Now, this is quite the attraction. From February 10 to 11, the streets of the historic naval town of Chatham will be transformed into an illuminated work of art and performance. Starting with a huge parade on the Friday night, this two-night light extravaganza features 18 epic installations. Marvel at a 12 storey-high interactive light display, have a go at arcade classics in the Gaming Projection Challenge and check out flames and chemical reactions in the Fire Laboratory. On top of that, there’ll be performances, entertainment, and tasty food and drink. Medway isn’t known as Festival City for nothing – this is just one of a jam-packed programme of festivals this year which includes the renowned folk Sweeps Festival, Food and Drink Festival, Gaming Festival, and Christmas Dickensian Festival and markets.
Craving a weekend away? You won’t have to go far because we Londoners have some lovely spots right on our doorstep. And one of them is Medway in Kent. The towns of Rochester and Chatham here are threaded together by the River Medway, which means there’s a strong history underpinning it (we’re talking castles, cathedrals, dockyards – you name it). Oh, and it’s where Charles Dickens grew up and wrote some of his most famous novels, so there’s plenty of literary connections to explore. Hop on a train for 30-ish minutes and you’re in a vibrant area that’s beyond expectations, with bustling food and drink, shopping and a thriving cultural scene. Plan a trip that won’t break the bank and make sure to hit up all the things on our bucket list.