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·         53rd Round the Island Race - Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club – Sat 3rd September, Start time 10.30 a.m. 
          at the Sailing Club. 40 Mile clockwise circumnavigation of the Isle of Sheppey.  Longest race of its kind in the UK. 
          Open to all classes of dinghy, catamaran and sailboard.  More info at or contact 
          James Bell 01795 664189 or email

*  Promenade - a weekend of events, talks and performances.
Friday 9th September:
  *     History treasures in sheerness library: discover some of the hidden items in the library's local studies collection. Sheerness library, Russell street 9am-6pm entrance is free.
*    Family history advice sessions: help and support for anyone interested in starting to explore their family history or stuck on their research. Sheerness library, Russell street 10am-1pm. Pre-book a 30 minute session to avoid disappointment, call 01795 662618 for further details.
 *    Sea shanties with Sam The Shantyman: and very special guests Steve Harding on the fiddle, The Big Fish Band and most importantly, you the motley crew. Celebrate the start of the promenade and the opening of the George Plemper photographic exhibition with a song! Blue Town Heritage Centre 2pm-3pm. Entry £1.
 *   Sheppey School in the glam rock years: Catch 22 our generation- photographs by George Plemper, an exhibition of "lost" photographs from 1974-76, when George Plemper was a teacher at Sheppey School. Blue Town Heritage Centre. 10am-3pm, Admission £1.
*   Promenade @ Room: Room, the art at the centre mobile container gallery, will be exhibiting the work of Amy Curtis and Jim Allchin two recent graduate artists who will be exploring transit through public spaces on Sheppey. Promenade by Tesco Sheerness. 11am-5pm. Admission free.
*   Dan Cruickshank: Recollections of remarkable houses, The Country House Revealed historian will discuss other beautiful but less wellknown Country Houses, such as Shurland Hall. Sheppey Little Theatre 7.30pm. Tickets £5
*    'The Wreck'- SS Richard Montgomery: A chance to see two films about the SS Montgomery and historic contributions from the film makers, local historian David Hughes and eye-witness to the sinking Alfred Cole. Blue Town Heritage Centre. 7.30pm £3
*   Sheppey Special Needs Club: Children with special needs will be celebrating Sheppey's aviation history by building a giant aeroplane to celebrate the early flights from Eastchurch over 100 years ago. Children aged 8-12 with any type of special need and their siblings are invited to join in. John Rennie room, Healthy Living Centre, Sheerness. 5.15pm-7.15pm. Entrance is free. 
Saturday 10th September:
*    Local History Societies Showcase: Meet people from local history groups and find out what is available locally to help you learn more about history, learn how to research your family tree, find out about local history organisations. The ‘Sheppey 365 Project’ photo display and lots more. Sheerness Library Gallery, 10am to 1pm Free just turn up.
*  Time & Tide Revisited: An interactive installation by Sheppey artist Julie Bradshaw. Abbey Room, Healthy Living Centre, Sheerness, 12.30 – 3.30pm Free just turn up. 
 *     Your Sheppey Workshop: Using the buildings and history of Sheerness as your inspiration, work with Roxy at Sheppey Matters to paint colourful panels for the Healthy Living Centre. Open to adults and children aged 8+, (under 13’s must be accompanied by an adult) an apron or old clothes recommended, John Rennie Room,Healthy Living Centre. 10am – 3pm Free, just turn up, numbers limited.
 *     Wish You Were Here: A postcard promenade walking tour of Sheerness led by Big Fish Arts comparing pictures and places then and now 10.30-11.30, meet at the Big Fish Shop in the High Street, tickets £5. 
*    Paradiso:  Spectacular outdoor dance performances inspired by the architecture of Sheerness, Dante's Paradiso and the language of South Asian classical dance. Choreographed by Mayuri Boonham with nationally acclaimed dance company Akademi. Part of Encounter, a regional commissioning project. Free - just turn up Beachfields (next to the Healthy Living Centre), Sheerness, 11.30am-12.00 and 2.30-3pm.
Architecture, History and a Sense of Place: a discussion with architectural experts Ptolemy Dean, Edwin Heathcote and Christopher Woodward. Blue Town Heritage Centre, 12.30pm. Tickets £5
*    Punch and Judy: Big Fish Arts perform their unique life-size live Punch & Judy Show, a fun evocation of bygone seaside summer holidays. Beachfields (near the Healthy Living Centre), Sheerness 1 – 2pm Free
*  Shurland Hall Open Afternoon: To compliment Dan Cruickshank’s talk this is a rare opportunity to glimpse inside the magnificent Grade II listed Tudor gatehouse, dating from 1500 it has been described as a mini-Hampton Court and was recently rescued from ruin and restored to its former glory by the Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust and English Heritage. Eastchurch, Sheppey. Open 2-5pm. Free.
*   Ghosts on the Prom: Big Fish Arts present a promenade performance where local ghosts bring Sheppey’s nautical past to life, featuring costumed characters, drama and song meet at the Big Fish Shop in the High Street, 8–9pm. Tickets £5.
History Treasures in Sheerness Library: as above, open 9am- 5pm Saturday
*    Promenade@ROOM - as above
Sheppey School in the Glam Rock Years: Catch 22 Our Generation - as above.
Sunday 11th September:
Blue Town Guided Walks: Visit the Blue Town Heritage Centre followed by a guided walk around the areas fascinating buildings followed by refreshments back at the centre. 11am-12 and 1 – 2pm. Tickets £5 includes refreshments and admission to the centre.
*    A Possible History of Shrimp Terrace:
  Tickets £5 Phone: 01795 666495 for details and booking or visit the Big Fish Shop, High Street, Sheerness.
*    Michael Palin: ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’: Combining his interest in architecture with his travels around the world, Michael Palin talks about places, and particularly buildings, which have made an impression on him. Sheppey Little Theatre,12.30pm Tickets £5. SOLD OUT.
*    The Old Courthouse Blue Town: a talk by local developer John Barker about the history of the Grade II listed 1850’s Bluetown Courthouse and his experiences of buying at auction and restoring the building and the secrets the building revealed along the way. Blue Town Heritage Centre, 2.30-3.30pm. Tickets £3, Cream Teas £3
Paradiso: as above
Time & Tide Revisited: as above 10.00am – 4.00pm 
* Promenade@ROOM – as above
Sheppey School in the Glam Rock Years: Catch 22 Our Generation - as above.
    *Dockyard Tours
Rare access to Sheerness Dockyard has kindly been granted especially for Promenade by Medway Ports. Established as a naval dockyard in the 17th Century, the port is now one of the country’s biggest and home to a fascinating array of Grade II listed buildings recently rescued by the Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust. Daily minibus tours of the site will take place throughout the festival. Contact the Blue Town Heritage Centre for details on 01795 662981-SOLD OUT

·         ·         Minster Abbey Gatehouse – Fossil Road Show – Sat Sept 10th 11am to 3pm. Ring Lena 01795 875111

·         Sheppey Little Theatre, Meyrick Road, Sheerness – 17th Sept at 7.30pm. – Memory Lane returns to the theatre.  
          Visit for more information.

·         Minster Working Men’s Club – Robbie Williams Tribute – Eve 24th Sept. Ring 01795 872457Sheppey Festival 
          – various music and cultural events around Sheerness  representing a maritime theme – Sept 23/24/25th.  
          For more info ring Sarah-Jane Radley (Swale Borough Council) 01795 424341


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