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What’s On

at the Historic Dockyard

Call the Midwife Location Tours 2019

Come and 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 see just how Neal Street Productions transform a 400 year old site back to the 1960s! ...

Discover The Dockyard Talks: My Favourite Object : Dazzle Ships

Antonio Di Benedetto presents one of his favourite gallery objects and the stories behind it.  Focusing on WW1 Dazzle ship camouflage through the historic collections of the National Maritime and Imperial War Museum. ...

Walk this Way – Health Walk

Every Thursday at 9:45am, join us in a walk around the local area. Parking: Free parking on our visitor entrance car park Starting from the Main entrance of the Historic Dockyard, the walk explores this award-winning maritime heritage destination. Walking past and overlooking the largest concentration of iconic buildings, historic ships and galleries you can feel the history coming alive. Have a question? The Historic dockyard supply the walk leaders with a what happened on this day. The walk fo ...

Discover The Dockyard Talks: Royal Dockyard tour

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The Royal Dockyard Tour is a personal walking tour of the Historic Dockyard by a former Dockyard Shipwright where the original uses of some the iconic buildings are explained. It also features historical facts and anecdotes from the working days of the Dockyard. ...

Enchanted Dockyard

All new for 2019 …Join us as we peel back the ancient ivy and disappear into the magical world of the Enchanted Dockyard this October half term. ...

The Powder Monkey – Opera

‘The Powder Monkey’ is a new opera created by Brolly Productions, designer Rachana Jadhav and writer Dominic Hingorani, in collaboration with internationally acclaimed Black composer, Errollyn Wallen M.B.E. The Story: Chukwunenye, an African boy of the Igbo people, is the powder monkey born on a slave ship and now one voyage away from buying his freedom. As the slave ship nears port on the ‘middle’ passage there is an uprising by the enslaved and he must choose which side he will take; h ...

Discover The Dockyard talks: Life on the Cavalier

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Ships volunteers Jim Lowe & Bill Arbin talk about their service on HMS Cavalier and how they continues to work as one of our Historic Ships volunteers today. ...

Railway Weekends!

Join us this weekend where our locomotives will be steaming through the site! Chatham Historic Dockyard Railway has just under 1 mile of line to operate demonstration trains and It’s the perfect photo opportunity to get up close to our railway and speak to our team of volunteers. Please note that our railway trains do not carry passengers.  Did you know… At its peak, it was estimated there was approximately 17 miles of standard gauge railway within the Dockyard. Today there is just under ...

Discover the Dockyard talks: The Dockyard Fire – a firefighter’s perspective

Drawing on his service 40 years in the Kent Fire Brigade, Graham Gash looks at the catastrophic fire which destroyed No2 slip in 1966. Focusing on the links between the Royal Navy and the Kent Fire Brigade, how the fire was tackled then and how it would be approached today. ...

Christmas Wreath Making

New for 2019…Step into the festive spirit by creating your own unique handmade Christmas wreath. ...

TATTOO: British Tattoo Art Revealed

Our exciting new temporary exhibition for Spring 2020 offers a ground-breaking insight into the history of British tattooing. ...

The Festival of Steam & Transport 2020

The Festival of Steam and Transport return to The Historic Dockyard Chatham for 2020. A unique day out for the whole family over the Easter weekend. ...

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

One of Britain’s Best vintage Festivals is back and better than ever.  Live music, vintage entertainment and living history all capturing the spirit of the iconic 1940s. Discounted advance tickets are available now! ...

What's happening at The Dockyard?

THE WAGON STOP CANTEEN

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.

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MESS DECK

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 terracearea.

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