Autumn opportunities at the Historic Dockyard Chatham

Date Posted: 13/07/2012

Salute to the ‘40s, off-beat gadgets and Britain’s oldest naval building; the Historic Dockyard Chatham has a host of opportunities for those arranging a group trip this autumn.

1940s nostalgia event

Re-creating life on the Home Front, vintage event Salute to the 40s takes place on 15th and 16th September.

Groups will be entertained by 1940s-style singers, dancers and musical artistes, and can view a parade of vintage fashion as well as dressing up in their own 1940s style dress.

Civilian and military re-enactors and vehicles, a village square and encampments will create an authentic backdrop, plus there will be gun firing displays and tours to the air-raid shelter.

Exhibition of off-beat gadgets

This temporary exhibition will run from the 15th October to 2nd December at No. 1 Smithery: The Gallery.

Whirrs, Cogs and Thingamabobs will feature over 150 off-beat antique gadgets for special interest groups to take a closer look at, including a clockwork burglar alarm and an electric hair-restoring comb.

Afternoon tea at Commissioner’s House

Group travel organisers booking lunch or afternoon tea at Commissioner’s House, Britain’s oldest naval building, can combine a tour of the historic property.

Not usually open to visitors, the house was built to accommodate the resident commissioner, his family and servants in 1701.

For further group travel information or to book, contact:


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