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Exciting Events this Summer 2022

13th May 2022

Summer is just around the corner, so we've checked out some of the top family events taking place across Medway. From Dickensian celebrations to the grand Platinum Jubilee, there's lots coming up to get whole family out celebrating in the sun. 

The Platinum Jubilee Medway River Pageant - Saturday, 4 June.


To celebrate the historic milestone that her Royal Majesty has achieved, the River Medway will be host to a spectacular array of different ships and vessels. The pageant will climax with the 'Great Cacophony' where the boats will sound their horns, with steam locomotives from the Historic Dockyard and a gun salute from Fort Amherst. There will be plenty of things to see and do in the area as we come together to celebrate such an important event.

A Celebration of Dickens – Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 June.


Alongside the Jubilee will be a celebration of Dickens as well as the Jubilee. So much is on offer from character parades, live music performances to poetry and comedy performances. Wander the streets of Historic Rochester as if it were the Victorian era and immerse yourself in the many performances on offer.

Medway Gaming and Creative Festival- Saturday 16, July and Sunday, 17 July.


This year's gaming festival offers gamers a chance to experience new and retro games, join interactive exhibits and competitions and plenty more. Held at the Historic Dockyard you can delve and immerse yourself in countless genres of video games. All are welcome from novice to pro there is a video game for everybody.

Outdoor Theatre at Rochester and Upnor Castle- 3 August and 6 August


Where better to watch a spectacular theatre performance than surrounded by ancient history? Watch one of Shakespeare's most iconic plays Othello or Orson Welles famous The Importance of Being Earnest. Famous plays surrounded by famous surroundings, how better to spend a family day?

The Importance of being Earnest information here.

Othello information here.

Gaia at Rochester Cathedral - Until 12 June

See the out of this world experience at Rochester Cathedral!

Measuring seven metres in diameter, Luke Gerram's Gaia features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface*. The artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet on this scale, floating in three-dimensions, in the beautiful setting of Rochester Cathedral.

Find out more about viewing Gaia

These are just a taste of the upcoming events this Summer. With many more exciting events being announced you can find out about on our events page. The family can enjoy brilliant and memorable events across Medway this summer.

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