This year the inspiration for the festival will be 'The Old Curiosity Shop'. The festival organisers are very keen to encourage visitors to enter into the spirit of the day by coming in costume, so if you fancy joining in the fun you may want to come as one of the characters from this work. There is more on our Dickensian Characters
The first event of the festival is always the Festival Ball. This summer the ball will be held on the evening of Thursday, June 2nd. Booking is by ticket only, bought in advance. Booking information has been posted to everyone on the mailing list. If you would like to come but aren't on the mailing list, or if you are on the list but don't hear from Ashley by the last day of April, contact us.
There is more information on our Festival highlights page
click here for the dates of the Dickens festivals and festival costume sales for 2016
Our report on the Rochester Dickensian Christmas Festival 2015 is now in our news archive page
Dickens events in 2016
(and other events of interest)
Please check on the organisers' official websites by clicking on the links
TheRochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowshipholds 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
The Rochester Fleaholds a regular market at the Gordon House Hotel Car Park, 91 High Street Rochester Kent ME1 1LZ on the last Saturday of the month, but please note that the April Flea was earlier in the month (23rd) due to the Sweeps Festival taking place at the end of the month. Entry is free.
Saturday, 14th May from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Princes Hall, Corn Exchange, Rochester High Street ME1 1LX 'under the clock'
The Dickens Festival costume sale a one day 'pop up shop' with all sorts of outfits and accessories for festival outfits for Dickensian ladies and gentlemen.
A three day free festival, with the accent on childrens events on the first day followed by two days celebrating the life of Charles Dickens. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.
if you fancy joining in the fun by coming in costume visit our Dickensian Characters page
This year the inspiration for the festival will be 'The Old Curiosity Shop'
17th and 18th September 2016 Salute To The 'Forties
The Historic Dockyard Chatham ME4 4TY
Advance information is available now on their website - discounted online booking should be available there soon
Saturday 12th November
The Dickensian Christmas costume sale
Saturday 12 November from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Princes Hall, Corn Exchange, Rochester High Street ME1 1LX 'under the clock'
The Dickensian Christmas costume sale a one day 'pop up shop' with all sorts of outfits and accessories for festival outfits for Dickensian ladies and gentlemen.