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SEAson’s Greetings

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Sat 8th December | Open Day | 10.30am-12.30pm & 2-4.30pm

Please note that access to the ship is closed during high tide (approx. 12.30-2pm, dependant on weather conditions)
FREE | Family-friendly | Suitable for all ages | Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult | Licensed bar
No need to book, just step aboard!

Yuletide ashore is a jolly time of the year for families and friends to get together. But how about those working at sea, spending the festive season far away from home, apart from their loved ones? Join the crew and artists aboard LV21 to spare a moment to think about these salty seafarers, of past and present, and find out how they brought some traditional festive cheer to their Christmas Day at sea. Explore the decks and immerse yourself in the mesmerising story of HMS Wakeful, make your own nautical Christmas decoration to take home or enjoy a festive hot toddy with a ship’s biscuit in the Galley Bar.

And if you look very carefully you might even find Benny The Beluga aboard, joining in the festivities somewhere below decks…


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Fri 7th December | 7-10pm | Tickets £5 | Licensed bar

Special Screening of Wakeful by artist Anne Robinson with live score performed by Breathing Space Collective | Running time 45 min

Come aboard to a unique Christmas Party at Sea! Enjoy a special site-specific film screening of Wakeful, a new film accompanied by a live score from the fabulous Breathing Space sound collective with special guest Richard Wilson of the legendary Bow Gamelan and one of the creators of 1513: A Ships Opera Meet the artist Anne Robinson after the performance to find out more about the story behind her personal project.

If I Sleep, I May be Caught: motto of HMS Wakeful, a WW1 destroyer, built on ‘Red’ Clydeside in 1917 on which the artist’s father was the ship’s cook. Drawing on a fragmented childhood memory and a ‘hidden history’ from a century ago, Wakeful is a project about listening to the past: a new film work with percussive sound constructed with international collaborators and considering the ‘peace’ one hundred years on.

HMS Wakeful was sent just a few days after the declaration of ‘peace’ at the November 11th Armistice in 1918, on what was later called the ‘Baltic Cruise’ heading through mine-infested waters, for the Gulf of Finland and Estonia: an illegal war on Bolshevism and a government that feared international solidarity of workers. Traumatised, but largely silent about his war, the artist’s father shared one single, stark memory of ‘Russian sailors in the ice’, waking her one night as a child to listen to an account of horror, ice and death. This experience shapes the film work: its dreamlike sense of temporality and remembered voices. Engaged in research decades later, she finds Wakeful and accounts of the voyage in two archived journals from sailors on the same ship, one a wireless telegraph officer, the other a signalman. One contemporary account of bombardments by Wakeful during this conflict describes ‘human debris in the snow’… ‘Russian sailors in the ice’.

One hundred years on, Wakeful uses film technologies to record the passing of time strangely as performers re-inhabit the past, the landscapes of war give up their dead and soundscapes of the past seep into the present. We listen to the past, cross borderlines.


Book NowLimited capacity. Please book early.


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Anne Robinson is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in east London. Her experimental practice is concerned with the perception and politics of time passing and she works with painting, film, sound and curating. She holds a practice-led PhD in time, film and painting and currently teaches at Middlesex University. Recent works include: Thrashing in the Static (2015) and Over Time (2014) as well as curating at Supernormal Festival.
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Breathing Space Collective are a London based five piece collective, who fuse voice and experimental instrumentation with techniques of improvisation, deep listening, assemblage and field recordings. They create site-specific performances exploring architectural acoustics, uncovering the social and physical resonances to shape content and form – working outside the traditional performance space they re-imagine place, adding new memory to sites.

This project has been supported by Arts Council England, Middlesex University and The David Family Foundation

International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend 2018

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Saturday 18 August | 12-4pm | FREE Open Day

Come aboard for this annual event to explore the vessel and find out more about the fascinating history of lighthouses and lightships around the world.

Soldering and radio workshop | 11am-2pm

Book a soldering and radio workshop with our radio room resident and morse code expert Colin Turner (G3VTT) – £5 contribution payable on the day. This workshop is aimed specifically for creative practitioners who would like to learn the basic use of soldering tools, techniques and components identification. Each participant will make and take home a completed project which will be a Personal Amplifier and Loudspeaker for a smartphone, iPhone, iPod, iPad etc.

Please bring a packed lunch, refreshments provided | For 16+ only | Limited places

Email to reserve your place (limited availability).

Peril at Sea | 12-4pm

Meet Nicola Pollard from Up The Road Theatre to share your maritime tales and find out more about her latest theatre production Peril at Sea which will be performed onboard LV21 on 7 March 2019.

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‘jamjart’ | 12-4pm

In the entrance lobby you can explore a small art installation of ‘preserved’ objects. Meet the artist ‘jamjart’ to find out more about the artwork and her inspiration to repurpose an ordinary squat jam jar – usually thoughtlessly discarded – as a mini vitrine. “For the lighthouse keeper, a jar of homemade bramble jelly or marmalade adorned with a handwritten label could provide a deeper connection with domestic values and enrich his sense of duty despite the isolation from society…”

For more information please contact the artist:

Flashes & Occultations | 12-4pm

Explore the generator room and take time to listen to Jack Hayter’s ‘Flashes & Occultations’, a 77 minute long sonic improvisation on lighthouse life released by WIAIWYA in 2017. Here’s a short excerpt:


Evening Performance

Live music with Jack Hayter | 7-11pm | FREE

Jack Hayter, former Hefner and Dollboy alumnus and regular collaborator with Ralegh Long and Papernut Cambridge amongst others, plays live onboard LV21.

Folk Radio reviews Jack’s latest Abbey Wood release as “an unmitigated triumph. Clever and heartfelt, it inverts folk tropes by presenting historical narratives in extremely personal ways, or by creating finely-observed urban backgrounds where the more personal songs can play out. Hayter’s haunted, haunting voice holds it all together and makes it fabulously unique.”

Come and watch Jack perform this one off, free event within the unique ambience of LV21. Numbers are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.

Donations are welcome and a licensed cash/card pay bar will be serving refreshments.

For more info about Jack visit: or visit his facebook page.

For more info about ILLW 2018 visit:


Gravesham Riverside Festival Fringe

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Saturday 14 July | 12-5pm | FREE

Join artists and performers for the 1st ever Fringe Festival aboard and around LV21.

Enjoy a range of Circus themed creative and participatory workshops and performances. Encounter curious street artists, try out tightwire walking and aerial acrobatics, join in song and dance, and build your very own Flea Circus.

Fringe line-up 12pm-5pm

‘Have a Go’ drop-in workshops

(limited places for scheduled sessions allocated on first come first served basis | please check the schedule on arrival)

Trapeze & Hammock with Airhedz:
– aboard LV21 12-2pm & 3.30-5pm
– 25 min sessions
– Suitable for ages 8+
– trapeze max. 6 participants/session
– hammock max. 8 participants/session

Tightwire Walking with Dizzy O’Dare:
– ashore 12-2.30pm
– check scheduled session times on arrival

Dance & Movement with Daisy Farris Dance Collective:
– ashore 12-2.30pm & 3.30-5pm
– check scheduled session times on arrival

Build a Flea Circus with LV21 ShipMates:
– aboard LV21 12-2pm & 3.30-5pm
– drop-in anytime


1pm, 2pm & 4.15pm
Elves performances

1.30pm, 2pm & 3.30pm
Daisy Farris Dance Collective
perform extracts of The Great Thames Disaster

The Giant Balloon Show by Dizzy O’Dare

The Greatest Showman sing-along with the Make A Noise Choir


Schedule subject to change

Please note that there is no public access aboard LV21 during predicted high tide between 2-3.30pm.
All activities aboard LV21 break for this period but recommence at 3.30pm. Workshops and performances at St Andrew’s Quay are continuous throughout the day.


For further info about the Gravesham Riverside Festival visit

The Hare & Hoofe | Halloween Special

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The Hare And Hoofe headline this not to be missed Halloween Special onboard LV21.

Come see their phenomenal live show of primeval drums, fuzz bass, lashings of guitar and synth noises from another planet and prepare to be spooked!

Some describe them as ‘educational psych’, others prefer ‘polytechnic beat’, still more as ‘a seventies garage band’. Tales of the dawn of the Bronze Age, of fabled, neighing creatures, and simple crustaceans. Your feet will move in mysterious ways, your hands will clap, your brains will be frazzled.

DJ Tips will be spinning the tunes on his wheelie bag and The Wicker Man screened in the bilges.

One of Hare And Hoofe’s soundes titled ‘The Ladye Lovibonde’ tells the story of the legendary schooner that is alleged to have been wrecked on the Goodwin Sands, off the Kent coast of south-east England, on 13 February 1748, and is said to reappear there every fifty years as a ghost ship. The story goes that the ship was at sea on 13 February because her captain , Simon Reed, had just been married, and was celebrating the occasion with a cruise. Despite the longstanding sailors’ superstition that it was bad luck to bring a woman on board, Reed had brought his bride Annetta with him on the ship. According to legend, the first mate, John Rivers, a rival for the hand of the captain’s young wife, was pacing the decks in jealous anger. While the captain, his wife and their guests were celebrating the marriage below deck, the first mate was seized with a fit of jealous rage. Casually drawing a heavy, club-like belaying pin from the rail, the mate walked softly up behind the crew member at the wheel and felled him to the deck with one crushing blow. Rivers then seized the wheel and steered the ship onto the treacherous Goodwin Sands, killing everyone aboard…

Tickets £10+booking fee.

Cash bar.

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Neil McSweeney + Special Guests

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Live music returns to LV21 as we welcome back Neil McSweeney with special guests Vera Van Heeringen and an appearance from regular performer on the Medway scene Clea Llewellyn. Limited tickets now available online. Read more