Festival of Chatham Reach

Location: Sun Pier House, Sun Pier, Medway Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4HF

The Festival of Chatham Reach is a laid back family event where visitors can explore a range of river craft from Thames barges to steam tugs, in addition to a range of shore based events including live music, markets and activities.

The Festival of Chatham Reach is a celebration of the maritime influence on shaping this distinctive part of the Medway Towns.

Visitors will be able to take a river trip aboard 1906 Thames sailing barge Edith May, explore a working steam tug and stand on the deck of authentic 1908 Whitstable oyster smack Thistle.

Shipwrights will demonstrate their skills on the shore side as they demonstrate how to build a clinker boat.

Event Times

Saturday 17 September: 1000-1600

Booking Details

No booking required


The historic ships and several participating venues are not wheelchair accessible. The market and outside entertainment is located on an even hard standing.

Additional Information

There will be a food court selling a range of local produce, games to take part in and a market selling a range of hand made and maritime inspired products.


We are 10 minutes walk from Chatham Train Station, 5 minutes from Chatham Bus Station and the nearest public car park is Sir John Hawkins located on Waterfront Way, Chatham ME4 4JL.

Source: www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/festival-of-chatham-reach

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Edith May

Region South East