June events: Step back in time at Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Broadstairs, Kent

The usually quiet coastal town Broadstairs comes to life to celebrate the life of Dickens at this week-long, eclectic festival.

For three days a year, Broadstairs revels in true Dickensian delight. First held in 1937, the festival celebrates the life and times of the town’s most famous visitor - Victorian author Charles Dickens. Dickens was a regular visitor to the town on summer holidays between 1837 and 1859, and he even wrote David Copperfield on one such break.

Join in the celebrations of his life, times and works with talks, performances, fairs and walks. There are even demonstrations of what everyday life was like in the Victorian era.

Highlights include spotting the marvellously costumed ladies and gentleman strolling around town, the festival play, a Victorian country fayre, a Victorian banquet  and the unforgettable Dickensian beach party.

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Dickensian couple at Viking Bay BroadstairsDickensian couple at Viking Bay Broadstairs © Credit Thanet Tourism
Dickens Festival ParadeDickens Festival Parade © Thanet Tourism

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