AD* | A Kent Staycation: Being a Tourist in my Hometown For A Day

Going abroad is still a very sore topic. With holidays being cancelled, or holiday-goers that do go ahead with their trip having a quarantine imposed on them, many Brits may be considering a staycation. 


When the time is right, a little getaway in the UK might be the perfect answer to satiate the desire for a much-needed holiday. I live in Kent - nicknamed ‘the garden of England’ - a slice of the South East famous for it’s breathtaking countryside. It’s funny to think such a rural part of the UK is nestled just below London, whilst still being a stone's throw away from incredible coastline. So I decided to try being a tourist in my little hometown of Faversham for the day, a quaint market town roughly an hour away from London by train, 10 miles from the city of Canterbury and less than 7 miles from the Whitstable coast. I like living in Kent and definitely think the county is worth a visit, if you wanted to stay in the area you can check out Kent hotels here. I chose to talk about Faversham in particular because it’s an excellent spot for outdoor shopping and exploring the beautiful Kentish countryside. But if you do choose to visit - and the same goes for any UK holiday - make sure to keep track of the tier status and local restrictions, and be sure to follow the relevant travel guidance at the time. 



Though we obviously didn’t stay overnight on account of the fact we live literally 5 minutes down the road, my boyfriend and I booked breakfast at a local hotel, Judds Folly, for the true staycation experience. The restaurant is open to non-guests so a stay there isn’t essential, but I’d definitely recommend a visit. A ‘holiday breakfast’ was a nice treat and a pleasant change of pace and scenery. There was still a buffet element to the breakfast which was a refreshing sense of normality, and I was really impressed with how they’d made it so safe. The pastries and yoghurt toppings were packaged in plastic, and - feeling very much like a picnic - the bread for toasting was in a bread bin, with slices packaged up in pairs in clingfilm! Of course, the hot food was table service only, but we didn’t have to wait very long and it was delicious. The best vegetarian sausages I think I’ve ever had! 

I knew I had to tell you about Faversham market, not only is it what Faversham is famous for, but guidance has been consistent that being outside is safer than being inside (mainly because it’s easier to physically distance) so a market is a safer choice than indoor shopping at the moment. I say “market” singular, but there’s actually lots of them in Faversham. There’s a traditional street market three days a week (Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) where local vendors sell fruit and veg, fresh flowers, clothing and trinkets. There’s an Antiques & Vintage Market on the first Sunday of every month (which is very popular) and you’ll find the Best of Faversham market on the first and third Saturday of the month, where you’ll find a selection of locally-made crafts, food and drink. 


Faversham has a very pretty high street lined with lots of pretty old buildings, make sure you take a look upwards and take a look at the historical architecture. If local rules permit and obviously if you feel safe enough, I definitely recommend checking out Faversham's local independent shops as well. They're very sweet and quirky, and quite honestly you'll be spoilt for choice for Instagram-able coffee shops if you want to stop for a cuppa and cake. 


Another must-visit on a trip to Faversham is Standard Quay: a former working port now lined with antique shops, a tiny garden centre, a tea room, Papa Bianco's pizza place (it was closed on my last visit otherwise I'd have definitely got some photos. Any excuse for pizza, right...?) and a wine bar. There's string lights across the quay and live music in the evenings on weekends, so it's a lovely outdoor spot for a chilled evening out. 


And I simply couldn't talk about Kent without telling you to go for a walk. It's free, it's relatively isolated away from people, and the views are stunning. I know the weather is hard to predict and October/November may not have that many sunny days, but Kent is prettiest in Autumn in my opinion. And if you need something a little more than orange leaves and rolling fields to pique your interest, you could take a walk around places like Doddington Place Gardens or Belmont House and Gardens (although check seasonal opening times and note there is a fee to get in). 


Where's your dream staycation location? 


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  1. I've always wanted to go to Kent, it's on my list. Photo's look lovely. x

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