The Rochester Dickensian Christmas celebrations will take place on
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Medway Council has set up a Dickensian Christmas web page here
If you need a costume you have just missed theDickens Festival Costume Sale
It will pop up again about a month before the Dickens festival in June 2018
This year the Mistletoe Ball will be in the magnificent Corn Exchange in the High Street on Saturday December 2nd. The box office is open for bookings
The evening will kick off with a first class waitress service three course meal, with the choice of a traditional Christmas menu or interesting alternatives. Sue has booked Tony Ellingham and his band 'Unit Five' for the evening, and he promises a wide range of dance styles from traditional Victorian through ballroom to modern, so dress in your best Victorian outfit and be ready to party like it's 1899!.
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We understand that the 2018 Rochester Dickens Festival will be a two day event on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June 2018 (local half term week) and the Dickensian Christmas will be Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 2018.
We have been contacted by the Dickens Theatre Company who are touring with their production of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' in December. They are at Gads Hill School on the 14th-16th December, with a matinee on the afternoon of the 16th. Booking information is on their website.
Can we help the City of Rochester Society? Yes we can! On August 13th we asked if anybody had a copy of the programme for the first Dickens Festival in 1979 for a history of the City of Rochester Society Rob Flood is writing. Within eight hours Mark Dennis had seen the request on our Facebook page, unearthed his copy and scanned it for us! Such is the power of the social network.
We are also trying to set up a picture archive for the festivals for this website. If you have anything from the early years please contact us.
The Dickens Festival 9-11 June 2017 has moved to our news archive page
We have heard of what really is a fantastic offer for the right person! It is genuine.
'A fantastic opportunity for Dickensian Couples, (20 needed over 18) dressed in Ball gowns must be authentically dressed, no Bridesmaid dresses please, and dancing to a waltz to take part in 2 Parades ( lasting 2 hours over 2 evenings, so will need to be fit, this is a stop perform walk, stop perform walk parade) in Foshan a city in China that has sister city status with Medway, they are offering a reduced airfare ( as of yet I don't know if it's a 1/4 off or 1/2 ) 3 to 4 nights stay in hotel, food and transport paid for in Foshan, I don't know the dates yet, but it usually at the end of October beginning of November.
'As of yet I don't know if it will be a direct flight to a city near Foshan or to Hong Kong for 1 night and a train to Foshan, then return to Hong Kong where people would be free to stay over.... and to sightsee and return to the UK themselves, the Hotel in Hong Kong is not included in the offer. If you're interested please e.mail me on email@example.com '
We have now lost four good friends of the festivals since Christmas. Robin Burfoot, the town crier of Medway since 2004 died of heart failure on 22nd March 2017. Until his recent health problems he was regularly seen at events all around Medway, including the Rochester festivals.
Keith Biddlecombe passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on 6th March. Keith was a regular and much loved participant at the Dickens Festivals as well as being a regular and very visible helper at the Dickens costume sales. We feel the loss particularly because Vicki is an administrator and regular contributor for our Facebook page.
We are sad to report that Harvey Haynes, who was a supporter of the Dickens festivals over many years passed away at the end of January.
We have also lost Marion Stokes, who passed away in January. Our condolences to her husband Joe, also a great supporter of the Festivals.
There are short tributes on our 'Sadly Missed' page.
Dates for Dickens events in 2017