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Faversham Hop Festival and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For infectious diseases such as the flu and the common cold, public gatherings like Faversham Hop Festival are seen as super spreader events by the authorities.

However, unlike the flu and the common cold, there is no vaccine for COVID-19 and the possibility of one being available by the time our event normally runs is not guaranteed.

Whilst many people will be inconvenienced by the virus, for some COVID-19 is life threatening.

We could wait to see how things play out, but financially a late cancellation is more than an inconvenience to the stall holders and local business owners relying on the income the festival brings to them. Additionally, lack of surety over the footfall we could attract, even if everything miraculously clears up in time, means we won’t have the investment to continue with planning. The festival company itself, as a non-profit, has no reserves and there is no likelihood of financial support from local businesses, or local government who will be suffering in this environment.

Additionally, with the latest Government instructions, it has now become impossible to continue planning effectively for this year’s festival without breaking these rules or putting members of the team at risk.

Therefore we have decided to err on the side of caution and postpone our festival until next year - for many reasons, we feel it’s simply the right thing to do.

We very much hope to return in 2021 to bring this wonderful event back to the town and resume the tradition that these extraordinary events have interrupted. For now, stay safe, stay home and healthy and the happy times we have here in Faversham will return.

 

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Faversham Hop Festival Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September 2021.

Why not stay in Faversham ?

 

 

     
  Set in the beautiful medieval heart of Faversham, this lively and popular event recalls the traditional festivities associated with the hop harvest and celebrates the town’s unrivalled hop heritage. Now one of the largest free street festivals in the south east, the event boasts plenty to see and do throughout the weekend with entertainment including live music on 5 stages, arts & crafts, Morris Dancers, street performers and processions.
     
In addition, we have the Hop Blessing and a traditional parade through the town. There are also special tours of Shepherd Neame - Britain’s oldest brewer, a home of the hop exhibition in The Old Brewery Store, a traditional funfair and family area plus a street market full of stalls and a fantastic array of Kentish food and drink – including beer produced in the town, local cider and Kentish apple juice.  
     

 

Playing in Faversham    

Are you wondering what live music is playing during Hop Festival all around Faversham? Look no further!

With huge thanks and massive respect once again to the wonderful Rob Coe and Playing In Faversham for his excellent hour by hour guide to everything that's on - download the most up to date running orders for the entire town from his site.

Rob's great website is available throughout the year here and well worth a visit when planning to return to our wonderful town

 


We would like to thank Shepherd Neame, Swale Borough Council and Candy Rock Events for their fantastic support for the festival.

 

See you in September 2021!

Faversham Hop Festival is pleased and proud to support a responsible drinking policy - please see www.drinkaware.co.uk/check-the-facts for more important details - enjoy the day, don't spoil the day ...

 

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