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Mark Charles Dickens’ bicentenary year with these fun family events

Posted: 10 January 2012
by Fiona McKim

Dickens On Screen
January 10–February 28
London's BFI Southbank is hosting a celebratory season of Dickensian greats from the big screen in honour of the prolific storyteller’s birthday. Children with a roguish streak can catch early adaptations of Oliver Twist whilst older viewers can enjoy a modern reimagining of Great Expectations.

Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Celebrations
February 5–12
Watch as the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth lays a special wreath in honour of Charles Dickens’ birthday then join in a week long calendar of merriment including themed food, crafts, storytelling, street performers and free admission to the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum.

February 6–8
Woodville Halls Theatre in Gravesham will be playing host to this musical adaptation of the classic childhood tale, performed by pupils from Gad’s Hill School – Dickens’ former home.

Dickens In Teesdale  Birthday Celebrations
February 7
After Dickens used Yorkshire’s infamous schools as the inspiration for Nicholas Nickelby, the town of Teesdale has nurtured strong links with the masterful Victorian author. Celebrate Dickens’ 200th birthday with a guided walk around the local sites he used for inspiration, learn about what life was like to Victorian schoolboys and devour a scrumptious celebratory lunch, free for anyone who shares a birthday with the great man himself.

Victorian Playground
Febuary 13
Life was tough for Victorian children like Oliver Twist, but every child is entitled to some fun and games. Discover the joys of a Victorian playground at the Museum Of London Docklands where young children can try out some old-fashioned games and make a toy to take home.

Mansfield Museum Dickens Festival
February 13–17
Nottingham’s Mansfield Museum is laying on a plethora of crafty dickens-themed activities in honour of his bicentenary month. Create a cardboard theatre to stage your very own plays, make a Victorian keepsake box, and possibly even cook up some traditional gruel.

Strolling With Dickens
February 16
Join a storyteller at the Museum Of London for an interactive recreation of one of Charles Dickens’ walks around London, seeking the inspiration for his latest novel.

Charles Dickens’ Clerkenwell
April 16
Discover the areas of London that inspired some of Dickens’ best-loved work, including Oliver Twist, during this guided walking tour.

Enter A Victorian Photograph
May 6
The Museum Of London invites children to dress up in the finery of the Victorian era and use modern day digital trickery to enter a photograph from the past

Medway Dickens Festival
June 8–10
As his home for a five year spell during childhood, then again for 13 years at the end of his life, the village of Medway has long and lasting associations with Charles Dickens. This annual festival, dedicated to the great writer, will feature a costumed parade, storytelling, street theatre, music, dance and much more merriment.

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