Published: Monday, 19th November 2018

Medway Council is inviting residents to step back in time this Christmas to celebrate 175 years of A Christmas Carol.

It will be a spectacular Christmas at Eastgate House which will be celebrating 175 years since Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol with live performances of the famous story. Talented actors will perform the classic tale in the grade I listed town house on Sunday, 9 December, Saturday, 15 December, and Sunday, 16 December. As visitors stand in the 16th century grand reception room the drama will unfold around them and scenes from the novel will be performed in various alcoves and hidden doorways. Performances will be held at 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, 5.30pm and 7pm. Tickets cost £12 and must be booked in advance. To book, visit Eastgate House or call 01634 332700.
Explore Medway’s rich heritage this festive season and discover how the Victorians changed Christmas at Eastgate House. Get into the festive spirit from Saturday, 24 November, to Sunday, 23 December. Children can also listen to Victorian Father Christmas tell a tale about the mice of Eastgate House on Saturday, 24 November, Saturday, 1 December, Sunday 2, December, Saturday, 22 December, and Sunday, 23 December, from 11am to 4pm. Admissions costs £4 for adults and £2 for children, under-fives go free.

Find out more about rich local history on your doorstep


Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “We are very proud that Medway is steeped in history and I would invite residents to find out more about how the Victorian’s changed Christmas. Eastgate House was an inspiration to Charles Dickens so I’m pleased that we’re celebrating 175 years of A Christmas Carol. I would also encourage residents to find out more about the rich local history on their doorstep.” 
Families can also take part in the We Three Kings of the Castle Trail at Rochester Castle from Thursday, 20 December, until Wednesday, 2 January, from 10am to 4pm for the chance to win a small prize. Last admissions are at 3.15pm and it costs 80p per child, plus admission. Please note the trail will not be running on 24, 25, and 26 December or 1 January. 
For more information search Christmas in Medway on Facebook.
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