Happy Birthday Charles Dickens! As the great novelist celebrates his 200th birthday this February, his favourite county of Kent is getting into the literary spirit all through 2012, with the first of the celebrations happening in Rochester between the 6th and the 11th of February.
Expect a week long celebration of all things Dickens, complete with costumed characters, exhibitions and readings from the famous man himself, as well as wider discussions about Dickensian society (one of which entitled ‘Undressing a Victorian Lady’- a clear choice for all those with a less highbrow approach to the age!). There are period celebrations most evenings with Victorian Music Hall entertainment, pantomine and costumed events.
The week long festivities culminate in the Grand ‘Mr Fezziwigs Ball’, with old style country dancing, supper and entertainment to rival to the most raucous of Dickens imaginings!
Interested? Click here for more information for a full schedule of the festival or let Mulberry Cottages take you there…
Old Post Cottage in Rodmersham Green wouldn’t look out of place in a Dicken’s novel, just 30 minutes drive from the centre of Rochester, and a quaint and comfortable retreat right next to the village green. Charming period features and access to the internet! Old Post Cottage sleeps 3+1 and is available for the week during the Dickens festival for £530.
Cherry and Plum Cottages in Doddington would be the perfect places to relax after a day immersed in Dickens, full of character with oak beams and log burners and in the middle of the most beautiful scenery all ready to explore! Both cottages sleep four and prices over the whole week of the festival start from £340; so there is no excuse not to come and see why Dickens returned to Rochester 200 years ago.