Thanks to sponsorship by Weston Homes, the Maidstone River Festival is back after a pause of a few years and we are planning a day all the family can enjoy. The River Festival started 40 years ago and people of all ages in Maidstone have great affection for what was the county town’s biggest annual event. We’ll have dressed up boats, raft races, fun and games for all the family. There will be illuminated boats in the evening and it will all end with a big bang as an award-winning fireworks display will go off from the top of Fremlin Walk in the town centre.
More info at www.maidstoneriverfestival.info
Some of the historic vessels in today’s sail past, plus the impressive Switzer Meridian fire tug which danced like a ballerina.
The OTHER River Festival is back on Sat 27 July and now has a corporate sponsor. Read more at Kent Online…
Verne Sanderson advises us that the Medway River Festival wash-up (and planning for 2019) for the river community groups is on Tuesday 24 July at 12pm at the Brook Theatre. It would be helpful if you could please confirm attendance or otherwise. Phone Verne on 01634 338302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a briefing in the Rochester Cruising Club clubhouse on Wednesday 20 June at 20.30 for all those participating. If you have put your name down to take a councillor please make a special effort to attend.
Ian Foster, Admiral’s Cruise Coordinator
T: 01622 735882
M: 07710 704151
Medway Council are pleased to be hosting the River Festival 2018 in conjunction with The Historic Dockyard Chatham. This year it will be taking place within the Historic Dockyard Chatham and all land based activities need to be booked with them using the form attached. Due to the needs of exhibition space Medway Council are pleased to offer a marquee where necessary – please make sure this is indicated on the form.
If your club or organisation would like a stand and/or power supply, please use the relevant request forms below provided by Medway Council:
Please make sure the forms are submitted by 28 May 2018. Should you have any questions please go directly to Alana Almond email@example.com
This year the festival will take place at Chatham Historic Dockyard, which is celebrating its 400th anniversary by offering free access to everyone on 16 June. There will be “have-a-go” water activities on the Mast Pond and other activities on the river which you can watch from the area between HMS Gannet and the submarine HMS Ocelot. Other historic vessels will be open for visitors at the east end of Basin 1 (Chatham Maritime Marina) and there will be a Parade of Sail featuring historic vessels in the afternoon. High tide is at 3.30pm.
If any local boating clubs and organisations would like a stall at the Dockyard, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass on your request. We are hoping that the Council will provide tables and gazebos but this is to be confirmed.