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Summer at The Dockyard

27 Jul 2019 - 1 Sep 2019

Summer at the Dockyard!

Summer at The Dockyard!

27th July - 1st September

It’s fun for all the family this Summer! Scroll down to discover what’s included in your entry ticket – you won’t be wanting to go home!

Please note that all Doc.Yard activities are pre-booked upon arrival at Plan Your Visit – before you enter site. 


The Beach!

You won’t be able to miss it and we’ve thrown it back to the 70’s/80’s for the parents and grandparents to feel all nostalgic! Let the children play in the sand at their own leisure whilst you take a seat in our deckchairs and dream you’re in the Costa del sol! Activities will be happening at the beach every Friday, scroll down for the timetable to help you plan your visits.


Science Show with Doc.Yard!

New for this year is: Doc.Yard’s end of the Pier Show! Find out the weight of your head! Be amazed by the strongest child in the world! Experience the longest, highest musical note in Kent. See Bunsen charged with 100,000 Volts of electricity.

Before the show, visitors can take part in an array of activities and experiments of their own! Scroll down for activities.

Discover 'A Pirates Life for Me' Exhibition

Cool down in No.1 Smithery and visit our temporary exhibition space, where this summer it’s all things PIRATES! We are excited to be the first stop off from the National touring exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Discover The Dockyard

Wondering what else is included in your entry ticket? You’ll be surprised to see how much there really is to do here! That’s why our tickets are valid for 12 months too! So there’s no need to rush, come back another day with friends and experience another whole day out here at The Dockyard! Tickets are activated upon arrival. When you purchase tickets online, a reference code will be emailed to you. Bring this with you upon arrival and our team will take your photo (say cheese!) and your tickets are printed here.

Don’t fancy the long drive to the coast? Don’t worry! Park up in our FREE car park and spend the day at the beach here at The Dockyard. With an array of facilities to make your day easier and plenty of activities, as well as exploring the dockyard grounds, the whole family will be entertained all day.

To help make your days easier… order lunch by the beach! New for this year, visit the beach hut to order off our summer menu and our team will bring your food to you to enjoy in the seated areas. Don’t have a bucket and spade? Fear not! We have our very own beach shop as well as children’s food being delivered in their very own bucket and spade – see menu for details!

Timetable of activities and menu coming soon 

Doc is back, but with new experiments to try and plenty of fun facts for you all! Book your time slot upon arrival, and take a rest out of the sunshine as you watch Doc and his assistant Bunsen, in their theatre style show.

Here’s a teaser on the activities …

  • Make a moving hand!
  • What’s in your heart – origami
  • CSI – what goes where?

All to be explained soon! 

A Pirates Life for Me

Don’t worry, it’s not your usual gallery space, where you’ll need to be quiet as a mouse and can’t touch anything. It’s the opposite!

Children can run around and burn off some energy whilst exploring the wooden Pirate ship – be the Captain and “steer the ship!” Pickup pirate activity sheets within the exhibition and discover a variety of Pirate collections exploring the history and impact of Pirates in children’s culture through displays including toys, books, costumes, illustrations, games and photographs.

Discover The Dockyard!

80 acres to explore!

With an 80 acre site, we’ll certainly keep you busy!

2 guided tours are included in our entry tickets: Walk the ropewalk with our Victorian guide as they take you back in time and showcase how rope is really made! Or swing through the hatches of HM Submarine Ocelot. The last navy warship built here at Chatham has plenty of stories to share! Step into our gallery spaces, from Command of the Oceans, Hearts of Oak theatre, RNLI collection, Steam Steel & Submarines – all include the chance to get up close and play!

Take note of a our railway weekend this summer too – a chance to meet our railway volunteers and watch the train steam through the site!

Get outside and explore the site where you’ll find Commissioners Garden – a beautiful green space to get away from the hustle and bustle. Not forgetting our 3 adventure play areas – including a soft play area for those rainy days!


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