It’s fun for all the family this Summer! Take a look and discover what’s included in your entry ticket – plenty to keep the whole family entertained all summer long and beyond.
Don’t forget – KIDS GO FOR A QUID! Children from 5-15 years can get their entry tickets for just £1 this summer with every full paying adult or concession ticket (1 child per adult/concession ticket). T&C’s apply – see ticketing page.
Buy your entry tickets here online– Kids for a Quid!
Please note that all Doc.Yard activities are pre-booked upon arrival at Plan Your Visit – before you enter site.
We have 3 warships here onsite and you can climb aboard all 3! Book your tour of HM Submarine Ocelot when you arrive – you’ll be amazed at how all 69 men survived in such a small area! Ring the bell on HMS Gannet and sit in the captains chair on board HMS Cavalier!
Take the Victorian Ropery Tour and “learn the ropes” with a character guide from 1875. Discover why the enormous double Ropewalk is nearly ¼ mile long. Children have a chance of making their own rope too. Don’t forget to book this guided tour upon arrival.
We can’t expect the weather to be perfect in the holidays, but what you can expect is a variety of indoor areas to discover! Head to People’s Tools & Trades for some hands on interactive fun! What type of Dockyard worker would you have been? Explore Hearts of Oak Digital Theatre and be immersed in the life of a young shipwright at Chatham. Find out more about the people that worked here in Steam Steel and Submarines gallery – find the selfie spots! Don’t forget we have an indoor soft play area too – enjoy a nice cup of coffee as you watch the children play.
All included in your entry tickets! Please note that Doc.Yard’s Science show is booked upon arrival. Scroll down for times to help you plan your day!
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.
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.
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.
Your entry ticket gives you access to 80 acres of entertainment at The Historic Dockyard Chatham for 12 months. Including 3 Historic Warships, 400 years of history told in 10 museum galleries and a guided tour experience of our Victorian Ropery. 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.
It wouldn’t be a true British summer without some rain! But we’re not here to damper you’re summer spirits… there are still plenty of places to stay covered here at The Dockyard:
3 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! Visit Hearts of Oak – Our very own walking cinema, telling the story of a true dockyard worker . 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!
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.
New for 2019, visit the beach hut to cool down with our delicious ice creams. Order from the summer lunch 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.
Weekend Days -1st September
Outside of these dates there will a video show of Punch & Judy playing
Find the rock pool area where you’ll be needed to keep the beach clean! The importance of the environment comes to light, where children are invited to grab the litter pickers and pick up as much rubbish as they can!
Most importantly – have fun! Grab a beach ball, have your bucket and spades at the ready and chill out in our deckchairs! Don’t forget to have a photo in our giant deckchair – tag us in your photos too! @DockyardChatham
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.
Discounted online tickets...