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Family Activity

The Game Is Afoot: Become a Dockyard Detective This Summer

27 Jul - 01 Sep 2024

Included in ticket
The Game is Afoot

The year is 1887 and Chatham Dockyard is awash with whispers of treachery.

Rumours are rife that secrets have been sold to foreign lands, sparking a scandal that threatens the very foundation of the Royal Navy.

Professor Elgar, Director of Dockyards, and his officials of the Admiralty are in turmoil. Confidential plans and drawings of torpedo vessels and torpedoes have been leaked and the hunt for the elusive “Torpedo Turncoat” has begun.

Despite relentless efforts, the Admiralty and dockyard officials are stumped, their search for the traitor fruitless.

Can you help crack the case?

Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes, follow the clues and discover if you have what it takes to solve a mystery lost to history.  Only the sharpest minds will triumph.

Don your deerstalker and become a Dockyard Detective for the game is afoot …

What to expect:

Mystery unfolds: Begin your journey at the Admiralty Wagon, where you’ll be greeted by a member of Professor Elgar’s elite team. Here you’ll receive your first set of clues.

Detective Kit: Create your very own set of special tools, essential for solving the mystery and becoming a true detective.

Clue hunt: Follow a trail of perplexing clues scattered across the Dockyard. Use keen observation skills to uncover hidden messages and decipher riddles.

Interactive challenges: Engage in a series of puzzles and tasks that will test your wits and deductive abilities. Each challenge you solve will bring you one step closer to unravelling the mystery.

Mystery solved: The adventure culminates in a curious reveal where the most astute detectives will crack the case of the torpedo turncoat.

The Game is Afoot
Useful Information
Cost & Booking‘The Game is Afoot’ is included in your Dockyard entry ticket. No additional booking is required.
Dates27 July to 1 September 2024
Times10am to 5pm
LocationThroughout The Historic Dockyard Chatham site.


This Summer, treat your family to Kent’s biggest day out at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Solve the mystery of the Torpedo Turncoat in ‘The Game Is Afoot‘ and explore all the attractions The Dockyard has to offer, including three historic ships, interactive museum galleries, playgrounds and soft play.

One free child ticket for every full paying adult, online or available on the day. Tickets are valid for multiple use for a whole year.

The ‘Kids Go Free’ offer starts from 27 July to 1 September 2024.

Kids Go Free

Reduced price tickets

Medway Residents

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has been an important part of the lives of Medway residents for over 400 years. In the lead up to the 40th anniversary of the closure of the working dockyard, we want as many local people as possible to be able to enjoy a day out with us, to experience climbing aboard our historic warships, seeing the last remaining operational ropewalk, getting hands on in our galleries and connecting with the stories of the past.

To help people who might find cost a barrier to visiting The Historic Dockyard Chatham, our Universal Credit and Pension Credit tickets provide entry at a reduced price.

A limited number of tickets are available for Medway residents each day for £2 per person (children aged 3 and under are free).

Summer Workshop Series

Free creative workshops

We know keeping the kids entertained through the long summer holiday can be costly. Throughout the summer break we will be running a FREE creative workshop for families. You do not need a ticket to The Historic Dockyard, just come along and join the fun.