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 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. Read more about the Student Union.
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 Distilleryat 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. It was also shortlisted for the Kent Tourism 2017 Hidden Gem award, sponsored by South Eastern. Congratulations to the team for their success.
On Friday 1st December 2017 HRH The Princess Royal officially opened the Copper Rivet Distillery. Bob Russell together with his sons Matthew and Stephen welcomed the Princess Royal to the venue introducing her to the team and giving her a tour of the distillery. Whilst enjoying the tour the Princess Royal had the opportunity to use a copper ‘valinch’ which is a tool to extract barrel samples of maturing Malthouse Whisky which will be ready for release in 2020. The Royal visitor unveiled a plaque to officially mark the opening of the business. The distillery celebrated its second anniversary in October 2018 with a special evening of fantastic food and music.
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).
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.
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.
From time to time the PCSO organises bike marking and community safety events on the Estate so watch out for these. You can go along and have your bike security marked and pick up some free home security and safety advice from the Police and the Council for free.
Chatham Maritime Estate is a great place to live, work, study and play. If you need help or assistance from our team at The Observatory please get in touch.