Inaugural Medway River Festival

Photo of boats at the Medway River FestivalChatham Riverside was the place to be on Saturday, 2 June when yachts and sailing vessels of every kind joined together for the first ever Medway River Festival.

The festival, which celebrated Medway’s maritime connections, was held as part of the Queen's Jubilee Weekend and formed part of Medway's Year of Celebration. 

In addition to the colourful displays of yachts, rowing boats, kayaks, and somePhoto of Canoe Running at Medway River Festival thrilling races, local clubs and associations offered support and advice shore-side for everyone to learn more about the river. 

Medway Sub Aqua Club informed people about what lies beneath the river's surface and the RSPB were on hand to talk about the wildlife on the river. For rowers without sea-faring legs there was also a rowing machine challenge to see who could row the furthest.

Live music, nautical themed performances, food stalls and children’s entertainment added to the carnival atmosphere of the event, which attracted thousands of people to Chatham's riverside and showcased Medway's iconic river.

The event was organised by Medway Council and supported by Chatham Maritime Trust.

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