Dickens' character Mrs Gamp

Dickens Festival

Welcome to a weekend of colourful celebration, enlightening entertainment and Dickensian discovery, as we honour one of England's greatest writers.

Charles Dickens lived in Medway for almost 20 years, absorbing the area's architecture, character and colour and bringing it to fictional life in some of his best-known works. For over three decades we have celebrated our proud association with Dickens and this year we are delighted to present a family festival packed with Dickensian delight and Victorian intrigue.

Whether this is your first Rochester Dickens Festival or you're a regular, get ready for a feast for the senses. From costumed parades and street acts to competitions, readings and a fair, Rochester's streets and green spaces will be awash with entertainment.

Festival programme and details on how to become involved in this event are available online.




Rochester town centre