A delight whatever the time of
year, Faversham is
bursting with history dating back to late prehistoric times. Mentioned in The Domesday Book, it is known as the oldest market town in Kent. Faversham is a fascinating town for a day trip or a short
With excellent places to stay and
located on a winding creek, Faversham is a unique treat, filled with half- timbered buildings and a full range of independent shops. Abbey Street described as ‘Britain’s finest medieval street’ is
well worth a stroll. Today, the town is still home to the oldest and most thriving and growing market in Kent which runs three times a week in the same medieval market place it has done for hundreds
of years, surrounded by a wealth of cafes, pubs, and indepentdent shops including a number of antique and vintage traders.
The Shepherd Neame Brewery
Tours are a delight for all senses. Smell Kentish hops, see vast tuns and, of course, indulge in a tutored tasting. Set in the heart of Faversham, the brewery is Britain’s oldest and
showcases historic delivery vehicles.
Faversham's history is a real blast from
the past. By 1800 the town was a major centre of Britain's gunpowder industry and helped keep the guns firing at the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo. Chart Gunpowder
Mills formed part of Faversham's first gunpowder factory and is now one of the very few fully-restored and working gunpowder mills in the country. Nearly 500 listed buildings reflect the
town’s long and volatile heritage; explore it at the Fleur de Lis Heritage
Centre, where 100lb
powder barrels, a Victorian schoolroom and recreated shops bring the past to life. At the Oare
Gunpowder Works Country Park woodland trails lead through the 250-year-old works, past an old powder mill, danger houses and narrow canals, while the visitor centre shows just how the
explosive is made.
Nearby Brogdale, home to the
National Fruit Collection, overflows with different varieties of apples, cherries, pears and plums. The Mount Ephraim
Gardens are an oasis of scent and colour; the perfect place to drink in lake views amid rose terraces and woods. In the summer look out for al-fresco jazz concerts and open-air
The focus of Belmont is
the magnificent neo-classical house, but the beautiful gardens and the fine private collection of clocks are among the best in Britain.
The South-East's leading food
Fine Foods is set on a 170 year history of food. With Food and drink provided by local bsinesses, they also offer a wide array of international foods. Whilst browsing the food hall, visit
the cafe at Macknade. With wonderful food, fine teas and coffees and the best part, have a slice of homemade cake.
The countryside around Faversham is prime
pub-walk territory. Explore the high ground of the Kent
Downs AONB, perhaps at
age-old Perry Woods, before heading to the Plough Inn at Stalisfield Green for classy food and expansive views. The area’s walking and cycling trails wind through some of the county’s most delicious
countryside and finest orchards, woodlands, marshes and nature reserves.
The Walk on the Wild Side
route and Saxon Shore Way meet at the Three Mariners in Oare, where you can dine alfresco in the summer or in front of a crackling log fire. Or take the Earth, Wind and Water
trail along the north Kent shore, where saltmarshes and sweeping beaches lead to Michelin-starred The Sportsman.