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Chatham Dockyard's Festival of Steam and Transport this Easter weekend

Set sail on a voyage of discovery into the world of steam, transport and steampunks this Easter weekend.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s hugely popular annual event, the Festival of Steam and Transport, is back on Easter Sunday, April 21, and Easter Monday, April 22.

As part of your ticket, there’s a free funfair with some vintage rides including the Chair O Planes, Dodgems, Ferris Wheel and Carousel.

Star Cross Fairies pose at last year's festival Picture: John Westhrop
Star Cross Fairies pose at last year's festival Picture: John Westhrop

Besides the usual galleries and historic warships to see, plus the Victorian Ropery, you can enjoy some live music from BBC Radio Kent’s The Kent Sessions, plus classic cars lining the streets and the dockyard’s trains steaming through the festivities.

The steam element isn’t just confined to the transport however, as there’s a Steampunk Village, run with Great Kentspectations.

The Festival of Steam and Transport at the dockyard last year
The Festival of Steam and Transport at the dockyard last year

Steampunks are known for their inventions, gadgets and steam powered – think HG Wells and Jules Verne mixed with Victorians.

In the village you will find all things steampunk from various stalls to tea dunking contests plus the chance to fling cuddly toys from elastic-powered canons!

The Festival of Steam and Transport is back
The Festival of Steam and Transport is back

DETAILS

The Festival of Steam & Transport will be at the Historic Dockyard Chatham on Easter Sunday, April 21 and Easter Monday, April 22. More details at thedockyard.co.uk

Read more: All the latest events across Kent

* Easter activities for children at the dockyard run up until Saturday, April 20. To find out more click here.

Steam engines drive past crowds during the Festival of Steam at the dockyard Picture: John Westhrop
Steam engines drive past crowds during the Festival of Steam at the dockyard Picture: John Westhrop

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