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Steam rollers and traction at Festival of Steam and Transport 2013 003It’s Full Steam Ahead to The Historic Dockyard Chatham, as thousands plan to travel to one of the South East’s biggest and best events – The Medway Festival of Steam and Transport  

Visitors to the Medway Festival of Steam and Transport being held at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on Easter Sunday and Monday, 20th and 21st April, are in for a real treat this year as one of the South East’s favourite events gets bigger and better still! 

Returning to the Dockyard are the spectacular sights, sounds and smell of steam as traction engines and locomotives rumble by.  Hundreds of classic and vintage vehicles, live music across the site, penny farthing and land train rides will delight all ages and the interactive Modelling Zone with planes, trains, automobiles and boats of the miniature variety will captivate visitors!  Also returning is the Airfix “make & take” model building area, where children can experience building a model kit for free.

Children’s indoor soft play and outdoor play areas gives little Dockyard visitors a chance to let off some steam of their own!  Dotted across the site there will plenty of themed places to eat and opportunities to buy that special Easter gift.  All the attractions and galleries of The Historic Dockyard will be open to visit, as part of the event.

Steampunk1Due to popular demand, the Steampunks with their unusual Neo-Victorian costumes and steam powered wacky gadgets will return and have moved to the bigger venue on the Mezzanine floor, under the roof of the awe-inspiring 3 Slip: The BIG Space.  ‘Steampunk Central’ will provide a colourful and imaginative world with vendors offering Steampunk fashions, accessories, gadgets, and books; and the Steampunk Morris team will perform, together with an exhibition of Steampunk art installations.

Sixties and Rockabilly live music featuring “Like…The Beatles” and many others will entertain the crowds while they are surrounded by our new category of Hot Rod and Drag cars, with American saloon vehicles and trucks.  Live Folk and Blues music will fill the air on Museum Square with Skiffle band “Hobo Jones & the Junkyard Dogs”, as seen at Glastonbury Festival, plus many others to entertain you throughout the day.

The new temporary exhibition in No. 1 Smithery: The Gallery “A Squash and a Squeeze: Sharing Stories with Julia Donaldson” is perfect for families!  Visitors’ children can follow in Toddle Waddle’s footsteps, climb into the cave with the Cave Baby and meet The Gruffalo; sing-a-long to songs on Julia’s Jukebox or perform a play on the stage.

CallTheMidwifeAn exclusive opportunity is provided to take a walking tour around the location for the popular TV drama series ‘Call the Midwife’ and see how areas of the Dockyard were transformed to become the perfect backdrop for the programme.  The Dockyard ‘Midwives’ will lead the tour taken through the cobblestoned ‘Poplar’ Dockyard Streets with period vehicles, hanging washing lines and bicycles and music will recreate the special 1950s atmosphere, as it was for filming.  The perfect opportunity for the avid fan.

For a special treat, Easter Afternoon Tea in can be taken in the splendid Georgian glamour of Commissioner’s House.  Vintage crockery, 1950’s music and set dressed as the ‘Grosvenor Hotel’ featured in the second series of Call The Midwife.  Spaces are limited so to avoid disappointment, bookings should be made in advance by calling 01634 823846 to check availability and to make a reservation.  Alternatively there will be refreshments available in the Pavilion Marquee, plus good wholesome home cooked foods to enjoy from Wheelwrights’ Restaurant, The Railway Workshop and several catering units across the site.

Early Bird discounted tickets are now available to purchase online or from The Historic Dockyard Chatham. For more information go to


Image credit Simon Kelsey

Image credit Simon Kelsey

Work has begun on the construction of a new community football pavilion in Medway. The decision to build an extension to the existing community hall follows extensive consultation with the Rochester and District Saturday League and the Medway Messenger Sunday Football League, Twydall Community Association, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holderfor Community Services Howard Doe and local ward members.

It will replace the existing changing pavillion, which will be demolished once the new one is in place. It will provide an all inclusive facility at Beechings Way.
The hall will continue to be run by Twydall Community Association and the football changing facilities by Medway Council.

The funding for this scheme has been provided as part of a developer contribution for formal sport.

Pictured are Medway Council Porfolio Holder for Community Services Howard Doe, with representatives of the two local football leagues and Twydall Community Association.

National Destroyer Memorial

The National Destroyer Memorial at The Historic Dockyard Chatham will be the focus for the Act of Remembrance at 11.00am on 11th November 2012.

Visitors to The Historic Dockyard on Remembrance Sunday, together with dockyard Residents and Tenants, will be invited to join representatives of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and members of Destroyer Associations at HMS CAVALIER, the National Destroyer Memorial, and the associated bronze monument alongside, to remember those British service men and women and civilians who lost their lives in the service of their country. More

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust will recognise both Armistice Day on 11th November and Remembrance Sunday on 13th November 2011 with simple ceremonies at 11.00am at the National Destroyer Memorial in the centre of The Historic Dockyard Chatham. More


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