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Heritage Open Days & the BIG 50th Celebrations!


Date: Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th September | 11:00am – 4:00pm | Admission: Free
(Ticketed event on Sat 14th 7.00-11.30pm – details below)

Join the crew aboard LV21 to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the launch of the vessel in September 1963. Explore the decks and get immersed in the half a century of maritime heritage whilst learning about the important part the vessel played in guiding mariners at sea as well as her future as a cultural landmark and arts facility in north Kent.

As part of the celebrations LV21 has been reunited with her original optic, kindly donated to the vessel by the Friends of St. Mary’s Lighthouse with support from the Association for the Lighthouse Keepers and kind assistance from Berkeley Group. Visitors will be able to have a close up view and learn about the workings of the optic.

Meet the crew, hear their fascinating stories and learn some vital nautical skills from mastering knots to communicating via signal flags, morse code and semafore. Or get creative and help us turn 50 empty glass jars into an illuminating celebratory lantern to mark the ship’s big day.

On Saturday 14th we’ll be joined by ‘purveyors of shanties and songs of the sea’ Swinging The Lead ,who will entertain visitors with their salty repertoire. Performances will take place at approximately 12:30pm and 3pm. They will also welcome people aboard for the evening’s celebration gig (see below).

The weekend is also the last chance to donate and win Deep Blue an exclusive artwork inspired by the river Medway by textile artist Cas Holmes. On Sunday 15th Cas will draw the winning ticket.

All materials provided. Suitable for all ages & abilities. Drop-in workshops operate on first come first served basis.

Live Music from Neil McSweeney, Dave Read & Ollie Burgess

Date: Saturday 14th September | 7:00pm – 11:30pm | Admission: £6 (+ 60p booking fee)

Neil McSweeney, Dave Read, Ollie Burgess, gig LV21

As part of the 50th birthday celebrations, LV21 have pulled off a real coup by securing the supreme talents of Neil McSweeney to perform on-board on the evening of Saturday 14th September. Touring in advance of the release of his third album ‘Cargo’, Sheffield based McSweeney is a captivating performer investing every inch of his six foot plus being into his shows. Critically and artistically acclaimed (Richard Hawley is a big fan), Neil will be joined on the evening by Bellowhead fiddle player Sam Sweeney. Support comes from the brilliant Dave Read, best known locally as The Claim’s frontman and from Ollie Burgess from Medway favourites Theatre Royal.

Nautical nibbles are included in the ticket price.

This promises to be a fantastic gig in a unique setting and is sure to sell out so get your tickets quick.

Buy Tickets Now £6Neil McSweeney, Dave Read, Ollie Burgess at LV21.

Cash pay bar will be open for drinks. Please don’t bring your own as you won’t be allowed entry.


Please note

The renovation of the vessel is an ongoing process and as such some areas are not accessible.

Children under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult at all times aboard the vessel. Wear suitable flat, non-slip shoes. Please contact LV21 if you want to discuss any access issues.

Free parking available on site. For directions to Light Vessel 21 please visit our contact page.