Broadstairs Dickens Festival

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21st Jul 2020

The Broadstairs Dickens Festival celebrates the works and characters created by one of England’s best-loved authors, with events throughout the town. Charles Dickens visited Broadstairs in Kent regularly from 1837 until 1859 and immortalised the town as “Our English Watering Place”.

In 1937, to commemorate the centenary of the author’s first visit, Gladys Waterer, the then resident of Dickens House, conceived the idea of putting on a production of David Copperfield and of having people about the town in Victorian dress to publicise it.

There are many different events going on throughout the week, many of the events are free, tickets for the Festival play can be obtained from Sarah Thorne Theatre, Tel: 01843 863701 or For other ticketed events these can be obtained from Expressions of Broadstairs, 65 – 67 High Street, from 1 May (cash only).

Check out what events are going on throughout the week on the Broadstairs Dickens Festival website!

Events and festival running from the 20th-23rd July.

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