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Festival of Chatham Reach

Festival of Chatham Reach

Festival of Chatham Reach

In partnership with Sun Pier House and Tiller and Wheel, the Festival of Chatham Reach with a country fayre atmosphere will focus on the heritage of the river and vessels.

We’ll be remembering the history of Sun Pier as a hub of river life coinciding with the second weekend of Heritage Open Days.

Located alongside and on Sun Pier in Chatham, which is currently the only available public river access point in Medway, we will celebrate with:

  • Steam Tug Barking offering free ship tours,
  • Free sailing trips on board Sailing Barge Edith May,
  • Sailing Barge Blue Mermaid offering free tours and demonstrations,
  • A Whitstable Oyster Smack attending on display,
  • Jetstream Tours attending with ‘Jacob Marley’, running short river excursions,
  • Free history walks, covering the wharfs and west end of Chatham High Street,
  • Live music throughout the day, including sea shanties and folk music
  • Have-a-go activities for all to try and learn about river vessels,
  • Demonstrations of traditional river skills,
  • Costumed characters
  • An arts market, local produce and food stalls,
  • Exhibitions inside The Riverside Gallery at Sun Pier House, inspired by local history
  • Drop in family friendly art workshops
  • Traditional carnival games for all ages,

Seeing Medway from the river is without doubt its most beautiful viewpoint.


From: 18 September 2021 10:00 To : 19 September 2021 16:00
Location: Sun Pier House, Medway Street, Chatham ME4 4HF
Cost: FREE

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