spectacular event of colour, costume and entertainment. Thousands of visitors
soak up the Victorian atmosphere, while parades make their way through central
historic Rochester each day Newly commissioned theatrical and creative content
planned to mark the bicentenary in Rochester.
We warmly invite you to attend Ilfracombe Victorian Week from 11th to
19th June 2016 - and to enjoy almost 50 separate events over nine days
- the largest and longest festival in North Devon
76th Dickens Festival. Broadstairs
Dickens visited Broadstairs in Kent regularly from 1837 until 1859 and
immortalised the town as "Our English Watering Place". In 1937, to
commemorate the centenary of the author's first visit, Gladys Waterer, the then
owner of Dickens House, conceived the idea of putting on a production of 'David
Copperfield' and of having people about the town in Victorian dress to
publicise it. Thus the festival was born and, with the exception of the years
of World War 2, has been held annually in the third week of June ever since.
A parade of a marching band, street traders ("Costermongers"),Pearly Kings and Queens
and Victorian Characters from 1-3pm, starting at
Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street EC2 London. This is followed
by a harvest festival service at 3-4pm at St Mary Le
Bow Church, Cheapside EC2. A "harvest festival"
is a thanksgiving ceremony, to give thanks after crops
have been harvested successfully. It is a very old tradition.
It usually takes place on a Sunday in September or early
October. People collect food from their homes and take
it to their churches or schools. The food is later given
to poor or older members of the local community.
Hall High Street Rochester
10am-3pm. Your chance to buy your
outfit ready for the Christmas Dickens festival,
or maybe sell those that have since shrunk and no
longer fit you!
With its snow-covered street,
seasonal carols, Father Christmas, Christmas shopping and cast of Victorian
characters, this hugely popular event is a delightful trip to Christmas past for
all the family.
Wander through the European-style
shopping village, Victorian Street, Georgian colonnades and discover superb
quality gifts, fine crafts, festive food and drink at the biggest Christmas
market on the South Coast.
Step back 150 years to
celebrate Christmas with a cast of hundreds. Meet a host of colourful Victorian
characters such as Scrooge, Mr Bumble and Queen Victoria herself and join in
with the new and novel bawdy music hall of Faginís Tavern.
Children will laugh at the
traditional street and fairground entertainments and music lovers will delight
in traditional Christmas carols and marching bands.