Charles Dickens visited Broadstairs in Kent regularly from 1837 until 1859 and immortalised the town as “Our English Watering Place”.
In 1937, to commemorate the centenary of the author’s first visit, Gladys Waterer, the then resident of Dickens House, conceived the idea of putting on a production of David Copperfield and of having people about the town in Victorian dress to publicise it.
Thus the festival was born and, with the exception of the years of World War 2, has been held annually in the third week of June ever since.
When? Third weekend in June
Where? Broadstairs, Kent
What? Plays, talks, walks, dress-up
Festival website? Broadstairs Dickens Festival