What the Dickens? Taking the plunge at the Broadstairs Dickens Festival. Courtesy of Broadstairs Dickens Festival
The Broadstairs Dickens Festival turns Kent back into a Victorian holiday destination. This heritage event features a dramatic adaptation of a Dickens novel performed in the Dickens House Museum, a Victorian cricket match, talks and walking tours of the town.
Charles Dickens used to holiday in Broadstairs from 1837 to 1859 and Betsey Trotwood in his David Copperfield was based on a woman who lived in the cottage that is now the Dickens House Museum.
In 1937, the then owners of the cottage commemorated the centenary of Dickens' first visit to Broadstairs by staging one of his novels and people dressed as Victorians to publicise the performance. The festival has gone from strength to strength, with visitors flocking from all over the world in their droves, and there's still dressing up!
By Rail: to Broadstairs Station
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