Medway

Medway and the region

I wanted to be close to London and the Medway campus at Kent was the ideal location.

~ Jemma Collins, Journalism

Medway is a bustling area with lots of things to see and do; there are outstanding sports facilities, exciting arts programmes and buildings of historic significance. Kent’s Medway students are eligible for concessions at many of Medway Council’s leisure centres, entertainment venues and attractions.

Kent’s Medway campus is part of Chatham Maritime and The Historic Dockyard, Chatham. The Chatham Maritime area has received a huge investment in recent years and includes a multiplex cinema, a large retail outlet and a number of bars and restaurants, all within walking distance of the main campus.

Cultural and leisure

The campus is five minutes’ walk from a multiplex cinema and there are two theatres in Chatham that offer the very best in comedy, art, drama and music. Medway is a prime location and regularly attracts big names to its venues. The Brook Theatre is home to the Medway Comedy Club, where you can spend an evening with some of the best comics on the UK circuit.

Medway is steeped in heritage and boasts a thriving events calendar. Each year, there are a number of fairs and festivals, such as the Fuse and River Festivals. There is also the annual Armed Forces Day and the ever-popular Sweeps Festival in Rochester - a wonderful May Day celebration with a jam-packed programme of events. There are also Christmas markets and the annual bonfire and fireworks night on the Great Lines Heritage Park.

Music lovers can attend the Castle Concerts in Rochester Castle or catch a band at the Central Theatre. There is also a lively music scene on Medway's pub and club circuit and in nearby Maidstone too.

For the thrill-seekers, Medway is home to an ice rink, ski slope and toboggan run, go karting park and an indoor roller skating rink. Those who enjoy nature, walking and cycling will enjoy the local country parks in Gillingham, Capstone and Shorne.

For more information see the Enjoy Medway events calendar or wowkent for details of local arts events and exhibitions.

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History

Medway has a rich and fascinating history. Rochester Castle was one of the first large stone keeps built by William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest, while Rochester Cathedral – where Kent holds its Medway graduation ceremonies – is more than 1,400 years old, the second oldest cathedral in the United Kingdom.

Medway also has a long and distinguished naval history. For instance, the first ship built at Chatham Dockyard took part in the defeat of the Armada; Lord Horatio Nelson joined his first ship at Chatham; and his famous flagship, The Victory, was built here.

One of Medway’s most famous inhabitants was Charles Dickens, who lived in Chatham as a child, and later at Gadshill Place in Rochester for 14 years until his death. The Medway region also features in many Dickens novels and every year the Dickens Festival celebrates his legacy.

Transport links

Medway has excellent road and rail links. The Canterbury campus is 30 miles away and a free shuttle bus runs regularly between the two campuses during term-time.

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Last Updated: 25/06/2015