Medway in Flames

  • Medway in Flames

Celebrating 350 years of friendship and co-operation between our two nations since the conclusion of the Anglo-Dutch wars, Medway in Flames

Saturday 17 June 2017 from 2pm at the water basins at St Mary’s island, the Ship & Trades, the Outlet Centre, Chatham Historic Dockyard and Upnor Reach.

Medway in Flames will be a sensational finale to our festival of cultural, sporting and educational events. This is a major public event with Upnor Castle as the backdrop, depicting the Dutch Raid on the River Medway and Chatham Dockyard.

Water activities

Take the opportunity to take part in water activities including: dinghy rides, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, bell boating and stand up paddle boarding. All of these activities are being offered free of charge from the Arethusa Venture Centre and Medway Watersports Trust (bring a towel if you can).

3.15pm - Splash Dog water display

4.00pm - Water activities

5.30pm - River activities

Sail Past outbound from Chatham Ness to Upnor

6.30pm - Fly boarding / jet ski demonstration

7.00pm - GPS tug display

7.30pm - Display by Royal Engineers Boat Operations Troop

8.00pm - Fly boarding / jet ski demonstration

8.30pm - Display by Royal Engineers Boat Operations Troop

9.00pm - Fly boarding / jet ski demonstration

NOTE: Water activities timings are subject to change due to weather, tides or operational issues. These events will take place in Basin 2 of St Mary's Island.

Funfair

There will also be a funfair open on the 16 and 17 June 2017.

The times are prices are:

5.00 to 9pm - £1 per ride

2.00 to 11pm - normal prices apply.

Music programme

Battle of the Medway – folk stage ( near ship & trades)

Mc Bob Kenward

The folk bands all have connections with the river Medway. Some have worked and lived on the Medway and others have written songs concerning the river Medway. The Dutch band Scheepsfolk ('ships folk') have written and recorded an album about the Dutch invasion of the Medway in 1667.

2.00 to 3.00pm The Lowly Strung

3.00 to 3.45pm Skinners Rats

3.45 to 4.30pm Scheepsfolk

4.30 to 5.30pm Skinners Rats

5.30 to 6.15pm Bob Kenward

6.30 to 7.15pm Scheepsfolk

7.30 to 8.30pm Ian Petrie Band

8.45 to 9.30pm Scheepsfolk

10.25 to 11.10pm Ian Petrie Band

Battle Of The Medway – blues/rock stage (by Odeon cinema)

Mc Griff Rising

This is a cross section of bands featuring swing, skiffle, blues, rock and reggae from groups that play festivals and stages and are good at interacting with crowds.

2.00 to 3.000pm Goosebumps

3.30 to 4.45pm Miles Cookman Band

5.15 to 6.00pm Lonnie Donegan Jnr And His Band

6.30 to 7.45pm The Catfish Blues Band

8.15pm to 9.30pm Beggars Belief

10.25 to 11.10pm Mr Bridger

Battle of the Medway – bandstand area – (basin 2 area)

Mc Vicky Price

An 'easy listening' type stage more suitable for a bandstand entertainment.

2.00 to 2.45pm Medway Band

2.45 to 3.15pm We Can Sing UK

3.15 to 3.45pm Medway Band

3.45 to 4.15pm Big Sing

4.15 to 5.15pm The Native Oysters Band

Medway in Flames finale

The evening finale will include water screens, digital projection, characters from history, pyrotechnics, special effects and fireworks that will bring the Battle of Medway to life.

A major public event utilizing Upnor Castle as the backdrop, depicting the Dutch Raid on the River Medway and Chatham Dockyard. The ‘foot-print’ for the event will include the water basins at St Mary’s island, the Ship & Trades, the Outlet Centre, Chatham Historic Dockyard and Upnor Reach. The day starts at

2.00pm onwards – General activities such as fairs, stalls, food and drink – Basin 2

4.00pm – 9.00pm – Live English and Dutch folk music on stage, walkabout entertainment – location tbc

5.30pm - 6.00pm (subject to tides) – Anglo Dutch River Pageant

6.00pm-8.00pm – a variety of water activities opposite Upnor castle such as Fly Boarding, Jet Ski displays

9.30pm-10.30pm – Medway In Flames Spectacular finale depicting the events leading up to the raid on the Royal Dockyard at Chatham, Upnor Castle and the ships of the English Royal Navy anchored on the River Medway. Celebrating 350 years of friendship and co-operation between our two nations since the conclusion of the Anglo-Dutch wars, Medway in Flames will be a sensational finale to our festival of cultural, sporting and educational events.

Contact info

Further details

Location

Across Medway