Children in homemade victorian hats and bonnets
  • Date: 2nd June 2018 - 3rd June 2018
  • Every day
  • Location: Rochester
  • Cost: TBC

Join us for art and craft events as part of Dickens Festival 2018.

Craft Fair

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June at Castle Gardens

City of Rochester Society’s traditional craft fair with stalls selling all types of wares: knitted children’s clothes, jewellery, china, preserves and home-made fudge. The emphasis is on hand craft and individuality, set within an old-time fair environment.

Drop-in Art Workshop: Make Your Own Victorian Hats and Bonnets

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June at Kings Head Car Park, 10am to 4.30pm

Ever wanted to be in the Dickens Festival Parade? But haven’t got a costume? Fear not! Join Animate Arts throughout the Dickens Festival to make your very own DIY hats and bonnets using only paper, card and clever techniques! 

Free and fun – just come and find us on the day and join in. Then take pride of place in the parade at 12noon and 4.45pm.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Drop-in Family Art Workshop: Paper Toys

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June, from 12pm to 4pm

Join Cabinet of Curiosity throughout the Dickens Festival for their paper arts workshops inspired by vintage paper toys from the Victorian era to the early Twentieth Century. No booking needed.

Part of Cut, Fold, Create: Paper Commemorations – Medway Remembers 1918.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June at Rochester Art Gallery

2nd year students on the BA (Hons) Design for Theatre, Film and Performance course at University for the Creative Arts in Rochester worked with the Arts Development and Events Teams to develop speculative project proposals to stage elements of Charles Dickens’ short story, The Seven Poor Travellers, in spaces throughout Rochester and Chatham where elements of the story are set.

This opportunity to collaborate with our teams has now been further enhanced by the opportunity for the students to exhibit their realized costumes and props in Rochester Art Gallery during the Dickens Festival.

The students set out to propose projects that would be interactive and engaging for both local people and visitors.

They will be on hand throughout the Festival to talk to visitors about their work while the story itself is animated by a professional performer.