Broadstairs Dickens Festival

17 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017

Broadstairs Dickens Festival - 80th Year

Author Charles 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 resident 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 Broadstairs Dickens 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.

Follow in Charles Dickens' footsteps by coming to Broadstairs. Savour the delights of the town which he described as “the freshest, freest place."

2017 is the 80th year of the festival with the festival play 'Pickwick Papers' at the Sarah Thorne Theatre Company

The festival's 'Grand Parade' takes place on Saturday 17th June at 1pm

Expect festival plays, gin tasting, Victorian magic shows, concerts, opening parade, country fayre, Victorian cricket match, Dickensian Dog Show, costumed characters, Dickensian beach parties and much more!

Festival programmes are available from most good shops in Broadstairs and the Tourist Information Kiosk.

Click here for the festival programme 

Click here to listen to a podcast about what to expect at this year's festival. 


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