Re-opening Medway & Covid-19
We know there is still considerable uncertainty and making a trip out to explore everything Medway has to offer may still be difficult.
Our priority is to protect the health and well-being of our residents and visitors. This page is designed to keep you updated about sites and buildings that have re-opened and those that remain closed. Track and trace and distancing measures are in place at many of the attractions that have re-opened. We recommend checking out individual attractions' websites before travelling.
Events cancelled in Medway
In line with government's advice, Medway Council has cancelled all their events until to the end of September 2020. Dickens 150 anniversary activities planned for 2020 have been replaced with the Virtual Dickens 150 campaign.
Shows at the Central and Brook Theatres in Chatham have been cancelled until the end of August. The Central Theatre pantomime Peter Pan, and the Brook Theatre Christmas production have also been postponed for 2020.
Greenspaces and Country Park
Medway's green spaces and country parks are now open to visitors. Play areas have also re-opened.
- Riverside Country Park
- Capstone Country Park
- Ranscombe Farm Nature Reserve
- RSPB nature reserves at Cooling and Cliffe
- Rochester Castle - open Tuesday-Sunday 10am to 5pm. (Please note: Since re-opening the Castle has had to close temporarily for a structural safety assessment)
- Guildhall Museum - open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
- Medway Visitor Information Centre in Rochester - open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
- The Historic Dockyard Chatham - open daily pre-booking only.
- Rochester Cathedral - open for private prayers and Sunday morning eucharist - visit website for details.
- Huguenot Museum - open Fridays and Saturdays only.
- Diggerland - open daily 10am-4pm. Pre-booking essential
- Jetstream Tours has resumed its River Medway cruises. Pre-booking essential
- Medway Park and Strood Sports Centres (Hoo Sports centre re-opens 15 August)
The following visitor attractions currently remain closed:
- Eastgate House, Upnor Castle, Temple Manor and the Old Brook Pumping Station all remain closed
- The City of Rochester Society has announced that its public walking tours around Historic Rochester are suspended until September.
- The Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham reopening on 15 August
- Fort Amherst has closed its formal visitor services, this includes tunnel tours, hires and special events.
- The Strand outdoor pool and paddling pool will not be re-opening for summer 2020
- Splashes fun pool is remaining closed for an 18-month refurbishment programme
- Tours of Copper Rivet Distillery remain suspended
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.