Brogdale Hanami Festival, Faversham, Kent

Brogdale Farm in Kent is one of the few places in Britain where you can celebrate Hanami, the Japanese festival dedicated to the annual cherry blossom.

Flowering blossom on tree Brogdale farm Faversham Kent

Celebrate the Blossom Festival at Brogdale Farm. Photo credit: Brogdale Collection

Good news – you don’t have to fly all the way to Japan to celebrate the Japanese tradition of Hanami. For a really unique day out, visit Brogdale Farm in Kent, home to Britain’s national collection of fruit trees. It’s also the world’s largest collection, so what better place to picnic underneath the cherry blossom? I love coming here and then driving the short distance to Whitstable for a seafood supper by the sea. A fantastic spring foodie day out in Britain.

The Foodie Travel Guide

  • Taste Japanese food specialities
  • Learn about Japanese culture
  • Picnic under the blossom
  • Take a guided tour of the orchard

Brogdale Hanami Festival

Picnic Underneath the Blossom

It’s a long-held spring tradition in Japan for friends and families to come together and enjoy an afternoon relaxing together under the cherry blossom. Sharing a picnic under the beautiful trees, is a unique and ‘not to miss’ event. Throughout the month of April, Brogdale Farm, near the Kent coast, is the perfect place in Britain to do the same. The farm has over 350 flowering varieties of cherry blossom as well as apple, pear, apricot and plum trees. All you need is a sunny day, a picnic rug and a delicious spread of food for a lazy afternoon underneath the boughs.

Brogdale Hanami Festival

Discover more about Japanese culture at Brogdale’s dedicated Hanami Festival Day. Watch a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, a performance of martial arts or listen to Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer, talk about their brewing history and their Japanese Asahi beer. Asahi, pronounced ‘A-Sa-Hee’, means ‘rising sun’ and is Japan’s number one beer.


Tips

  • You are welcome to bring your own picnic or to order one in advance from Brogdale
  • Entrance tickets include a small Japanese exhibition and a guided tour of the orchards introducing you to the history of Hanami and Britain’s National Fruit Collection
  • Brogdale Farm has a café and several shops including an excellent butcher’s
  • Come back in the autumn to taste heritage apples at Brogdale Apple Festival
  • Combine your trip with a tour of Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham (advance booking required)

Where to Stay in Whitstable 

The Hotel Continental – a 3 star hotel directly facing the beach (ask for a sea view). It’s a 10 minute walk into the centre of Whitstable

The Marine Hotel – lovely 3 star hotel located on Tankerton Cliffs, owned by Shepherd Neame Brewery

 


Dogs 

Dogs friendly days out for foodies in Britain

It’s a doggy day out for me too but only if I’m well-behaved.

Mr Hendricks


How to Find The Brogdale Hanami Festival 

 

Brogdale Blossom Festival, Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Rd, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XZ