Opportunities to play at Chatham Maritime

Chatham Maritime Estate has a wide range of services and facilities to meet the needs of residents, workers, and visitors.


  • The Odeon Cinema has nine screen showing the latest movies
  • Arethusa Venture Centre offers sail training and other adventures across the river at Lower Upnor and at Basin 2, Chatham Maritime
  • Flip Out, a Trampoline Park Operator, operates from Unit 4, Jetty 5, at The Quays, Chatham Maritime.   
  • Ship & Trades Public HouseShip & Trades Public House offers fine food and drink overlooking the marina.  There are parking restrictions of 2 hours in the Ship & Trades car park.  If you intend to be there for more than that then you need to register your number plate with the Manager or Receptionist who will add your car onto the system.  If you do not follow the process or are not a genuine customer of the Ship & Trades then CPM will issue a parking charge of £100.  This differs from a Penalty Notice and is enforceable by law.      From the point that the ticket is issued the Ship & Trades, Co-Op and Fish Bar have no part to play.  Any issues with the parking ticket should be addressed to CPM - the contact number on the parking signage.   
  • The new student hub "The Deep End" opened in January 2017 offering leisure and studying space as well as food and drink. The building was once part of HMS Pembroke Royal Navy barracks. The development has kept many of the original features whilst creating a light and spacious environment.  The venue offers various events throughout the week and is available for private hire.  For Student Union information click here.   
  • The St Marys Island Community Centre provides a focus for entertainment and exercise, and offers a large number of activities for kids and adults. Rooms are available for hire for sports and recreation and meetings.
  • There are three large parks on St Marys Island. Finsborough Down, on the eastern side near the port, gives an elevated view across the Island and also has an enclosed dog run area. East and West Chain (named after the ancient maritime defences across the Medway) provide a walk across the spine of the Island.
  • There are also three play areas for children and teenagers and further areas will be provided in Countryside's new development sector called Azure.   
  • Chatham Maritime Marina offers excellent facilities operated by marina specialists MDL and is situated at Basin 1 at Chatham Maritime.    
  • The Copper Rivet Distillery at Pump House No. 5 overlooking the River Medway is now open.   You can take a tour and experience the entire distillation process from grain to glass culminating in a tasting of all the premium spirits.  A tour will last approximately one hour and allows plenty of time for those delicious tastings!  In May 2017 the distillery won its first international award - a double gold for its Vela Vodka at the 17th San Francisco World spirits Competition.  The Vela Vodka is made from the grains grown from the Isle of Sheppey and uses a recipe created by the head distiller Abhi Banik.  It also makes Dockyard Gin and Masthouse Whisky.  For further information and to book a tour visit their website.  The distillery is going from strength to strength; it participated in the Wine & Spirit Competition held in September 2017 in London and came away with three silver medals.   Congratulations to the team for their success.        
  • Adjacent to the distillery is McGuire's Fine Foods Delicatessen and cafe. McGuires stocks products from more than twenty producers in Kent - cheese, charcuterie, bread, fresh fruit, vegetables, crisps, curry sauces and a lot more.  This is a real foodie destination and opens 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (last food order is 4 pm) Tuesday to Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on a Sunday (last food order is 3 pm). ww.mcguiresfinegoods.co.uk.    


  • Dockside Outlet Centre offers a wide range of shops offering fashion and other goods and keen prices. It also houses a food hall and a café.   
  • Co-op run a mini-market in the Ship & Trades building, and a smaller campus shop in Jellicoe House in the University Quarter. 
  • There is also a Fish Bar situated in the Ship & Trades building.


  • Medical care is provided by the Surgery, situated next to the Community Centre on St Marys Island
  • St Marys Island Church is a Christian Church based on the Island. It meets in the Island School Hall and is run in partnership with St. Mark's (C of E) Church, Gillingham, Gillingham Baptist Church, and The Medway Towns Group of United Reformed Churches.  The regular Sunday morning services start at 11 am.  Coffee is available after the service, a time to chat and get to know other members of the congregation.  As part of the service on the first Sunday of the month Communion is celebrated.  On the morning of the fourth Sunday each month a Family Service is held which, as the name suggests, is for families - people of all ages.   On the third Saturday of the month a Messy Church service is held at 4 pm ; this is for families; children must be accompanied by an adult.   The session includes a full programme of activities and drafts for all ages - parents are encouraged to get involved as well as the children.  The afternoon normally concludes with a simple sit down meal.  A contribution of £1.50 minimum per head is requested to cover material and good costs.  Further details can be obtained from Carol Ward on 07961 363417.            


  • Chatham Maritime is a safe place. Chatham Maritime Trust maintains a full time Land Management presence, and maintains most of the safety equipment on and around the Estate.
  • On Wednesday 25th October 2017 from 2 to 4 pm the local PCSO and representatives from Medway Council and Medway Council Community Safety Partnership will be holding a bike marking and community safety event outside St. Mary's Island Community Centre.  Go along and have your bike security marked and pick up some free home security and safety advice from the Police and the Council.    


Chatham Maritime Trust together with the team from Turfsoil and St. Mary's Island residents held a community bulb planting event on Saturday 3rd October 2015 planting some 25,000 bulbs on Finsborough Down to create a profusion of colour in the spring.  

A further planting day was held on Saturday 8th October 2016 on the Central East Bund from 10 am to 3 pm to recognise the good work of the Help for Heroes organisation; the blue and red bulbs were planted to reflect the colours of Help for Heroes.  About 50 people attended and representatives from  Chatham Maritime Trust and Turfsoil were on hand to help.  Some 40,000 bulbs were planted in 2 hours so we look forward to a profusion of colour in the spring!   

DaffodilThe planting day for 2017 was held on Saturday 7th October and yellow was the colour for planting in recognition of Marie Curie and the work that they do.  Thanks to those residents that turned up on the day for their hard work and enthusiasm.    

On Saturday 21st October 2017 just before storm Brian blew in members of Medway Sunlight Rotary Club planted 3,000 purple crocuses on the Stones Roundabout in recognition of "End Polio Now" campaign.  There should be a profusion of colour in the spring.   Thanks to the team at Turfsoil for preparing the spoil for planting.  

St. Mary's Island Garden competition

In the 2015 Winter edition of the Trust's newsletter, the Maritime Messenger, we invited residents of St. Mary's Island to enter their garden in a competition to find the most colourful, structural, family garden and cottage garden.  We would like to thank residents for submitting their photos and we are delighted to announce the first prize winners (photos below) who each received £100 of Dobbies vouchers.  They are:  Linda Smith - structural garden, Rosie Robertson - cottage garden, Heidi Shute for the family garden and Kim Arthur for the most colourful garden.  The runners-up in each category received a subscription to a Home or Garden magazine of their choice.     

StructuralCottageFamily Cottage    The judges were pleased with the quality of the submissions and on a recent tour of the Island they were so impressed with other gardens that were not entered in the competition they decided to award a  prize to the front garden that impressed them the most. 

Front Garden The winner of the best front garden is Mr & Mrs Bavister in The Fishing Village.  They were awarded £100 of Dobbies vouchers. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up.  Their details featured in the winter edition of the Maritime Messenger 2016. 

Winners of Chatham Maritime Trust's Photo Competition  

Chatham Maritime Trust would like to thank those residents that entered the recent photographic competition, we received some fantastic pictures.  There were four categories:  Nature and Landscaping, Architecture, Adventure and Family.  

The winners are as follows:  

Basin 2 Seagull madness

The winner of the Nature & Landscaping category: Steve Gargano of Eastview with  his "Basin 2 Seagull Madness".  Steve won Odeon Cinema tickets and a voucher.  



Basin Edge Properties The winner of the Architecture category: Alan Bennett of Rivermead with his "St. Mary's Island Basin Edge Properties View".  Alan's prize is a tour and tasting at the Copper Rivet Distillery.        



Battle of Medway Fireworks

The winner of the Adventure category: Jacob Browne of Redshank Road with his "Battle of Medway Fireworks".  Jacob's prize is four sessions of watersports activities at Basin 2.     

There were no entries for the "Family" category so this was declared null and void.  Congratulations to the winners; their photographs will feature in the next edition of the Trust's newsletter, the Maritime Messenger and on the Trust's revamped website which should go live later this month.     

Our thanks to the Odeon Cinema, Chatham Maritime, the Copper Rivet Distillery and Arethusa/Shaftesbury Young People for sponsoring the categories.     

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