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What’s On

at the Historic Dockyard

Festival 400

This year marks our 400 anniversary since the Royal Dockyard was established! To celebrate this, we are putting on a number of programmes and activities for the year. ...

Call the Midwife Location Tours

We are pleased to announce that we will be working in partnership with the creators of Call the Midwife, Neal Street Productions to launch the OFFICIAL Call the Midwife tour early 2018. ...

Free Lecture by Patience Agbabi

Patience Agbabi FRSL was Poet-in-Residence at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham in 2010. This lecture will reveal how she welded contemporary and archive material into a polyvocal corona to celebrate the hard graft and fine craft of the original dockyard workers. Drafted at seven sites: the Commissioner’s House; the Church; the Ropery; the Museum; HMS Gannet; Wooden Walls and No.1 Smithery; the event will culminate with a reading of the entire sequence, each poem inextricably linked. ...

Untold Stories: A Celebration of Black People in Kent

Showcasing in No.1 Smithery – This revealing exhibition celebrates the Black community of Kent over the centuries – from leading lights in the abolitionist movement in the 18th century to families making their homes in Kent. ...

Enchanted Garden

Enter the Enchanted Garden once again this October Half term and find out what the Fairies have been up to since last year.  A week packed full of fun activities and storytelling for all ages! ...

Railway weekend – October

Join us on this weekend to see our steam trains up close and running! We have the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities for train enthusiasts and for all the family too! ...

Railway weekend – October half term

Join us on this day to see our steam trains up close and running! We have the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities for train enthusiasts and for all the family too! ...

Railway weekend – November

Join us on this day to see our steam trains up close and running! We have the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities for train enthusiasts and for all the family too! ...

Salute to the 40s-One of Britain’s Best Vintage Festivals

vintage festival
Thank you for joining us for Salute to the 40s 2018.  We hope you had a great time and look forward to seeing you again next year! ...

What's happening at The Dockyard?

THE WAGON STOP CANTEEN

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.

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MESS DECK

If you think you know what our restaurant is like, think again! The Mess Deck serves the great British favourites, including our legendary fish and chips, all to be enjoyed sitting in an extraordinary building and outside terracearea.

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