Commissioner’s House in the Historic Dockyard, Chatham, is the oldest naval building to survive intact and in use in Britain today. It was built in 1704 to house the Resident Commissioner, his family and servants. A member of the Navy Board but resident at Chatham, the Commissioner was responsible for the day-to-day running of the dockyard. The house has changed little since it was built, although some internal modifications have been made. The principle feature internally is the main staircase with its magnificent ceiling painting. Painted on wood it depicts an assembly of the gods and was originally in the Great Cabin of the first-rate ship Royal Sovereign. Although attributed to Thomas Highmore (Sergeant Painter to William III) some of the sketch work is known to be by Sir James Thornhill.

The ghost of Christmas past provides great Christmas present for friends and colleagues to enjoy at Commissioner’s House this December. Costumed characters will regale guests with Charles Dickens’ stories between courses at special Dickens’ Christmas dinners with a ‘haunted’ twist in Commissioner’s House at The Historic Dockyard Chatham this December. But whether the ghosts of Christmas past, present or future will appear is yet to be confirmed!

This wonderful experience combines Dickens’ Christmas stories with sumptuous festive dining in one of the most beautiful historic buildings in Kent, at the end of this year celebrating the 200th anniversary of the great writer’s birth. Characters from Dickens’ tales welcome guests on arrival at 7.00pm and offer a glass of mulled cider before entertaining them with his short Christmas stories between the three courses of dinner. The evening, priced at £30.00 per person, concludes with an optional mini ghost tour of the house. Victorian dress is optional and a cash bar will be available.

If dancing the night away to seasonal favourites is more appealing for groups of work colleagues or friends then the Commissioner’s House Party Nights may be more the style required. Guests are greeted with a complimentary glass of wine and then enjoy a mouth-watering buffet whilst the DJ warms up before the dancing steps up a gear for a fun-filled night. £20.00 per person with a cash bar available.

Festive two or three course lunches are available for those who prefer a daytime Christmas celebration. The prices of £19.00 for the two course and £22.50 for the three course luncheon include a glass of wine on arrival.

Commissioner’s House is also available for private hire for Christmas lunchtime or evening celebrations subject to availability.
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To check availability and to make a reservation call Hospitality Sales on 01634 823846 or EMAIL