insideKENT Magazine insideKENT October 2018 Issue 79 - Page 68

VISITKENT THE HISTORIC DOCKYARD CHATHAM 1618-2018: 400 years, thousands of stories, one extraordinary place 2018 IS THE HISTORIC DOCKYARD’S 400TH BIRTHDAY AND THIS SPECIAL MOMENT IN NATIONAL HISTORY IS BEING MARKED WITH THEIR FESTIVAL 400 CELEBRATIONS. CELEBRATING 400 YEARS OF THE WORLD’S MOST COMPLETE DOCKYARD FROM THE AGE OF SAIL THROUGH AN EXCITING AND INSPIRING CALENDAR OF EXHIBITIONS, ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS, DON’T MISS OUT A CHANCE TO MAKE YOUR MEMORIES IN 2018 AT THE HISTORIC DOCKYARD CHATHAM. 68 Explore 80 acres of adventure at The Historic Dockyard – discovering interactive exhibitions, indoor and outdoor play areas and 10 museums and galleries. Step onboard two historic warships and discover what it was like to be at sea – or even below the sea! – in a tour of HM Submarine Ocelot and much more. Association and Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, the exhibition will be sharing some of the fascinating stories of the life and contribution of black people who lived within the historic boundaries of Kent. Celebrating their incredible, but relatively unknown contributions to politics, armed forces, sports, religion, society and the arts. Plus, from 5th October, delve in to the latest temporary exhibition held at the No.1 Smithery in The Dockyard – Untold Stories: A Celebration of Black People in Kent. Untold Stories seeks to tell the story of African and Caribbean people across Kent and Medway in the 19th and 20th century. Brought to you by the Medway African and Caribbean During the Halloween half term, Enchanted Garden will be back too. From 20th–28th October, find out what the fairies have been up to since last year in the magnificent grounds of The Commissioner’s House which will be transformed in to an Enchanted Garden. It will be a week full of magic, myths and captivating fun for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss the railway weekends too where you can see the steam trains up close and running. With the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities for train enthusiasts and the family too, see the Chatham Historic Dockyard Railway run on just under one mile of line. Speak to the team of volunteers or give them a wave as they steam through the site! Don’t forget to see the railway workshop too in The Wagon Stop food outlet where the kids can play in a train-themed indoor play area. With so much to do, you’ll be glad to hear that your tickets last a year. Discounts are available online at http://thedockyard.co.uk.