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Shepherd Neame Faversham Hop Festival

We are proud to once again be principal partner of this year’s Faversham Hop Festival, taking place on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3. We’ve got some exciting hop-related fun to top off the festivities from parties to prizes and tastings to taking special selfies! A number of our historic vehicles will also feature in the morning parades through the town, which traditionally open each day of the festival. Discover more about our special brewery tours and which bands are playing where below.  

Hop Festival Brewery Tours

Our popular brewery tours will also be running over the weekend. There will be family tours on both days at 11am, which cost £35 for two adults and up to four children. There is no tasting at the end, though there is a free pint for the grown-ups and a soft drink for the kids. Please note that pushchairs cannot be left in the reception area.

There will also be standard brewery tours at noon both days, for adults only, costing £22.50 per person, followed by a tutored tasting of six beers in The Old Brewery Store. Adult visitors can also enjoy mini tours at 2pm and 3pm both days, which offer 45 minutes in the brewery and a tasting of three beers, costing £17.50 per person.

Win beer for a year!

Fancy the chance to win your favourite Shepherd Neame beer delivered to your door? Visit one of our Faversham nine town centre pubs and scan the prize QR code across the Hop Festival weekend to be in with a chance to win.

Beer lovers will also be delighted that seasonal favourite Late Red (4.5%) will be on offer, alongside limited edition green hop ale Hop Pocket (4.5%).

Hop Festival Line Ups 

Shepherd Neame Brewery Stage

We’ve got a selfie station, adorned with local hops, available for everyone to capture some memories on their phones outside the Visitor Centre in Court Street on both days between noon and 3pm.

Band line up:


10.45am - 11.30am - Red Green and Blue
11.45am -12.40pm - High Tide
12:55 - 13:40 - Taking Care of Vegas
14:00 - 15:00 - Curb Pilots
15:15 - 16:15 - SPINNER
16:30 - 17:20 - Blighty


10:00 - 10:45 - Faversham Community Choir
10:45 - 11:00 - Hop Blessing / Hop Pocket
11:10 - 12:10 - Swingtime Sweethearts
12:25 - 13:25 - The Miles Cookman Band
13:45 - 14:45 - Dune Acoustic
15:05 - 16:05 - Loose Change
16:20 - 17:20 - FNKHAUS

Albion Taverna


3pm – Harry Evans


3pm – Meltin’ Joel

The Anchor


6pm - Sean Pout
8pm - Loose Change Showband


12pm - SKAstards
2:30pm - Loose Change Showband
5pm - Dune Acoustic
7:30pm - Leigh Highwood Band

Hometown Heroes

12pm - Creek
2:30pm - Mark Lees
4:30pm - Sean Pout

The Bear Inn


8pm - Matt Brooks

The Bull Inn


4pm – Sean Pout
6pm – U2 Tribute 
7pm – Sixfold
9.30pm – Creek


1pm – Ukulelefun
3pm – Open Mic & Karaoke

The Limes


8pm - Kelly Bourne


2pm - Blankety Blank
5pm - Joe Cox
8pm - Dune


5pm - Harry Evans

The Market Inn


8pm - Rubber Biscuit


12.30pm - Ivan's Allstars
2.30pm - Blues Bandits
4.30pm - Leigh Highwood Band
6.30pm - Chillbillies 


12pm - Shambolics
1.45pm - Lucky Dips
3.30pm - Kit Curtis & The B3s 
5.15pm - The Moles


Railway Hotel


9pm - PennySpent


11:00am - 12:00 - Smokin' Mavericks
12:20pm - 1:20pm - Studio 33
1:40pm - 2:40pm - Indigo Stone
3pm - 4pm - Rock Paper Scissors
4:20pm - 5:20pm - Paragraph 1
5:40pm - 7pm - Decades Showband


11am - 12:00 - Thomas Abrahams
12:20 - 1:20pm - Lookin' Back
1:40pm - 2:40pm - Echo 90
3pm - 4pm - Popcorn Lung
4:20pm - 5:20pm - Cor Alley
5:40pm - 7pm - Coco

The Sun Inn


8.30pm – Project F


1pm – The Fabulous Fezheads
8pm – Bad Pandas


1pm – Paragraph 1
4pm – The Miles Cookman Band