Rochester: Dickensian Christmas (day trip)

  • Dec 8, 2013 · 8:45 AM
  • Victoria Train Station (outside WH Smith's, opposite main ticket office)

A day trip to Rochester for its Dickensian Christmas festival: a celebration of the life and works of the writer Charles Dickens.

The planned schedule is:

Meet me at 8:45am next to Nero Express at Victoria train station (outside WH Smith's, next to some moving stairs, facing the ticket office). This is number 42 on this map of the station:

I'll be wearing an orange scarf. If you need to contact me my mobile number is 07984 257572.

Please pay me £20 cash at the station when you see me. This covers the return train journey (travelling together) and a contribution to the organiser's costs.

9:22am: Train leaves London Victoria (destination: Ramsgate)
10:15am: Train arrives in Rochester

Note that we cannot wait for latecomers

During the day there are many activities to enjoy. For full details see:

It will be very crowded, so during the afternoon we may split into smaller groups. For lunch you can buy from food stalls, or you can bring your own picnic if you want.

Highlights of today's festival include:
- Seven Poor Travellers Procession (from 11am)
- Grand Parade (starting at noon)
- Dickens Christmas Market at Rochester Castle
- Various musical entertainment
- A walking tour of Rochester (from 2:15pm)
- Candle-lit Procession (from 4:45pm)
- Carols outside Rochester Cathedral (from 5pm)

We will meet at 5:40pm in front of the Visitor Information Centre, and plan to take the following train back to London:
6:11pm Train leaves Rochester station
7:05pm Train arrives at London Victoria station
(if we miss this, the next train arrives in London 30 minutes later)

Weather forecast for Rochester:

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  • Lubna

    I had a wonderful time on Sunday, the trip was very well organised by Mark as always, the festival was great and the town it is beautiful. Thank you.

    December 10, 2013

  • ian

    Thanks to all group

    December 9, 2013

  • Sasha

    Great day out! :) Thanks for organising it Mark!

    December 8, 2013

  • Beatrice

    Thank you Mark for organising this trip. I had a great time, met some wonderful people and I hope to see you all again soon. :-)

    December 8, 2013

  • Ashish

    Hello everyone

    It was good meeting all of you today, enjoyed the trip - the parade, cathedral, town, miles of walking, carol singing and hey even the 'fake' snow. Hope to see you in next meetup.

    Mark, kudos for organising this meetup and for all the planning...looking fwd to many more such great meetups. It was my first day trip meetup and a good one.

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • Ashish

    Looking fwd to this trip...hope the weather works for us.

    1 · December 7, 2013

  • Remi P.

    Sorry, can't join. Hope you'll have fun

    December 7, 2013

  • Beatrice

    Hi Mark! I have also invited some friends! They haven't confirmed yet, would it be ok if they just turn up at the station? Thanks.

    December 7, 2013

    • Mark

      It is ok (for this trip only), but it would be helpful if you could update the number of guests here as soon as you know how many are coming - or text me on sunday morning before the meeting time

      December 7, 2013

  • albert n.

    hi I a m so excited to visit but must plan because I am in paris

    1 · December 7, 2013

  • ian

    My first trip with group nice to see new place b4 Xmas helloo everyone,, c u tomorrow I m coming alone I m single xx

    December 7, 2013

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