Friday 16th Mar Wheels of Time Launch at The Forum, Sittingbourne

The 2018 Wheels of Time Launch will take place at The Forum, Sittingbourne from 3pm – 4 pm.  Find out the details of the all 33 sites that are part of the scheme for this year and talk to the volunteers who run the attractions.

Saturday 24th Mar – Saturday 28th Apr Exhibition: Theatre, Cinema and WW1


This exhibition is one of a number of events which are part of Sheppey Promenade 2018 year- long Arts & Heritage Festival.   It launches the Festival by examining the changing nature of theatre during the First World War. It outlines the challenges faced by home front theatres, the theatre industry’s support for the war effort, and the ways in which performance such as Music Hall changed during the wartime period. It also explores the role of cinema during the First World War, both at home and at the Front.

The Exhibition combines a Theatre one written by Dr Helen Brooks and a Cinema one written by Dr Emma Hanna, both from the University of Kent.

To reflect our local history, we will be including Theatrical photographs by Sheppey Photographer Lilian Mason.

Lilian was an apprentice at age 17 to the well-known Sheppey photographer John Griffiths in the early part of the 20th century.  She went on to become very successful in her own right.

We have a collection of over 300 of her evocative photographs of family portraits, local drama productions & Sheppey postcard scenes.

We are also keen to find out if there are any local families who recognise the people in the photographs to help us tell the stories.

May – June Costume & Banner-making Workshops – Dates to Be Confirmed

Wed May 16th – Costumed Sketching evening at the Cottage at 7 pm £2 for the evening, including refreshments

Big Fish Arts will be dressed in WW1 period costume for you to come along and do some sketching or take photographs.  Open to all ages and levels, come and have a go!  Please call Chris Reed on 07775 712306 to book as places are limited.

Saturday 28th Jul: Sheppey Promenade Equality Parade

Sheppey Promenade Festival highlight is the Equality Parade through Sheerness High St on the theme of the Suffrage movement and its relevance to us today. Our aim is to celebrate the progress that women have made in the last 100 years and highlight issues still to be fought for. 

Costume & hat workshops will be held in May & June where materials will be provided so Paraders can make their own costume.

The Parade is open to all, individual men, women, boys & girls as well as organisations. Some will be wearing costume e.g. long skirts and big hats with sashes in the Suffragette colours of purple, white and green.   Alternatively come along in your everyday clothing with or without banners or flags demonstrating your particular concerns, for instance the #METOO campaign, you will be equally welcome. 

Sheppey Promenade Week runs from 21st to 29th July, so look out for other events which will run during that week and be added to events as dates/times are confirmed.

Contact Chris Reed on 07775 712306 for further details.

We thank Heritage Lottery Fund for their support.