‘Call the Midwife’ location is unique feature at this year’s Medway Festival of Steam and Transport
Visitors to the Medway Festival of
Steam and Transport 2013, at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on
Easter Sunday and Monday, are in for a real treat this year.
For the two event days only, 31 March and 1 April, they will be
given the exclusive opportunity to walk around the film location
for the popular TV drama series ‘Call the Midwife’ and see how
areas of the Dockyard were transformed to become the perfect
backdrop for the programme. For the event vehicles, washing
lines, bicycles and music will recreate the special 1950s
atmosphere, as it was for filming.
There are plenty of cars from the period
already booked to appear at the event - a range of well known
makes, marques and models including Austin (such as the A30, A70
and A90), Ford (Prefect, Poplar, Anglia and Consul), Rover and
Wolseley to name just a few. There will even be a Hillman
Minx MK Villa which actually appeared in the TV series and a 1954
Rolls Royce State Landaulette. These and other vehicles will
be displayed in the 1950s themed area.
All the usual elements of this popular event
will of course be returning including the spectacular sights,
sounds and smell of steam as traction engines and locomotives
rumble by, displays of hundreds of classic and vintage vehicles,
live folk and blues music, animal encounters, land train and shire
horse wagon rides (at a small additional charge) and the
opportunity to take a trip on a vintage bus or even to try riding a
Penny Farthing! The interactive Modelling Zone will have
planes, trains automobiles and boats of the miniature variety;
Airfix, the model construction kit manufacturer will be supporting
a special “Airfix Club” junior member’s competition featuring ships
and cars from the current Airfix range during the event and will
also provide a “make and take” model building area, where children
can experience building a model kit for FREE!.
with their unusual Neo-Victorian costumes and steam powered wacky
gadgets also make appearances. ‘Steampunk Central’ will
provide a colourful and imaginative world with traders offering
Steampunk fashions, accessories, gadgets, books and music together
with an exhibition of Steampunk art.
For a special treat there is an exclusive
opportunity to pre-book an Easter roast lunch in Commissioner’s
House – choose either the Ballroom for lunch in 1950s decadence,
the location featured as the restaurant in the current series of
‘Call the Midwife’, or the Pavilion Marquee. Call 01634
823846 to check availability and to make a reservation.
Alternatively there will be good wholesome home cooked foods to
enjoy from Wheelwrights’ Restaurant and mobile units.
All in all this year’s event will be more
exciting than ever!
Tickets are now on sale online or from The
Historic Dockyard. For more information go to www.thedockyard.co.uk/steamandtransport
On the day Event Admission prices:
Adult £13.50; Concession £11.00; Child (5-15
years) £8.50; Family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3
children) £36.50; Additional Family Child £5.50. Children under 5
Children under 16 years must be accompanied
by an adult at all times.
Discounts available for advance purchases,
Dockyard 12 month ticket holders and for two day tickets. See
website for details and to purchase online. Ticket hotline 01634
Easter lunch in Commissioner’s House:
Call the Midwife Restaurant £25.00 per
person, £12.50 children under 12 years
Pavilion marquee £15.00 per person, £7.50
children under 12 years
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