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Festival of Steam and Transport

16 Apr 2017 - 17 Apr 2017


Buy your tickets for the Festival of Steam and Transport now to receive a 25% discount.  Hurry – this is a limited time offer!

Full Steam Ahead for the Best in Traditional Festival Fun!

16th & 17th April 2017

Alongside our Steam displays, traction engines, travelling Locomotives and classic/vintage cars displayed, you will see an array of festival entertainment.

FREE traditional steam funfair, live music, street acts, Giant Hook A Duck, Giant Rope Maze, Call The Midwife Film Location Tours, Steampunk Village, Punch and Judy, Traction Engine Tug-O-War, festival traders and Kentish food and drink.

Finally an exclusive opportunity for you, your family and friends to see our finale ‘Parade of Steam’.

All this in addition to The Historic Dockyard’s usual galleries and attractions, including three historic warships, you will be sure to spend a fun filled Easter with us!


You can take advantage of a 25% discount on your tickets to the Festival of Steam and Transport 2017 by booking in advance now:

Ticket Type Single Day – with 25% discount Weekend (Sunday & Monday) – with 25% discount
Adult £14.50 £23.50
Concession £12.00 £19.50
Child £9.50 £14.50
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children or 1 Adult & 3 Children) £40.00 £60.00
Family Extra Child £6.50 £12.50


Buy your advance tickets now for a 25% discount - Offer ends 11th February 2017

The extra details.......

  • 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 (01634 823826) 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 2x their one day ticket price.  The one day prices for 12 month ticket holders are as follows:
Adult £9.50
Concession £8.50
Child £7.00
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children or 1 Adult & 3 Children) £27.50
Additional Family Child (bought in conjunction with Family ticket) £6.00
  • Group prices are available for groups of 15 or more. Contact Group Sales on 01634 823815 or
  • Visitors registered as ’Disabled’ wishing to obtain tickets for themselves and Carers should contact our Front of House Ticket Team at or on 01634 823800
  • *Telephone and in-person purchases are only available during normal Historic Dockyard opening times.

*Please note that all images are used for illustrative purposes only and act as a guide to the content of the event. Information correct at time of printing. The organiser, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, reserves the right to change the programme or cancel activities without notice. 

Live Music – We will have an array of walkabout entertainment and live music – check back soon for further details.

Dizzy O’Dare Street Entertainment – A full weekend of walkabout acts, circus performers and entertainment, to include: Giant Balloon Show ~ Unicyclists ~ Jugglers ~ Stilt Walkers

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.

Vintage/Classic Cars

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 1990 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.

Free Funfair

Once you have bought your event 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!  This is a real treat for the whole family and people of all ages.

Punch and Judy shows will be on throughout the weekend and why not have a go on the coconut shy and buy a treat from our funfair sweet shop.

Things To Do

Call The Midwife Location Tours – 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 its 80 acre site.

This image may only be used for publicity purposes in connection with the broadcast of the programme as licensed by BBC Worldwide Ltd & must carry the shown copyright legend. It may not be used for any commercial purpose without a licence from the rights holder. © Neal Street Productions 2011

Giant Rope Maze – take your family and friends through a giant rope maze, try to find your way to the centre where you can ring the bell and let everyone know you have mastered the maze!  This maze has been made by our Ropemakers, on site, in the Victorian Ropery.

Board Overlord – Climb into the Driver’s Cab of Overlord, part of the Royal Engineers Collection on site, here is the opportunity for you to stand in the fully functional WW2 diesel locomotive.

Giant Hook-A-Duck – Direct our Crane Driver to ‘hook a duck’ in our special enclosure by the Wagon Stop Canteen.

Mid-Essex Newfoundland Dog Team – Come and see these huge bundles of fluff and their puppies and see them pull their Easter wagons around the Dockyard.

Modelling Zone – Make and see and array of models of all shapes and sizes. With have-a-go activities too there is something to do for the budding and experienced enthusiast.

Board Three Historic Warships – Nowhere can you get a sense of how British maritime innovation, engineering and design broke the mould than on our three historic warships. From the moment you see them and as you walk the decks you will sense the vision, grit and hard work that created them and the courage, determination and endurance of the sailors who sailed them.

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

Steampunk Village

The Steampunks are back! ‘Great Kentspectations’ will be hosting the weekend in all their splendour, 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.

Steampunk Music from: Victor and the Bully, Pytchwood, Moth and Shane Milligan

Steam & Trains


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 running along the entire site plus they will travel 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’ (

See the following locomotives: ‘Ajax’ (1941), ‘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.

Why not, ‘Board Overlord’, part of the Royal Engineers Collection on site, here is the opportunity for you to stand in the driver’s cab of this fully functional WW2 diesel locomotive.

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

Food & Drink

Take your pick with food and drink on site.  Enjoy Dockyard sit down offers; a Roast Carvery in Commissioner’s House, Traditional Fish & Chips or Pie and Mash in the Mess Deck or Hot Pies and Door Step Sandwiches in the Wagon Stop Canteen.

There will be a number of themed catering units on site, buy a pint or two from a Red London Bus Bar, a cup of Barista coffee from a vintage Citroen H Van or a gourmet burger from a Silver Slipstream Caravan.  With so much choice on site this is definitely food for thought.

Festival Traders

Find the perfect Easter gift as you find an array of festival traders across the site – everything from transport models to wooden instruments and even goodies from the weird and wonderful world of Steampunk.

Take Part & Contact

To become an Event Sponsor, please email:

To exhibit your vintage or classic car (Years 1890 – 1990), please email:

To be one of our Festival Traders, please email:

To be one of our themed Caterers, please email:

To perform at the event, please email:

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