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What’s On

at the Historic Dockyard

TATTOO: British Tattoo Art Revealed

Tattoo British Tattoo Art Revealed at Chatham Historic Dockyard
The incredible exhibition, Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed, was installed in our No.1 Smithery gallery in March but, a week before we were due to open the doors and celebrate our blockbuster show, Britain went into lockdown due to COVID-19 and the Dockyard sadly had to close its gates to the public. The exhibition has been sat in the dark for four months but we’re delighted to announce we will be opening the doors for all to enjoy on Saturday 25 July. ...

Summer Adventures

Join us this summer as we raise the anchor ready for adventures! ...

Call the Midwife Official Location Tours 2020

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. ...

Salute to the 40s-One of Britain’s Best Vintage Festivals

Salute to the 40’s is always a busy, vibrant event that brings people together from all over the country. At this time we feel that, within the current government guidelines, we would not be able to operate the event safely for our visitors, performers, traders and staff. We have therefore taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Salute to the 40’s. ...

The Dockyard 5K and Santa Fun Run

The Dockyard is delighted to be hosting a running event at this festive time of year. There are two running options to choose from on the day: if you’re a pro runner looking to beat your PB, the 5km run has your name on it or, if you fancy a bit of festive dress-up to get in the Christmas spirit, the Santa Fun Run is the one for you. ...

Medway Rapture

Supported by Medway Council, Medway Rapture Gaming and Creative Festival takes place at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on on Saturday, 6 and Sunday, 7 March 2021. The weekend family-fun festival, will have something for everyone – from gaming pros to novices. There will be plenty of gaming fun and interactive exhibitions for people of all ages to get involved in, including children, families and students. ...

What's happening at The Dockyard?


Hugely popular with our visitors. A hearty ‘workshop’ menu - ‘doorstep’ sandwiches, hot Kentish pies, cakes and delicious Kentish ice cream. Eat alongside our Locomotives and childrens’ soft play.



If you think you know what our restaurant is like, think again! 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.



The Historic Dockyard Chatham is now open to visitors.

For your safety, and in line with the latest government guidelines, things will be different from your last visit and there will be a few changes to how you’ll explore our 80-acre site. Please take a moment to read our ‘KNOW BEFORE YOU GO‘ information.

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If you are trying to contact us via telephone, we are experiencing a high volume of calls and we ask for your patience during this time.