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Rochester’s Dickensian Christmas
Rochester’s Dickensian Christmas has been held annually since 1988, which is fitting, as Medway held such a special place in Charles Dickens’ life and work.
Days trips South East London and Surrey
We're running great value day trips with our coach seated double deck buses on Saturday December 1st 2012.
Great value fares
Our day trips are only £12 for adults and £10 for Children and Senior Citizens click here to book online.
The Dickens Christmas Market
This takes place in the beautiful grounds of Kent’s Rochester Castle, overlooking the River Medway and just a few steps from Rochester’s picture-postcard Victorian High Street; home to the ever-popular Dickensian Christmas Festival, attracting more than 80,000 people over the first weekend in December.
Just imagine the setting, the Castle walls illuminated in traditional Christmas colours, trees filled with twinkling fairy lights, the smell of roasted chestnuts and glühwein fills the air and an array of wonderful German style Christmas market huts selling a range of festive gifts and hand-crafted goods. In addition to all of this, street entertainers and Dickensian characters mingle amongst the revellers, whilst carol singers welcome visitors as they enter the market with festive Christmas carols.
The Dickens Christmas Market at Rochester Castle is open Wednesday to Sunday from the beginning until the middle of December.
It replaces the existing craft market to create what is expected to be the largest 'authentic' Christmas market in the UK, featuring up to 300 German style Christmas chalets, a giant Christmas tree, bandstand, and carousel. The castle walls will be illuminated and the entire market will be decorated in festive tradition to ensure that visitors experience a truly spectacular Christmas atmosphere.
Dickensian Christmas Festival in Rochester
Each year, the first weekend of December brings Victorian festivities to Rochester in the form of a Dickensian Christmas, where you can experience street entertainment, readings, songs and dance. You'll be captivated by Dickens' characters as you explore the literary journey that was the great writer's life. Each day there are parades through Rochester and the magnificent surroundings of Rochester Cathedral and Castle and guaranteed snowfall creates a charming sceneYou’ll be captivated by Dickens’ characters as you explore the literary journey that was the great writer’s life. Each day there are parades through Rochester and the magnificent surroundings of Rochester Cathedral and Castle and guaranteed snowfall create a charming scene.
Route 775 from Morden and Sutton
|Buses operate on dates specified|
|Kingston, Cromwell Road, stop A3||0852|
|Raynes Park, Coombe Lane, stop B||0905|
|Morden Station, stop G||0915|
|St Helier, Rose Hill, stop RP||0920|
|Sutton Green, High Street, stop B||0925|
|Sutton Station, stop O||0930|
|Belmont, Cotswold Road||0935|
|Banstead, opposite Marks & Spencer (also serves Waitrose)||0940|
|Rochester, Dickensian Festival||1050|
|Return departure time|
|Rochester, Dickensian Festival||1600|