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The Festival of Steam & Transport 2020

12 Apr 2020 - 13 Apr 2020

The Festival of Steam & Transport 2020


It is with sadness that following UK Government guidelines we have closed our visitor attraction to the public from Wednesday 18th March 2020.  This closure extends to The Festival of Steam and Transport 2020.

The Festival of Steam and Transport is a major fundraising event for Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and the proceeds from the event go directly towards the preservation of the 80-acre Historic Dockyard site for the benefit of our visitors now and in the future.

If you have purchased tickets, should you choose to donate the cost of your ticket to help support the work of the Trust in furtherance of its charitable objectives, you do not need to do anything. If you would like a refund for your ticket, please email: or call 01634 823812 with your contact information and refunds will be processed accordingly.


Please visit our COVID-19 update page for the latest news regarding the Festival.


Fun Fair

It's FREE!

Let the kids burn off some steam and let them ride for FREE on our traditional fairground rides.

Ferris wheel




Bumper Cars

Helter Skelter

Live Music!

BBC Radio Kent Sessions

We are working in partnership with BBC Radio Kent to fill the air with the very best in live music. Catch local artists featured on “The Kent Sessions” performing throughout the festival.

Grab a bite to eat from the street vendors, sit back, relax on the lawn and enjoy listening to the bands on the main stage (opposite The Commissioner’s House).

Acts to be announced soon 


Be in awe of our fantastic street performers who will be entertaining audiences across the site.

Balloon Man

Performing both days 

Phileas Fogg

Performing both days 

The Dodo

Performing both days 

Morris dancers

Performing Monday 13th only 

Rock Choir

Performing Monday 13th only 

Punch & Judy

Performing both days 

Classic cars

A fantastic array of classic cars from the 1930s to the 1980s will line the streets for all to admire.


The event wouldn’t be complete without the giants of steam gracing the site – from road rollers to steam traction engines, the air will be filled with the nostalgic smells of steam from a bygone era.


Back by popular demand are the Victorian inspired Steampunks who will take over the iconic mezzanine floor of No.3 Slip.  Find out about the wacky sub-culture based around Victorian Science-Fiction, amazing costume making and bizarre invention creation. There is plenty to see upstairs on the Mezzanine floor: Steampunk Exhibitors, quirky traders, a vintage pop-up tearoom and a display area by Great Kentspectations, the Kent Steampunk group!

Don't forget there's more...

Explore, Discover, Learn...

During your visit to the festival,  don’t forget your ticket allows you to explore the rest of the site. There are 10 galleries and exhibitions all open to enjoy – from discovering the secrets of the Namur timbers in Command of the Oceans, to our walking cinema in Hearts of Oak as well as our working Victorian ropery and 3 historic warships.


Climb on-board HMS Gannet & HMS Cavalier. Ring the bell, sit in the Captain’s chair and see what life was life below deck.

Free Flow Tours

Don’t miss the free flow tours of HM Submarine Ocelot & The Victorian Ropery. No need to pre-book, simply turn up and enjoy exploring the ¼ mile long rope walk & swinging through the hatches of Ocelot.


Take time out from the event and explore our array of galleries. Discover the secrets of the Namur, try your hand at ship trades, enjoy some green-screen fun in People’s, Tools & Trades and enjoy our walking cinema experience in Hearts of Oak.

Application Forms


Please return application forms to the events team via:

  • Email:
  • Post: The festival of Steam & Transport, 1st Floor North, Fitted Rigging House, Anchor Wharf, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Kent ME4 4TZ

Deadline for application forms are: Friday 28th February 


Buy tickets


Tickets Online ticket price

Ticket price

On the day

Adult £19.50 £22.00

Senior Citizen, Ex-Forces, HM Forces with ID and Students

£17.50 £19.50
Child Aged 5 – 15 years

(Under 5’s go FREE!)

£12.75 £14.50

2 adults & 2 children

1 adult & 3 children

£52.75 £59.50
Additional Child £8.00 £10.50
2 day ticket – Adult £25.00 tbc
2 day ticket – Child £18.00 tbc
2 day ticket – Concession £21.00 tbc
2 day ticket – Family £73.00 tbc
2 day ticket – Additional child £13.00 tbc

What's On

What's on

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Notice to Visitors

As with the rest of the world, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is closely monitoring the evolving situation around the global pandemic of COVID-19.

It is with sadness that following UK Government guidelines we have closed our visitor attraction to the public until further notice.

This closure extends to Call the Midwife Official Location Tours and The Festival of Steam and Transport (12 – 13 April).

Whilst outside of our control, we apologise for any inconvenience caused during this difficult time and would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.