Following the success of ‘Forget Me Knots’ and the ‘Potty Palms and Rope Trail’ in February, The Historic Dockyard Chatham will be running these popular family activities again during the Easter holidays from 29th March to 14th April.

The Commander’s Cabin on board the historic Victorian Naval Sloop HMS GANNET (1878), provides the focal point for Forget Me Knots, as visitors learn the age old skill of knot tying and then take away a hand-made souvenir which demonstrates what they have learnt. The new Potty Palms and Rope Trail sets families the challenge of finding palm trees across the Dockyard site. They will test their knowledge of rope related phrases used in everyday life, but which originate from Naval speak.

The Railway Workshop Indoor Picnic and Soft Play area has plenty of space for the children to play – they may even see an engineer working on one of the dockyard’s steam locomotives!

The outdoor adventure play area provides families with plenty of opportunities for the children to let off steam and with all dockyard tickets valid for 12 months, families come back again and again to enjoy over 400 years of maritime history.

Details of special events and exhibitions being held at The Historic Dockyard in 2013 can be found at