Discover Gravesham Festival unveiled

PUBLISHED: 15:30 28 April 2011

Organisers launch Discover Gravesham Festival at Gravesend Cemetary

Organisers launch Discover Gravesham Festival at Gravesend Cemetary


A month long celebration of culture, art and history has been launched in Gravesham as residents are treated to a feast of activities suitable for every palette.

Guided walks, historical talks, children’s workshops and tours of some of the borough’s most treasured buildings, form just part of the biggest festival to come out of Gravesham this year.

Discover Gravesham Festival launched on April 20 at Gravesend Cemetery, one of the many venues part of the festival’s and events begin May 1 with a programme that continues to May 31.

Towncentric visitor manager Virginie Whittaker said: “This year the festival is bigger than ever. We have increased the number of exciting events and activities taking place and extended the festival by two weeks, this will give our visitors the opportunity to enjoy more events.”

Members from 10 different heritage groups in the borough have teamed up with Gravesham Borough Council to put on events which include tours of Gad’s Hill, former home of Charles Dickens, performances by Gravesend Theatre Guild and The Matinee Singers, a variety of waterfront and country walks, and visits to the newly reopen and refurbished New Tavern Fort.

The Discover Gravesham Festival is a unique opportunity to showcase and exhibit the wealth of history that Gravesham has to offer.

Many of the events and exhibitions are free and give friends and families a chance to discover something new together.

The festival kicks off on Sunday May 1 at 11am with a walk around Windmill Hill with local historian Tony Larkin.

If theatre’s more your thing, then why not see Gravesend Theatre Guild perform ‘Copenhagen’ on Thursday May 5 at 8pm

This production is the Guild’s entry in the Kent Drama Association Full Length Play Festival.

Tickets are available from the Box Office on 07981792101 or .

Pick up a programme and book tickets at Gravesend Visitor Centre, Towncentric, at St George’s Square, call 01474 33 76 00 or email

A downloadable version of the booklet is also available at

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