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The English Festival 2022

16th April 2022

Riverside Country Park is the home of this fun-packed free day out for the whole family. This event runs from 11am-5pm

Celebrate St George's Day at the English Festival

Riverside Country Park is the home of this fun-packed free day out for the whole family. With an entire day of festivities from 11am until 5pm

Celebrating St George’s Day and the most iconic and ironic English historic and modern traditions, from donkey rides to helter skelter, live music and a George and the Dragon show, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

With an action-packed programme there will be plenty to choose from for the whole family. With a funfair, car displays, live shows and even an opportunity to get your picture with a look-a-like Queen!

Check below for the whole lineup of this exciting festival. 

Many exciting activities and performances will take place this year

Come take part in the competitions hosted this year as well

See Shire Horses and other animal displays

Event listings and times

Easter Egg Hunt

Find 10 eggs located around The English Festival and receive a prize.
Collect your form from the bingo tent first – good luck!

Punch and Judy

There will be several Punch and Judy shows throughout the day. Timings for these are: 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Pig Racing

This year there will be Pig races taking place every hour of the festival. The exact times are :11:30am, 12:15pm, 1pm, 2:15pm, 3pm and 3:45pm

Main Arena

11am: Sheepdog demonstration
11.45am: Dragon show
12.30pm: Falconry display
1.15pm: Dragon show
2pm: Shire Horse Harness demonstration
2.30pm: Tractor Demonstration
3.15pm: Dragon show
4pm: Falconry display
4.35pm: Sheepdog demonstration


11am: Kent Police Band
11.45am: Children's Town Crier Competition
12.30pm: Thoma
1.15pm: Kent Police Band
2.00pm: Thoma
2.45pm: Kent Police Band
3.25pm: Cake Competition Results
3.40pm: Thoma
4.30pm: UK Soul Choir


The English Festival will have a jubilee twist this year

A Jubilee Twist

As this year marks the platinum jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, some of the festivities will have a jubilee-themed twist. 

There will be a cake decorating competition themed around the jubilee where you can display your creativity. Cakes need to be entered and left at the WI tea tent by 12pm. Judging by the public is until 3pm, then the results will be announced on the bandstand stage at 3.35pm.

Hands up if you're excited about the return of the English Festival!


Parking Options

  • On-site parking field- 10am to 6pm. £5 per vehicle, Blue Badge Holders free. Cash only.
  • Park & Walk- Bloors Wharf 10am to 6pm. £2 per vehicle, Blue Badge Holders free. Cash only.
  • Park & Ride from University of Greenwich, Chatham Maritime. 10am to 6pm. 15 minute service, last bus leaves Riverside Country Park at 6pm. £1 per person, 16 and under free. Buses are wheelchair accessible and accept contactless or cash payments.

New for '22 - Nu-Venture shuttle bus to The English Festival

A shuttle bus will run every 30 minutes from the following locations: Chatham Bus Station (stop C16), Medway Park, Jeffery Street, Richmond Road (Trinity Road stop), The Strand and Riverside Country Park. Return in reverse. Cost and terms are the same as the Park and Ride.

  • Chatham Bus Station (stop C16) – first bus at 10.06am, 10.36am, then every 30 minutes until 4.36pm
  • Medway Park – first bus at 10.25am, 10.44am, 11.14am, then every 30 mins until 4.44pm
  • Jeffery Street – first bus at 10.27am, 10.46am, 11.16am, then every 30 mins until 4.46pm
  • Richmond Road (Trinity Road stop) – first bus at 10.29am, 10.48am, 11.18am, then every 30 mins until 4.48pm
  • The Strand (Pier Road stop) – first bus 10.31am, 10.50am, 11.20am, then every 30 mins until 4.50pm

Buses return from Riverside Country Park – first bus at 11am, 11.30am, then every 30 mins. Last bus at 6pm.

Let us know what you think

We’d love to hear your feedback on what you thought of this event.
Please take five minutes to complete our short survey by scanning the above QR code with your camera phone – you’ll be entered into a free prize draw to win two tickets to this year’s pantomime at The Central Theatre, Chatham. 

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