The iconic annual English Festival returns to the Riverside Country Park for another year. Explore the Countryside Experience, the Seaside and the Village Square. Sample local produce and enjoy tea from proper china cups.

  • 23 Apr 2016
  • 11am-5pm
  • Gillingham

Celebrate St George’s Day at the Riverside Country Park this year with some of the most iconic and ironic English traditions at The English Festival. This fun-packed day has something for everyone!

We have three jam-packed areas bursting with activities for the whole family. There is also the picnic area where you can grab a bite to eat and relax.

Countryside experience
Escape to the countryside to meet some baby farm animals in cuddle corner and take a look at some traditional crafts such as blacksmithing and wood carving.

The seaside

Come and take a trip to the beach and tuck into some fish and chips, relax on a deckchair and enjoy a game of bingo. There will be donkey rides and crazy golf as well as a range of fairground rides.

The village square

Head to the village square where you find an array of stalls selling a variety of goodies. Enjoy live music with a cup of tea and a slice of cake whilst the kids hop on board the Little Red bus and tour the grounds.

Don’t miss

Best decorated cake competition

Bake a cake and enter it into our best decorated cake competition. The theme is St George’s Day and the cake must be no larger than 30x30cm. There will be two categories, under 14s and over 14s. If you have any further questions about the cake competition please email,

The Canterbury Shakespeare Festival will be performing extracts from, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘A Midsummers Night’s Dream’.

Why not enter our Town Crier Competition? Sign up on the day and be in with a chance of winning a prize and taking the title!

See if you can find some famous English characters wandering around the park…

There is very limited parking on site, so to avoid being caught in traffic, please take advantage of our Park and Ride service that will be running all day from Dockside Outlet, multi-storey car park, £1 per person (return journey). Or try the Park and Walk from Bloors Wharf (at the bottom of Bloors Lane) and take a lovely riverside stroll to the park, £2 per vehicle

Please note that parking on site will be charged at £3 per vehicle.

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