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What’s On

at The Historic Dockyard?

Call the Midwife Official Location Tours

Explore where the real drama happens as a costumed midwife takes you on a walking tour of our historic site. With a picture book to help trigger your memories, you’ll spot the familiar filming locations and see just how Neal Street Productions transform a 400 year old site back to the 1960s. ...

Monsters of the Deep

Take a deep breath and plunge down to the dark murky depths of the ocean and discover the monsters that lurk beneath. Are there krakens with tentacles two miles long and giant sharks as big as skyscrapers? ...

Magical Maritime Mysteries

MESS ROOM is an inclusive, community arts studio on the ground floor at Sun Pier House in Chatham. The artists have been monstering away to create Magical Maritime Mysteries inspired by the Monsters of the Deep exhibition. You’ll discover the underwater world in The Forge, No.1 Smithery ...

Octonauts Deep Sea Adventure

Sound the Octo-Alert! The Octonauts are dropping anchor with a family-friendly activity trail at The Historic Dockyard Chatham for the summer. Join Shellington, Captain Barnacles and your favourite Octonauts characters on an adventure into the deepest part of the ocean. ...

Magical Maritime Mysteries (MINI)

As part of Medway Open Studios we are delighted to host an exhibition of artworks by members of the Medway community in response to the Monsters of the Deep exhibition. ...

National Historic Ships Photography Competition

For the second year running we are delighted to host the National Historic Ships Photography Competition exhibition. The images featured in this exhibition are all from the 2022 Photography Competition which had a theme of ‘Journeys’. ...

Audio Described Tour: Historic Warships

Visit to our three Historic Warships, HMS GANNET, HMS CAVALIER and HM Submarine OCELOT  on a specially tailored event for blind and visually impaired audiences and their families ...

Mini-Deckers

Our bi-weekly, baby-friendly coffee morning in partnership with Mama Matters – Medway and Medway Mums. Come along for a tea, cake and chat with other local mums   ...

Doc.Yard’s Deep Dive: An exploration of Underwater Worlds

Join Doc and Bunsen as they prepare to plunge into their underwater adventures. Learn about the oceans’ underwater zones. Discover the difference between a Diving Bell and a Bathysphere. Marvel at ‘The Bloop’, the loudest sound ever heard in the Ocean. Find out how Thermohaline Circulation creates our ocean currents and helps to feed the mysterious creatures living in the depths. ...

Summer Holidays

Octonauts return this summer but they need your help? Can you save the seabed from the mysterious monsters? Pick up clues across the site as you become an honorary Octo-cadet! ...

Shanties on the Ship

Step aboard HMS GANNET for an evening to remember. Sandilands Shanty Crew and The Rogue Shanty Buoys will be performing sea shanties in this first of its kind event on our Victorian Sloop ...

Open Air Theatre: Robin Hood

Based on the traditional tales of the outlaw of Sherwood Forest, with sword fights galore this exciting adaptation of Robin Hood will have everyone on the edge of their seats this summer. ...

Southern Alfa Day

On Sunday 3rd September 2023, the Historic Dockyard will become an Italian petrol heads playground when we play host to Southern Alfa Day 2023. Organised by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club Kent & East Sussex, the Dockyard will be filled with the sights and sounds of hundreds of these stunning cars ...

Salute to the ’40s

Start planning your vintage outfit and perfecting your victory rolls now, it’s time to meet again on 9 & 10 September 2022 ...

GEM Conference 2023

Join GEM Conference 2023 at The Historic Dockyard Chatham to connect and learn together with colleagues from across the UK on 13 – 15 September 2023 ...

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THE WAGON STOP CANTEEN

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.

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MESS DECK

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.

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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.