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Medway River Festival at Chatham waterfront and a free day out at the dockyard

By Angela Cole

An 18m inflatable whale will be the star of the show at this year's Medway River Festival.

Visitors to the event on Chatham waterfront on Sunday, June 16, can step inside the whale, meet the navigator and experience a fun, interactive show highlighting the impact plastic has on the environment.

There will also be demonstrations and have-a-go river and land activities, while the army boat display team and the popular fire tug will both be back.

Hear from Verne Sanderson at Medway Council who has been telling us what to look out for below

Carter with Stormy Sam at the dockyard last year Picture: Steve Crispe
Carter with Stormy Sam at the dockyard last year Picture: Steve Crispe

There will also be food stalls, Father's Day activities and children's entertainment alongside arts and crafts at Chatham Library, and dance performances with Dance on the Pier at the Sin Pier House from noon until 4pm.

Visitors can find out more about the Command of the Heights project underway at Chatham Riverside and Fort Amherst to transform areas of historic value with the help of £1.78 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and contributions from Medway Council.

The Army display at last year's festival Picture: Steve Crispe
The Army display at last year's festival Picture: Steve Crispe

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

Emmie waves to the Army boats last year Picture: Steve Crispe
Emmie waves to the Army boats last year Picture: Steve Crispe

For details go to medway.gov.uk/riverfestival

The day before will be a free day out at neighbouring Chatham Historic Dockyard. There are a handful of free tickets left. Find out more and how to register here.

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