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Japan comes to Medway for the Will Adams Festival

Date: 27/08/2010           Category: Events

The sights and sounds of the Far East will come to Gillingham on Saturday, 11 September with the annual Will Adams Festival. Now in its 10th year, the colourful spectacle will take place at Gillingham Park, off Canterbury Street, from 11am to 4.30pm. As well as celebrating Medway’s links with Japan, which Adams forged on his famous voyage to the east in 1598, visitors will also be able enjoy a taste of the Tudor England Adams would have known during his early life in Gillingham. New for this year will be interactive displays and talks aboard a 27ft Tudor ‘Jolly Boat’, a replica of the boats which would have been used to ferry ships crews, officers and supplies from ship to shore. Visitors will be able to meet Sir Francis Drake and learn about navigation, seafaring, trading and life on board ship during the Tudor period. Other attractions include stunning Japanese Taiko drummers and a period encampment, Japanese games and martial arts demonstrations, children’s Tudor pottery workshops, face painting, Manga workshops, Reiki therapy sessions and costumed characters – including Will Adams himself. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “The Will Adams Festival is a wonderful opportunity to explore Japanese culture, as well as learning about life in England during the Tudor period. The festival has gone from strength to strength in recent years with even more free events on offer, so I urge everyone to come along and enjoy the day”. For further information phone 01634 843666, email visitor.centre@medway.gov.uk or visit www.whatsonmedway.co.uk