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English Festival

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Riverside Country Park in Lower Rainham will transform into a trio of exciting zoned areas for the annual English festival which will be held on Saturday, 22 April from 11am to 5pm.

The English Festival is a fun-packed free day out for the whole family celebrating theenglish festival most iconic and ironic of English traditions.

There are lots of new attractions this year. The event will feature a new Iconic England zone, where visitors will be able to enjoy a performance by St George and The Dragon, while playing a spot of bingo! There will also be an appearance by Mods on scooters.

The Village Square will feature a new English High Street, land train and bandstand entertainment.

The final zone is the Countryside Experience, packed with baby farm animals waiting for hugs in the petting corner, shire horses, sheep shearing, and for the adults, a real ale bar.


Iconic England zone

  • Bar
  • Bingo
  • British Hop Association (new)
  • Classic Sports Cars (new)
  • Donkey Rides
  • Face painting
  • Goody Ales
  • Guildhall Museum
  • Helter skelter
  • Historic Dockyard
  • Ice Cream
  • Mini Gallopers
  • Punch and Judy
  • St George and dragon show
  • Shield stall (NEW)
  • Southern Mini Owners Club (new)
  • Toy roundabout
  • Voices from Victorian England (new)

Countryside zone

  • Blacksmith
  • Core Cider
  • Dancing Arena (with Medway Lindy Hoppers and Medieval Dancers - A Strange Companye) (new)
  • Digger and Tractor 
  • Ford Tractor Club (display only)
  • Hog Roast
  • Kent Wildlife Trust
  • Medway Bee Keepers
  • Medway Ramblers
  • Mobile Farm, including sheep sheering
  • Medway Sports Team
  • Shire Horses
  • Swingboats
  • Tea Bar
  • Woodturner

Village Square zone

  • Bandstand with Kent Police Band 
  • BBQ Train
  • Cake decorating competition
  • Craft stalls and tent
  • Crazy Golf and Deckchair seating area
  • Fete Games
  • Food stalls
  • Kent Cider 
  • Kent fire engine with fire safety advice (new)
  • Land train (new)
  • Medieval dancers (A Strange Companye) 
  • Morris dancing (Kettle Bridge Clogs and Kits Coty Morris) (new)
  • National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
  • Scouts and Guides (new) 
  • Toy roundabouts
  • Wine Stall
  • WI Tea Tent  Vintage Fire Engine (new) 

Walkabout entertainment and characters

  • Birdwatchers
  • Hot Cross Bun Seller
  • Iggle Piggle (new)
  • King John
  • Pearly King and Queen
  • Shakesphere
  • Tudor characters
  • Vintage Prams and Characters (new)

Cake decorating competition

Put your imagination and sugar craft skills to the test and enter our cake decorating competition.

The theme for each cake is Spring.

Bring your entries along where they will be displayed in the tea tent in the village zone. The public will be voting on their favourite throughout the day. There will be a prize for the winner!

The cakes need to be entered by 12pm, judging takes place from 12pm to 3pm and prize giving is around 3.15pm.

Maximum size of each cake is 30 x 30 cm. There are two age categories; under 14’s and over 14’s.

You will need to supply the list of ingredients for your cake on the day.

For additional information, please contact eventsteam@medway.gov.uk.


cake competition


Parking options:

Due to limited spaces at Riverside Country Park, visitors are encouraged to use the Park and Ride and Park and Walk options below:

Park & Ride - £1.00 per person (return). Children under 16 go free. Service runs from the main car park at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham (look out for the yellow Park & Ride signs) – running from 10am to 6pm.
Park & Walk service - Park for £2.00 per vehicle at Bloors Wharf (bottom of Bloors Lane, off Lower Rainham Rd) and enjoy a pleasant 15min walk to the event along the river path - signs will be visible along the way.
There is limited car parking on site at £3.00 per vehicle. Parking will be aimed primarily at blue badge holders.
Riverside Country Park is covered under the Medway bus routes. It should be noted that the Saturday bus service does not enter the Riverside Country Park site.
Disabled parking is available at Riverside Country Park and Chatham Dockyard.