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The Festival of Steam & Transport 2018

1 Apr 2018 - 2 Apr 2018

1st & 2nd April 2018

The Festival of Steam and Transport is back!

 In its 16th year we have our favourites here again for the weekend… Steampunks, Funfair and our running trains! 

New for this year…. 2 more funfair rides – dodgems and swing boats! Rock Choir are performing for us this year and the International Food & Drink Festival! With a variety of cuisines from around the globe you won’t be leaving hungry! 


Buy tickets!

Annual ticket holders

Ticket holders to The Historic Dockyard Chatham, get great discount at our 2 main events of the year! Plus we currently have 10% off tickets too!  Please have your membership number with you (shown on your ticket) ready to input when purchasing. A family ticket for 1 day is only £31.95 original price is – £35.50

Non-annual ticket holders

If you don’t have a ticket to The Dockyard don’t worry, you can still buy tickets to this event. We currently have 10% off tickets too! A family ticket is currently £49.00 original price is – £54.50  

Ticket prices

We currently have 10% off all tickets!

Offer ends 31st March

Fun Fair

Our ‘star of the show’ is a FREE traditional funfair!

With the new additions of dodgems and swing boats there’s a plenty of fun to keep you entertained all day!

Ride on the Gavioli Horse Carousel, or if you can brave it the Masters of Preston Chair-O-Planes. Not forgetting the funfair favourite Ferris wheel and much much more! Come on down and see for yourselves all the family favourites.

New for 2018! The Food & Drink Festival 

A family-friendly event providing both fun for foodies and those who just like food!

Zoom Events is thrilled to be bringing their Food & Drink Festival to The Historic Dockyard Chatham, over the Easter Weekend.

This International Food & Drink Festival will feature a fantastic variety of local, national and international food and drink, including sensational street foods served from pop-up kitchens, mouth-watering groceries with an emphasis on Kent producers and a bar serving craft beers and ales, ciders and wine.

The Famous Last Stand Co. bar will be offering students and CAMRA members 25% off all drinks on presentation of valid ID.


The Details...

To avoid confusion on tickets and times please see below all the details:

 Good Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March:

  • Entry is included in your annual ticket to The Dockyard
  • Friday: 12.00pm-6.00pm
  • Saturday: 10.00am-6.00pm

 Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd April:

  • Entry is included in the ticket price for The Festival of Steam and Transport
  • Sunday: 10.00am-6.00pm
  • Monday: 10.00am-6.00pm

Traders – Booking for this event is open!  Please visit to book online. 

Musicians wishing to take part in this event should email for more information

(Originally known as Market Square Group)


The Steampunks are back! Due to popular demand an imaginative array of fashion and gadgets all inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery will be on display. Steampunk, for those of you unfamiliar, is a subgenre of science fiction based on an alternative history of the British Victorian 19th century, in a post-apocalyptic future where steam power has sustained mainstreamed usage.

Inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, the drummers are back! Located outside 3 Slip with their display and Victorian games, you’ll be in awe of their sounds & talents.

Inside 3 Slip there will be…Steampunk traders, the inventors corner, live music, arts & crafts stands, a fairy cave with Steampunk fairies and an authors corner- with plenty of Steampunk books, signings & readings.

There is also a pop up vintage tea room here – a good cup of tea will be well needed after exploring all the above!

Stage acts include: Guy Padfield, Pytchwood, Moth, Posh and Knott, The Wondering Wurlitzers and Eliza Upper-gumtry

Authors: Kit Cox and C. Harper-Leigh

Street Entertainers


Starcrossed Fairies are a group of Cosplayers dressed as faeries that have a unique Steampunk look and Mechanical moving wings made by James Bradley. Starcrossed fairies started four years ago when they were first invited to the festival of Steam and Transport in 2014 by Great Kentspectation to exhibit  Steam Punk art. Since then, the Starcrossed faeries have been regular attendees, increasing in numbers each year! They also attend many other shows including comicon, art conventions charity work and visits to children’s hospitals.


Tok Balloonatic the clockwork clown.

Children’s magician and event entertainment! Tok Balloonatic the clockwork clown will be joining us over the weekend as one of our street entertainers. Find him across the site as he showcases his magic skills and balloon modelling!

Face Painting

FREE face painting will be available onsite by the GIANT DECKCHAIR from 11am – 3pm. Become our very own emjoi!

Dizzy O’Dare - The Giant Balloon Show

The Giant Balloon Show is back! – Dizzy O’Dare  will have the audiences in stitches and in awe simultaneously. Expect feverous balloon sculptures, high energy comic performance and of course the all important giant balloon!

Cannibal Drummers

Inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, the drummers are back! Located outside 3 Slip with their display and Victorian games, you’ll be in awe of their sounds & talents. A fantastic photo opportunity too!

Newfoundland dog team

They’re back! See them parading across the site with their Easter wagons, you’ll be stopped in your tracks to talk to the owners and will no doubt want to cuddle the puppies!

Classic Cars

Vintage vehicles will leave visitors in awe and nostalgic. Classic and vintage vehicles from hot rods, motorcycles/bikes, military, steam and many more, there is plenty to marvel at; some may even let you sit behind the wheel of these classic motors (please ask politely).

Bringing a community together through the shared admiration of these magnificent vehicles, in our celebration at The Dockyard.

Movie Motors are back again this year! If you haven’t seen them before then relive your childhood memories with The Mr Bean Mini, Smokey and the Bandit -1978 Firebird , Only Fools & Horses TV series -71 Reliant Regal Van, Bullitt 1968 Movie -68 Dodge Charger, Bullitt 1968 Movie – 68 Ford Mustang*

*All appearances are subject to change. CHDT reserve the right to change – some may cancel upon short notice. 



All weekend the Dockyard’s streets will be filled with steam displays of some of the South East’s finest Steam Traction Engines and locomotives. Watch the ‘Overlord’ locomotive (one of the Royal Engineers Collections on site) thunder through the Dockyard streets.

Come see the engineers working in The Railway Workshop, used to maintain and house these magnificent steam and diesel locomotives by the ‘Dockyard Steam Society’ and don’t forget to speak to our expert ‘steamies’.

Family Fun!

Immerse yourself in The Historic Dockyard’s galleries and attractions, including the new and awarding winning ‘Command of the Oceans’ and discover the warships of HMS Gannet, HMS Cavalier and HM Submarine Ocelot!


There will be free flow tours for HM Submarine Ocelot & The Ropery on both days.

Punch & Judy 

Showtime outside the ropery! Small seating for children to watch the show whilst the adults can grab a hot drink and relax.

Firing of HMS Cavalier Guns! 

HMS Cavalier will fire it’s guns both days – allowing you to all see and hear the last Second World War destroyer!


Unlimited rides on the funfair all day!


Entertainment will be across the site – checkout the Food Festival, visit the Steampunks… and much more!

A variety of live music will be across the site! 

Inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, the drummers are back! Located outside 3 Slip – see our video of what to expect!

New for this year! – Rock choir will also be performing over the weekend!

Music inside 3Slip with the Steampunks are –

  • Guy Padfield
  • Pytchwood
  • Moth
  • Posh and Knott
  • The Wondering Wurlitzers
  • Eliza Upper-gumtry
  • Mandi Harkett

More music acts to be confirmed! 

Live Music

Rock Choir

Rock Choir is the pioneering contemporary choir of the UK and remains unique with over 26,000 members participating in over 380 local communities. It offers adults and teenagers an alternative experience to the traditional classical or community choir, offering a new approach to vocal training and entertainment plus the chance to sing and perform popular contemporary songs, with no auditions and no requirements to read music or have any previous singing experience. Rock Choir will be joining us over the whole weekend, performing at different spaces across the site. With a variety songs performed, we’ll be warming up our vocal chords too!


Ticket prices

10% Advance Online Discount – Ends 31st March 2018 

Please note…

  • Children under the age of 5 go free – no ticket is needed. 
  • Concession tickets are for those age 60+, students with valid ID and ex forces & HM forces with ID. 
  • Disabled visitors enter at normal price (of age of ticket) and a carer free of charge.  Please call: 01634 823826 to book your tickets 
Prices for ticket holders only
Adult Ticket £12.00 £10.80
Concession Ticket  £11.00 £9.90
Child Ticket  £9.50 £8.55
Family Ticket (2+2 or 1+3)  £35.50 £31.95 
Xtra Child  £8.00 £7.20 
Two Day Adult 1st & 2nd April £25.00  £20.25
Two Day Concession 1st & 2nd April  £21.00 £16.80
Two Day Child 1st & 2nd April  £16.00 £12.40
Two Day Family 1st & 2nd April (2+2 or 1+3)  £63.00 £50.60
Two Day Xtra Child 1st & 2nd April  £13.00 £10.10 
Prices for non – ticket holders
Adult Ticket £19.50  £17.50  
Concession Ticket £16.50  £15.00
Child Ticket £13.50  £12.00
Family ticket (2+2 or 1+3) £54.50  £49.00
Xtra Child £9.50  £8.50
Two Day Adult 1st & 2nd April £25.00  £22.50
Two Day Concession 1st & 2nd April £21.00  £19.00
Two Day Child 1st & 2nd April £16.00  £14.50
Two Day Family 1st & 2nd April (2+2 or 1+3) £63.00  £56.50
Two Day Xtra Child 1st & 2nd April £13.00  £12.00 

Application Forms

Vehicle applications are now closed. Passes will be sent out in the next few weeks, please be patient.


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