Please Note: Owing to the recent storm 'EMMA' and disastrous easterly winds our pier suffered considerable, serious and expensive damage.

We do not anticipate that it will be usable again for the rest of this season. We are therefore not able to take any bookings until further notice.

Thames Sailing Barge Match

Thames Sailing Barge Match

Saturday 21st July 2018

There used to be 3000 of these graceful old ladies plying on the River Thames and Medway and around the coast of this country. Now there are only about 20 in existence that have been restored and preserved and are still sailing.

This is a great chance to follow them racing under sail in the old traditional way. The match starts below Gravesend and, weather permitting, heads out to Herne Bay and back. It is a great day out for photographers and those interested in seeing how these majestic vessels operate at close quarters.

More information about this special event can be found at and highlights of 2017 can be seen below.

Watch the highlights of 2017’s event: