Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Charles Dickens

Dickens festival RochesterWith the seasonal nip in the air it’s time to head to Rochester this weekend for the annual Dickens festival.

Kent and Rochester in particular, played a large part in Dickens’ life and his books, with the notable exception of A Christmas Carol. This is the book that earlier in 2012 was voted by parents as the book they most wanted their children to read. But unfortunately it just does not feature Kent, unless you can establish a link to the description of Ebenezer Scrooge’s boyhood ‘mansion of dull red brick’ which has some similarities to Dickens’ home at Gad’s Hill.

Throughout the weekend Rochester is celebrating its place in Dickens’ life with a series of parades and performances along the picturesque Rochester High Street with people dressed in the most wonderful Victorian costumes. You’ll see characters from many of Dickens’ books and all manner of chimney sweeps, marching pipers and even Queen Victoria. There’s a Christmas market and stalls for Christmas shopping and plenty of opportunities to keep out the cold with mulled wine, mince pies & hot chocolate. Each day culminates in a parade and carols in the shadow of the spectacular gem of Norman architecture, Rochester Cathedral.

If you can’t get down to Rochester this weekend, then get your Charles Dickens fix by seeing the new Great Expectations film on general release today Friday 30th November, plenty of Kent to see and plenty of great characters promising to be very well cast including Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham.

Enough to make even Scrooge smile!Memories are long in this part of Kent! questions

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