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Trafalgar Night Dinner at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Corporate Hire

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

your perfect event

All Hands on deck

We can host anything from small meetings for 10 delegates up to large conferences for over 200. From product launches and photo shoots to fairs, film sets and exhibitions, we also have a diverse range of indoor and outdoor spaces available for hire.

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 aboard a Victorian Sloop and savour private dining in the Captain’s Cabin.

Our spaces provide all AV requirements as well as the iconic backdrop of the most complete Dockyard from the Age of Sail for your clients and delegates to enjoy.

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

Meeting Rooms

Fitted Rigging House

The Fitted Rigging House comprises of two adjacent meeting rooms, which can be hired individually or together if a breakout space is required. Kitted out with the latest technology, you can present easily with our moveable screens and even connect with those joining your meeting virtually using our video conferencing kit.

This space is perfect for small meetings, training sessions and presentations and includes complimentary tea, coffee, still and sparkling water for all guests.

Conference Space

Royal Dockyard Church

The Royal Dockyard Church is a purpose built theatre space, seating up to 200 guests in tiered seating. Including a stage and presentation equipment, it’s an ideal venue to accommodate your next big staff training day, lecture, theatre performance or to host a multi-day conference.

Britain’s oldest naval building

Commissioner’s House

Bsioner was an important personage with direct responsibiuilt in 1704 for Captain George St. Lo, this grand mansion is the oldest intact naval building in Great Britain. The Resident Commislity 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.

The house includes 5 spaces of varying sizes which can accommodate groups from 8 – 120 and includes access to a spacious walled garden, patio and private bar.

Capacity: 20 – 50

The Ballroom

Flooded with natural daylight, Commissioner’s House Ballroom is an ideal room for corporate away days, training sessions and product launches. Located on the ground floor, it provides easy access for all delegates and gives you the chance to enjoy the patio and gardens also.

Suitable for venue hire + catering, Day Delegate Packages and corporate day or evening dining.

Capacity: 60 – 200

The Marquee

The Marquee is a fantastic feature of Commissioner’s House, allowing more room for larger events. This space works perfectly as your main meeting room, utilizing other rooms within the venue for breakout spaces.

Delegates can easily roam into the stunning gardens during their breaks too.

Capacity: 20 – 50

The Sunne Room

With views overlooking Commissioner’s House gardens and the River Medway, the Sunne Room provides a warm and welcoming space.

This traditional Georgian style room is ideal for board meetings, breakfast meetings, team building and private dining events and gives easy access to additional breakout spaces on the same floor.

Capacity: 8 – 12

Revenge & Temeraire Rooms

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

No. 1 Smithery at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Event space

No.1 Smithery

The expansive No.1 Smithery was begun in 1801 to help meet the Dockyard’s growing need for ironwork. After a major redevelopment, the building now offers modern museum galleries, temporary exhibition galleries and flexible event spaces.

The Courtyard provides an industrial large space, ideal for product launches, demonstrations and presentations.

If you are looking for something more modern, the Orientation Gallery can accommodate up to 150 guests standing for drinks and canape receptions, presentations and includes access to our latest temporary exhibition.

Event Space

HMS Gannet

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.

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

Evening reception onboard HMS Gannet at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent

Event Space

Covered Slips

During the Napoleonic Wars, the Royal Navy began building covers over its slipways and docks used for shipbuilding to protect the ships’ timber hulls.

The oldest of the surviving slips, 3 Slip, and 5 Slip now offer unique spaces that can be hired for large events such as fairs, exhibitions and award ceremonies.

No. 3 Slip is your event space with a difference; located on a mezzanine floor above a museum gallery space, your guests will be mesmerised by the buildings unique structure. Accommodating up to 400 guests, why not host your next awards evening or exhibition amongst under timbers?

No.5 Slip lends itself well to fairs and can be booked on a regular basis for repeat bookings.

Corporate dining

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.

Available January and 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.

Tables at Trafalgar Night Dinner at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.
Vintage cars on display Festival of Steam and Transport at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

site hire

outdoor spaces

Do you have a car club, bike club or the need for a large outside area? Our site covers over 80 acres and has a range of outside spaces to offer for your next big event, including our gardens and central shingle area, known as ‘Museum Square’.

A day to remember

Special Touches

Do you want to enhance your meeting and experience some Dockyard life?

Why not add on some of our tours or activities to your day?

We offer a variety of tours, including our Submarine HMS OCELOT, our Ropery or a walking history tour of the Dockyard.

Add on access to our Galleries and Attractions for just £5pp.

Our Rates


We have a variety of meeting room hire and packages available to help you to begin planning your meetings and events.

If you’re looking for something bespoke, please get in touch and we would be happy to create the right event package for you.

Room hire is from £400 + VAT per day and day delegate packages are available from £42 + VAT per person.

Package includes:

Venue hire

Free onsite parking

Tea, Coffee & Pastries on arrival









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.