Medway and the region
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.
I wanted to be close to London and the Medway campus at Kent was the ideal location.
Culture 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.
Each year, there are a number of fairs and festivals, such as the Fuse and River Festivals, Armed Forces Day, Sweeps Festival in Rochester, 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.
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.
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. 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.