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What’s On

at the Historic Dockyard

Michael Foreman – Painting with Rainbows

With original artwork on show alongside playful props and costumes, Seven Stories’ exhibition, (supported by Arts Council England, Newcastle Council Fund, Anderson Press, Templar Publishing and Pavilion Books), explore Michael’s storytelling, and imagines a world without conflict, that cares for our environment and celebrates the importance of friendship. ...

Weekends Only – Story Telling & Air Raid experiences

Throughout the Michael Foreman Exhibition opening, we will be running air raid shelter experiences in our very own Anderson Shelter, with an ARP Warden and story telling with in No.1 Smithery. Both of these activities are linked with our Michael Foreman exhibition showcasing in No.1 Smithery. ...

Medway Health walks

Come and join this new group for a lovely 75 minute walk, along our new Discovery Trail, with a trained Walk Leader. EVERY THURSDAY AT 09:45 ...

Hidden Secrets of Chatham Dockyard and Its Defences – Annual Conference

The first annual Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust’s Conference aims to bring together new and exciting research. Celebrating a shared heritage by bringing together the work of research groups across the region. It will also provide an open opportunity to share, discuss and debate new research. ...

Call the Midwife Location Tours

2018 dates to be announced  Led by your very own ‘midwife’ this guided tour visits areas of the dockyard that have been used as locations for the popular television drama series ‘Call the Midwife’. Throughout all five series, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has been transformed into 1950’s Poplar Dock many times and has had countless scenes involving the show’s stars, including Miranda Hart and Jenny Agutter, filmed across it’s 80 acre site.     ...

The Festival of Steam & Transport 2018

See below highlights from last year! Tickets are available now! ...

Salute to the 40s

See highlights from last year! Tickets available soon! ...

What's happening at The Dockyard?


Hugely popular with our visitors. A hearty ‘workshop’ menu - ‘doorstep’ sandwiches, hot Kentish pies, cakes and delicious Kentish ice cream. Eat alongside our Locomotives and childrens’ soft play.



If you think you know what our restaurant is like, think again! The Mess Deck is brand new. New kitchen, new seating, new menu - great British favourites, including our legendary fish and chips, all to be enjoyed sitting in an extraordinary building!