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APR
30
APR
Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm, near Faversham
Celebrate the spring blossom Japanese-style with a picnic under the fruit trees. Enjoy a Hanami orchard tour, plus a Japanese exhibition and food tasters, and have a go at origami or Japanese calligraphy. See www.brogdalecollections.org for prices. Booking is essential.
Contact: Brogdale Collections

28
APR
West Faversham Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Concert featuring some favourites of the string orchestra repertoire -- Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”, Finzi’s Romance, and Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence”. You may be less familiar with Dag Wiren’s Serenade for Strings, but its closing march was used as the theme music for the BBC cultural show “Monitor”. James Walker’s Music for Strings completes the programme.  Tickets at the door, £12 (accompanied school-age children free).
When: 7.30pm       Contact: treasurer@oare-string-orchestra.org

29
APR
Market Place and Court Sttreet, Faversham
Faversham Market holds its fourth Doggy Day in association with Happy Endings Rescue and The Dog Ate It Gourmet Dog Treats. Previous Doggy Days have been so popular that this year’s will be a special Sunday event rather than part of the Saturday market.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp

5
MAY
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
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. You can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market. It includes produce, jewellery, textile art, pottery, paintings and clothing.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
6
MAY
Auction
Boughton Village Hall, off Bull Lane, Boughton-under-Blean, Kent ME13 9AH
Swale Auctions holds its monthly auction of police-recovered items, antiques, jewellery and household goods. Usually there are 400 to 600 lots. Free entry. To put lots in, contact Swale Auctions via its website or telephone the week before.
When: 9.30am viewing, auction at 11am      Contact: www.swaleauctions.co.uk 01795 590021
6
MAY
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market, held on the first Sunday of the month (except September) in Faversham’s historic town centre, offers a wide range of items, including clothing, collectibles, jewellery, paintings and furniture.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
6
MAY
7
MAY
Pat-a-Lamb Weekend
Mount Ephraim Gardens, Hernhill, Kent
For the May Bank Holiday weekend, Mount Ephraim hosts its annual Pat-a-Lamb event. Families can enjoy patting cuddly lambs that are only a few weeks old. Adults £7, children (aged 4-16) £2.50.
When: 11am to 5pm      Contact: www.mountephraimgardens.co.uk
10
MAY
Faversham Mission Brass in Concert
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Concert in aid of the Morning Star Trust (www.morningstar.org.uk), which provides sailing training for young people. Admission £5 on the door. Raffle.
When: 7.30pm      Contact: fmbrass@gmail.com
19
MAY
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
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. You can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market. It includes produce, jewellery, textile art, pottery, paintings and clothing.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
19
MAY
Plant Sale
Lorenden School Hall, Painters Forstal, Kent ME13 0EN
Painters Forstal Gardeners’ Club holds it annual plant sale, offering bargain flowers, shrubs, vegetables and herbs, all grown by club members. There is also a produce stall. For details, see www.paintersforstalgardenersclub.org.uk. Free entry to the sale and refreshments will be available. Plenty of parking.
When: 10am to 12 noon      Contact: 01795 537622 or 01795 480431
20
MAY
Doddington Bluebell and Spring Flower Walk
Doddington
Meet at Doddington Church at 2pm for the annual Doddington Bluebell and Spring Flower Walk, led by local wildlife expert Richard Moyse, returning to the church for tea and homemade cakes. Adults £5 (accompanied children, free). Dogs welcome, but must be kept on a lead. Proceeds to Doddington Church funds.
When: 2pm      Contact: 01795 886332
25
MAY
Doddington Place Gardens, Doddington
Pick your own flowers and flower-arranging workshop. Tea or coffee on arrival. Tour of Doddington Place Gardens with the head gardener before a light lunch and a flower arranging workshop.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: julie@juliedaviesflowerworkshops.co.uk / 07879 291188

2
JUN
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
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. You can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market. It includes produce, jewellery, textile art, pottery, paintings and clothing.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
3
JUN
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market, held on the first Sunday of the month (except September) in Faversham’s historic town centre, offers a wide range of items, including clothing, collectibles, jewellery, paintings and furniture.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
7
JUN
An Evening of Flower Arranging
Arden Theatre, Leslie Smith Drive, Faversham
Faversham Flower Club and the Arden Theatre present a flower-arranging demonstration with Julie Davies. Tickets £5. Raffle and refreshments.
When: 7.30pm      Contact: Dennise Wheeldon, 01795 591543
16
JUN
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
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. You can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market. It includes produce, jewellery, textile art, pottery, paintings and clothing.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
23
JUN
A Midsummer Night’s Feast
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
Night market with food and drink supplied by local producers, local craft stalls and music from local performers. There will be chairs and tables to eat at, and fairy lights for when it gets dark.
When: 6pm to 10pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
23
JUN
Summer Fair
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
The Friends of Faversham Cottage Hospital and Community Health Centres hold a summer fair with fresh local produce, raffle and bottle stall.
When: 10am to 12.30pm      Contact: Sue Grove, 01795 533818
23
JUN
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Peter Long, musical director of the acclaimed Ronnie Scott’s Big Band, appears with his quintet and guest vocalist Georgina Jackson, celebrating the music of Peggy Lee, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. Cabaret-style seating. Licensed bar. Tickets £12 from the Alexander Centre.
When: 8pm      Contact: bookings@thealexandercentre.com / 01795 594460

24
JUN
Faversham Open Gardens and Garden Market Day
Faversham
Visit 30-plus private and community gardens, many within walking distance of each other, in the charming historic town of Faversham. Market Place will have a special garden market, with plant stalls, vintage gardenalia, and local crafts and food. Entry to gardens by ticket-handbook (£6 each or £10 for two). There is a children’s competition and there’s free entry for children under 12.
When: 10am to 5pm (market closes at 4pm)      Contact: Faversham Society, 10-13 Preston Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NS
1
JUL
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market, held on the first Sunday of the month (except September) in Faversham’s historic town centre, offers a wide range of items, including clothing, collectibles, jewellery, paintings and furniture.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
7
JUL
Craft Fair
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Locally made handicrafts for sale at a craft fair on what is also the first day of the 2018 Open House scheme in Faversham.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Anita Walker, 01795 531192 / anitajwalker@yahoo.co.uk
7
JUL
Faversham Military Modelling Group Show
The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Faversham Military Modelling Group holds its 2018 show. Lots of fantastic models, both military and civilian, spanning centuries of history, including military figures and vehicles, aircraft and ships. Displays by visiting clubs and the chance to buy a few goodies from a selection of traders. Free admission.
When: 10am to 3.30pm      Contact: Dave Gore, egor.gore@talktalk.net
7
JUL
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
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. You can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market. It includes produce, jewellery, textile art, pottery, paintings and clothing.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
14
JUL
15
JUL
Faversham Creek (ME13 7DF), Town Wharf and Front Brents Green
Festival featuring many traditional vessels moored in Faversham Creek, including Thames sailing barges, Dutch barges, tugs, smacks and gaffers. Vessels will be dressed overall, making a colourful display, and some owners may invite you on board.  On Town Wharf, home of the Sea Cadets’ medieval building, TS Hazard, there will be stalls, exhibitions, music and a beer tent.
When: 10am to 6pm      Contact: Sue Akhurst, nauticalfestival@gmail.com / 01795 530141

21
JUL
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
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. You can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market. It includes produce, jewellery, textile art, pottery, paintings and clothing.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
4
AUG
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
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. You can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market. It includes produce, jewellery, textile art, pottery, paintings and clothing.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
5
AUG
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market, held on the first Sunday of the month (except September) in Faversham’s historic town centre, offers a wide range of items, including clothing, collectibles, jewellery, paintings and furniture.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
18
AUG
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
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. You can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market. It includes produce, jewellery, textile art, pottery, paintings and clothing.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
1
SEP
2
SEP
Craft Fair
Assembly Rooms, Preston Street, Faversham
Locally made handicrafts for sale at a craft fair coinciding with the Faversham Hop Festival.
When: 10am to 5pm      Contact: Anita Walker, 01795 531192 / anitajwalkr@yahoo.co.uk
8
SEP
Miss Faversham Selection Dance
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Selection of the new Miss Faversham and Junior Miss Faversham to represent the town for a year from October 2018. Further details on Facebook from June 2018.
When: 1pm to 11pm      Contact: See Faversham Carnival on Facebook
8
SEP
Methodist Church, Preston Street, Faversham
Quiz night in aid of the Faversham branch of the Royal British Legion. Individuals, couples or parties for a table welcome. Places £7, to include cheeseboard and nibbles. Take you own drink. Raffle.
When: 7.30pm      Contact: Alma Huntley, 01795 534969

15
SEP
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
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. You can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market. It includes produce, jewellery, textile art, pottery, paintings and clothing.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
6
OCT
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
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. You can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market. It includes produce, jewellery, textile art, pottery, paintings and clothing.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
7
OCT
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market, held on the first Sunday of the month (except September) in Faversham’s historic town centre, offers a wide range of items, including clothing, collectibles, jewellery, paintings and furniture.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
10
OCT
TALK: Don’t Sneeze at the Microphone
Fleur de Lis Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham
A talk by Wilf Lower on entertainment’s journey from the music hall to television. 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 1hr 30mins       Contact: Anne Salmon, 01795 537701 / annesalmon62@hotmail.co.uk
13
OCT
Faversham town centre
Carnival parade, starting at 6.30pm. Floats line up from 4pm at Jubilee Way, off Whitstable Road, Faversham, with judging starting at 5pm, and the parade moves into position in Whitstable Road at 6pm, ready for a 6.30pm start.
When: 6.30pm start      Contact: See Faversham Carnival on Facebook

13
OCT
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Locally made handicrafts for sale at a craft fair coinciding with Faversham carnival day.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Anita Walker, 01795 531192 / anitajwalker@yahoo.co.uk

20
OCT
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
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. You can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market. It includes produce, jewellery, textile art, pottery, paintings and clothing.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
3
NOV
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
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. You can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market. It includes produce, jewellery, textile art, pottery, paintings and clothing.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
4
NOV
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market, held on the first Sunday of the month (except September) in Faversham’s historic town centre, offers a wide range of items, including clothing, collectibles, jewellery, paintings and furniture.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
14
NOV
TALK: Wandering in Flanders Fields
Fleur de Lis Hall, Gatefield Lane, Faversham
A talk by Melanie Gibson-Barton about the towns and First World War cemeteries of Flanders. 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 1hr 30mins       Contact: Anne Salmon, 01795 537701 / annesalmon62@hotmail.co.uk
17
NOV
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
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. You can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market. It includes produce, jewellery, textile art, pottery, paintings and clothing.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
24
NOV
Christmas Lights Night Food Market
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
Night food market in conjunction with the switch-on of the Faversham Christmas Lights. The evening starts at 5pm with the switch-on of the lights by Father Christmas. At 6pm, the night market starts, with plenty of delicious local food and drinks to choose from and entertainment galore. Don’t forget to wrap up warm so you can enjoy the festivities all evening in comfort!
When: 6pm to 10pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
25
NOV
Faversham Christmas Market
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
The first of three Christmas markets in the heart of Faversham town centre, packed with stalls selling locally produced food, drink and gifts, and accompanied by carols, music and entertainment.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
1
DEC
Christmas Craft Fair
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
Locally made handicrafts for sale to help you make a good start to Christmas gift and decoration buying.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Anita Walker, 01795 531192 / anitajwalker@yahoo.co.uk
1
DEC
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. You can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market. It includes produce, jewellery, textile art, pottery, paintings and clothing.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp

2
DEC
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
Faversham Antiques and Vintage Market, held on the first Sunday of the month (except September) in Faversham’s historic town centre, offers a wide range of items, including clothing, collectibles, jewellery, paintings and furniture.
When: 10am to 3pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
3
DEC
Michael Buble Tribute Night
Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham
For a sixth successive year, Faversham Carnival Club starts the Christmas festivities with Jason Allen Sway’s Michael Buble tribute show. Tickets are £15. The bar is open, there will be a raffle, and you can take your own food and nibbles.
When: 7.30pm      Contact: Sylvia Lawrence, 07860 276000
9
DEC
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
The second of three Christmas markets in the heart of Faversham town centre, packed with stalls selling locally produced food, drink and gifts, and accompanied by carols, music and entertainment.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp

15
DEC
‘Best of Faversham’ Market
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. You can enjoy a selection of them all in one place at the ‘Best of Faversham’ Market. It includes produce, jewellery, textile art, pottery, paintings and clothing.
When: 9.30am to 3.30pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp
16
DEC
Faversham Christmas Market
Market Place and Court Street, Faversham
The last of three Christmas markets in the heart of Faversham town centre, packed with stalls selling locally produced food, drink and gifts, and accompanied by carols, music and entertainment.
When: 10am to 4pm      Contact: Jonathan Kemp