Festivals

Medway boasts a wealth of festivals throughout the year, celebrating Medway’s colourful past and exciting present. From Peter Andre to Peter Pan, you have to see it to believe it.

See all festival listings or view month-by-month on a calendar.

Proud of its association with Charles Dickens, Medway hosts the annual Dickens Festival every June and the festive Dickensian Christmas in the first week of December.

In February, Medway brings in the Chinese New Year, and in April, Riverside Country Park becomes home to the The English Festival, a family celebration of all things English.

In May, local chimney sweeps, Morris sides and folk groups from all over the UK converge on Medway to celebrate the Sweeps Festival.

Every July, Rochester Castle provides the magnificent setting for Castle Concerts, Medway Council’s summer music festival. And don't miss Under Siege - putting Medway's young talent in the limelight. Last July, Medway marked the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with the Medway River Festival, a celebration of Medway's maritime connections.

September brings Medieval Merriment, a tribute to the Middle Ages, to Rochester Castle Gardens; and the Will Adams Festival, a salute to Japanese culture and arts, to Gillingham.

And "remember, remember" November's spectacular Bonfire Night at The Great Lines Heritage Park.

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