Paint The Town
Season Three: 23rd - 29th October 2017

Events 2017

The Admiral's Tea Party

  • The Lower Lines Park Gillingham ME4 4HZ

Wordsmithery & Paint The Town Festival presents:

The Admiral’s Tea Party

A family tea party and interactive walk celebrating Medway’s naval and military history.

Join Wordsmithery for a family friendly tea party and history walk inspired by Medway's naval and military history. Poetry, music, tea and cupcakes!

Commissioned for The Paint The Town Festival. Bring a picnic and join our party! 

The history of The Lower Lines

The Lower Lines in Gillingham was the last section of the Chatham Lines to be constructed. The works were started in 1803 in advance of the Napoleonic Wars. Construction started during the Napoleonic Wars, consisting of a series of deep brick ditches with ramparts. Gun emplacements added later provided places for artillery during WW2. The ditches provided a training ground for the Royal Engineers.

In the 1907 Sir Gerard Noel, the Admiral of the Fleet, took up residence in a grand house overlooking the river in the Lower Lines Park, where he used to host fabulous tea parties on the lawn. The house no longer exists, but Wordsmithery are recreating one of those tea parties, where you can bring a picnic and go on their guided walk through the Lower Lines Park with a cast of characters drawn from history.

So bring a picnic and join us for tea and cakes on the Admiral’s Lawn!

Event Information

Saturday 8 July 2017, 2-4pm

The Lower Lines Park, Gillingham, ME4 4HZ




The tea party event is free of charge but the interactive history walks must be pre-booked. Please bring your ticket to the event for entry. You are welcome to bring along a picnic, but no glass or alcohol is allowed on site. There will be access to toilets and light refreshments on site.


The Tea Party runs from 2-4pm.

Interactive walks talk place at 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm and pre-booking is required. Maximum capacity of 15 people per walk.



Audiences to gather at The Central Plateau, The Lower Lines Park, Brompton, Gillingham, ME7 5DD at least 10 minutes before their walk start time.


Parking can be found at Mid Kent College and in nearby streets.


*Please note that the performance will go ahead come rain or shine, so please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. There is uneven ground and slopes on the interactive history walk, so it may not be suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, though the Central Plateau is fully accessible.