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Easter Eggtravaganza!

6 Apr 2019 - 20 Apr 2019

Easter Eggtravaganza!

Easter Eggtravaganza at the Dockyard!

6th April - 20th April 2019

Join us this Easter for a fun packed holiday of activities! From Doc.Yard’s Secret Lab to giant rope eggs hidden across the site for our very own Easter egg hunt! Not forgetting the whole site is open to explore… from guided tours, to ringing the bell on HMS Cavalier to burning off those Easter chocolates at our play areas!

And one last thing! 

The Festival of Steam & Transport event is taking place on Easter Sunday & Monday (21st & 22nd April) Tickets are available now!

Doc.Yard's Secret Lab

The Shape of Sound

This year Doc.Yard’s Secret Lab consists of a 20 minute noise workshop presented by Bunsen – Doc.Yard’s assistant; a make and take area with noisy poppers and chicken noise makers, and Doc’s own Sound laboratory with noises to make and activities to try! -Make a sound wave, play a bugle and learn about sound!

To visit Secret Lab you must book a time slot upon arrival at the Plan Your Visit point – this is at no extra cost. This experience is bookable throughout the day at timings of every half hour from arrival time: 10-10.30 until 16:30-17:00.

The noise workshop takes place in No.1 Smithery and lasts for 20 minutes. Buggies can be parked inside the building before entering the room and everyone gets a ‘vocal warm up’ before entering the lab!

We do advise arriving early to book your time slot to avoid any disappointment.


Bunsen will show you how to ‘see’ sound – make music without touching an instrument! Be amazed at the science ‘magic’ of the chladni plate and much more.


Create your own paper popper and chicken noise maker and try it out in our courtyard eco chamber!

Shape of Sound Laboratory

Explore and experiment in Doc.Yard’s science and music laboratory, make noises, make waves, make discoveries and make your own music

Doc.Yard's Easter Trail

Can you find our giant rope eggs hidden across site?

The Doc.Yard experience continues across site this year! Make sure you pickup a Doc.Yard trail leaflet on the way out of Secret Lab to find objects that link to the experiments from the show!

More details coming soon 

Discover the site!

80 acres of adventure!

If you have bought your tickets online, simply show your reference number upon arrival and our team will print your tickets for you. If you have lost your tickets – don’t panic! Our team can reprint these for you.

To avoid disappointment please book onto our FREE guided tours as soon as you arrive . These are booked at the Plan Your Visit point where our team will give you a variety of options to book a time slot, please bring your timed ticket with you.

Not forgetting to discover HMS Cavalier & HMS Gannet – climb on-board! Explore the site and find the Steam Steel and Submarines Gallery, The RNLI Collection, play areas and more!

We also have 2 food outlets on site – The Wagon Stop – perfect for light bites and well known for it’s delicious pies! & The Mess Deck – Ideal to take a seat and recharge your batteries! From paninis and soups to burgers and fish & chips!

The Ropery

  • WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS – Victorian Ropery Tour – Take the Victorian Ropery Tour and ‘learn the ropes’ with a foreman from 1875. Discover why the enormous double Ropewalk is nearly ¼ mile long
  • WEEKDAY ONLY – Live Demonstrations – Rope has been made here for 400 years and we still make it today – for lots of customers! This means you can witness the mysterious craft of ropemaking for yourself during our live demonstrations by the Master Ropemakers!  Monday – Friday only at 12:15pm from the Victorian Ropery building.
  • WEEKEND ONLY – Rope Walk Talk – Our Master Ropemakers have a much needed break at the weekend but that doesn’t mean you still can’t see what goes on. Get the behind the scenes feel and discover the machinery used.

HM Submarine Ocelot

  • WALK THROUGH – 15 MINUTES. This tour is for those that want to have a feel of what life was like on-board! Swing through the hatches and discover the last Royal Navy warship built at Chatham!
  • GUIDED TOUR – 30 MINUTES. This is for those that want a little more detail on how all 69 men lived on-board for up to 10 hours at a time underwater! HMS Ocelot was made for the perfect surveillance vessel and were selected to undertake missions in the deep waters of the world’s oceans – some of which remain top secret!

Hearts of Oak

  • WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS 35 MINUTES -Free flow digital theatre tour. Join the now retired Master Shipwright, John North, as he relives his role as the Valiant’s Carpenter and encourages his Grandson to follow in his footsteps.

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