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Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Charles Dickens

The next Broadstairs Dickens Festival takes place between Saturday 18th – Friday 24th June 2016.

Charles Dickens immortalised Broadstairs as “Our English Watering Place” and visited the town regularly from 1837 until 1859. Visitors today often comment that the quaintness and architectural shape of Broadstairs give the impression that it hasn’t changed much since that time. Looking at old pictures of the town we think they are quite right!

While there are now of course many modern shops and restaurants and so on in the High Street, overall Broadstairs retains the charm and feel of the Victorian seaside Town that Dickens knew and loved.

The Dickens Museum and Bleak House are just two of Broadstairs’ buildings that have blue plaques proclaiming their Dickens connections, there are several others waiting for you to discover should you decide to go looking for them. The author stayed in a number of addresses in Broadstairs during his many visits here – and who can blame him for coming back so many times to this perfect English seaside resort which has so much to commend it to visitors today, just as it had in Dickens’ time.

The Broadstairs Dickens Festival takes place every June. For Dickens fans, those studying his work at school or college, or anyone who would just like to be here when something special and different is going on, the Festival offers lots of delights.

This video gives a flavour of what Festival-goers can expect:

See for more details of what happens during the Dickens Festival in Broadstairs and to learn more about the town’s links with Charles Dickens.

If you’re coming to the Dickens Festival, get in touch with us early to book your accommodation. Perfect for families and groups, our holiday properties will allow you easy access to all the Festival’s literary and historical activities and let you enjoy all mod cons when you get back to your comfortable self catering holiday home! Why not book the full week of Dickens Festival 2016 – bring your crinoline and Victorian bathing suit, you won’t get a better chance than this to show them off!