Each year for the past 76 years 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 2017 Festival will be from Saturday 17th June to Friday 23rd June.
The 2016 Dickens Festival ran from Saturday 18th to Friday 24th June.
So far the weather this year has been resonably kind to the organisers.
More information about the annual festival and other events during the year is always available on their website.
Pictures of the 2016 week can be found here.
Bleak House is now a hotel and wedding venue. See their website for full details.