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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. More

The Billabong Club has a year of entertainment lined up for us, if you need to know more go to their website where all will be revealed!

Patrick Monahan, the winner of ITV’s Show Me The Funny and star of Let’s Dance for Sport Relief comes to Medway for the first time since appearing on these TV shows. Patrick was voted Best Newcomer at Loaded’s 2012 Lafta Awards.

He is bringing his new tour “Shooting From The Lip” to The Billabong Comedy Club, The Royal Function Rooms, Star Hill, Rochester ME1 1XB on Thursday 28th February 2013. The venue has a licensed bar open till late.

Patrick has appeared all over the world and is an experienced warm up for TV shows including Jonathan Ross and Paul O’Grady amongst others. He has compered “Late and Live” at the Edinburgh Fringe for a number of years as well as doing his own shows.

Monahan’s humour relies heavily on audience interaction and an animated story-telling style that draws on his own experiences of growing up in Teesside to Irish and Iranian parents. He has been described as “Omid Djalili meets Dave Allen” as well as “Twinkle – Toed, Mischievous …….. Raised the Roof”. Come along and get a free hug as well as enjoying his cheeky chappie style of humour.

Doors open at 7.30pm with the comedy starting at 8pm.


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Things get spooky, sparkly, and wacky this Autumn at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, as visitors explore the eerie and infamous through a range of exciting family activities and a new temporary exhibition. More

Leaf-peeping, the pastime of enjoying autumn foliage brings in one billion dollars each year to New England. Whilst the US state may lead the way in this tourism trade, Forestry Commission England has many worthy competitors, including the National Pinetum at Bedgebury, where the world’s best conifer collection provides an ideal green backdrop for the many splashes of vivid autumn colour. More

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has once again teamed up with Southern Water to offer free of charge practical family learning workshops on Sunday afternoons through to Spring next year.

Mighty Missiles

Inspired by a visit to the missiles on board the Second World War destroyer HMS CAVALIER, this workshop will challenge participants to design and fire their own rocket. How can Newton’s Laws of Motion help? What impact will elevation have on the ability to hit enemy targets?

Sneaky Ships

Disguising ships to avoid the enemy has always been a challenge in wartime. Participants will design and make a ‘stealth boat’ that can’t be detected by sound, sight or heat. They will then use the underwater sonar in the dockyard’s testing tank facility and state of the art thermal imaging camera to see how successful they have been!

Handy Hydraulics

Participants can design and make their own Dockyard Crane using hydraulics and then discover how strong the crane is by finding out how heavy a load it can lift.

Water Works

Based on the fascinating work of sponsor Southern Water, this programme looks at the impact of use of water on the environment and allows participants to build a water butt and water filter.

This FREE fun, fascinating and educational 4-workshop series can be booked by calling please call 01634 823800 or emailing

Dates of Cycles
Cycle 1 – September 2012:
2nd; 9th; 23rd; 30th

Cycle 2 – October 2012
7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Cycle 3 – November 2012
4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

Cycle 4 – February/March 2013:
10th, 17th,24th, 3rd March

Cycle 5 – March 2013:
10, 17th, 24th, 31st

16 September 2012 9:00 a.m. Bewl Water Outdoor Centre Bewl Water Outdoor Centre Bewl Water Lamberhurst Kent TN3 8JH

Make a splash for Action for Children on Sunday 16th September 2012!

We are looking for people to take part in this fantastic team-building Dragon Boat Race at Bewl Water Reservoir in Kent. The race is Chinese-style Dragon Boats ove a 250 metre course. Crews do not need to be super fit or skilled to be successful – all that’s required is teamwork, good sense of fun and some friendly competition! It’s a fun filled day out and great day out for corporate businesses.

Teams will take part in 3 races over the course of the day and a 4th if you reach the final. The course is 250 metres, you can have as many as you like in the team, all raising sponsorship, and rotate them between the 3 races. Alternatively, you can paddle with only 14 crew members should you be down on numbers.

Alongside the racing is a full funfest of activities. All this makes it the perfect day out for the whole family!!

In the past, this festival has attracted up to 8,000 people each year and has been covered by Meridian Television, BBC Television, SKY TV, Radio Kent and Independent Radio as well as attracting extensive local media exposure, before and after the event. Also great for networking with other corporate companies. Action for children has guarenteed places in this Kent event.

As a thank you for fundraising for Action for Children, we will give you:

Training tips and fundraising advice from the experts
A meeting point for the Action for Children team on the day
A fantastic fundraising pack, full of creative ideas
Advice and support from a dedicated local fundraiser

For more information:If you would like more information, please contact Selena on 01622 230764 or send an email/ a>

Click to view full details War and Peace Show 30th Annisversary

The who, what, why, where and when are detailed below

Watling Street, Strood, Sunday 15th July 11am-3pm, FREE FUN for all the Family
Lots of activities with Medway Greenspaces, Kent Wildlife Trust, Strood Youth Club,
St.Nicholas Music & Movement Group, Medway Dog Training Club demonstration and much more. Refreshments and Ice-creams, Portaloo on site. Dogs welcome on leads please.
Come and join in the FUN Info: 01634 718643

Talented young people from the Hoo Peninsula and Medway Towns will perform at Rochester Castle gardens in Under Siege on Sunday, 22 July from 1pm to 3.30pm.
Now in its fifth year, the free event gives some of the area’s most gifted young performers from the Medway Towns the chance to showcase their talents on the Castle Concerts stage.
This year the Under Siege performers will follow in the footsteps of Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Steps, Billy Ocean, Alexander O’Neal and The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
All the acts will be able to perform on the same full-sized stage, with professional equipment and the support of an experienced crew.
There are 19 acts in the line-up this year, covering everything from glam rock to acoustic pop and technical guitar, and including performers from MidKent College, Chatham Grammar School for Girls, Strood Academy, Rainham Mark Grammar School, Rochester Grammar School, the Thomas Aveling Academy, Robert Napier School, Greenacre School for Boys and The Robert Napier School.
Last year more than 3,000 young people turned up to enjoy the free afternoon of music, including many who were there to support friends performing on stage. As part of the buzz around this year’s event, Medway Council has been asking “What’s Your Siege Mentality?”. The idea is for young people who have experienced the event, either on stage or in the audience, to come up with their favourite Under Siege memory and post these on the Under Siege Facebook page,
All of the quotes will be on display during this year’s concert.
Under Siege is organised by Medway Council in partnership with Training Them Live and MidKent College.

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, one of the South East’s leading visitor attractions and home to the world’s best conifer collection, has appointed Dominic O’Connor Robinson as its new manager. Dominic, who at 25 is Bedgebury’s youngest ever manager, joined the Forestry Commission’s management training programme from Cambridge University in 2009 and has worked across the UK in Wales, Surrey, Bristol and Edinburgh before moving to Kent in May. More

Fantastic new features are sure to wow the crowds at this year’s Bicentenary Rochester Dickens Festival. More

The Historic Dockyard Chatham celebrates the long awaited arrival of Spring with activities galore, suitable for all ages!

Spring into Action! Explosive activities for May weekends, 1-3pm
‘Launching’ on 12 May and running every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 3pm until 27 May
will be action packed Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) drop-in sessions giving visitors the chance to mix up their own gunpowder and try their hand at firing a miniature cannon or rocket missile – then see how close they can get to the target! More


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