Please be aware that due to the current pandemic and the uncertainty of how things will progress this year some events may be cancelled or curtailed so please make sure you contact the event organisers before making any plans for 2022.
If you do visit please respect our Town keeping to all the current regulations in force at the time and please leave nothing but footprints in the sand when you depart.
For many years now there has been a celebration of Charles Dickens. The Dickens Festival is held each year in June, during this week it is impossible to walk through Broadstairs without bumping into characters from his novels!
There are several locations in Broadstairs associated with Charles Dickens, perhaps the best known is Bleak House overlooking the Jetty at Viking Bay. Charles Dickens stayed in Broadstairs for his summer holidays and wrote much of David Copperfield in Bleak House. He also based the cottage where Betsey Trotwood lived on a house at Broadstairs, which is now the Dickens House Museum in Victoria Parade.
The 2022 Festival will run from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th June.
This years Dickens Festival will be the 85th year of running this event.
More information about the annual festival and other events during the year is always available on their website.
Pictures of the 2017 week can be found here.
Bleak House is no longer open to the public.