Our reports and pictures of the Summer Festival and Dickens Ball 2022 have joined earlier reports in our news archive page
The origins of the festivals don't seem to be at all well documented, so we are trying to gather information and pictures for the early years. Contact us if you can help
Welcome to our Festival supporters website set up to complement the Medway Council web pages in supporting the Rochester Dickens Festival and Dickensian Christmas. On our pages you will find news, information, pictures, and images.
Twice a year Dickens enthusiasts, strolling players, re-enactors, Dickensian 'characters', not to mention a few oddballs, join the public in a Festival to commemorate and celebrate the life of Charles Dickens. In recent years we have welcomed steampunks into our ranks, in particular members of the Great Kentspectations group. This site is here mainly for the benefit of all supporters of the Festivals, and to encourage anyone who is thinking about joining in the fun. We have no official status, but keep in contact with the Festival organisers.
This page carries the usual 'housekeeping' information including our 'cookies' policy, and the menu bar to the left of all pages takes you to other useful topics.
We have updated the site, and we are gradually introducing a new way of presenting pictures - you can click on most small images to see a larger image or slide show. We hope you like it, but please do let us know about any problems.
Have you seen a pop-up saying 'site not secure on any of our pages? Until recently it sometimes appeared at the top of our pages because we didn't have deep enough pockets to buy a 'trusted root certificate', which is being rolled out across the internet. With some expert help we now have a certificate and our pages now display the magic padlock.
Medway Council is the festival organiser, but their contact information seems to be undergoing a major update. For the time being we are removing our links to addresses that aren't working. We suggest a visit to your favourite search engine
If you want to contact the organisers of the festivals, you need Medway Council. Their festival web pages aren't always available, so the best course is to go to their events page and enter 'Festivals' and 'Rochester' in the 'Events' box. Alternatively, you can contact Medway Visitor Centre.
To contact us please read on -
If you would like to contribute pictures or videos to this site, or if you have comments, news, links, pictures or gossip, want to come to the Ball, or want us to link to your website, read this section then click here to go to our 'contact us' page
We welcome your Festival news, as well as links to your Festival pictures or videos. If you have just a few photos they can be attached to an email, but if you have a lot the best way is to share them with us on a photo sharing site or send them to us on a file transfer site, then send us the link. There are lots of these sites around, but Microsoft's 'Onedrive' does the job, it's free, it works on any platform, and the recipient doesn't have to register (use the 'get a link' sharing option and send us the link).
We only publish low resolution photographs (usually with a height of 550 pixels and width in proportion). Our own pictures are made available under a 'Creative Commons' licence which allows non-commercial use under strict conditions. Other people's pictures we publish are copyright of the photographer unless they ask for a different arrangement. Videos are best uploaded to 'Youtube', then send us the link.
Visitors may be aware of changes in European law regarding the use of 'cookies'. This site does not by design use any cookies, and as far as we know there are no third party cookies. However, if you have any concerns you should disable cookies in your browser. Equally important, tell us of your concerns!
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