Gillingham is a town in the county of Kent in south-east England. The town has strong maritime and military connections with the nearby Historic Dockyard in Chatham and Royal Engineers barracks based in the town. To learn about the soldier engineers from 1066 to the present day, a visit to the Royal Engineers Museum is a must. The museum is Kent’s only designated museum of national importance and has many galleries, displays of military tanks, torpedoes, jump jets and exceptional items including the Duke of Wellington’s battlemap used in the Battle of Waterloo. The town is also an important retail centre and has a twice weekly market and many interesting shops. Strand Leisure Park is a seafront complex with a crazy golf course, swimming pools, sports pitches, mini railway and cafe. Gillingham is twinned with the cities of Ito and Yokosuka in Japan and every September celebrates these connections and the life of the seafarer, at the Will Adams Festival.