English Festival

22 Apr 2017

Riverside Country Park in Rainham will transform into a trio of exciting zoned areas for the annual English festival which will be held on Saturday, 22 April from 11am to 5pm.

The English Festival is a fun-packed day out for the whole family celebrating the most iconic and ironic of English traditions, with three themed areas - The Countryside Experience, Iconic England and Village Square located around the country park.

This year’s event will feature a new Iconic England zone, where visitors will be able to enjoy a performance by St George and the dragon, while playing a spot of bingo! There will also be an appearance by Mods on scooters.

The Village Square will feature a new English high street, land train and bandstand entertainment. And we will be holding a town crier competition – not to be missed!

The final zone is The Countryside Experience, packed with baby farm animals waiting for hugs in the petting corner, shire horses, sheep shearing, and for the adults, a real ale bar.

Parking and Buses

Parking at Riverside Country Park is very limited, so to avoid being caught in traffic it’s best to take advantage of the Park and Ride service or try the Park and Walk from Bloors Wharf (at the bottom of Bloors Lane) and take a riverside stroll to the park.  Charges apply for parking and the Park and Ride services as follows:

Park & Ride operating from Dockside Outlet Centre (former Dickens World) from 10am to 6pm. £1 per person (under 16s free).

Park & Walk from Bloors Wharf - £2 per vehicle.

Riverside Country Park on-site parking - £3 per vehicle with provision for Blue Badge Holders.

Local buses - Riverside Country Park is covered under the Medway bus routes. It should be noted that the Saturday bus service on this day will not enter the Riverside Country Park site.



  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities