We're lucky to be based in a converted cowshed (nicer than it sounds!) at Brogdale Farm on the outskirts of Faversham, a lovely historical market town on the Kent coast just a few miles from the beautiful cathedral city of Canterbury and the fishing port of Whitstable.
We are the 'fruit drinks' enthusiasts on site, stocking (and producing) our own apple and pear juices and ciders, plus other local ciders, perrys (pear ciders), Kentish ales and beers, English wines, fruit wines and liqueurs.
But that's only half the story! We also have a fabulous (and growing) selection of unusual gifts, cards and books (many at way below published price).
Faversham is home to Shepherd Neame, the country's oldest brewery, plus Thames barges, flea markets and a growing arts and crafts community, with regular local produce arts, crafts and vintage markets. There are other lovely gardens and houses in the area to visit as well as Brogdale, and there are some fabulous local B&Bs and cottages nearby. With fast rail links from London, St Pancras and Victoria are only an hour away, trains are direct to Faversham and we are a 20 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride from the station. Courtesy buses run from the station on cider and apple festival weekends. Well worth a day trip, weekend (or longer!) away. Check out www.faversham.org for more info about visiting our lovely part of Kent!
Brogdale has been the home of the UK's National Fruit Collections, the largest single collection of fruit tree and plant varieties in the world, since the early 1950s. Guided walks take place from late March through to early November taking in blossom time and all the different fruiting seasons from early cherries in May to late apples in October, through plums, gages, soft fruits, nuts, pears, quinces. There is a miniature railway on site which runs on Sundays from March to Christmas (Santa specials run in December, booking essential!), ride up to the orchards, have a wander, get a later one back! And a full programme of events and festivals in the fruit season. Large festivals and events have an entry fee, but you never have to pay to come into the marketplace.
For more information about Brogdale Farm, the fruit collections and guided tours, festivals and events, please visit www.brogdalecollections.co.uk
Our sister company Grow at Brogdale is the fruit tree and edible plant specialist on site, and also stocks environmentally-friendly, quality products for your garden. You can find peat-free composts, fertilisers and feeds, tools, wheelbarrows, pots and watering cans here, as well as beautiful ornamental trees and plants and hardy perennials. Friendly, expert advice is always available, as we continue on our mission to stock all the UK's gardens with the best fruiting plants you can buy! Check out www.brogdaleonline.co.uk
The Marketplace, Brogdale Farm,
Faversham, Kent, ME13 8XZ
Mondays - 12noon - 4.00pm
Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10am - 5pm
Sundays: 10.30 - 4.30pm
Longer hours operate over festival weekends and during December