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Ulverston’s Dickensian Christmas Festival returns for a 17th year

Published on: Wednesday 25th November 2015
Categorised under: Play , Events, Festivals, Ulverston

One of the best-attended Dickensian events in the country, the two-day celebration - on Saturday and Sunday - sees a busy programme of free entertainment, performances and market stalls all centred around the traditional theme.

What happens at the Dickensian Christmas Festival?

Shopkeepers and residents will all be getting into the spirit of the event by dressing in traditional Victorian costume for the annual parade, which runs from the County Square at 3pm on Saturday, and then from 2pm on Sunday. There is also a possibility that a certain Father Christmas may be in attendance.

Look out for the town's Christmas lights switch-on at 4pm on Saturday, when the parade reaches Market Place.

The town will also be hosting its biggest market of the year, offering up lots of unusual gifts, artwork and festive food and drink.

Over in the Market Hall will be the Busker Zone, hosting a full programme of musicians all weekend from 11am to 4pm both days.

A Vintage and Collector's fair will also be running on Saturday from 10am to 5pm at The Red Rose Social Club, offering up retro homeware, jewellery and fashion.

Stages at Market Place, Lloyds Corner and Theatre Street Car Park will be hosting live entertainment throughout the course of the weekend.

New for 2015 is a food court in Theatre Street Car Park, where there is also a covered seating area.

Choose South Cumbria will also be in attendance at the event, promoting the area as a fantastic place to live, work and play, and showing how lucky we are to have events like this on our doorstep.

The main programme runs from 9am to 5pm each day.

How can you join in?

Those wishing to get into the Dickensian spirit and rent a Victorian costume can visit Pure in Market Street and choose an outfit. There are costume competitions for you to enter, and with 25,000 people expected to attend over the weekend, the competition is strong.

A giant tombola is taking place in the festival marquee, situated at Market Place, as well as miniature steam railway rides in Market Street, donkey rides in The Gill, and Husky Sleigh Rides in Daltongate.

Where to park and how to get there?

The only town centre car park to be closed for the duration of the festival is Theatre Street car park, so spaces will be available at Buxton Place, Daltongate, Stockbridge Lane, Brewery Street and The Gill.

The majority of public bus services in the area are provided by Stagecoach Group, with some additional services by Blueworks, with buses from Barrow and Kendal arriving regularly throughout both days. Trains to and from Ulverston railway station to both Barrow and Lancaster are also in operation on an almost-hourly basis.

A free park and ride scheme from the Auction Mart to the town centre will also be in operation, with donations to the Rotary Club of Ulverston encouraged.

Cumbria Live has more information on what’s on at the Dickensian Christmas Festival.

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