Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the organising committee of the Dickens Festival, have sadly had to take the decision to cancel the majority of the 2020 Festival.
The original Festival in 1937 centered around a play. In conjunction with Sarah Thorne Theatre the staging of a play is being considered for when the Government is able to lift restrictions. This will either be a Community production of 'A Tale of Two Cities' or a professional production of a Dickens play. We will update this website when we have more information.
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.Read More