This year's Dickens Festival will be held on Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June.

Our daily schedule can help show you what events are happening throughout the weekend.

Alternate Shadows

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June

The Alternate Shadows events will be taking place at:

  • 11am outside the Guildhall
  • 2pm outside Oliver’s Wine Bar
  • 3pm outside Oliver’s Wine Bar
  • 4pm outside the Guildhall

BAE Systems Brass Band

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June at Boley Hill

The brass band will be performing at:

  • 11.30am
  • 1.30pm
  • 3pm

Camera Obscura

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June

This will be happening throughout the day at Victorian Encampment, The Castle Gardens

Catwalk

Saturday 2 June only at 2.30pm at La Providence

Come and parade through our Catwalk in your Dickensian attire and be judged by Gerald Dickens to be in with a chance of winning best dressed!

City of Rochester Pipe band

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June

The bands will be playing at:

  • 11am outside Oliver’s wine bar
  • 2.30pm outside The Crown PH
  • 3.45pm outside Oliver’s wine bar

City of Rochester Society Walking tours

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June at the Visitor Information Centre

The walking tours will be given at:

  • 10.45am (45 minute tour)
  • 2.15pm (90 minute tour)

Cockney Museum

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June, throughout the day at Boley Hill Car Park

Cosson’s School of Performing Arts

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June

The performances include:

  • The Cosson’s World Premiere at 4pm
  • Music Hall finale at 5pm

Dance Alley

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June

Events will take place at:

  • 10.30am in the Boley Hill area
  • 1.30pm outside Oliver’s wine bar
  • 3.45pm at Boley Hill area

Dizzy O’Dare with The Old Curiosity Shop

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June, throughout the day at Tower 2 The Castle Gardens

Fagin – photo opportunity

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June at 1.30pm and 3.15pm at Guildhall Forecourt

Gerald Dickens

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June

Gerald Dickens will be around during the Dickens Festival for meet and greet sessions and for the Performing Doctor Marrigold events.

The Gerald Dickens meet and greet will take place in Kings Head car park at 11am and 1.15pm.

Performing Doctor Marigold will take place at The Guildhall Museum at 3.15pm

Great Kentspectations

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June

Great Kentspectations will take place on both Saturday and Sunday throughout the day at Victorian Encampment at The Castle Gardens.

You can also come along to our Meet the Steampunks event on Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 3pm.

Kent Costume Trust Display

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June, all day at Princes Hall, Corn Exchange

Kent Costume Trust Talks

The talks include:

  • The Dear Departed on Saturday 2 June at 1.15pm and 3.15pm
  • A Tale of Two Knitters on Sunday 3 June at 1.15pm and 3.15pm

Medway Adult Education

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June

A wide range of Dickens related activities and a craft fair will be held at the Medway Adult Education Centre throughout the weekend.

Play On Words performing a bitesize of Oliver Twist

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June, opposite Crow Lane

The Play on Words theatre company will be performing a bitesize version of Oliver Twist in 20 minutes throughout the weekend.

The performances will take place at:

  • 11am
  • 1pm
  • 2pm
  • 3pm
  • 4pm

Pretending People Theatre

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June

The performances will take place on:

  • Saturday at 4pm at Kings Head
  • Saturday and Sunday at 1.15pm at Kings Head
  • Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm at Boley Hill area
  • Sunday at 11am at Kings Head

Punch and Judy

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June at 11.15am, 1.15pm and 2.45pm at St Mary’s Meadow

Pauline Quirk Academy of Performing Arts

Throughout Saturday and Sunday at Blue Boar Lane

Rag & Bone

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June at:

  • 10.30am at La Providence
  • 1.30pm outside Crown PH
  • 3.30pm at La Providence

Dickens Fellowship

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June at 11am and 2.30pm at Rochester Community Hub

Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship reading ‘Election at Eatanswill’ from the Pickwick Papers.

Rochester Pickwick Club

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June at 1pm at Guildhall Forecourt.

The Lamplighter

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June at 11.10am, 1.45pm and 3.30pm at La Providence

Three Towns Theatre Company

Sunday 3 June only at:

  • 10.30am outside Oliver’s Wine Bar
  • 2.30pm at La Providence
  • 3.30pm outside Crown PH

Voices from Victorian London

All Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June at Victorian Encampment The Castle Gardens.

Wet Plate Photography

All Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June at Victorian Encampment The Castle Gardens.