Brewery Tour and Old Music Hall Show package

Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre in Faversham in Kent has this year introduced a new package combining a tour of its Faversham Brewery with an old time music hall show in the nearby Criterion Blue Town.

The 'Britain's Oldest Brewer & Old Time Music Hall' package begins with guided tour of Shepherd Neame’s Faversham Brewery – said to be Britain’s oldest Brewer – which lets groups of between 15 and 60 people explore the ancient art of brewing.

It includes seeing the brewing and fermentation vessels, tasting the natural mineral water from the brewery’s well, trying malted barley and smelling locally grown Kentish hops.

The 80-minute tour also involves a visit to the Old Brewery Store, housed in the site’s old wines and spirits store, which features displays of historic delivery vehicles, a recreated workshop, bygone pub signs and a collection of hop picking memorabilia.

There is then a tutored tasting of Shepherd Neame’s Kentish ales and speciality lager, before a chance to visit the Brewery shop.

The tour ends with a one course lunch of sausages and mash.

A matinee performance of a variety show featuring an ensemble of entertainers performing comedy sketches, songs and more will then follow the brewery tour at the Criterion Blue Town, also in Kent.

The show’s interval will include a cream tea served at the audience’s seats.

The combined package is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 21st February and 30th March and 19th September to 26th October.

Group travel organisers will receive free admission.

Other packages

Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre also offers packages with other Kent attractions such as the heritage farm park, Kent Life, near Maidstone; the Georgian mansion, Belmont, in Throwley; the ten acre Edwardian gardens at Mount Ephraim just outside of Faversham; as well as the nearby Brogdale, home of the National Fruit Collection.

For more information call 01795-542016 or visit