The Sweeps Festival for 2018 was held on Saturday 5 May, Sunday 6 May and Monday 7 May with pre-festival music on Friday 4 May 2018.
The festival celebrates the traditional holiday that the chimney sweeps enjoyed on 1 May each year which used to be marked locally by staging a procession through the streets of Rochester.
Rochester Cathedral Tours
Free tours and pilgrimages; search for green men and other medieval symbols hidden in this 1400 years-old building.
Find out more about Rochester Cathedral tours
Edward II – Saturday 5 May 2017
Sweeps Concert Night, Rochester Castle Gardens, 7.30pm. Edward II Supported by Funke and the Two Tone Baby.
Sweeps procession parade
The Sweeps parade took place on Monday 7 May at 2.45pm. The Sweeps procession featured the Jack in the Green from Star Hill on the High Street, ending in the Castle Gardens.
Jack-in-the-Green awakening ceremony
took place on Tuesday 1 May at 5.33am, finding morris dancers and sweeps bringing Jack to life at the crack of dawn.
In the Castle Gardens
- Artisan Produce Fair
- Folk-art and Psychic Fair
- Children's Fun Fair
- Real ale tent and fully licensed bar
- The festival's main stage
At Boley Hill
- Musical Instrument Fair
- Recollect Record Fair
- More of the Artisan Produce Fair
- Performances at the Boley Hill Stage
In the High Street
- Morris dancers
- Festival stages with live music
- Plenty of food and drink to enjoy
Morris dancers from around the country came together to perform across the High Street.