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English Festival

The next English Festival will take place on Saturday, 21 April 2018.


2017's English Festival

Riverside Country Park in Lower Rainham transformed into a trio of exciting zoned areas for the annual English festival, which was held on Saturday, 22 April from 11am to 5pm.

The English Festival is a fun-packed free day out for the whole family celebrating theenglish festival most iconic and ironic of English traditions.

There were lots of new attractions this year. The event featured a new Iconic England zone, where visitors were be able to enjoy a performance by St George and The Dragon, while playing a spot of bingo! There was also an appearance by Mods on scooters.

The Village Square featured a new English High Street, land train and bandstand entertainment.

The final zone was the Countryside Experience, packed with baby farm animals waiting for hugs in the petting corner, shire horses, sheep shearing, and for the adults, a real ale bar.


Iconic England zone

  • Bar
  • Bingo
  • British Hop Association (new)
  • Classic Sports Cars (new)
  • Donkey Rides
  • Face painting
  • Goody Ales
  • Guildhall Museum
  • Helter skelter
  • Historic Dockyard
  • Ice Cream
  • Mini Gallopers
  • Punch and Judy
  • St George and dragon show
  • Shield stall (NEW)
  • Southern Mini Owners Club (new)
  • Toy roundabout
  • Voices from Victorian England (new)

Countryside zone

  • Blacksmith
  • Core Cider
  • Dancing Arena (with Medway Lindy Hoppers and Medieval Dancers - A Strange Companye) (new)
  • Digger and Tractor 
  • Ford Tractor Club (display only)
  • Hog Roast
  • Kent Wildlife Trust
  • Medway Bee Keepers
  • Medway Ramblers
  • Mobile Farm, including sheep sheering
  • Medway Sports Team
  • Shire Horses
  • Swingboats
  • Tea Bar
  • Woodturner

Village Square zone

  • Bandstand with Kent Police Band 
  • BBQ Train
  • Cake decorating competition
  • Craft stalls and tent
  • Crazy Golf and Deckchair seating area
  • Fete Games
  • Food stalls
  • Kent Cider 
  • Kent fire engine with fire safety advice (new)
  • Land train (new)
  • Medieval dancers (A Strange Companye) 
  • Morris dancing (Kettle Bridge Clogs and Kits Coty Morris) (new)
  • National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
  • Scouts and Guides (new) 
  • Toy roundabouts
  • Wine Stall
  • WI Tea Tent  Vintage Fire Engine (new) 

Walkabout entertainment and characters

  • Birdwatchers
  • Hot Cross Bun Seller
  • Iggle Piggle (new)
  • King John
  • Pearly King and Queen
  • Shakesphere
  • Tudor characters
  • Vintage Prams and Characters (new)

Cake decorating competition

Bakers were invited to put their imagination and sugar craft skills to the test and enter our cake decorating competition.

The theme for each cake was Spring.

Entries were displayed in the tea tent in the village zone with the public voting on their favourite throughout the day.

cake competition