All events in the schedule are taking place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June 2019 unless stated otherwise.

Event

Time

Location

Kaleidoscope

10am to 5pm

Castle Gardens

Kent Costume Trust

10am to 5pm

Princes Hall, Corn Exchange

Craft Fair

10am to 5pm

Castle moat

Alternate Shadows

10am

La Providence

'Was Charles Dickens A Freemason?'

10am, Saturday only

The Masonic Temple

City of Rochester Pipe Band

10.30am

Oliver’s Wine Bar

Pretending People

10.30am

Guildhall Forecourt

Rochester Cathedral Bell Ringers

10.45pm

St. Mary's Meadow

Dance Alley

11am on Saturday only

Blue Boar Performance Area

Three Towns

11am on Sunday only

Blue Boar Performance Area

Play On Words - Oliver Twist

11am

Opposite Crow Lane

The Lamplighter

11am

La Providence

'Was Charles Dickens A Freemason?'

11am on Saturday only

The Masonic Temple

BAE Systems

11.15am

Boley Hill Stage

Punch and Judy

11.15am

Guildhall Forecourt

Alternate Shadows

11.30am

La Providence

Meetin’ Beeton

11.30am

Miss Twinkleton's

City of Rochester Pipe Band

11.45am

Blue Boar Performance Area

Music workshop

11.45am

Guildhall Forecourt

Dickens Fellowship Reading

12 midday

Rochester Library

Gerald Dickens - readings

12 midday

Guildhall Chamber

Catwalk competition

12 midday on Sunday only

La Providence

'Was Charles Dickens A Freemason?'

12 midday on Saturday only

The Masonic Temple

Dr Pete Orford – talks Drood

12 midday

on Saturday only

The Halpern Conservancy Board Meeting

Pauline Qurike Acadmey - Oliver

12.15pm on Saturday only

Boley Hill Stage

Dance Alley

12.15pm on Sunday only

Boley Hill Stage

Rochester Cathedral Bell Ringers

12.30pm

St. Mary's Meadow

Dutch Choir

12.30pm on Saturday only

Blue Boar Performance Area

Three Towns

12.30pm on Sunday only

Blue Boar Performance Area

Punch and Judy

12.30pm

Guildhall Forecourt

Play On Words - Oliver Twist

1pm

Opposite Crow Lane

The Lamplighter

1pm

La Providence

BAE Systems

1pm

Boley Hill Stage

Fagin photo opportunity

1pm

St Mary’s Meadow

'Was Charles Dickens A Freemason?'

1pm on Saturday only

The Masonic Temple

Cracking the Crinoline

1.15pm

Blue Boar Lane Area

Pretending People

1.15pm

Guildhall Forecourt

Meetin’ Beeton

1.30pm

Miss Twinkleton's

Parade

2pm

Almon place to Boley Hill Stage

'Was Charles Dickens A Freemason?'

2pm on Saturday only

The Masonic Temple

Play On Words - Oliver Twist

2.30pm

Opposite Crow Lane

Rochester Cathedral Bell Ringers

2.45pm

St. Mary's Meadow

Dutch Choir

2.45pm on Saturday only

Blue Boar Performance Area

Three Towns

2.45pm on Sunday only

Blue Boar Performance Area

Alternate Shadows

2.45pm

La Providence

Cosson's Music Hall Finale

2.45pm

Boley Hill Stage

Punch and Judy

2.45pm

Guildhall Forecourt

Dickens Fellowship Reading

3pm

Rochester Library

Meetin’ Beeton

3pm

Miss Twinkleton's

'Was Charles Dickens A Freemason?'

3pm on Saturday only

The Masonic Temple

Pauline Qurike Acadmey - Oliver

3.15pm on Saturday only

Boley Hill Stage

Dance Alley

3.15pm on Sunday only

Boley Hill Stage

Dickens Memorial Service

3.15pm on Sunday only

Rochester Cathedral

Music workshop

3.15pm

Guildhall Forecourt

Cracking the Crinoline

3.30pm

Blue Boar Performance Area

The Lamplighter

3.30pm

La Providence

Fagin photo opportunity

3.30pm

St Mary’s Meadow

Gerald Dickens – Q&A

3.45pm

Guildhall Chamber

Play On Words – Oliver Twist

4pm

Opposite Crow Lane

BAE Systems

4pm

Boley Hill Stage

Rochester Cathedral Bell Ringers

4.30pm

St. Mary's Meadow

City of Rochester Pipe Band

4.30pm

Oliver’s Wine Bar

Dance Alley

4.30pm

Blue Boar Performance Area

Alternate Shadows

4.30pm

La Providence

Pretending People

4.30pm

Guildhall Forecourt

Cosson's Music Hall Finale

5pm

Boley Hill Stage

Performers

Alternate Shadows

George has invented a time machine but something’s gone wrong - bubbles are appearing! Come and meet George, Eliza and her unsavoury pies (try if you dare) and George & Georgina Frightful the Victorian bathing darlings.

BAE Systems

Will be playing your brass band favourites.

Catwalk competition

Show off your attire your true Dickensian style at our catwalk. The competition will be judged by Young Queen Victoria and Mr Pickwick and the winner will receive an award.

You can pre-register at the Events information stand on Saturday and up until 11.30am on the Sunday. Places are limited. There are 4 categories: Best Dressed Woman, Best Dressed Man, Under 16 and Best Dressed Character.

City of Rochester Pipe Band

Bagpipes at their very best.

City Wall Stage

Skinners Rats
A couple of salty old sea dogs with some rumbustuous songs and tunes. Join in if you wish.

Fire And Ice
Dockyard shantymen rescued from the pubs of Chatham.

Fiddlefit
From the hulks of Gravesend, these two musicians are used to entertaining the more colourful characters of society.

Cosson's Music Hall Finale

A good ol' knees up with music hall favourites get you singing along and having a great time, Victorian style!

Cracking the Crinoline

Join us for a surprising, uplifting performance that reminds us all that older women, of any era, should NOT be taken for granted!

Craft Fair

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.

Dance Alley

Performing dances depicting the more affluent side of Dickensian life. 

Dickens Fellowship Reading

The reading will be 'David Copperfield walks to Dover' from David Copperfield.

Dizzy O'Dare – Phileas Fogg Day 79

Join Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout as they wander around and attempt to circumnavigate the world in just 80 days. The year is 1872 and it’s day 79 of the journey. Our intrepid adventurers are just hours away from crossing the finish line, if they can just coerce their hot air balloons to go in the right direction they stand to win a grand prize.

Dutch Choir - AGK Puur Sangh

Puur Sangh was founded in 1966 and is made up of 75 enthusiastic signers from Asten and surroundings in the southeast of The Netherlands, directed by Ad Vergouwen.

Dr Pete Orford - talks Drood

Dr Pete Orford, Director of the MA in Dickens Studies, will guide you through the weird and wonderful world of Dickens' novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood solutions. Theories that include multiple personalities, Egyptian assassins, ancient cults and the Greek Gods!

Eastgate House - A Dickens Whodunit? Solving the Mystery of Edwin Drood

(open 10am to 5pm, last admission 4.15pm)

An exhibition exploring the novel’s connections with Eastgate House and other locations in Rochester.

Includes a full size model of Dickens and an interactive game where you get to decide on the ending of the author’s final, unfinished work.

Produced in partnership with the Charles Dickens Museum, London

Free with entry to Eastgate House. Adults £5.50, concessions and 5-15 year olds £4, under 5s free. Family ticket £15. Groups of ten or more 15% discount on adult price.

Fagin

The crafty and mischievous Fagin (played by John Endicott) will be roaming the streets – look out for him!

Gerald Dickens - question and answers

Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June from 3.45pm at Guildhall Chamber

Have you got a burning questions for Charles Dickens Great Great Grandson? Or have you always wondered how Charles himself would have been back in the day?

Any questions you have, big or small, Gerald Dickens himself will be here to answer!

Gerald Dickens - reading of Nicholas Nickleby

Travelling with Nicholas across the country we meet some of Charles Dickens’ greatest characters including Wackford Squeers, Smike, Vincent Crummles and his troupe, Newman Noggs, Sir Mulbery Hawk and many others.

Nicholas Nickleby shows Charles Dickens off to his theatrical best.

Kent Costume Trust

A display of costumes and crafts from Dickensian times with an opportunity for children to dress up in reproduction clothes and ideas to make your own reproduction dress.

Meetin’ Beeton

From Play On Words Theatre Company

Come and meet the original domestic goddess – Mrs Beeton. The Victorian expert on etiquette, household management, cookery and the art of entertainment.

She’ll talk you through the technicalities of table-laying, nuances of napkin folding, speedy silver polishing and mouth-watering menu planning. 

Followed by an invitation to taste Victorian goodies made to Mrs Beeton’s original recipes by the team at Mrs Twinkleton’s Tea Room.

Performances

Performances last 20minutes and start at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm (Saturday and Sunday).

Performances are suitable for all ages.

Mrs Twinkleton’s Tea Room Terrace (can also be viewed from Eastgate House Gardens), Eastgate, Rochester.

Kids

Make sure you collect a silver spoon and a stamp from Mrs Beeton to gain free entry (for up to 3 children with each paying adult) to Eastgate House!

Come and join in the silver spoon trail throughout the house and explore the historic rooms and winding staircases as you go.

Parade

Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June from 2pm at Almon Place

Join us for the spectacular parade of Dickensian characters and Victorian costumes led by the Mayor of Medway at 2pm on both days.

The parade is begins at Almon Place, through the length of the high street to Boley Hill Stage.

Pauline Qurike Academy - Oliver

Performing songs from Oliver.

Play On Words - Oliver Twist

From Play On Words Theatre Company. Exerts from Oliver Twist at a whirlwind pace and full of fun performed by an award winning Medway based theatre company.

You’ll be left wanting ‘more'!

Pretending People Theatre

An American country singer lands in Rochester looking for inspiration and finds himself entangled in an immersive story telling experience that highlights Rochester’s Dickensian features. 

Punch & Judy

Traditional fun for toddlers (and parents).

Rochester Cathedral Bell Ringers

Come and have a go at bell ringing in the shadow of the Cathedral bell tower, and find out more about the Centenary Project,

The Lamplighter

Victorian anecdotes from a Lamplighter.

Three Towns

Singing old music hall favourites.

'Was Charles Dickens A Freemason?'

A short illustrated presentation followed by a guided tour of the Masonic Temple. Saturday, 1 June. Free.

Young Queen Victoria

Her Royal Highness will be roaming throughout the weekend – and judging the catwalk competition on Sunday.

Dickens Festival Public Forum

Monday, 24 June, 7pm. The Corn Exchange, Rochester.