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Summer at The Dockyard

27 Jul 2019 - 1 Sep 2019

Summer at the Dockyard!

Welcome to Summer at The Dockyard!

27th July - 1st September

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. 

80 Acres of Exploration and Experiences

Tickets are valid for 12 months from day of first visit

Historic Ships

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!

The Victorian Ropery

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.

Indoor Spaces for 'Rainy Days'

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.

What's on...

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!

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.

Your tickets

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.

For those rainy days

We've got you covered come rain or shine!

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:

  • Book onto Doc.Yard’s ‘End of the Pier’ science show!
  • Punch & Judy show – Located in the Lifeboat gallery
  • Guided tours – The Victorian Ropery & HM Submarine Ocelot
  • A Pirates life for me exhibition – Pickup a treasure map and find the clues to win some treasure!
  • Heart of Oak – Our very own walking cinema, telling the story of a true dockyard worker
  • Command of the Oceans – People’s Tools & Trades, hands on interactive fun – what skill would be your favorite!
  • Steam Steel and Submarines Gallery – Find the selfie spots!

Discover The Dockyard!

80 acres to explore!

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

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!


The Beach

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.


Food and Drink

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.

Punch & Judy

To keep cool in the shade visit the lifeboat gallery where you’ll find the Punch & Judy tent.
Live showtimes – Show lasts approx. 20 mins
Weekday: 7th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 30th August
  • 10.30
  • 12.30
  • 14.30

Weekend Days -1st September

  • 11:15
  • 13.15
  • 15.15 

Outside of these dates there will a video show of Punch & Judy playing 

Clean up!

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

Doc.Yard End of the Pier Show

Don't forget to book time slot upon arrival

To help you plan your day please see times below:

  • Weekdays: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
  • Weekends: 12pm & 2pm

Doc. Yard Science show

New for 2019 - The End of the Pier Show! Book your time slot upon arrival and take a rest out of the sunshine as you watch Doc and his assistant Bunsen entertain their audience this summer!



Make a moving hand!
What’s in your heart – origami
CSI – what goes where?
Plus...audience participation in the show!


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.

Discounted online tickets...

What's On

What's on