ROCHESTER DICKENS SUMMER FESTIVAL
30 May - 1 June 2014
This year's theme is 'David Copperfield'
The Events team at Medway Council wants to encourage more volunteers to take part in this year's Dickens Festival, so if you are are thinking of dressing up as a Dickens character and taking part in the parades you can drop them an email at email@example.com for more information.
For the official Festival Events page follow the links here
Bookings are now being taken for the Dickens Summer Festival Ball on the evening of Thursday May 29th. The event will feature live music from the Tony Ellingham Band who were so popular at the Christmas Festival, and the catering is again in the safe hands of Oscar and his team. The ticket price of GBP25.50 includes a three course meal, and it will be a fabulous evening! If you want to go but aren't on the mailing list, or if you ARE on the mailing list but don't hear from Ashley please contact us. There is more information here. Remember, the dress code is Victorian/Dickensian and the grander the better!
Don't forget the Festival Costume Sale in Rochester on 17 May 2014.
Our report and picture links for the 2013 Dickensian Christmas Festival have moved to our News Archive page
Dickens events in 2014
(and other events of interest)
Please check on the organisers' official websites by clicking on the links
Easter Sunday 20th and Monday 21st April Medway Festival of Steam and Transport 2014 'It’s 'Full Steam Ahead!' to The Historic Dockyard Chatham, as thousands plan to travel to one of the South East’s biggest and best events.' Click here to visit their official website.
Our friends the Great Kentspectations Steampunk group will be there hosting 'Steampunk Central'.
Thursday 15th May 2014 Speaker Dr Tony Williams “Falling to with an appetite: Dickens and The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
The Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship (R&CDF) holds regular meetings at Dickens World, Chatham, on the 3rd Thursday of the month, normally in the Education Room (entrance via The Six Jolly Porters, with wheelchair access and facilities for the disabled). Non-Members are welcome for a small fee payable on the door but advanced booking is essential. Further details from Hon Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
17 May 2014 10:00AM - 3.00PM
The Rochester Dickens Festival Costume Sale
Princes Hall, Corn Exchange, High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX 'Under the Clock!'
All sorts of outfits and accessories for festival outfits for Dickensian ladies and gentlemen.
29 May 2014 The Dickens Summer Festival Ball
Arranged by Ashley Shirley and Brian, with live music by the Tony Ellingham Band. Don't forget - the dress code is grand Victorian/Dickensian costume.
Bookings are now being taken - More information here
30 May - 1 June 2014 The Rochester Dickens Summer Festival
14-20 June Broadstairs Victorian Festival Click here to visit their official website
19 July 2014
We have received advanced notice of an Isle of Grain Carnival parade starting at 2PM, part of a fair and fete. They are looking for Victorian characters. So far we haven't seen any official announcement of the event, but we will let you know here as soon as we hear more.
Update from Chris Bennett -
'The carnival at Grain is looking good - we have 20 entries now plus a marching band'
20-21 September 2014 Salute To The 'Forties
The Historic Dockyard Chatham ME4 4TY
'The ultimate 1940's nostalgia event! The very best Forties performers, vehicles and more.' click here to visit their official website
6-7 December 2014 The Rochester Dickensian Christmas Festival
The ONLY way to start off the Christmas season!
(For the official page follow the links here)
Please check on the organisers' official websites by
clicking on the links
Let us know if you want to see your event here!
News of similar events round the country will be posted here as they become available. The 'Victorian Strollers' website has an excellent events page.