Edith May Blogs


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, – […]



Valentine’s Thu 14th/Sat 16th- Most Romantic and Unique in Kent

Returning for two nights this year (Thursday 14th and Saturday 16th), 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 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 […]



Sweeps Festival 2012 – programme 3rd-7th May

With the season fast approaching, the Rochester Sweeps Festival is the Edith May’s first engagement of the year. The barge will be heading up to Chatham on Thursday 3rd, where she will lower down her mast and rigging in order to pass under Rochester Bridge around 1430hrs on Friday afternoon. The barge will then be […]



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 […]



Edith May Tea Room Review

Found this glowing review of the Tea Room on the internet recently – http://southeasttourguides.co.uk/tag/edith-may/.



Colne Barge Match 2011

Only a week on from Southend, the final match of the season was held on the River Colne, with the hotly contested Barge Championship now at stake.

Following Melissa’s win at Southend, Edith May found herself in 3rd place with Repertor right behind. Edme was leading and needing only to finish the match in the top three to secure her place. Points are awarded for starting first in class and fastest start overall, first to outer mark and for seamanship, as well as 3 points for a win, two for second and one point for third.



48th Southend Barge Match 2011

Bank holiday weekend saw the Edith May head across the Thames Estuary to Southend-on-Sea for the 48th sailing barge match.

The sail over on Saturday was punctuated with rainy squalls, typical bank holiday weather, but was enjoyable nonetheless.