Published: Thursday, 23rd May 2019

Residents are invited to spend Father’s Day celebrating maritime Medway at the River Festival.

The free family event will return to Chatham waterfront on Sunday, 16 June, from 11am to 5pm.

There will be demonstrations and have-a-go river and land activities. The popular fire tug returns to the River Festival and this year there will also be performances by the army boat display team.

This year there will also be a giant 18m inflatable whale. Visitors can step inside, meet the cheerful Navigator, and experience a funny and interactive show which aims to highlight the impact plastic has on the environment through a series of fun, learning and theatrical experiences.

There will also be food stalls, Father’s Day activities and children’s entertainment alongside arts and crafts in Chatham Library.

Visitors can also watch dance performances from a number of troupes at Dance on the Pier at Sun Pier House from 12pm until 4pm. There will be mix of dance genres and visitors will have the chance to try out some of the styles.

Find out more about the exciting Command of the Heights project which is currently underway at Chatham Riverside and Fort Amherst. The project will transform areas of historic value including the Barrier Ditch, a critical part of Chatham’s defences. Work has also begun to transform the Spur Battery, which was once used for troop encampments, siege warfare training and military punishment, into an amphitheatre with seating for outdoor performances.

The significant heritage regeneration project has secured £1.78 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The council is also contributing £400,000.

Medway’s maritime history

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “The River Festival celebrates Medway’s maritime history and gives residents and visitors the chance to watch river-based activities such as rowing, sailing and kayaking. There will also be plenty of activities on land including theatrical workshops inside a giant inflatable whale and arts and crafts. I would encourage residents to come along and celebrate the River Medway with us.”

The River Festival takes place along Chatham Waterfront, from Sun Pier to Gun Wharf, on Sunday, 16 June from 11am to 5pm.

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