After our trip to Whitstable a few weeks ago we booked a B&B to test out the 'Javelin line' on a Friday evening, and explore the housing there locally while doing some of the artists trail. In the meantime we'd done some more research and Faversham looked like it had potential but we decided to go to Whitstable anyway to use it as a base.
'Pearl Fishers'. We were in the 'Paris' suite, smart art deco with a very high bed - comfortable once you'd scaled it. We had a lovely meal at 'Alimo', a Moroccan fusion restaurant, highly recommended and then a walk along Oxford Street to see the sea with the nightlife just starting - lots of good-natured students.
After a delicious breakfast, we headed to the railway station, picking up a 'Guardian' on the way.
Faversham is known for its medieval streets and its market but I was unprepared for how pretty and buzzy it was . The market was in full swing with lots of varied stalls. We'd popped into the 'Fleuer de Lis' heritage centre for some leaflets and the volunteers were so friendly especially when we said we were thinking of moving there.
After an excellent lunch ( with local Shepherd Neame beers ) at the Anchor we headed off on the artist trail.
Lots of inspiration around the Creeks
Lost of black and white ( and other coloured!) buildingsMagz Roberts and Mike Roberts. Magz started off in textiles and Mike has a lovely quirky style in his cartoons. After a detour via the Abbey Physic community Garden, I heard beautiful singing coming from the church - Faversham Choral Society having a final rehearsal before their performance that evening.
We finished up at ' Creek -Creative' for coffee and cake and a look round the studios. When I asked what the rent was ( thinking that a new house might not have suitable painting facilities) we were given a behind the scenes tour!
An inspirational, welcoming place and we're both agreed that Faversham feels right for us. We'll be back in December for the Xmas markets and to explore a different housing area.