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Visit Market Website
Thur 27th Feb
9.00am -
Shipbourne Farmers' Market

Market Days

Every Thursday


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

David Porter
t:01732 832657


St Giles' Church
Stumble Hill
TN11 9PF

Find us

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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.

The Rouxs at Shipbourne
Market outside with church
View from St Giles
Finalist 2020 Best Farmers Market


18 Food, 3 Home & Garden, 2 Craft

21 permanent and 2 seasonal.

Our Market

Visit of BBC's 'Farming Today'

Shipbourne Farmers Market was chosen by BBC's 'Farming Today' to discuss the upcoming elections and how they affected the rural community. Charlotte Smith visited Shipbourne on 7th November

 If you missed the programme (5.45am on Friday 8th November !! ) just click here  

    One interview was then used to introduce 'Kentish cobnuts'  just click here




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


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 2018)

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)
Where better place to find your favourite tipple. We have a license to sell alcohol and so you can now purchase.
Greensand Distillery (Shipbourne Gin !!) (*) and Sanden's vinyard's sparkling wine

(*) 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
                                                   Awards won by Shipbourne market include:
  • 2018 Winner Kent Life 'Food & Drink Awards'

  • 2018 finalist National Farmers Market of the year

  • 2016 Runner Up 'Taste of Kent Awards'

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

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

In addition we were 
  • A 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 market's 10th and 15th anniversaries Albert and Michel Roux returned to Shipbourne  (Albert was the head chef at Fairlawne when it was owned by the Cazalet family (the Queen mothers' race horse trainer). We used the occasion to raise funds for the Church roof and vatious charities. In total over £35000 was made by these two events !!