Step back in time at Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Broadstairs, Kent

Celebrate the life of Dickens at the week long, eclectic festival.

Each year, in the third week of June, Broadstairs revels in true Dickensian delight. First held in 1937, the festival showcases the town’s most famous visitor: Charles Dickens who visited regularly between 1837 and 1859.

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, annual Dickensian beach party.

Content provided by Thanet Tourism Unit

Read more Close

For more local tourist information:

Refine your search:

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

Latest Twitter updates


Customer survey …

VisitEngland would like to invite you to take part in a short survey about our website.

It should take no more than a couple of minutes.

Please click here to be taken to the survey


To add items to favourites …

… you need to be logged in.

If you already have an account, log in.

Or register a

Access your account

Enter your e-mail address or username.
Enter the password that accompanies your e-mail.
Forgot your password? Recover your account
Don't have an account? Register an account