Coronavirus cancellation

In line with government advice to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken the decision to cancel Sweeps Festival. 

While we appreciate that this will be disappointing news, we hope you understand that the health and wellbeing of our customers and staff is of the utmost importance to us.

There are currently no plans to reschedule these events.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

More about Medway's response to the coronavirus

About Sweeps Festival

Rochester’s annual Sweeps Festival recreates the joy and laughter enjoyed by chimney sweeps at their traditional holiday.

It was the one time of the year that the sweeps could leave the soot behind and have some fun.

The Sweeps holiday was traditionally held on 1 May. Locally, they used to mark the occasion by staging a procession through the streets of Rochester.