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Festival of Steam & Transport 2019

21 Apr 2019 - 22 Apr 2019

Early Bird Discount! Book online now!

The family favourite Easter event is back! From steam trains, to our free funfair, to food stalls to steam punks – It’s an event not to be missed!

More event information to be announced 

  • If you wish to display your vehicle at this event, please download the vehicle application form below. Once filled out please send it electronically to: events@chdt.org.uk or by post FAO: Events Team


Street Entertainment

The Dockyard comes alive with our street entertainers. Have your camera at the ready with our some new acts for 2019!

The Dodo Rider

Legendary equestrian rider Lillian May Stanhope……, fresh from a Royal Command performance at Sandringham for Queen Victoria herself, wows audiences with her rare appearance of  Raphus Cucullatous, the last known living specimen of the Dodo bird.

This dainty rider dazzles audiences around the globe, showing off her physical strength by bounding along on the back of a galloping Dodo, sometimes while blindfolded, and always full of nerve!

Distiguished patrons include Queen Victoria & the Royal Family, Napolean III and the Czar of Russia.

Phileas Fogg: Day 79

Join Phileas Fogg and his French valet Passepartout as they attempt to circumnavigate the world in just 80 days.

The year is 1872 and it’s day 79 of the journey. Our intrepid adventurers are just hours away from crossing the finish line, if they can just coerce their hot air balloons to go in the right direction they stand to win a grand prize.

From the makers of Baba Yaga’s House, The Giant Balloon Show and The Tiny Travelling Tightwire Show comes a hilarious roam-about fusing modern technology and the classic adventure novel by Jules Verne.

Supported by Just So Festival, SpareParts and Arts Council England

The Giant Balloon Show

The GIANT BALLOON SHOW will have the audiences in stitches and in awe simultaneously. Expect feverous balloon sculptures, high energy comic performance and of course the all important giant balloon!

A 45min show for all ages, with lots of audience interaction. The set up is quick and easy – everything needed for the show is self-contained in the beautiful custom made balloon cart. The show has toured large open field festivals, theatres, corporate events, libraries, and has even been adapted for Christmas.

Our BIG FREE funfair is back!

Make family memories with our vintage rides

The rides that are included in your admission are:


Ferris Wheel

Chair o Planes

Swing Boats

Helter Skleter


Mini Toy Carousel

Fun at the Fair!

These activities are at an extra cost

The following activities are not included in your admission ticket, and are at an extra cost: 

  • Coconut shy
  • Shooting gallery
  • Hook a duck
  • Striker


Here at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, we have just under 1 mile of line to operate demonstration trains. Run by our dedicated team of volunteers, it’s the perfect photo opportunity and to have the chance to get up close to our very own steam trains!

Our trains will run up and down the site throughout the weekend.

Please note that our trains are purely demonstration and we do not carry passengers.


Classic Cars

As you wander, marvel through years of vintage vehicles; from hot rods, motorcycles/bikes, military, steam, kit cars and many more. They give the Dockyard a nostalgic feeling for you to enjoy! Some owners may even let you sit behind the wheel of these classic motors

Motion Picture Motors are returning too, with cars from your favourite films!
Lookout for the Mr Bean Mini, 71 Reliant Regal Van – Only Fools & Horses, 1978 Firebird – Smokey and the Bandit & many more*

All appearances are subject to change. CHDT reserve the right to change – some may cancel upon short notice.


The Steampunks are back! Located in 3.Slip, be amazed by their costumes, entertainment and gift stalls!

Steampunk, for those of you unfamiliar, is a subgenre of science-fiction, based on an alternative history of the Victoria era, in a post-apocalyptic future, where steam power still rules!

Information on entertainment and stalls to be confirmed 

Food & Drink

From hot sausage rolls to tasty sweet treats to our classic fish & chips in our Mess Deck restaurant. At this event, you won’t be going hungry! With plenty of food stalls to discover around our site, there’s choices for the whole family!

Stalls will be confirmed in 2019 

Annual ticket holders

Annual Ticket Holders 2018 offer!  Normal online price
Adult £10.80 £12.00 
ConcessionSenior Citizen, Ex-Forces, HM Forces with ID and Students with ID Card  £9.90 £11.00 
ChildAged 5 – 15 years

(Under 5’s go FREE!)

£8.55 £9.50 
Family £31.95 £35.50 
Additional Child £7.20 £8.00

Non- Annual ticket holders

NON- Annual Ticket Holders 2018 offer! Normal online price
Adult £17.55 £19.50
ConcessionSenior Citizen, Ex-Forces, HM Forces with ID and Students £14.85 £16.50
Child(Under 5’s go FREE!) £12.15 £13.50
Family £49.05 £54.50
Additional Child £8.55 £9.50

What's On

What's on

We are closed!

Please note that the site is now closed for visitors

We re-open to the public on Saturday 2nd February 2019

Keep in the know on what’s coming up by visiting our What’s on Page

*The Trust office is closed over Christmas: 22nd Dec- 2nd Jan*