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Eastgate House, a treasured 16th century townhouse in the heart of historic Rochester will be open to the public throughout Heritage Open Days, from Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 September.

This will be the final opportunity for visitors to see the whole house before work begins on a heritage lottery funded project to transform the house into an exhibition and community space. Read More

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There’s a chance to explore some of Medway’s most interesting buildings for free during Heritage Open Days, running from Thursday, 6 to Sunday 9 September.
Celebrating England’s fantastic architecture and culture, Heritage Open Days is a national scheme offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. More

Conservation experts have been using the latest techniques to find out more about Rochester Castle’s Keep and carry out some essential maintenance work.
The team of specialists working with Medway Council have been using techniques similar to abseiling in order to examine the walls, which has given them viewpoints from the castle that have not been accessible for hundreds of years. More

A large open-air screen will be at Rochester Castle Gardens on Friday evening showing the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
The wide screen will be free to watch and will showcase the amazing spectacle as it happens live at the Olympic stadium.
The 2012 Opening Ceremony has been coordinated by film director Danny Boyle – the man behind Slumdog Millionaire – and is set to delight billions around the world.
The Rochester Castle Gardens screening will follow the Medway Mile, which is also happening in Rochester on Friday, 27th July. More

Medway will join the rest of the country to honour the armed forces on Saturday, 30 June with a gala day of ceremonial pomp, celebration and remembrance.

More than 400 participants will march through Rochester, led by HM band of the Royal Marines (Collingwood) – including veterans with their standards, serving members of the Armed Forces and 1 RSME regt – celebrating the Bi-centenary of their establishment at Brompton. More

The internationally acclaimed show Björn Again will get the party started with the greatest hits of Abba, before Steps take the Castle Concerts stage on Thursday, 19 July.
Created in the late 80s by Australian director and musician Rod Stephen, Björn Again has now performed 4,700 times in 70 countries over 24 years
Originally designed as a rocked-up light-hearted satirical Abba spoof, the show rapidly achieved world-wide cult status and initiated the Abba revival which brought about Abba Gold, Muriel’s Wedding and Mamma Mia! More

Upnor Castle from the Medway

Visitors to Upnor Castle will get to relive the Dutch raid as part of an exciting re-enactment event on Saturday 23 and Sunday, 24 June.
The Dutch are Coming! is a family friendly event depicting the brave but ineffective battle in 1667 when the Dutch sailed up the river to attack the British fleet at anchor. More

Dads everywhere can enjoy a day out with a difference this Father’s Day,
Rochester Castle and Upnor Castle are both offering dads free entry with every full paying child on Fathers Day, Sunday 17 June. More

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