Broadstairs Dickens Festival

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."

Friday 21st

  • 10am-5pm Victorian Country Fair at Victoria Gardens
  • 10.30am Take Coffee with the Dickensians at Verreys
  • 11am Barry Wootton Exhibition at Holy Trinity Church
  • 11am-4pm Antiques Valuation Day at Victoria Gardens
  • 12.30pm Dickensian Mini Golf at Lillyputt Mini Golf
  • 2.30pm Dickensian Beach Party and Picnic at Viking Bay
  • 7.30pm Dickens and Travel talk at Dickens House Museum

Saturday 22nd

  • 10am-5pm Victorian Country Fair at Victoria Gardens
  • 10.30am Take Coffee with the Dickensians at The Bay Tree Hotel
  • 11am Barry Wootton Exhibition at Holy Trinity Church
  • 12pm Festival Grand Parade from Pierremont Hall to Victoria Gardens
  • 3.30pm Dickensian Beach Party and Picnic at Viking Bay

Sunday 23rd

  • 10am Take Coffee with the Dickensians at Morellis
  • 10am-5pm Victorian Country Fair at Victoria Gardens
  • 11am Barry Wootton Exhibition at Holy Trinity Church
  • 11.30am Open Air Church Service at Victoria Gardens
  • 2pm Victorian Village CHurch Match at Victoria Gardens
  • 6.30pm Songs of Praise at Holy Trinity Church

Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd June Dombey and Son at Sarah Thorne Theatre

Address

Venues around Broadstairs including Victoria Gardens, Sarah Thorne Theatre