Rochester Dickens Festival

Dickensian costumes

With wonderful colourful costume parades, street entertainment, bands, dance, drama and competitions, this is one weekend in Rochester you should not to miss and happens every year since 1978.

This year’s festival runs from today til Sunday, 5 June. 2011.

Charles Dickens is much loved for his great contribution to classic English literature from Victorian era. His epic stories, vivid characters and exhaustive depiction of contemporary life are unforgettable being responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters .

Rochester was the inspiration for many of Dickens’ greatest works. Indeed, Restoration House in Rochester was Satis House in Great Expectations, where Miss Havisham lived.

More About the day :The opening parade on Friday at noon and will begin at the Dot Cafe before moving to the Castle Gardens .The Grand (4.45pm) and Afternoon (12noon) Parades on Saturday will follow the same route.
Traditional fairground rides and the City of Rochester Society’s Festival Craft Fair will be on hand at the Castle, while Eastgate House will be the location for the Kent Costume Trust exhibition .
Holding my prize 6 Ft dragon( Thanks to love of my life- HRH)
And at The Corn Exchange you can hear the tales of Gerald Dickens, the great great grandson of Charles and himself a gifted storyteller. Meanwhile, the Guildhall Museum play host to the Three Towns Theatre Company, who will stage two productions, the drama The Final Curtain and A Music Hall, celebrating the popular songs of long ago!

There is also a play on Words Theatre Company, who will enact five street theatre performances throughout each day, culminating in a grand trial on the Boley Hill Stage at 3.30pm.
Dickipedia – The Beginners Guide to Dickens at The Corn Exchange, daily at 11am – 11.30; 2.45pm – 3.15pm and 3.45 – 4.15pm. It’s brought to you by Dizzy O’Dare Presents … and Scratch Built Productions. Never read any of the books? Don’t worry, neither have they! It promises to be a fun introduction to the Great Man himself!
On Sunday morning, dress up and head for the Kingswear Paddle Steamer for their Costumed Cruise – setting sail at 10.30am, it’s a perfect start to the day ahead! Tickets for this are £7 and will need to be booked on 01634 338338, collected in person from the Visitor Information Centre.

The final day’s parades will be at Noon, with the closing event at 4.45pm, from the Castle Gardens, along Castle Hill, The Esplanade and along the High Street, finishing at Star Hill.

The Dickens Festival’s unique combination of music, dance, drama and street theatre has rightly earned it a place in the south-east tourism calendar as one of the key events of the summer. It also runs on 1st week of December of each year! (5 or 6 Dec)
Me during “Christmas Dickens” at Dickens house wine
Don’t forget to have a drink at Dickens house wine with Jerry & Tony and family.More about here:

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Have fun !

See you tomorrow ! xx