Meet Reindeer at the Dickensian Christmas Festival in Medway

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Reindeer will be roaming in Rochester Castle Moat this Dickensian Christmas Festival.

New for 2014, the adorable festive creatures will have Santa’s sleigh in tow and be available to meet the public and pose for photos free of charge.

Over the weekend of 6 and 7 December, around 60,000 people are expected to flock to the festive celebration that pays homage to the greatest writer of the Victorian period, Charles Dickens.

And as ever, Rochester High Street will transform into a Victorian vision for the bi-annual Dickens event.

Also new for this year, revellers will be able to enjoy a wholesome two-course Dickensian Christmas lunch at the Rochester Corn Exchange. (Booking essential, adults and children over 12 – £15, children aged two to 12 – £7.50. Call 01634 338112).

After filling their bellies with turkey, visitors can enjoy parades, carols, a candle lit costumed procession, Punch and Judy shows and wandering Dickens characters – watch out for pick pocketing Fagin!

Dickensian attractions such as Eastgate House and it’s school room, and The Six Poor Travellers’ House will also be open to the public at a charge. Dickens’ famous Swiss writing chalet can also be viewed, but from the outside only due to its fragile condition.

Rochester Castle gardens are set to be bursting with festive goodies, as the Christmas Market will be in full swing. Not only will the market be open for the duration of the festival, but also over the neighbouring weekends.

On 29 and 30 November, and 5, 12, 13 and 14 December the market will run from 11am to 7pm. Over the Dickensian Christmas festival stalls will open at 10am. Enjoy a mulled wine, delicious fudge and be sure to pick up unique gifts and stocking fillers for family and friends.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “The Dickensian Christmas festival is a real highlight in Medway’s events calendar. It gives residents and visitors the chance to get into the Christmas mood and discover the area’s strong Dickens connections.

“The festival is always very popular and we expect tens of thousands of people to come along over the weekend. It’s a free family event with something on offer for everyone.”

To top off a great weekend, why not climb aboard the golden bus for the Dickens Country Experience tour? More information and tickets available at http://www.visitmedway.org/events/dickens-country-experience

For further details about the Dickensian Christmas festival visit http://www.visitmedway.org/events/rochester-dickensian-christmas-festival

Meet the reindeer between 10.30am and 4.30pm on 6 and 7 December.

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