
A talk by Roy Ingleton 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

11
MAR
The Story of Money
Carmel Hall, St Jude’s, 34 Tanners Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 7JW
Swale WEA one-day course with tutor Ellie Keen looking at how money first emerged and how it developed worldwide. There will also be questions about the development of debt and what happens when there is more debt than money in the world. The day costs £22 and places must be booked by Friday, 26 February.
When: 10am to 3pm (with hour lunch break)      Contact: Mary Allman, 01795 476826
11
MAR
Hernhill Village Hall, Hernhill
The Band Company welcomes Minanda Sykes and Rex Preston back to Hernhill. The inspirational melding of musical chameleon Miranda Sykes and mandolin maestro Rex Preston has produced one of the most unexpected and exciting new pairings on the acoustic roots scene.
When: 7.30pm      Contact: www.thebandcompany.co.uk

12
MAR
QUIZ: Nosh and Knowledge Evening
United Church Hall, Preston Street, Faversham
A quiz for teams of six to eight people organised by the Faversham branch of the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men. Places £6 per person, including ploughman’s supper and water. Take your own preferred drinks.
When: 7.30pm, for about two and a half hours      Contact: Anne Salmon, 01795 537701 / annesalmon62@hotmail.co.uk
12
MAR
An Evening of Song with Canterbury Voices
Greenstreet Methodist Church, Lynsted Lane, Teynham
An evening of song with Canterbury Voices presenting a mix of ensemble repertoire, solos, duets and trios in a wide range of styles. Free entry. Retiring collection in aid of church funds. Canterbury Voices is at www.canterburyvocals.co.uk.
When: 7pm      Contact: Kerry Boyle, 07530 929821
19
MAR
Haydn’s Creation
Parish Church of St Mary of Charity, Faversham
To mark the 50th anniversary of Faversham Choral Society, members present a gala performance of Haydn’s much-loved oratorio “The Creation”, with Kent Sinfonia as their orchestra. Andrew Storey directs, and the soloists are Lucy Cox, Ed Saklatvala and Francis Brett. Tickets £12 (under-16s free) at the door, from Carter’s Newsagents, Market Place, Faversham, or online via wegottickets. Interval drinks included.
When: 7.30pm      Contact: info@favchoral.org or 07968227856
23
MAR
TALK: Designing with Plants at Great Dixter
Lorenden School, Painters Forstal
Painters Forstal Gardeners’ Club presents a talk, “Designing with Plants at Great Dixter”, by Fergus Garrett. The event is open to non-members, and tickets are £5. For further information and for tickets, contact 01795 537622.
When: 7.30pm to 9pm      Contact: 01795 537622
25
MAR
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
26
MAR
Town centre: The Hat Shop, the Alexander Centre and the Assembly Rooms
Faversham Hat Festival is back for a third year, with the Hat Parade starting from The Hat Shop in West Street at 11am. You are urged to join in, with a hat! At the Alexander Centre, the hat competition will be judged after the parade, and there will be a craft fair and a tea dance. In the evening, there’s a swing dance at the Assembly Rooms.
When: Starts at 11am      Contact: Rachel Thapa-Chhetri, The Hat Shop, 110 West Street, Faversham ( 01795 227071)

27
MAR
Easter Egg Hunt
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
An afternoon of fun games and activities for all the family. Take a walk through beautiful gardens and search for Easter eggs to claim your chocolate prize! There is also themed craftmaking with Hand Crafted Events. The tearoom is open from noon for cream teas and homemade cakes. Admission £5 per child and £1 per adult (all materials included). Normal house tour admission applies.
When: 12 noon to 3pm      Contact: 01795 890228
16
APR
Art Market
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
The Swale Arts Forum, a collaboration of local artists, holds an art market. See a diverse array of work by painters, sculptors, photographers and craft producers. All items will be for sale, and entry is free. A tea room will also be available.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: info@theswaleartsforum.com
21
APR
Spring Forage
Belmont Estate, Throwley
A spring forage to unearth the delights of Mother Nature’s larder and store cupboard. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. Places are £40 per person, and are limited. To book, call 01795 890228 or email events@belmont-house.org.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: 01795 890228
29
APR
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
1
MAY
Bluebell Walk
From Doddington Church, Doddington, Kent
Walk led by local wildlife expert Richard Moyse, starting at Doddington Church at 2pm and taking about two hours, through an area of outstanding natural beauty before returning to the church for tea and homemade cakes. Cost £5, with proceeds going to Doddington Church funds.
When: 2pm to 4pm      Contact: Mrs Barbara Roberts, 01795 886332
2
MAY
Spring Fair
Belmont House and Gardens, Throwley
A great opportunity to obtain some advice on how to get your garden looking wonderful this summer. Keep it Local Events will be running a craft marquee offering unique, hand-made gifts. Locally produced food will be available during the day, and The Mediaeval Society will run have-a-go archery. Fair entry £2 (under-16s free). Normal house tour admission applies.
When: 11am to 4pm      Contact: 01795 890228
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

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

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

24
JUN
Bingo Evening
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
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
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
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
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

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
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

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

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

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
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
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