Published: Monday, 22nd July 2019

Families are invited to visit Medway’s heritage sites this summer to discover more about our local history.

Visitors can embark on trails across castle grounds or construct a catapult in craft sessions. There is something for children of all ages to enjoy.

Experience castle life as it would have been at Medieval Merriment at Rochester Castle on Saturday, 10 August and Sunday, 11 August, from 10am to 5pm. Wander around the Medieval Siege Society’s living history camp and watch as the trebuchet siege weapon is fired. There will also be archery and falconry displays, a courtly jester and refreshments will be available. Entry to the castle gardens is free. 

Families can also take part in heritage trails around Rochester Castle, Temple Manor in Strood and a pirate trail at Upnor Castle. Discover lots of fun facts about the sites for a chance to win a prize.

Summer activities will be on offer at Rochester and Upnor castles from Wednesday, 24 July to Sunday, 1 September, from 10am to 6pm, last admission 5.15pm. Children can get stuck into weekly themed craft activities in Rochester Castle’s Tower Two, from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. They can make their own castle catapult, sword and shield, jester’s hat, and much more. Create pirate finger puppets, telescopes, eye patches and ships at the Barrack Block, Upnor Castle, from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Join in the fun at Temple Manor during weekends from Saturday, 27 July to Sunday, 1 September, from 11am to 4pm, last admission 3.30pm. Children can make medieval banners, shield sun catchers and a knight’s goblet during craft sessions.

All trail and craft activities cost 80p per child plus admission fee.

Children can make their own river sailing barge at the Guildhall Museum during the summer holidays from Tuesday to Friday from Tuesday, 23 July until Friday, 30 August, from 10.30am to 3.30pm. They can also follow a river trail and find paper boats hidden around the museum from Tuesday, 23 July to Friday, 30 August. Costs 80p per activity, per child. Entry to the museum is free. The Guildhall Museum is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesdays to Sundays.

Don’t miss the Something Old, Something New exhibition which will be at Eastgate House until Sunday, 29 September. The exhibition highlights wedding customs throughout the ages. There’s plenty of things for children to do including a horseshoes trail, a dressing up area and colouring activities. Eastgate House is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Admission fees apply.

Connect with Medway's rich heritage 

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming families to Medway’s heritage sites this summer. Our historical buildings provide a fantastic setting for children of all ages to connect with Medway’s rich history. We hope our fun and creative activities will further their interest in heritage.”

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