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Music, Theatre and Creative Arts events and activities in Medway to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Creative Arts

Mountbatten House is being transformed into a large art installation for the Jubilee

Jubilee Windows Project

A large art installation has been created using Mountbatten House, which looms over the Pentagon in Chatham, as part of Medway’s celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Some 250 windows have been tactically coloured purple or blacked out so that when lit up at night the building will display a fitting tribute to the Queen. 

Keep a look out for when the installation is lit up at the beginning of June.

The project is being run by Ammused, and supported by Medway Development Company (Medway Council) and Medway Norse.

Book now for a free jubilee flag printing workshop

Jubilee Print Workshops

Venue: Chatham Library and Rochester Library
Time: Various (see below)
Date: Saturday, 21 May 
Join local artists Xtina Lamb in celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee, with a free 30-minute screen printing workshop. Have fun helping to create a very large flag and your own individual one to take home!
  • Chatham Library, Community Hub Chatham from 10-10.30am, 10.30-11am, 11-11.30am
  • Rochester Library, Community Hub Rochester from 2-2.30pm, 2.30-3pm, 3-3.30pm

Suitable for adults and children aged 7+ (accompanied by an adult).

To book a free space pop into any Medway library or call 01634 337799.

The Cut of Her Cloth

Venue: Chatham Intra

Time: 10am-4pm

Date: Thursday, 2 June

Celebrating Medway's female leaders with communities across Medway. Intra Arts in partnership with Live Music Now, are launching a project to create textile banners, ceremonial garments and songs, with Platinum Jubilee Funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. Join them at the project's launch event for a fun day of music, sewing, making and cake to salute 70 years of Her Majesty's reign and local female leaders. Find out more 

Entangled Crowns Workshop

Saturday, 28 May 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm, Rochester Art Gallery, Visitor Centre, Rochester

Join exhibition artist Jane Furst in the gallery activity space for a special crown making workshop and create your own intricate crown to take home, made from wire, natural and recycled materials and inspired by her beautiful crowns on show. Drop-in activity, stay for a couple of hours or a whole day. All materials provided. Suitable for adults, young people ages 16+ and over 8s accompanied by an adult. Places allocated on a first come, first served basis.  

create your own poem inspired by the thrilling life and work of influential Gillingham-born poet and writer, Rosemary Tonks

Poetry Workshops – Rosemary Tonks

Venue: Chatham Library, Community Hub, Chatham

Time 1-3pm

Date: Saturday, 4 June

Write like Rosemary- create your own poem inspired by the thrilling life and work of influential Gillingham-born poet and writer, Rosemary Tonks. Open to all ages and abilities.


Artist Nicole Mollett and project lead Sarah Jenkin, Community Librarian

Circle of Six Women Murals

Venue: The murals are on blue hoardings on Jeffrey Street in Gillingham, and next to the Prestige Launderette (opposite the Monarch pub).

Time: Accessible anytime

Date:  March 2022- March 2023

Six murals of six fascinating and influential women with a close and personal connection to Gillingham, by local artist Nicole Mollett. The Six Women are Suffragist and peace campaigner, Dame Kathleen Courtney, African princess and friend to Queen Victoria, Sarah Forbes Bonetta, pioneering psychiatrist, Dr Lorna Wing, poet and novelist, Rosemary Desmond Boswell Tonks, inventor and engineer, Verna Holmes, and artist Eileen Tirzah Garwood.



Live Music, Shows and Cultural Events 

Music From the Proms by City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra Music from the Proms

Saturday, 28 May 7.30pm at Central Theatre, Chatham

Enjoy all the pomp and circumstance of the Proms at this concert by the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra, featuring works by Verdi, Respighi, Gabrieli and a traditional Proms line-up - Elgar, Walton, Wood and many more. Find out more


Chatham Maritime Jubilee Food & Drink Festival

Thursday 2-Sunday, 5 June 10am-6pm (5pm Sunday), Chatham Maritime

The Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival takes place from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June 2022. EVENT CANCELLED SATUDAY, 4 JUNE DUE TO WEATHER

There will be tasty food from local producers, kids' activities, funfair, watersports, musicians and the highlight will be the Dragonboat Racing on the Sunday.  The racing will start from 10.30 am and the final held at 4pm. Medals and trophies will be awarded at the Bandstand in Dock Square at 4.30pm.

The festival is FREE to all. Find out more

A Celebration of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

A Celebration of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Friday, 3 June 10am to sunset, Historic Dockyard Chatham

Medway African and Caribbean Association invites you to a celebration of Kings and Queens from across the world. Includes food, drink, live performances, DJs, dance, salsa, African dancing, activities and more. 

Free tickets must be booked in advance.  SOLD OUT

Enjoy an organ promenade concert under Gaia

Organ Promenade Concert under Gaia

Friday, 3 June 7.30pm. Rochester Cathedral

Enjoy an evening of music played on our spectacular organ. Acting Director of Music Jeremy Lloyd will be playing a selection of music underneath Luke Jerram’s spectacular Gaia.

The concert will include popular organ music including Handel’s Hornpipe from the Water Music, William Walton’s Crown Imperial and Edward Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March Number 5.

Tickets £10 for adults, £5 U18s. Please contact [email protected] for carers tickets. Advanced booking highly recommended

Neil Sands presents Happy and Glorious at the Central Theatre, Chatham

Happy & Glorious

Tuesday, 5 July 2pm, Central Theatre, Chatham

This unforgettable afternoon of patriotic nostalgia is filled with over 60 all-time favourite songs many from the stars of Her Majesty’s Royal Command performances. Travel back to the rocking 1950s and the swinging 1960s, enjoy ever popular show tunes and sing along to a Pearly King & Queen old time knees up. Add to that a rousing selection from Last Night of The Proms, and a flag waving finale in a tribute to the veterans of the armed forces, singing the songs that won the war. Find out more


Songs & Scones at Chatham Library

Platinum Jubilee - Songs & Scones Concert

Friday 10 June, 2.30-4pm, Chatham Library

A great opportunity for older people living in the Chatham area to come together and share an enjoyable afternoon in the company of Live Music Now musicians.

Soprano Claire Ward and pianist Guy Murgatroyd will be performing a special Platinum Jubilee themed concert. They will be performing songs by British composers with opera, folk songs and show tunes all featuring.

To reserve a free place, telephone Medway Libraries 01634 337799 or visit a library in Medway and ask staff to book a place for you.

Part of a series of concerts taking place the second Friday of each month

Find out more about the concert 

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