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Festival of Steam & Transport 2019

21 Apr 2019 - 22 Apr 2019

The Festival of Steam & Transport

Sunday 21st & Monday 22nd April

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 and live music! – It’s an event not to be missed!

New for this year….We are working in partnership with BBC Radio Kent! The Dockyard will be filled with live music from artists featured on “The Kent Sessions”. Take a look at who will be performing at the weekend!


Application Forms

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: or by post FAO: Events Team

Live Music!

Working in partnership with BBC Radio Kent

This year The Dockyard will be filled with live music from artists featured on “The Kent Sessions”. Take a look at who will be performing at the weekend!

Information on times will be coming soon

Sam Winston

Sam is a folk rock/alt pop artist from London. He writes and produces in a studio that he built. He is a multi-instrumentalist and has studied the piano since he was 6. Sam has played festivals like Folk Dock, gigging in venues like The Tate Liverpool and The Albert Dock….(cont)

Jayne Snow

Jayne Snow is professional singer/songwriter who has over 10 years experience gigging and performing live.

Jayne is the ‘National Grand Finalist’ of the ‘Open Mic Uk Competition’ where she performed at The NEC, Birmingham to labels such as Sony, Universal and Warner.

Aid Lewis

Aid Lewis is singer, songwriter, performer and lover of life. Through his music he tells stories of life, love, experience and society.His latest offering and debut album touches on the joys of love and passion, heartache, & Worlds current state.

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.


Great Kentspectations society are back for another year of Victoriana Science Fiction fun and madness!

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! – Great Kentspectations gives us all a little insight to this from the wonderful building of 3Slip.


From clothes, hats, accessories, trinkets, small furnishings, gin, you name it chances are you will find it with one of the Steampunk stall holders,. These include trends from many Gothic, mystical and quirky trading stalls who will be selling their wares over both floors of 3 Slip. There will also be artists, authors and inventors displaying some of their amazing work for you to enjoy plus a chance to meet the makers in person


Joins the Steampunk Stage for a selection of spectacular music, bizarre games suitable for all the family and a chance to learn more about the sub culture with the Meet the Steampunks talk. Plenty of seating so all can watch and listen to the weekends entertainment in comfort and maybe join in for a bit of a dance.

Vintage Tea Rooms

The fabulous Vintage Pop – Up Tearooms are back- a perfect place to rest your feet and absorb the Steampunk surroundings whilst enjoying the perfect cuppa and a slice of homemade cake. Steampunks live off Tea and Cake so you will find a lot of costumed characters here!

Meet the Steampunks!

If you are interested in starting your own Steampunk outfits it’s the perfect place to ask questions and find inspiration, Steampunks are friendly (if not a little mad) people so are always happy to have a chat and answer questions. There will be lovely Great Kentspectations Team members stationed at the main entrance display so if you want to find out more head there and they will be more than happy to help!

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!

Mess Deck

Take a seat in our main restaurant where our event menu will be up for grabs! From our delicious fish and chips takeaway shop, Traditional pie and mash, salads, cakes and cream teas

Wagon Stop

Located in the middle of the site, it’s the perfect location to rest your legs as you explore the festival! From Kentish hot pies and sausage rolls, to delicious homemade and cakes and a variety of hot drinks


A variety of food stalls will be at this years Festival from – a Taste of Thailand, to German sausages, to coffee and cakes to a brewery stand and the Crusty Pie Company!


Annual ticket holders

Annual Ticket Holders Ticket price

1st March – 20th April

Ticket price

On the day

2 day ticket price

1st March – 20th April

Adult £12.50 £14.00 £18.75
Concession Senior Citizen, Ex-Forces, HM Forces with ID and Students with ID Card  £10.00 £12.00 £15.00
Child Aged 5 – 15 years

(Under 5’s go FREE!)

£9.00 £10.50 £13.50
Family £35.00 £40.00 £52.50
Additional Child £7.50 £8.00 £11.25
Please have your membership number at the ready to enter details at checkout 

Non- Annual ticket holders

NON- Annual Ticket Holders Ticket price

1st March – 20th April

Ticket price

On the day

2 day ticket price

1st March – 20th April

Adult £17.55 £19.50 £26.32
Concession Senior Citizen, Ex-Forces, HM Forces with ID and Students £14.85 £16.50 £22.27
Child Aged 5 – 15 years

(Under 5’s go FREE!)

£12.15 £13.50 £18.22
Family £49.05 £54.50 £73.57
Additional Child £8.55 £9.50 £12.82


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