The stand out winner as an event on Inspire Kent every year is when a Dickens Festival is coming up, it attracts lots of interest from locals and, indeed, people from across the UK.
Rochester High Street, along with the picturesque Cathedral and Castle, creates a somewhat magical reinactment into what it may have looked like when Charles Dickens lived in Rochester back in the 19th Century.
It is one of only a very few events in the Kent annual calendar that has such broad appeal. From the traditional, family to a younger generation that just want a good time.
Why is Rochester connected to Charles Dickens?
Medway was a special place for Charles Dickens life and work. He spent 5 of his childhood years there between 1817 and 1822 and returned for the last few years of his life, in which he died at Gads Hill, Higham, in 1870.
What to expect at a Rochester Dickens Festival
Twice a year Dickens enthusiasts, strolling players, re-enactors, Dickensian ‘characters’, not to mention a few oddballs, join the public in a festival to commemorate and celebrate the life of Charles Dickens. There is even a website dedicated to this called www.rochersterdickensfestival.org.uk.
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