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The Historic Dockyard Chatham can add the wow factor to your corporate event. Conveniently located, with easy access and ample car parking, we can offer unique dining spaces and excellent hospitality within an incredible historic setting.

The elegant Commissioner’s House, with its range of function rooms, will add grandeur to any corporate lunch whilst the Mess Deck offers an more modern setting for gala dinners and receptions. For something more intimate, impress your guests by inviting them onboard a Victorian Sloop and savor private dining in the Captain’s Cabin.

Our dedicated in-house team work closely with carefully selected caters and can provide a bespoke service.

Commissioner's House

... Britain's oldest naval building

Built in 1704 for Captain George St. Lo, this grand mansion is the oldest intact naval building in Great Britain. The Resident Commissioner was an important personage with direct responsibility for running the Dockyard. His house stands at the centre of the site and today provides impressive spaces for private hire which can be completely tailored for your event. Commissioner’s House also has a spacious walled garden, with an excellent view of Rochester, and a private bar.

Legend suggests that Oliver Cromwell watched from Commissioner’s Garden while Rochester surrendered to his forces.


The Ballroom

Beautifully light and airy, Commissioner’s House Ballroom is complete with gorgeous Georgian décor and a sprung dancefloor. The Ballroom leads on to a patio and opens into Commissioner’s Garden.


Theatre Style:    40

Boardroom:        24

Classroom:          20

Cabaret:               24

Banquet:             40

The Marquee

This space is a great extension to the House allowing more room for much larger events. Leading out into the beautiful private walled Commissioner’s Garden, the marquee offers a blank canvas for all events.


Theatre Style:    200

Boardroom:        60

Classroom:          100

Cabaret:               72

Banquet:             120

The Sunne Room

Overlooking  Commissioner’s Garden, this space provides a wonderful atmosphere for lunches, evening dinners and intimate wedding ceremonies.


Theatre Style:    40

Boardroom:        24

Classroom:          20

Cabaret:               24

Banquet:             40

Commissioner's House Bar

Included within the venue price, Commissioner’s House is complete with its own fully stocked and licenced bar. Our sales team will work with you to create the perfect reception drink and wine packages to suit your event needs.

Commissioner's Garden

Included within the venue hire, Commissioner’s House has an exclusive private walled garden perfect for lawn games, garden drinks and summer BBQ’s.

Revenge & Temeraire Rooms

Commissioner’s House has two smaller rooms which can be used as breakout spaces or for private meetings, dining and events.


Board Room:      8 – 12

The Mess Deck

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

Our Mess Deck restaurant is a beautiful venue and available during the off-peak season. This space is the ideal for corporate dining and large parties.

Banquet: 200

Theatre: 150

Cabaret: 72

Standing: 200

HMS Gannet

... entertain in style on a Victorian Sloop

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.

Where else can you entertain clients or gather friends on a ship from the Age of Sail?

This beautiful Victorian Sloop is the ideal venue for a summer cocktail party and drinks reception. Enjoy drinks and canapes in the sunshine or move to the Captain’s Cabin for a more intimate formal affair.

Standing: 100

Theatre: 70

Captain’s Cabin Sit Down: 20


... tell us a little about the event you're planning

Please use the form below to 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. If you would rather speak to us directly, please call us on 01634 823846.

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