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Broadstairs Dickens Festival 2024, Kent

14 June - 16 June

Broadstairs Dickens Festival is held over three days in June in the town the writer loved.

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The Broadstairs Dickens Festival is celebrating its 87th anniversary in 2024. The three-day festival held in June in the coastal Kent town celebrates the work of the greatest Victorian novelist, including a performance of Great Expectations.

Dickens and Broadstairs

Dickens often came to Broadstairs between 1837 and 1859. He wrote many of his novels here including Nicolas Nickleby and David Copperfield.

In 1851 he wrote the short story Our English Watering Place which is based on Broadstairs while staying at Fort House, now called Bleak House. It was published in 1852.

Origins of the Festival

The Charles Dickens festival Broadstairs was established in 1937 to mark the centenary of the novelist’s first visit to the Kent coastal town. Gladys Waterer who was then a resident at Dickens House proposed they put on a performance of David Copperfield with people wandering around the town dressed in Victorian attire to promote the event.

Broadstairs Dickens Festival, credit Tourism @ Thanet District Council _17 (1)

The festival has continued ever since apart from during World War II. Each year the Broadstairs Dickens Fellowship, which was also formed in 1937 requests the festival to take place. The fellowship meets on the first Wednesday in the month. The Dickens Fellowship is based at the Charles Dickens Museum in London, with branches around the world.

Broadstairs Dickens Festival 2024

Full details of the events of this year’s festival will appear at the festival website (see address below). The festival play performed at the Sarah Thorne Theatre will be Great Expectations from 14 to 16 June 2024. To book tickets for this call 0333 666 4466 or go to

Broadstairs Dickens Festival 2024 Dates

It will be held from 14 to 16 June 2024.

Broadstairs Dickens Festival, credit Tourism @ Thanet District Council_ (1)

How To Get To Broadstairs

From London Victoria coach station it is approximately a 90-minute journey, and by rail 1 hour 50 minutes from Victoria and 2 hours from Charing Cross stations. St Pancras International Station is a third rail alternative, taking approximately 80 minutes.

Things To Do in Thanet

In addition to enjoying the Broadstairs sands there are plenty of things to do in the Isle of Thanet, Kent. A wonderful place to explore close to London, to find out more go to the local Visit Thanet tourism website. There foodies can try the spring and autumn Broadstairs Food Festival.

All images: Broadstairs Dickens Festival, credit Tourism @ Thanet District Council.


14 June
16 June


Sarah Thorne Theatre
Fordoun Road
Broadstairs,KentCT10 2BNUnited Kingdom
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Mark Bibby Jackson

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Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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