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The Historic Dockyard Chatham Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is excited to announce a special promotion for its local residents in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the formation of the award-winning charity that is custodian of The Historic Dockyard Chatham. From 1 to 30 April 2024, residents living in Medway postcodes can enjoy a generous 40 per cent discount off the walk-up price of admission tickets.

On 30 March 1984 Chatham Dockyard’s gates closed, ending 400 years of the Royal Navy’s presence in Chatham and the surrounding area. The same day, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust was formed to save 80 acres of this uniquely historic site and provide a beacon of hope for the community.

The Trust is this week marking its anniversary and giving the local community opportunity to visit the historic site at a discounted price.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has been an integral part of the Medway community for over 400 years. Local residents who take up the offer will have the opportunity to discover four centuries of maritime heritage by exploring the historic warships, experiencing the famous ropewalk, engaging with the numerous galleries, and immersing themselves in the stories of the Dockyard.

Included in the offer is the brand-new RNLI 200: The Exhibition, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. This exhibition allows visitors to discover the heroic tales of the men and women who have risked their lives to save others, in times of calm and amidst the most treacherous storms.

Visitors will also be able to embark on an exciting rescue mission with RNLI’s Stormy Stan and the Storm Force Crew. This quest, running from 29 March to 6 May 2024, gives families the opportunity to navigate through the twists and turns of the Dockyard, rounding up the wayward lifebuoys and restoring order. On special dates children will also be able to meet Stormy Stan and pose for photos (see website for dates and information).

Residents with postcodes ME1, ME2, ME3, ME4, ME5, ME7, ME8, and ME9 7 are eligible for this exclusive offer. To claim the discount, visitors must present photographic identification with proof of address at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on the day of their visit. Each household is limited to a maximum of six discounted tickets per day, redeemable only at the ticketing office.

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