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A grand venue to celebrate all occasions.

special occasions

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The Historic Dockyard Chatham is the perfect setting to host your next party or special occasion.

From hen parties, baby showers and ‘big’ birthdays to intimate afternoon teas, private dinners, proms and celebrations of life, we offer a variety of packages within our stunning historic venues.

commissioner’s house

Britain’s oldest naval building, complete with stunning Georgian architecture, offers gorgeous exclusive space for your event.

  • Beautiful patio and balcony with views of the walled Commissioner’s Garden
  • Fully licensed bar
  • Exclusive use of the garden for photographs and reception drinks
  • Onsite parking close to the venue
  • A variety of rooms to choose from.
  • Evening dinner venue for up to 120
  • Three fabulous caterers to choose from


  • Marquee: Round tables – 120
  • Ballroom: Round tables – 40
  • Sunne Room: Round tables – 40
Trafalgar Night Dinner at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Mess Deck

Meals on the Mess Deck are a regular occurrence for the Royal Navy. Our Mess Deck might not be at sea but its function is no different and it provides a modern, flexible function space.

Available in January & early February, this stunning venue is one of a kind and can accommodate up to 240 guests seated for dining.

It’s perfect for a winter wedding reception, birthday party or a private dining experience to reward your clients or staff.

  • Exclusive use venue
  • Onsite parking outside the venue
  • Fully accessible
  • Three fabulous caterers to choose from

HMS Gannet

Where else can you entertain clients or gather friends on a ship from the Age of Sail? If you want to wow your guests, this is the perfect event space for you.

HMS GANNET  was built on the River Medway at Sheerness in 1878. Designed to patrol the world’s oceans, she ‘flew the flag’ protecting British interests around the world, including the South Pacific, the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

Seating up to 20 in the Captain’s Cabin for a private dining experience or up to 150 on the main deck for drinks and canapes, this venue is ideal for drinks receptions, product launches, private dining and evenings with entertainment.

  • Exclusive use venue
  • Three fabulous caterers to choose from
  • Dining venue for up to 20
  • Drinks reception venue for up to 150
Evening reception onboard HMS Gannet at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent
Summer BBQ at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent

Summer BBQ

Gourmet and Executive BBQ packages available, including exclusive hire of Commissioner’s House and Gardens. Perfect for a summer get together or to celebrate a special occasion. Minimum number of 50 people per booking.


We understand that the loss of a loved one and arranging a funeral is a difficult time. When you choose to host a Celebration of Life at the Historic Dockyard, we endeavour to ensure that our friendly and dedicated team will be on-hand from start to finish to make you day stress free.

Our Celebration of Life package includes two catering options and exclusive use of the ground floor of Commissioner’s House.

Summer BBQ at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent
Prom light in Ballroom at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent


Our prom package is great way to finish off the end of a school year, prices include exclusive use of Commissioner’s House and Gardens. 


Enjoy a full Afternoon Tea within Commissioner’s House, with use of the patio and gardens.

Get in Touch

Please tell us as much as you can about the event you’re planning and a member of our hospitality team will contact you to discuss your plans in more detail.