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Thur 27th Sep
9.00am -
    11.00am
Shipbourne Farmers' Market

Market Days

Every Thursday

Contacts

Bob Taylor
Market Manager
t:01732 833976
m:07768 643614
email

David Porter
Treasurer
t:01732 832657
m:07940825428
email

Location

St Giles' Church
Stumble Hill
Shipbourne
TN11 9PF

Find us

Click to see detailed map

St Giles's Church, Shipbourne is located on the A227 half way between Tonbridge and Ightham. Next door to the Chaser Pub and opposite the Common.

Parking

There are designated parking areas on the lane opposite the Church. We implement a voluntary one way system during very busy markets to try and avoid traffic jams.

The Rouxs at Shipbourne
A bag called Tiffy !!
Market outside with church
View from St Giles

Stallholders

19 Food, 4 Home & Garden, 2 Craft

23 permanent and 2 seasonal.

Our Market

WE MADE THE FINALS !!!

KENT LIFE FOOD & DRINK AWARDS


Shipbourne Farmers Market, along with another 2 markets, were chosen as a finalist in the Kent Life Food & Drink Awards. The winner will be announced October 15th

We would like to thank you for supporting us.
 

CANNON FRUIT FARM ON  RADIO 4 ON YOUR FARM PROGRAMME
Food & Farming visited Cannon Fruit Farm (our seasonal producer of soft and hard fruit) on Sunday morning (13th July) . A fascinating half hour discussing the Kentish cob nut, and the future of the English soft industry. If it was too early to listen click here

LOYALTY CARD
Every time you spend five pounds at any stall you earn a Loyatly point. Get it stamped in your Loyalty card (available from Stallholders)  When you fill your card up (6 stamps) complete the contact details and post the card in our Collection Box (on the font !). Every month we have a draw and the lucky winners will recieve £25 and £10 vouchers to spend at the market. Your card then goes into the Tonbridge Loyalty card draw and you can win even more !!

ROUX 2 DINNER (June 5th)
Anniversary dinner cooked by Albert & Michel Roux (a Shipbourne boy !).  
We had a fabulous night. Excellent food followed by a really fantastic cabaret act (Hal and Lara Cazalet - more Shipbourne talent)

We earned over £15000 in one night !! The proceeds were given to:-
  • The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Society
  • All Saints Community Trust (Chatham)
  • Nourish Food Bank
  • St Giles' Restoration fund (conservation of wall paintings)
ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
Where better place to find your favourite tipple. We have a license to sell alcohol and we now have a different local producer every week.
1st Thursday:-  Greensand Distillery (Shipbourne Gin !!) (*)
Every week on the Church Co-operative stall:-Redhill Farm estate (wines) and Penhurst Pleasure (Beer)

(*) Greensand Distillery, is based less than a mile away from the market.
After only being in existence just over a year they won A TOP INTERNATIONAL AWARD IN SAN FRANSICO FOR THEIR LONDON DRY GIN, reports Produced in Kent. 
  

Shipbourne market has also won awards:-

  • Runner Up 'Taste of Kent Awards' Farmers Market 2016

  • Winner of Kent Life 'Best Farmers' Market' 2014

  • Winner of Produced in Kent 'Taste of Kent Awards' Farmers Market' 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2012


  • Finalist in BBC Radio 4' Food and Farming programme
  • Listed in the Times and Telegraph as one of the 10 Best Farmers' Markets in the country
  • Listed in Top ten UK food markets by Yahoo Travel

Run out of cash to spend at the market ? Visit the 'Bank of Shipbourne' open 9-11am at the Chaser Inn next door where you can get cash back with your credit/debit cards

In 1285, Edward I granted the village of Shipbourne permission to hold a weekly market. In May 2003, with the help of a grant from Rural Revival, the Parochial Church Council re-inaugurated the market.

Our objective is to provide a focus for the community and a retail outlet for small local producers. The Market is run entirely by volunteers. Any surplus made by the market is donated to Agricultural charities such as the Farm Crisis Network and Bread-line Africa.

We aim to provide our customers with a one stop shop. We have an extensive range of excellent quality local products including both basics and unusual fare.

  The FIRST THURSDAY every month includes local craft producers

Local News & Links

In September 2011 we were visited by Giles Coren, the presenter in a series called 'Our Food' which featured unique foods in various counties (in our case Kentish cobnuts)
In October 2012 we were visited by Gloria Hunniford when the Market was used as a backdrop for the TV series 'Rip off Food' 
To celebrate the markets 10 year anniversary Albert and Michel Roux returned to Shipbourne in October 2013  (Albert was the head chef at Fairlawne when it was owned by the Cazalet family (the Queen mothers' race horse trainer). They also came to help raise funds for the Church roof and the Royal Agricultural Benefit Fund by cooking a meal for 170 persons using Farmers Market produce. Over £20,000 was raised
 On May 2014 we were again visited by 'our local lad made good' Michel Roux, who is also the patron of Kent Farmers Market Association, to promote Kent Farmers Market month (June).

 
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