St. John's Church Centre
Hildenborough is situated on the B 245 between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks.St Johns' Church Centre is located on the Sevenaoks to Tonbridge road next door to St John's Church. Turn into Foxbush Lane and then turn into the car park which is behind the Centre.
Parking in the Centre car park and surrounds. Our friendly car park attendant will guide you in and out and of course there is NO CHARGE.
Hildenborough Farmers' Market was started in 2008 and has grown steadily with an average of 20 stalls each week. We are able to offer a wide range of fresh local produce of high quality at competitive prices. Additional seasonal items, e.g. asparagus, soft fruit and flowers, are also available.
Our friendly team of volunteers is available at all times to lend a hand.
To complete your shopping experience visit our tea and coffee lounge for refreshment in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
What’s happening at the Market.
Hildenborough Farmers’ Market is even more livelier at this time of year – can you believe it? We seemed to have only just returned from holiday when it was half term week and we made Apple Fridge Magnets with our younger visitors, and now our Christmas programme starts in a couple of weeks!
As the nights draw in and it gets that little bit chilly, we begin to think of the Festive Season in earnest. The shops have had their decorations up for ages now and we are dying to join in the happiness that is Christmas and making sure everything is in place. We have welcomed several new stalls over the past couple of months selling a diverse range of very different crafts ranging from framed keepsakes to ‘woolly pebbles’ an innovative range of brooches. There are more stalls joining us for the Christmas season as well as the regulars who are so popular. Margaret and her lovely silver jewellery and Caroline with her cushions and other pretty household items to name just a couple, so hope you will all come along and get inspiration for your gifts and Christmas table. We have recently said farewell to Jennifer and her cakes and flowers (but we’ll see her again next year) and have welcomed Lou and Helens cakes – with the favourites we all love; Penny Newton with her local Honey; Denise Cartright with her ‘Pure Peace’ candles, diffusers, bath bombs etc. and David Farquharson and his silver jewellery, alternating with Margaret.
Only a couple of weeks now to the start of our special Christmas Programme and we have so much to pack in….. 14th November will see the return of Belinda Prince and a festive cooking demonstration. She and her cooking is a great favourite at our Market. Her food is delicious; she is a delight to watch; her tasters are generous; and she always makes sure there is plenty to go round! The following week, 21st November, Viv Thomas, Barbara Holt and Jan Browning, our trio of Award winning florists will again be making Christmas table decorations for sale, and at which you can try your hand if you would like to have a go. They were so popular last year that we booked them early so we didn’t miss out.
Tuesday 28th November will see us welcoming back Fosse Bank School, the first of three village schools to visit before Christmas. While the Market is in full swing they will entertain us with their very different brand of Christmas music. They are always a delight and sing not only Carols but a whole host of wonderful modern and traditional songs.
From our Market Manager – Janet Richardson
Hildenborough Farmers’ Market is now into its 10th year – it was June 2008 when Dame Kelly Holmes opened the Market and we launched with such enthusiasm.
Lots of things have happened and lots of people and stalls have come and gone, but the Market Team of helpers and our loyal core of stalls do still share that enthusiasm for local produce and the community.
Without doubt there are many people in Hildenborough who come regularly to the Market to shop. There are also our regular supporters who enjoy a cup of coffee and meeting with friends. We continually seek to keep the Market vibrant, viable and interesting, but to do this we do need the support of more regular shoppers.
Although we use the Church Hall and enjoy the support of St. Johns’ Church, we are not financed or subsidised by the Church. Our costs and outgoings continue to rise; rent, insurance, advertising and general expenditure all have to be met.
We already have the reputation of being the one of the friendliest Farmers’ Market in Kent, so why not come along and buy some of our fantastic local produce. Our prices and quality offer excellent value for money on your doorstep. The Farmers’ Market is a real community asset but it’s only with your support we can keep it that way.
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