Inflatable whale
  • Date: 16th June 2019
  • Location: Chatham
  • Time: 11:00 - 17:00
  • Cost: Free

What better way to spend Father’s Day than by the river? Come along to River Festival 2019, a free family festival celebrating maritime Medway.

Come along to the River Festival, a free family festival celebrating maritime Medway. 

There'll be plenty of water and land activities. Come along and get involved - it's taking place on Father's Day, so why not bring the whole family? 

The main viewing area will be Chatham Waterfront between Sun Pier (by B&M) and the end of the walkway outside Gun Wharf.


Highlights include:

  • hovercraft displays
  • historic boat sail past
  • Fire Tug - watch out for their spinning water pistol!
  • exploring a giant inflatable 18metre whale (details below)
  • Father’s Day activities
  • RE Army Boat Display - they will also have a boat on land so that youngsters can 'climb on'
  • Fire Tug Water demonstration
  • arts and crafts in Chatham Library (details below)
  • dancing on the pier (details below)

The Whale: Plastic Bag Jellyfish Show 

A highlight this year is the giant inflatable 18metre whale.

You can step inside the whale, meet the cheerful Navigator, and experience a beautiful, funny and interactive show.

This highlights the impact plastic has on our environment through a series of fun learning and theatrical experiences. 

Scuba diver storytelling

Dance on the pier

Formerly known as The Big Dance, Dance on the Pier will be taking place and will include a mix of dance genres, ages and will also include some have-a-go sessions between 12noon to 4pm.

Companies involved include:

  • Dance Alley
  • Essence Dance
  • JSD Troupe
  • Upside Down Dance Academy
  • AMG Dance
  • Hackett-Kyne Irish Dance
  • Revolution Dance
  • Moving Memory Dance Theatre
  • Loop Dance Company
  • The Right Step Dance Company (providing workshops)

Activities at Chatham Community Hub and library 

The hub will be open and will host activities including:

  • Medway Print Festival – printing workshops by local print artists, inspired by the river
  • Sea Folk Sing –  choir singing sea shanties and new songs inspired by stories of the Medway
  • Windrush Celebrations – public performance/re-enactment, steel pan music and art installation

Fort Amherst and the Command of the Heights project  

Fort Amherst will be open to the public with activities including:

  • dad’s army tunnel tour
  • BBQ
  • guns and small cannon on display
  • children dress up
  • vintage tearoom (in the café)
  • Adult Education activity (making badges)
  • fort craft activity

Two children sitting at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham.

Ships at River Festival