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2018 Sweeps Festival dates:

Saturday 5 May

Sunday 6 May

Monday 7 May


Our Sweeps Festival for 2017 will be held on Saturday 29 AprilSunday 30 April and Monday 1 May. Pre-festival music will be held on Friday 28 April. 

Our Sweeps map will help guide you throughout the weekend.

The festival celebrates the traditional holiday chimney sweeps enjoyed on 1 May each year.
Locally, they used to mark the occasion by staging a procession through the streets of Rochester.


New for 2017...Splat!

Rochester High Street is an alcohol controlled zone. However, close working between Medway Council, Kent Police and pub landlords has allowed drinking in outdoor areas within the festival between the hours of 10am and 6pm only. Normal drinking regulations will apply from 6pm onwards each day of the festival.