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Easter in Medway 2023

Mary Sewell
9th March 2023

We at Visit Medway want to help and give your family the perfect family fun Easter holiday, with fun days out, to indoor attractions and exhibitions, we're sure there's something for everyone to do here in Medway, this Easter.

Here's a rundown of things taking place from the 1 to 16 April in Medway.

Fire Man Sam Live

Fireman Sam Live - The Central Theatre, Chatham

Fireman Sam Live

Pop along to Pontypandy and watch the adventures unfold with Fireman Sam at The Central Theatre, Chatham.

When all of his friends go away, Norman Price decides to find adventure in Pontypandy and become the star of a visiting circus. But with a tiger on the loose and faulty lights, the adventure soon turns to danger. Can Fireman Sam come to the rescue and save the circus?

Join Sam, Penny, Elvis, Station Officer Steele and Norman in an all singing, dancing, action-packed show. You can become a fire-fighter cadet and then watch the magic of the circus.

Tickets available online.


Medway's Easter Trails

Exciting trails will be taking place at Rochester Castle, Upnor Castle, Temple Manor and the Rochester Guildhall Museum during the Easter holidays.

Pick up a special badge on completion of the trail at the following attractions:

Your challenge is to complete all the trails and collect the badges.

How it Works

On your first visit you will receive your free lanyard. You will earn a button badge at each attraction when you have completed the trail.  

Trails are free but admission prices apply (where applicable).    

Family Activities - First World War

Family Activities - First World War

Families can explore our galleries using one of our free trails and, during school holidays, have fun with a range of hands-on activities for all ages.

This holiday spark your imagination and help bring history to life by handling First World War artefacts from the Museum’s collection.

Do you have a lucky charm at home? First World War soldiers did too. Join us to create a ‘Fumsup’ charm which was carried by the soldiers and take away a lasting memory of these brave men.

£3 per activity per child (50p discount with friends’ membership and discounts with a Snob the Dog loyalty card).  Regular Admission prices also apply for details and opening times, click here.

Monsters of the Deep - clay creature!

Captains Cat's Easter Egg Hunt

Tape by Numen/For Use

Easter at the Dockyard

What's Hatching at the dockyard -1-16 April

Spring is in the air, and dozens of mystery eggs have been laid across the Dockyard. Follow their trail and solve the puzzle to gain access to the secret Kraken’s Lair.

Captains Cat's Easter Egg Hunt - 1-16 April

Hop on down to The Historic Dockyard Chatham from the 3rd-17th April for some egg-tastic family fun! The Captain’s Cat is back with an eggcellent egg hunt that’s bigger and better than ever before! Hidden amongst the 80 acre site will be The Dockyard’s rope eggs just waiting to be found by eager explorers.

Monsters of the Deep Clay Creatures Workshop - 5 April

In partnership with the Medway Swale Partnership, why not join us and create your own clay sea creature. Workshop is free on the 5 April, two sessions available. Prebooking essential.

Activities free but normal admission prices apply.  

Monsters of the Deep

Take a deep breath and plunge down to the murky, dark depths of the ocean to discover the monsters that lurk beneath. Are there krakens with tentacles two miles long and giant sharks as big as skyscrapers?

Curated by the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, in partnership with the Arts Council England this special exhibition at The Historic Dockyard Chatham starts on 1 April and runs until 19 November. 

Tape by Numen/For Use

Sit, walk, crawl or simply admire from afar – fully immerse yourself in the gigantic installation made entirely from tape. An exciting exhibition in Slip 3, from 18 March to 30 April.

For more details, click here.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at Eastgate House

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Back by popular demand, this interactive, 55-minute magical fun show for all the family will be performed in the unique setting of Rochester’s beautiful Tudor mansion, Eastgate House.

Performance dates:

Saturday, 1 April
Saturday, 15 & Sunday, 16 April
Show times: 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm and 5pm

Adult tickets £12, Child £6 and babes in arms Free.  Click here for more information. 


English Festival, Riverside Country Park

English Festival - Saturday, 15 April (11am-5pm)

All things English from morris dancing to drinking tea will be celebrated this weekend as part of the annual English Festival at Riverside Country Park, Gillingham.

From live music to Punch and Judy and the George and the Dragon shows, there's something for everyone to enjoy while celebrating St. George's Day and the most iconic English and modern traditions. 

For more details, click here.

79th Cameron Highlanders Regiment of Foote Re-enactment at Upnor Castle

79th Cameron Highlanders Regiment of Foote Re-enactment

On Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 April, The Highlanders are visiting Upnor Castle for the weekend and will be showing off their skills with live demonstrations, recruitment, musket drill and firing. 

The Cameron's are well known as one of the bravest and most chivalrous of the Highland clans; they were one of the last clans to support the Stuart's  claim to the British throne. 

For more details, click here.



Peace Doves

Peace Doves at Rochester Cathedral

Fenland Oak Table

The Fenland Black Oak Table

Peace Doves - A message of Hope & Peace

Rochester Cathedral has been transformed by ‘Peace Doves’ an artwork by Peter Walker Sculptor

Bringing a message of peace and hope, the Peace Doves artwork has been created from thousands of individually hand made paper doves, together they collectively form this beautiful artwork which as a whole reflects joining together in unity, peace and hope moving forward.

The Peace Doves artwork will be at the cathedral until 18 April. Admission free.

The Fenland Black Oak Table

From 3 March until March 2024 in the Nave of Cathedral will be the spectacular 13m long table made from the wood of a 5,000 year old fossilised black oak tree.  The black oak was discovered in 2012, the year of HM the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and was completed and unveiled in 2022, the year of HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The table was dedicated to HM the Queen and is a “Table for the Nation.” 

Easter Services at the Cathedral

A full programme of services will be taking place at the cathedral for Easter.  Please visit website for further details and times.


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