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St Giles' Church
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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.
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.
17 Food, 5 Home & Garden, 2 Craft
20 permanent and 4 seasonal.
Winner of Kent Food & Drink 'Best Farmers' Market' 2014/15
Winner of Taste of Kent 'Best Farmers' Market' (2005,09,10 and 11 and 12)
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
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
In 1285, Edward I granted the village of Shipbourne permission to hold a weekly market. In 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 always includes a local craft producers
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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).