Original post : 6 June 2017

2017 Medway In Flames Event

Information for residents of St Mary’s Island – Medway in Flames

Event date: Saturday, 17 June

Event time: 2pm – midnight

Main Medway in Flames river show running time: approx. 9.45 pm – 10.45pm.


All signage entering Medway will direct traffic to the main park and ride area on the Great Lines Heritage Park. There will be no signage directing people to the event itself, with the intention of keep the area surrounding Chatham Maritime and St Mary’s Island as traffic free as possible. The parking area around Dockside Outlet Centre will remain open including the multi-storey car park, and after 4pm the universities’ car parks will become available for public use.

In addition, signage will be placed on Maritime Way, Chatham, stating ‘access and parking for residents only’ and that there is no access to the event.

Parking restrictions

Temporary ‘no parking at any time’ restrictions will be in place on the following: southern section of Island Way East and West from the junction with Samphire Way to Restharrow Way, between 8am and 11.59pm on Saturday, 17 June. There are provisions to place further restrictions on the northern section of these roads if required and additional enforcement officers will be on duty. 

Car parking

We are encouraging people to park their cars and access the event in one of the following ways:

1 – Park in any public car park in Chatham (standard charges apply) and catch a free shuttle bus service from Chatham bus station, operating between 1pm and midnight

2 - A free park and ride service will be provided from Great Lines Heritage Park in Gillingham, operating between 1pm and 11.45pm

3 - A free park and walk service will be available from the universities’ car parks off of the Dock Road/Maritime Way roundabout, open between 4pm and 11.30pm

4 – Dockside Outlet Centre car park will be open as usual

5 – The Historic Dockyard Chatham, entrance via Western Avenue, will operate its usual pay to park service

Planned road closures on Saturday, 17 June

Dock Head Road will be closed to general traffic from 1pm. There will be access for bus services and residents only.

Dock Road will be closed from about 9.45pm for a short time to allow for crowds to leave the site once the main event ends. (Subject to firework start and finish time)

Please note that although the festival spans 10 days, the only event where large numbers are expected is the 17th June 2017; ample parking and alternative transport has  been provided to ensure that disruption to St Marys Island is kept to a minimum.

Please note This is as Medway Council event, the Council are responsible for organising all aspects of the event including traffic management and for any further information please contact Medway Council.

Launch Event

Free tickets (standing room only) are available for the Battle of Medway commemoration launch event at the Chatham Historic Dockyard on 8 June, 1-4pm.

To get tickets you need to follow the instructions on the Chatham Historic Dockyard website.  It's likely to be oversubscribed so you need to apply pronto.


The galleries will be closed to the public on that day.

This Event will mark the formal start of ten days of Anglo-Dutch activities in Medway to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Dutch attack on Chatham in 1667. The event will be attended by invited guests and the public- from our online ticketing system.

The ceremony will include a parade by a naval guard provided by a visiting Royal Navy Warship, speeches and a parade with performances by the combined British and Dutch Royal Marine Bands (The Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth and the marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy) – one of the very rare occasions when they will perform together.


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