A day trip to Rochester for its summer Dickens 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. My mobile number is 07984 257572.
The cost of joining this trip is £20 - please pay in cash on the day. The price covers the return train journey (travelling together) and a contribution to the organiser's costs (if you want to join the sailing boat trip there is a separate £20 charge for this, which needs to be paid in advance - this is shown as a separate meetup event)
9:22am: Train leaves London Victoria (destination: Ramsgate)
10:09am: Train arrives in Rochester
During the day there are many activities to enjoy. For full details see:
There will be costumed parades, music, readings, stalls
There will be a suggested programme for those who wish to do things together, but there are also plenty of options if you want to go and do things by yourself or in a smaller group. For lunch you can buy from food stalls, or you can bring your own picnic if you want. Note that we will not be having any meals together during this trip.
At 3:15pm 12 of us will be joining a 1-hour sailing trip on the river in the Edith May (the scheduled sailing time is 3:30-4:30pm). If you would like to be part of this please reply to the separate event for this (this needs to be pre-paid, at a cost of an extra £20):
We will meet at 6:15pm and will take the following train back to London:
6:52pm Train leaves Rochester station
7:37pm Train arrives at London Victoria station
(if we miss this, the next train arrives in London 30 minutes later)
Weather forecast for Rochester: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2639268
Photos from a similar event in 2013: