Tuesday 25th July – Sunday 6th August 2023
Showcasing the wealth of attractions and providing several discounts or offers to inspire you to visit Faversham, Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey, Swale Visitor Information Centre will be the ‘go to’ place to visit to find out what’s going on in the area to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
From brewery tours at Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewery, to petting micro pigs at Huckleberry Micro Woods, Faversham has it all to keep you and the family occupied during your stay. With its thriving weekly charter markets every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, this ‘Market Town of Kings’ is the jewel in Swale’s crown and a destination you won’t want to miss out on.
A new highlight to the what’s on calendar in Faversham will be the ‘Open Faversham’ from 12th to 20th August. The Faversham Society and the Friends of St Mary of Charity have joined forces to showcase Faversham town’s built, cultural and natural heritage in August. Coordinating and promoting anticipated events and activities which celebrate the significant heritage across Faversham and perhaps in some of those nearby villages which relate to Faversham. Faversham boasts a record number of over 300 listed buildings recording its industrial past and its significant history and heritage story is told at the Fleur de Lis Museum by the Faversham Society and highlighted during ‘Open Faversham’.
Added incentives to visit Faversham by way of offers are provided by Macknade, The Alexander Centre, Mount Ephraim, Brogdale Collections, The Yarn Dispensary, Fleur Second-hand Bookshop, Huckleberry Woods micro animal adventures, Faversham Charters and Magna Carta and the Swale Tourist Information Centre at 12 Market Place where information is available on how to redeem the offers. With A New Day Festival 18th – 20th August at Mount Ephraim Gardens and the Faversham Hop Festival back once more over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd September rounding off the summer holiday fun.
In Sittingbourne, Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway and The Light Cinema provide offers too available at the VIC for families this summer. Murston Heart are also providing FREE Summer Theatre Mondays in the grounds at Murston Heart with no need to book just turn up and tell everyone. Performances from Micky the Magician, Sonia Sabri Company, Smoking Apples and Pretending People Theatre Company. Look out for the open days at nearby Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway which are also great fun for all the family. Swale Media Arts Centre will also be running events and activities this summer.
On the Isle of Sheppey, The Criterion has plenty to offer with Kent’s sunshine island providing a traditional seaside welcome. Sheerness Town Team present a ‘Seaside Festival’ from 12th – 19th August, week of many & varied events celebrating “Sheerness” as a Seaside and ex Naval Dockyard Town. Leysdown Carnival on 29th July and Sheerness Carnival 19th August highlights. With Eastchurch Aviation Museum, Minster Abbey Gate Museum, Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities and Sheppey Little Theatre other places of interest or escape into nature at the awarding winning Elmley Nature Reserve.
If you love history and heritage, many of Swale’s small heritage attractions are part of the Wheels of Time scheme where children can collect badges for visiting. Find out more online Planner – Wheels of Time To find out about all there is to see and do in Faversham and surrounding Swale area towns and villages, make your first point of call this summer, a visit to the Swale Visitor Information Centre in the Town Hall in Market Place, Faversham (ME13 7AE). Staff from the VIC will be on hand to give advice and suggestions to keep you busy throughout your stay or day visit in this medieval market town of Kings and surrounding areas.