Historic Dockyard Chatham

Historic Dockyard Chatham
The Historic Dockyard
Chatham
Kent
ME4 4TZ
England

Website

www.thedockyard.co.uk

www.chdt.org.uk

E-mail

info@chdt.org.uk

Telephone

Administration

01634 823800

Information Line

01634 823807

Fax

01634 823801

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A unique, award winning maritime heritage destination with a fantastic range of attractions, iconic buildings and historic ships to explore, PLUS a fabulous programme of temporary exhibitions at No.1 Smithery.

Make rope on the Victorian Ropery Tour; be gripped by stories of life aboard our Three Historic Warships, see BIG ‘things’ in 3 Slip The BIG Space and hear of heroic stories in RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection. Visit the beautiful Commissioner's garden and the Railway Workshop Picnic and Play indoor soft play or the outdoor adventure play areas.

No. 1 Smithery: National Treasures Inspiring Culture is an all round treasure house for the whole family with brilliant new galleries displaying world class maritime treasures from two national museums and a changing programme of temporary exhibitions and family activities.

Steam, Steel & Submarines - explores the Royal Navy’s use of the River Medway in the 19th and 20th centuries, representing a time of power, strength and adaptation, not only in terms of the ships built, but the people behind the dockyard, without which Britain may not have achieved such global influence.

Incredible value for money! With so much to see and do, you can come back again and again with your 12 month ticket. (Terms and conditions apply).

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Archive, Gallery, Heritage site, Historic house or home, Industrial heritage site, Transport heritage site, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

See www.thedockyard.co.uk as seasonal opening applies:

15 February - 30 November

10am-6pm BST, 10am-4pm GMT

Closed during January and December

Admission charges

TICKETS ARE VALID FOR 12 MONTHS FROM DATE OF FIRST VISIT:

Adults: £18.50
Concessions: £16.00
Children: (5-15 yrs) - £11.50
Family: (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children £49.50
Additional Family Child - £8.00

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • English Heritage
Getting there

By Rail: For the Historic Dockyard Chatham please alight at Chatham.
(40 mins from London St. Pancras, 1 hour from London Victoria and 1 hour from Margate)

By Bus: Local Bus Routes Arriva 140 & 141 and Nu-Venture 151.

By Road: Follow brown tourist anchor signs from A2/M2 Junctions 1 or 4, or M20 Junction 6

For Satellite Navagation please use ME4 4TY

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Squeeze and Squash

A Squash and a Squeeze: Sharing Stories with Julia Donaldson

  • 15 February — 1 June 2014 *on now

Julia Donaldson, author of children’s modern classics such as The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Princess Mirror-Belle and The Troll, has worked with Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books to bring these best-selling children’s captivating stories to life, allowing visitors to enter the imagination of this much loved author and discover how she inspires her readers with story, rhyme and rhythm.

Julia’s journey can be followed from song writer for children’s television to Children’s Laureate 2011-2013. Families can share stories, cuddle the Gruffalo, crawl into the Squash and a Squeeze House, climb into Cave Baby’s cave and enjoy dressing up, looking in the funny mirrors. They can follow in Toddle Waddle’s footsteps, and even sing-a-long to her songs on Julia’s Jukebox or perform a play on the special stage! Visitors can view the amazing original artwork by her many illustrators – most famously Axel Scheffler, but also Lydia Monks, David Roberts, Nick Sharratt, Karen George and Emily Gravett – a must for any art enthusiast.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • Any age

Website

http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/Prices

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Coco and the Butterfields

The Medway Festival of Steam and Transport

  • 20 — 21 April 2014 10am-6pm *on now

Visitors will be treated to a variety of music on two main stages located within a historical setting. Acts performing to the crowds include: Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs an ‘off the rails’ skiffle band, well known on the Glastonbury Festival scene, with their quirky and comedic act playing music with wash boards, soap boxes, banjos and guitars and CoCo and the Butterfields, provide something a little different. A five piece band with a unique fusion of folk, pop and hip hop or ‘Fip Fok’ they are not to be missed! Funke and the Two Tone Baby a talented multi-instrumentalist will entertain with his mechanical alt-blues music; Kentish band The Flowing play alternative and folk songs with a range of instruments; and performances from Larkspur with their mix of lively traditional and modern folk music, will ensure that visitors will not be disappointed.

The River Medway sets the scene for a second stage, backed by the beautiful Commissioner’s House. This Sixties and Rockabilly Stage will be flanked by vehicles from the 1960’s, hot rods, trucks and American vehicles and this area will have an American Diner feel to it where visitors can rock ‘n’ roll the weekend away!

Acts on this stage include: Scarlett Rae and the Cherry Reds who perform a fusion of blues, rockabilly and jazz; Like…The Beatles bringing visitors the most accurate and fun Beatles tribute act in the UK, take a trip down memory lane; making a welcome return Thee Waltons, a playful act with a unique blend of hillbilly rock ‘n’ roll; The Kick-Backs are a six piece rock, funk and soul band with sing-a-long covers; The Scalextrics are a new-wave punk rock band with hits from the ‘60s, ’70s and ‘80s; and performances from Leroy and the Rockets with impressive credits in the music industry, be entertained with a mix of rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll and blues.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

One day: adult £13.50, concessions £11.00, children £8.50, family ticket £36.50.
Both days: adult £18.50, concessions £16.00, children £14.00, family ticket £54.50.

Website

http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/Events/Medway_Festival_of_Steam_and_Transport_2014_/Medway_Festival_of_Steam_and_Transport_2014_.html

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Junior Ghost Walks

http://www.chdt.org.uk/NetsiteCMS/pageid/847/2007/08%20Junior%20Ghost%20Walks.html

Come along to Chatham Historic Dockyards for a Ghost Walk (suitable for 8-12 year olds). Hear spooky stories based on mystery, history and adventure told by a costumed guide as you are led around the Ropery buildings, including one that is reputedly haunted. These tours are ideal for Youth Groups looking for something different or a birthday treat. Ghost Walks take place once a month on a Friday at 19.00 and last approximately 45 minutes.

How to obtain

Alternative nights to Friday are available on request, subject to a minimum of 10 people per booking. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Places must be pre-booked and pre-paid by calling 01634 823845.

Getting there

By Rail: For the Historic Dockyard Chatham please alight at Chatham.
(40 mins from London St. Pancras, 1 hour from London Victoria and 1 hour from Margate)

By Bus: Local Bus Routes Arriva 140 & 141 and Nu-Venture 151.

By Road: Follow brown tourist anchor signs from A2/M2 Junctions 1 or 4, or M20 Junction 6

For Satellite Navagation please use ME4 4TY

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