Celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens

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Festivals & Outdoor

The life and work of Dickens is regularly celebrated in festivals and outdoor activities around the world. In 2012, Dickens-themed activities are expected to bring together millions of people worldwide with new events and special editions of key annual festivals being staged to mark the bicentenary. In addition, the year of the bicentenary will see new long-lasting commemorative initiatives including exciting legacy projects and heritage trails.

Come into the Parlour

An evening of Victorian songs to celebrate Charles Dickens's birthday, sung by the baritones Donald Maxwell and Marcus Farnsworth.

The 34th Annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, an annual tradition in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1970, transports visitors to an iconic Victorian holiday.

Coming up

The Dickens Connection

Saturdays in Summer 4.30pm
Highgate West Cemetery, Swains Lane, London, N6 6PJ

In Celebration the Dickens bicentenary this guided tour gives a fascinating glimpse into the life of Charles Dickens by visiting the graves of his wife Catherine, parents John and Elizabeth, sister Frances, brother Alfred and several of his friends and associates buried in Highgate’s West Cemetery.

Saturdays - 4.30 pm.

Tickets : Adults £7 - students £5 (with student card)

To book please call the Cemetery on
020 8340 1834 - during weekday office hours.

Charles Dickens film locations London walk

Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays throughout 2012
Various in London, UK

Cine Tourism film historian Sandra Shevey runs tri-weekly walks around Charles Dickens London film locations. Drawing upon set designs and art work Shevey compares the literary content of Dickens with the real locations and artistic adaptations. Shevey will discuss 'Lttle Dorrit', 'Oliver Twist' and 'A Christmas Carol'. Walks depart 11am and cost £25 excl. Contact: sandra_shevey@yahoo.com.

Santa's Grotto at the Museum of London

Until 23 December 2011
Museum of London, UK

Come and meet Santa in our traditional Victorian grotto in our Victorian Walk. Tell him your Christmas wishes and receive a special present in advance of the big day. Book in advance on 020 7001 9844. Child Grotto entry £5 (including gift).

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