Dickens 150

This year, Gravesham Borough will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of famous author Charles Dickens who has many connections with the borough and spent the later part of his life at Gad’s Hill Place in Higham. Gravesham is developing a programme of events, walks and exhibitions.

  • An interactive walk with characters through Cobham Village 

Charles Dickens created some of the greatest characters in literature, and they are so plentiful they cover almost all walks of life. Some have even become part of the English language. Dickens’ much-loved characters, often drawn from and based on real life people, although sharply defined, often grotesque or comical, greatly contribute to keep his work still alive today. They leap off the pages of his books which make them so easily adaptable to performances.

Dickens himself toured the world, performing scenes from his own work on stage but he was also a great walker and onne of his routes was through the picturesque village of Cobham.

And there we have the recipe for our production: A walk through Cobham village, during which the audience will encounter some of Dickens’s most memorable characters. Experience a chilling interaction with the jilted Miss Havisham, endure a lesson with sadistic schoolmaster Wackford Squeers and dodge being pickpocketed by the workhouse boys, to name a few.

The performance will start at Owletts and finish- like all good walks- in the village pub, The Leather Bottle.

Date: Saturday 6 June
Time: performances will happen between 11am and 6pm (lunch break at 1pm)
Price: £10 per person
Booking: Booking is essential by calling Visit Gravesend Information Centre on 01474 33 76 00 or emailing info@visitgravesend.co.uk

  • Dickens’ Dreams – A brand new play by the Dickens’ Theatre company with performances held at Gad’s Hill Place.

A brand new play by the Dickens’ Theatre company with performances held at Gad’s Hill Place, where Dickens spent the latter part of his life and died. The play takes you through Charles Dickens’ final hours with his sister-in-law, Georgina.

Dates: Saturday 30 May, 7pm
Sunday 31 May, 2.30pm
Sunday 14 June, 2.30pm
Saturday 20 June, 7pm
Sunday 21 June, 2.30pm

Price: £25 per person, including small refreshments on arrival and a look through the rooms with Gads’ Hill Trust volunteers prior to the performance.

Booking:  Places are limited and booking is essential through the Visit Gravesend Information Centre by calling on 01474 33 76 00 or emailing info@visitgravesend.co.uk

Charles Dickens
  • Tours of Gad’s Hill Place

Visit the former home of Charles Dickens, Gad’s Hill Place – his ‘Little Kentish Freehold’.
When he was a boy Charles Dickens and his father took a walk through Kent. On Gravesend Road they passed a house called Gad’s Hill Place. Young Charles was impressed and bought the house in 1856. In this house he wrote his last four Novels, including Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities. He lived there until his death in 1870.
Gad’s Hill is set in pleasant grounds. You can visit the ground floor of the house, stroll in the gardens and appreciate Dickens’ love for his country home in the Garden of England. Enjoy a tour with a Dickens Fellowship guide followed by a cream tea.

Saturday 4 April
Sunday 5 April
Saturday 2 May
Sunday 3 May
Saturday 6 June
Sunday 7 June
Saturday 11 July
Sunday 12 July
Saturday 8 August
Sunday 9 August
Saturday 12 September
Sunday 13 September
Saturday 10 October
Sunday 11 October

Tours are at 1pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm.

Price: £9.50, Children 7-13 years £5.00, under 6s free (including cream tea)

Booking: places are limited and booking is essential through the Visit Gravesend Information Centre by calling on 01474 33 76 00 or emailing info@visitgravesend.co.uk

  • Dickens 150 at St Mary’s Church, Higham

You are very welcome to a special evening to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens. Dickens spent his last years living in Higham, where his daughter Kate was married in St Mary’s Church in July 1860 to the brother of the famous author Wilkie Collins.

There will be performances from students from Gad’s Hill School and local poet and performer James McKay.

There will be a licensed bar for drinks and light snacks.

Tickets: £5 each

To reserve please email: friends@stmaryschurchhigham or phone: 07480 518493

  • A Dickens’ Quotes Project

We want to encourage the public to submit their favourite Dickens’ quotation, via social media and other channels and to supplement these with others with the aim of selecting 150 quotations that are then displayed in different, some unexpected, locations, sizes and forms around the borough. Tweet @visit_gravesend or share your quotes on Facebook VisitGravesend

  • An exhibition at the Old Curiosity Shop in Gravesend Market

The Old Curiosity Shop is coming to Gravesend Borough Market from Saturday 23rd May to Sunday 28 June. Discover the world of Dickens and its links with Gravesham.

  • A Dickens’ Exhibition at the Blake Gallery and Art workshops in various venues.

More information coming soon!

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