English Festival 2018
  • Date: 21st April 2018
  • Location: Riverside Country Park, Lower Rainham Road
    Kent ME7 2XH
  • Time: 11:00 - 17:00
  • Cost: Free entry

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

English Festival: Saturday 21 April 2018

Come along and watch a performance by Punch and Judy, while playing a spot of bingo. St. George and Dragon are roaming the festival on stilts. Or why not pop along to our cuddly corner, listen to live bands, buy local produce, get your face painting, plus lots more! You can also take part in the Town Crier competition with our new Crier, Mike Billingham.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.

Festival highlights

  • Land Train
  • Mobile Farm Experience - sheep, calves, lambs, goats, pigs, rabbits, chicks, guinea pigs, tours
  • Sheep shearing
  • Shire Horses
  • Tractor/Lawnmowers/locomotives
  • Woodturners with lathes and demonstrations
  • Morris Dancing from Kettle Bridge Clogs and Kits Cory Morris
  • Medway Lindy Hoppers - Morris Minor Association
  • Kent Wildlife Trust
  • RSPB
  • Large Breeds Dog Rescue
  • Medway Council Sports Team
  • Scouts and Guides
  • Dogs Trust Canterbury with a dog crèche
  • Leeds Castle Falconry
  • Romney Marsh Wool and wool spinning demonstrations
  • Funfair rides
  • Punch and Judy
  • Chatham Historic Dockyard and a rope making machine demonstrations
  • Bingo
  • Voices from Victorian London (a living history display)
  • Rochester Guildhall Heritage
  • Medway Queen Preservation Society
  • Roaming characters and St George stilt walker
  • Kent Classic and Sports Car Club
  • Southern Mini Owners Club
  • Pearly King of East Peckham
  • Facepainters
  • Crazy golf
  • Splashpals
  • WI Tea Tent
  • Kent Police Band
  • Rock Choir
  • Big Sing Choir
  • Vintage Fire Engine
  • Craft Tent
  • Town Crier Competition

Cake decorating competition

The theme for 2018 is Royal wedding/Royal baby.

Bakers are invited to put their imagination and sugar craft skills to the test and enter the cake decorating competition. Entries need to be submitted to the tea tent by 12pm, public judging is 12-3pm and the results announced on the bandstand at 3.30pm.

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


Park & Ride will be £1.00 per person (return). Children under 16 go free, dogs are welcome but must be on a lead. Buses are wheelchair accessible. The Park& Ride runs from 10am - 6pm from the Dockyard area - look out for the yellow Park & Ride signs.

There is a Park & Walk service. Park for £2.00 per vehicle at Bloors Wharf (bottom of Bloors Lane, off Lower Rainham Rd) and enjoy a pleasant 15 minute walk to the event along the river pat

There is limited car parking on site £3.00 per vehicle. Parking will be aimed primarily at blue badge holders - blue badge holders park for free.  

Riverside Country Park is covered under the Medway bus routes.  It should be noted that the Saturday bus service does not enter the Riverside Country Park site.

Want a stall at the English Festival?

If you're interested in becoming a stall holder and would like more information, please send your details to eventsteam@medway.gov.uk.