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 2021.
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 2021 Festival has been cancelled due to the current covid situation.
The 2017 Dickens Festival ran from Saturday 17th to Friday 23rd June which was their 80th year of running this event.
The weather this year has been some of the best for the Festival.
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 now a hotel and wedding venue. See their website for full details.