Latest Visitor News & Updates

Rochester Photography Award winners go on show

Published 29 July 2021

The winning photos from this year's Rochester Photography Awards, in association with Visit Rochester UK, will be on display at the Halpern Pop Gallery (located inside Café Nucleus) from 4-10th August. 

The Rochester Photography Awards celebrate the beautiful destination that is Rochester, through the medium of photography. Categories included Best Selfie, Best Landscape Photography, Architecture Photography, Night Photography, Food Photography and Action Photography, with classifications in each category for the best amateur photographer aged 18+ and young photographer aged under 18. 

Upnor Castle sits on the banks of the River Medway

The Gate House at Upnor

Upnor Castle re-opens to visitors

Published 28 July 2021 

Upnor Castle has welcomed back visitors today after joining the list of heritage and other attractions that have re-opened following the lifting of Government restrictions.

Set in picturesque grounds, overlooking the River Medway, Upnor Castle was originally built on the orders of Queen Elizabeth I in 1559 as a gun fort to defend her warships at anchor in the reaches of the Medway and Chatham Dockyard.

Upnor Castle will welcome back visitors daily (exclusind Mondays) between 10am and 4pm.

Temple Manor, Eastgate House and the Old Brook Pumping Station currently remain closed to visitors.  

Medway Pride

Festival of Chatham Reach

Exciting summer events programme announced 

Published 8 July

This summer Medway Council is teaming up with local organisations to celebrate Medway’s culture and communities, past, present and future.  

From the River Medway to Fort Amherst, artists, drag queens, musicians, scientists and of course, Dickens will fill Medway’s high streets and parks with colour and noise creating a brilliant summer of live and online entertainment for residents and visitors. 

There will be something for everyone with a mix of creative, historical, scientific, and above all, fun, festivals which will be held between August and October. The festivals can be made COVID-19 safe, if needed. 

These events are for residents and visitors of all ages, and there will be plenty of activities on offer for children and young people which supports Medway’s aspirations to become a Child-Friendly City, putting young people at the heart of everything it does. 

With 2021 pegged to be the year of the staycation there is so much for residents to enjoy and discover on their own doorsteps. Medway Council’s #WhoKnew campaign aims to highlight Medway’s unique attractions, hidden gems, independent shops, fantastic restaurants, stunning landscapes and encourage visitors and residents to enjoy what Medway has to offer. 

Find out more about the events on our What's On listings page.