COVID-19

We know that there is a huge amount of uncertainty right now and making a trip out of the house to explore our destination may be difficult for many of you over the coming weeks.

During the current situation, our priority is to continue providing essential council services, while protecting the health and well-being of our residents and visitors.

We'll keep you updated about sites and buildings that remain open as well as latest closures as they're decided.  However, in line with government advice to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Medway Council has taken the decision to cancel major events and all shows at The Brook and Central Theatres in Chatham up until the end of July.  Some of the key activities we were planning to commemorate Dickens 150 anniversary due to start from April have also been impacted.

Events cancelled in Medway include:

  • Big Splash, 4 April
  • The Festival of Steam & Transport, 12 and 13 April (The Historic Dockyard Chatham)
  • English Festival, 18 April
  • Sweeps, 2 and 3 May
  • Focus On Rainham, 16 May
  • Cycling Festival, 13 to 21 June
  • Dickens Festival, 13 and 14 June
  • Armed Forces Day, 27 June
  • Focus On Walderslade, 28 June
  • Medway Mile, 24 July

Looking for things to See & Do

Medway's green spaces and Country Parks remain open to the public except  for their onsite cafes, facilities and car parks:

Attractions that are currently closed due to COVID-19 include:

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is closed until 30 April 2020. This includes cancellation of dockyard's Festival of Steam and Transport event and Call the Midwife tours.    

Rochester Cathedral is suspending public services until further notice. Prayers will continue to be offered in this Cathedral by the Dean and Canons at 9am and 5pm daily as prayers have been offered down the centuries. The north door of the Cathedral will be open for the lighting of candles/private prayer from 9.30am until 10.30am, Monday to Saturday, otherwise the Cathedral will be closed.

Medway Council managed heritage sites are now closed until further notice.  These include Rochester Castle, Guildhall Museum and Eastgate House.

Medway Visitor Information Centre in Rochester is also closed until further notice.

Huguenot Museum is closed until further notice, but are continuing to operate behind the scenes for family history research.

The City of Rochester Society has announced that their public walking tours around Historic Rochester are suspended until July.

The Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham is closed until further notice.

Fort Amherst has closed their formal visitor services, this includes tunnel tours, hires and special events until 30 June 2020.  The grounds are now closed until further notice.

Visit Kent's Big Weekend due to take place on Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 April is on hold until further notice. Further details click here.

This page will be updated as soon as we receive details from our attractions across Medway.

For more information and advice on COVID-19 and how to stay safe visit Medway Council's Coronavirus pages.