National Historic Ships' flagship of the year 2023


LV21 is a historic, 40 metre steel-hulled lightship transformed into a floating art space and performance facility.
We are creative producers and practitioners working with a broad range of clients and partners.
We devise, deliver and document art, culture, education, heritage and wellbeing initiatives.

LV21 is a unique venue with an individual and distinct identity, one of Kent’s prime platforms for cultural activities across diverse artistic disciplines.

National historic ship no.3220

Featured Projects

Layered Landscapes

Layered Landscapes is a partnership project developed and delivered by North West Kent Countryside Partnership in collaboration with LV21. Working with local community groups, schools and visitors to the Sevenoaks area Layered Landscapes will promote and celebrate the unique landscape and geology of the region through the lens of the Cross Channel Geopark.

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Draco Roffensis

We are delighted to be working with artist Wendy Daws to support the community engagement activity and production of Draco Roffensis: The Rochester Dragon as part of the MESS ROOM Connects and Rochester Cathedral partnership project commemorating 900 years of Textus Roffensis, a medieval manuscript.

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A Song For Kent

Whose Hoo is a partnership project working alongside the local community to leave a lasting legacy that continues to protect and celebrate the peninsula's irreplaceable landscape. The Whose Hoo Heritage Festival celebrates local heritage and brings together inspiring stories, people and places.

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LV21 is currently undergoing some major internal renovation meaning access and events are limited for the next few weeks. A fuller programme of events onboard is being scheduled. In the meantime we continue to deliver arts, education and wellbeing projects out in the community.

Find out about our ongoing current projects here.


An acoustic/theatrical/musical/comical/operatical female duo on a musical mission to encourage climate action with a unique show that puts the “oooh” in “existential doom”!

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Date 02 Jun '24
Time Doors 1300
Tickets £5


Experience Herman Melville's classic tale of revenge and retribution retold in this inventive, comedic adventure on the high sea...

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Date 03 Jun '24
Time Doors 1830
Tickets £10


An introductory DJ lesson for 10-14 year olds interested in vinyl records and basic mixing. Learn fun skills on our decks below decks on LV21...

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Date 08 Jun '24
Time 1100 - 1330
Tickets £2.50



Featured Films

Whose Hoo

A film documenting the pilot phase of the Whose Hoo Heritage Festival, produced by LV21, celebrating local heritage and bringing together inspiring stories, people and places from across the peninsular.

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An exhibition featuring a collection of new pieces by the acclaimed Kent based textile artist, writer and lecturer Cas Holmes whose textile work is often inspired by her life, the journeys she makes, the places she visits and people she meets.

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