Edith May Blogs


Rochester Sweeps 2014 – 3rd-5th May

The Edith May returns to Rochester Pier for a weekend of live music, real ale and homemade cake (which undoubtedly make a fantastic mix). She’ll be heading under Rochester Bridge on Friday afternoon, before opening up 10-5 on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Real ale from the Dockyard’s Nelson Brewery will be available to purchase on […]



The Rats Bay Shindig! 5th/6th April, @Sun Pier

The Rats Bay Shindig, Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th April 2014 A new family friendly extravaganza is taking place on the first weekend of the Easter Holidays. On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April the area surrounding Sun Pier in Chatham will come alive with a large celebration of arts and culture. Between 11am and […]



Most Romantic Valentine’s in Kent Friday 14th/Sat 15th

Returning for two nights this year (Friday 14th and Saturday 15th), this premier event sees the barge turned into an exclusive fine dining restaurant for the most romantic night of the year. Enjoy a delicious three course meal prepared by former Westminster chef, Anthony Friend and be caught in the romance whilst Tessa Billington beautifully […]



Rochester Sweeps Festival, 4th-6th May

Real ales, live music and the Tea Room open – what could be better! Moored on Rochester Pier by the Esplanade. Saturday 4th May, – DAY TIME Brooke Sharkey, 12.45-1.30pm; Capella, 2-2.45pm EVENING NO WORRIES CONCERT WITH JOHN BARDEN SUPPORT Tickets are £8 from the Medway Council Box Office on 01634-338338. Sunday 5th May, – […]



Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant

One of the greatest maritime spectacles ever assembled took place on the Thames in the first weekend of June and whilst the rain larrupped down, it did not dampen the spirits one iota. ‘Edith May’ took pride of place in the Parade of Sail, moored right below London Bridge. It was noticeable, in the days […]



Rochester Dickens Festival

The ‘Edith May’ evoked images of a bygone era when she ran sailing trips above Rochester Bridge throughout the Dickens Festival on June 8th-10th. The barge headed to Rochester on Thursday, with the crew able to get under the bridge and pull the gear up just in time before the latest low pressure system swept […]



Rochester Dickens Festival, Fri 8th – Sun 10th June

Following her visit to Rochester for the Sweeps Festival at the start of May, Edith May will be returning to Rochester Pier for the Dickens Festival, where she will be running trips up to Cuxton and back. Sailing barges have been a feature of the Thames and Medway rivers for the past 200 years, with […]



Rochester Sweeps Festival, 5th-7th May

The ‘Edith May’ kicked off her 2012 season by attending the Rochester Sweeps Festival over the early May bank holiday. The annual spring fit out had proved challenging due to the adverse weather, with paint being applied between the showers (and then washed off again!) right up until the mooring ropes were cast off at […]



Edith May @ The English Festival, 21/4/12

The English Festival, celebrating English culture, tradition and history, based at Riverside Country Park in Medway, is now in it’s third year and the Edith May Trading Company was invited to create a stand promoting sailing barges. It proved to be a big hit at the Festival. In the marquee were displays on the Edith […]



Most unique and romantic Valentine’s in Kent…

The ‘Edith May’ was transformed into one of the most romantic venues in Kent once again over the Valentine’s period. In total, 19 couples came aboard over two nights to be serenaded by the beautiful harpist, Tessa Billington (www.tessabillington.co.uk) and talented singer and guitarist Sam Palacios (www.sampalacios.co.uk), who took it in turns to enhance the […]