Your location is set to Dartford
Published: 00:01, 31 May 2014 |
Updated: 10:25, 31 May 2014
Rochester's Dickens Festival got off to a busy start yesterday but organisers were expecting even bigger crowds today with the event graced by glorious sunshine.
Thousands of visitors, many of them wearing Victorian costume, were expected to go along to the festival in the historic High Street, castle and surrounding area.
One of the highlights of the day will be the parade of costumed characters but there is plenty more going on including street theatre, music, readings and competitions.
There is also a fun fair in the Castle Gardens to keep children amused and a craft fair to please those who like to shop.
Dickens spent much of his life in Medway, moving to Chatham with his family when he was just five, and many of his novels and characters were inspired by his experiences of living here.
This year’s festival is paying homage to his most autobiographical novel, David Copperfield. It was also the book he liked best. In the preface to the 1867 edition, Dickens wrote: “Like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield.”
Local company Play on Words has been commissioned by Medway Council to write and perform a bite-sized theatre piece about David Copperfield that is being acted out a dozen times during the course of the festival.
This is the 34th Rochester Dickens Festival and its popularity shows no sign of waning with many visitors travelling from all over the UK and Europe to join in the fun. The final day of the 2014 festival is tomorrow.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
This is a brand new online resource covering every aspect of owning and improving a home in Kent and Medway.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.