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What’s On

at The Historic Dockyard?

Diving Deep: HMS Invincible 1744

Explore our new, immersive exhibition showcasing objects and findings from the Diving Deep: HMS Invincible archaeological excavation. Discover the story of the amazing Invincible, her capture and the contribution she made to the Royal Navy. ...

Call the Midwife Official Location Tours

Explore where the real drama happens as a costumed midwife takes you on a walking tour of our historic site. With a picture book to help trigger your memories, you’ll spot the familiar filming locations and see just how Neal Street Productions transform a 400 year old site back to the 1960s. ...

Octonauts Octo-Cadet Training Academy

Sound the Octo-Alert! The Octonauts are dropping anchor with a family-friendly activity trail at The Historic Dockyard Chatham for the summer. Do you have what it takes to become an Octo-Agent? ...

National Historic Ships Photography Competition

Displayed for the first time at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, the 2021 National Historic Ships photography competition showcases a fascinating range of traditional heritage vessels captured by amateur photographers around the UK ...

Supersized Summer

We know we are a BIG site – 80 acres to be precise! But that’s a whole 80-acres for kids to explore and get really hands on with history. To help you get the best out of your visit, we have put together a list of some of the top things to do on your family day out here at The Dockyard this summer. ...

Science of the Sea

Join us for a summer of adventures as we explore the Science of the Sea. Fun activities include ‘Ship Building Challenge’; ‘Ready Aim Fire!’, and ‘Gun Deck Challenge’. Perfect for 6 – 12 year olds but grown ups, you’ll have fun with these activities too ...

Inclusive Family Creative Workshop (Free)

Calling all Octo-Cadets, we need you for an exciting art mission. Captain Christopher Sacre needs your help to create new characters to combat sea monsters! This drop-in activity is free to attend and will be delivered in BSL and spoken English. ...

Railway Weekend

Rochester Castle on the historic railway at The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Savour the bygone age of steam when the beautiful locomotives from our historic railway run through the ‘yard… ...

Captain Barnacles Meet & Greet

As part of our Octonauts Octo-Cadet Training Academy, we’re very excited to welcome Captain Barnacles to HMS Gannet on Sunday 14 August ...

Medway Pride Fringe Talk: Activists, Allies, and Aspirations

We’re pleased to be part of Medway Pride Fringe and hosting Medway Pride Radio‘s Shea Coffey in conversation. Talking about LGBT+ history, what it takes to be an activist, why the community needs allies right now, and her hopes for the future ...

Mini-Deckers

Our bi-weekly, baby-friendly coffee morning in partnership with Mama Matters – Medway and Medway Mums. Come along for a tea, cake and chat with other local mums   ...

Railway Weekend

Rochester Castle on the historic railway at The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Savour the bygone age of steam when the beautiful locomotives from our historic railway run through the ‘yard… ...

Kwazii Meet & Greet

As part of our Octonauts Octo-Cadet Training Academy, we’re very excited to welcome Kwazii to HMS Gannet on Sunday 21 August ...

Electric Medway: In Bodies of Water

We are excited to be part of Electric Medway and hosting a live performance by Samm Anga invoking choral music, deconstructed dub and responsive visuals ...

Audio Described Tour: Ropery Gallery

Explore our new Ropery Gallery and experience an atmospheric journey through the lives of Ropery workers, past and present on a specially tailored event for blind and visually impaired audiences and their families ...

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THE WAGON STOP CANTEEN

Eat alongside historic Locomotives in our our Wagon Stop Canteen. Hugely popular with our visitors and serving a hearty ‘workshop’ menu - ‘doorstep’ sandwiches, hot Kentish pies, cakes and delicious Kentish ice cream.

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MESS DECK

The Mess Deck serves the great British favourites, including our legendary fish and chips, all to be enjoyed sitting in an extraordinary building and outside terrace area.

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Latest blog articles

... dig a little deeper

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Curator, a Master Ropemaker or a Visit Maker? We regularly take you behind the scenes with our blog articles giving you a small insight into our people as well as sharing some of the fascinating stories from our historic site.