Light Vessel 21

Light Vessel 21, Gillingham: Address, Light Vessel 21 Reviews: 5/5

Light Vessel 21
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LV21 is a historic, 40 metre steel-hulled lightship transformed into a floating art space and performance facility.
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3 reviews
Very good

mark b
Rochester, UK35 contributions
Took a wrong turn , and stumbled upon this Nautical Gem
Aug 2015 • Couples
Came across this whilst seeking another destination , decided to return with my wife for a proper look . Amazingly it was an open day , and we got a personal guided tour , including a vertical climb all the way to the very top . The people involved in this venture are extremely talented , friendly and informative . This is ideal for all ages , tho the climb to the top would ofcourse be a matter of sensibility ?. There is ample free parking , the medway queen is also moored nearby , I hope that any local authorities ( kent at least ) will embrace this venture and in someway support it's future development .
Written 16 August 2015
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Admiral D
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Wonderful venue
I've been to two evening gigs here (Theatre Royal, Stuart Turner and the flat earth society and some old chaps doing excellent sea shanties) owing to licensed capacity the gigs are limited to 100 people - so it's not rammed, there's room to move and it feels like you're at house party.

Fantastic venue, you get access to the lower deck which has the bar and music area and the whole of the top deck which has views of the Medway Queen paddle steamer, a small marina and the Medway Estuary.

I only wish the amazing former light vessel did more gigs (I love lighthouses and ship so I get both with the LV21 which makes me deliriously happy!)
Written 22 January 2015
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London310 contributions
A gem of a find
Apr 2014 • Family
Looking for things to do in Chatham, we came across an event taking place on LV21 in Gillingham. Being just a short drive from Chatham I looked further into it and it was a poetry theatre production called One Way ticket and was intrigued that it would be taking place on a ship and that the tickets were only £2.00 each.

The sat nav found the pier easily and there was plenty of parking. Once on board we got the friendliest of welcomes from everyone we met and were invited to look around the ship until the performance began. Unfortunately the weather wasn't co-operative as they usually begin the play outside but it had to be all inside the day we went. The ship itself is huge with lots of interesting nooks and crannies to explore. We were able to help ourselves to a very good selection of refrehments that were all included in the ticket price. The play was captivating and very enjoyable - told the story of child migrants shipped to Australia after WW2 to work long, hard hours with cruel treatment; a quite horific story with children in care homes taken without their parents' consent and told their children had been adopted, while the children mostly never got to see or really know their parents again or where they'd come from, but it was so well written and excellently performed that it was enjoyed by all ages.

They had also set up an activity for children (little and big!) to find photographs all around the ship, then complete a sheet to write their own rhyme to fit the photo with a prize at the end for the best.

Not sure what arrangements would be for accessibility (so call ahead to check) and the toilet facility isn't on board but is a portaloo on the pier.

I can't praise the performers, the local council who had the good sense to provide funding and also the library service who ran an activity on family trees and it was in the most interesting venue that I've ever seen a play. We'll definitely look out for other activities taking place on board - and would highly recommend seeing the play.
Written 8 April 2014
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