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Festival of Steam and Transport

16 Apr 2017 - 17 Apr 2017

All the fun of the fair

Once you have bought your event admission ticket, you can go to the fair and ride again and again all day for no extra cost!!! ALL INCLUSIVE FUNFAIR FUN!

This funfair will deliver all the excitement and atmosphere that a visit to a traditional fair should.

Wander around a traditional Steam Funfair – ride on the iconic Gavioli Horse Carousel, Masters of Preston Chair-O-Planes, the delights of a Helter Skelter and the Funfair favourite the Ferris Wheel!

See the beautiful bright lights and colours, alongside the chimes of the bells and sounds of the steam organ.

PLUS Street Entertainers and Musicians, there will be a real carnival atmosphere!

Plentiful candy floss, doughnuts and sweet delights will be there for those with a sweet tooth too! This is a real treat for the whole family and people of all ages.


Hundreds of proud classic and vintage vehicle owners will travel to The Historic Dockyard at Easter to join the line ups of transport through the ages. Vehicles dating from 1890 to 1980 will be on display, for visitors to see.

Other categories of vehicles on display will be:

Hot Rods ~ Agricultural ~ Military ~ Civilian ~ Emergency Services ~ Motorcycles/Bikes ~ Kit Cars ~ Commercial ~ Steam/Industrial

This Easter weekend’s event provides a great opportunity for visitors to feel nostalgic whilst wandering through the wonderful maritime heritage site with many opportunities for the classic/vintage transport enthusiast, to marvel at the vehicles on display.

Steam and Locomotive Displays

Some of the South East’s finest Steam Traction Engines and Road Rollers will be on display, they will move around the Dockyard streets filling the air with the distinctive smell of burning coal and steam!

There will be working exhibits all weekend, so you will see how these Monsters of Steam were used in their glory days – and still used today!

Hear these stunning examples of transport/industrial history steam-whistle throughout the day. Do not miss the finale parade it really is a spectacle to see. Speak to our expert ‘Steamies’ and capture your selfie photographs by the exhibits.



This weekend, the Dockyard trains will be in a special enclosure, where visitors can watch the trains move their engines and pull their wagons, alongside the river.

It is a perfect opportunity for ‘Thomas’ fans or train enthusiasts to get ‘up close’ pictures of these impressive exhibits in all their splendour!

See the engineers working in The Railway Workshop based in the centre of the site. This workshop is still used to maintain and house these magnificent steam and diesel locomotives by the ‘Dockyard Steam Society’ (

The trains will run along a special Locomotive enclosure on Anchor Wharf – you will have plenty of opportunities to get up close to the locos and get that perfect photograph.

See the following locomotives: ‘Ajax’ (1941), ‘Peckett’ (1936), ‘Rochester Castle’ (1955) and ‘Overlord’ (1941) – these are fully operational.

‘Invicta’ (1946), ‘Achilles’ (1912) and ‘Thalia’ (1954) are maintained and stored on site for visitors to see.

Plus we have a number of fully operational and preserved Steam Cranes on site.

Steampunk Village

The Steampunks are back! ‘Great Kentspectations’ will be hosting the weekend in all their splendor, with their unusual Neo-Victorian costumes and steam powered wacky gadgets. Find them exploring and exhibiting under the roof of the awe-inspiring No. 3 Slip: The BIG Space, Mezzanine Floor.

The ‘Steampunk Village’ will provide a colourful and imaginative world with vendors offering Steampunk fashions, accessories, gadgets, and books.

There will be Steampunk demonstrations throughout the entire weekend:

Meet The Steampunks ~ Bartitsu (Victorian Martial Arts) ~ Dalek Kronos ~ Tea Dueling ~ Augmented Reality

If you are a Steampunk Trader/Exhibitor and would like to book a stand, please email: 

What Happening

Festival Traders, Food and Drink and live music

Please check back soon for further information regarding traders, food and drink and live music that will be at the event.

Festival Entertainment

Street Entertainment and Walkabout Music Acts

Dizzy O’Dare Street Entertainment

A full weekend of walkabout acts, circus performers and entertainment programmed by Alana Jones, to include:

Giant Balloon Show ~ Unicyclists ~ Jugglers ~ Stilt Walkers ~ Vaudevillian Gentleman Juggler

Steampunk Morris Team

A mixed team of musicians and dancers based on the Border Morris tradition but with an original twist. On the musical side, they have a variety of blowers, bowers, squeezers, pluckers, strummers, and bangers who are influenced by rock, folk, classical, and Spanish music styles.

Play Areas

Indoor and outdoor play areas give little Dockyard visitors a chance to let off some steam of their own.

Animal Corner

Please check back soon for more information about our Animal Corner.


Street Entertainment and Walkabout Music Acts

Adult: £14.50 / £23.50

Concession: £12.00 / £19.50

Child: £9.50 / £14.50

Family: £40.00 / £60.00

Child +: £6.50 / £12.50


Buy tickets by Telephone or in person

Just Call 01634 823826 (please have your debit or credit card ready).

Or in person!

£1.50 per transaction will be added for administration for purchases on-line and by telephone (1 & 2 above).

Telephone and in-person purchases (2 & 3 above) are only available during normal Historic Dockyard Opening Times

Tickets purchased online or by telephone (1 & 2 above) from 10th April 2017 will be available for collection on arrival on the day of your visit.

Please note the box office for online tickets closes on 15th April 2017.

Please note the box office for telephone tickets closes on 15th April 2017.

Holders of 12 month tickets for The Historic Dockyard are not able to purchase tickets on-line as ID will be requested. Please purchase in advance by telephone or in-person. Alternatively purchase on the day of your visit and bring your 12 month ticket or receipt with you. 12 month ticket holders may purchase a two day ticket at 2 x their one day ticket price.

Group prices are available for groups of 15 or more. Contact Group Sales on 01634 823815 or

Purchasing tickets for disabled visitors

Visitors registered as ’Disabled’ wishing to obtain tickets for themselves and Carers should contact our Front of House Ticket Team at or on 01634 823826

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