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This summer's Rochester Dickens Festival took place over the weekend of Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June 2019. Members of our Facebook group have already seen pictures on our group page but for our non-Facbook subscribers our pictures are now available from our picture gallery.
The festivities started with the Dickens Ball on the Friday evening. this year the evening was themed as 'A Day at the Seaside', which gave some of our guests the excuse to join in the fun as as sailors, pirates, and even in Victorian bathing costumes!
Saturday the weather was very warm, which was great for our visitors, but some of the Dickensian characters suffered a little. Sunday was more breezy, with a mixture of sunshine and clouds, which was more comfortable for all.
The Dickens Festival Public Forum (known to all as 'the wash-up meeting'!) took place on Monday 24th June in the Corn Exchange, Rochester. Numbers were reported as slightly down, but plenty of ground was covered.
The Dickensian Christmas will take place over the weekend of December 7-8 2019, and as information comes in we will share it further down this page.
The Mistletoe Ball will take place on Friday December 6th 2019 at the Corn Exchange - scroll down or click here for more information
The 2020 Summer Festival will be very special, and the schedule will not be to the normal formula; to mark the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens' death there will be a five day event from Wednesday 10th June 2020 to Sunday 14th June 2020, which will incorporate the Rochester Dickens Festival on Saturday 13th June 2020 and Sunday 14th June 2020. We will let you know as soon as we have more information.
Please check on the organisers' official websites by clicking on the links
The Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship holds regular meetings on the 3rd Thursday of the month, normally in Gads Hill School, Higham ME3 7PA. Non-Members are welcome for a small fee payable on the door but advanced booking is essential. Further details from Hon Secretary email@example.com
Saturday 9th November 2019 10 AM - 3 PM
Friday 6th December 2019 7:30PM (doors open 7PM) - 11PM
This year the theme for the evening is 'Balmoral Christmas' and we have been invited by Her Majesty Queen Victoria to Balmoral in Bonnie Scotland, home of the Ghillies Ball. Doors open at 7PM to give guests time to settle in before our piper welcomes Her Majesty at 7:30. We will enjoy the traditional meal of Scotch Pie with neeps and tatties, followed by mince pies and shortbread. The evening will include dancing in all styles, featuring the 'Rejigged' Ceilidh band and a caller to keep you all in order. There will be table quizzes, surprise gifts, a raffle and much more, with a pay bar throughout.
Her Majesty will look for her subjects to be dressed appropriately for the evening, and as encouragement she will be honouring 'the most comely tartan accessory' and 'the most amusing use of tartan' with a small gift. Her Majesty has declared that she is much inclined towards the current fashion for Victorian steampunk dress.
Tickets are on sale at the reduced price of £22 per person, meal included, until Monday 18th November; then the price increases to £26 until the close of bookings on Monday 2nd December. Tickets can be purchased from the Medway Box Office by telephone 01634 338338, through the website at medwayticketslive.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org' or in person. The box office carries more information about the vegetarian meal alternative and other dietary requests, and seating arrangements.
Saturday 7th December and Sunday 8th December 2019
Dates for Dickens events in 2020