The Festival of Steam and Transport at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham

by Lauren Abbott

Enjoy the Easter weekend with a fantastic family day out at The Festival of Steam and Transport.

It's one of the biggest events in The Historic Dockyard's calendar and thousands of families are set to attend.

It takes place on April 21 and April 22 - Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

Chatham Historic Dockyard's Festival of Steam and Transport
Chatham Historic Dockyard's Festival of Steam and Transport

The giants of steam will be on display - from road rollers to steam traction engines and the air will be filled with nostalgic smells from a bygone era.

Lining the streets of the Dockyard in Chatham will also be a variety of classic cars from the 1930s to the 1980s to admire, as well as the Dockyard’s trains steaming through

the site regularly.

Back by popular demand are the Victorian inspired Steampunks who will take over the iconic mezzanine floor of No.3 Slip with live acts, fashion stands and photo opportunities to display their quirky sense of fashion and wacky inventions!

There will be lots to see and do at the dockyard over Easter
There will be lots to see and do at the dockyard over Easter

And street Entertainers will be popping up all over the Historic Dockyard - from the Giant Balloon Show to a Dodo rider and even an appearance by Phileas Fogg!

The free Victorian Funfair is back, which is included in the price of admission to the event and will allow visitors to ride again and again on classics including the carousel, ferris wheel and dodgems and hungry and thirsty visitors can sample food and drink from around the world thanks to a variety of refreshment stands.

The Festival of Steam and Transport is running alongside all of the dockyard's other attractions including its three historic warships, 10 museum galleries and three play areas.

Mark Sandberg, Trading Services Director at the dockyard, said: “Every year we look forward to The Festival of Steam and Transport, not only because it’s such a great family event over Easter but because it feels like the beginning of the exciting visitor season here at The Historic Dockyard Chatham."

Event tickets for visitors who don't hold an annual pass for the dockyard, begin at £17.55 for adults and £12.15 for children (aged over five) when bought in advance.

To learn more about the event please click here.

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