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What’s On

at The Historic Dockyard?

The Railway Children

This Is My Theatre presents an open air theatre production of The Railway Children on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August. Whilst written more than a century ago, this charming children’s novel still inspires all ages and with folk music throughout, everyone will have their hearts warmed with this captivating adaptation ...

Inclusive Family Creative Workshop (FREE)

Calling all Octo-Cadets, we need you for an exciting art mission! Captain Christopher Sacre needs your help to create new characters to combat sea monsters! This drop-in activity is free for everyone and will be delivered in BSL and spoken English. ...

Relaxed Opening Afternoon

Kids walking onto HMS Ocelot
Join us for a relaxed afternoon at the Historic Dockyard. This session has been designed for visitors with autism, learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders, along with their siblings, families and carers. ...

Salute to the ’40s

Start planning your vintage outfit and perfecting your victory rolls now, it’s time to meet again on 10 & 11 September 2022 ...

Heritage Open Days: Amazing Inventions

The Historic Dockyard Chatham Archive in the Fitted Rigging House
As part of Heritage Open Days 2022 we’re pleased to offer free behind the scenes tours of our brand new conservation laboratory and our archive ...

Photography Workshop

As an 80-acre site with over 40 scheduled listed monuments and buildings, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is packed full of striking architecture inside and out. Our Photography Workshop provides an opportunity to go behind the scenes and get under the skin of the Dockyard.  Led by experienced local photographer Louise Hubbard, you’ll learn how to capture the best architectural photographs with subjects ranging from Victorian buildings to Historic Warships ...

Railway Weekend

Rochester Castle on the historic railway at The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Savour the bygone age of steam when the beautiful locomotives from our historic railway run through the ‘yard… ...

Christmas Wreath Making Workshops

Back by popular demand, our Christmas Wreath Making Workshops are not to be missed. Join the Master Ropemakers and spend the afternoon in the festive surrounds of Commissioner’s House. Bring your Christmas wreath ideas, choose your colour scheme, get creative and learn how to make a unique Christmas wreath to hang proudly on your door. ...

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Eat alongside historic Locomotives in our our Wagon Stop Canteen. Hugely popular with our visitors and serving a hearty ‘workshop’ menu - ‘doorstep’ sandwiches, hot Kentish pies, cakes and delicious Kentish ice cream.



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.


Latest blog articles

... dig a little deeper

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Curator, a Master Ropemaker or a Visit Maker? We regularly take you behind the scenes with our blog articles giving you a small insight into our people as well as sharing some of the fascinating stories from our historic site.