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About the festival

Ulverston's Dickensian Christmas Festival is one of the most popular Christmas festivals in the country. It attracts thousands of people, but it's not too packed for visitors and local people to wander around and have a fabulous time and savour the wonderful atmosphere of a traditional market town in the Dickensian era.     


As a community event, we rely heavily on local people. As a result we may be refining our exact programme until just before, and even during, the event itself.    


As well as Ulverston's fantastic specialist shops, pubs and cafes, cobbled streets and great atmosphere, there is a huge variety of free entertainment, free events for children, costume competitions, balloon modelling, music, dancing, and it's all FREE!  Plus there's a wonderful traditional fairground, complete with Helter Skelter, and lots of music from Folk to Brass Bands.  


There is also a fabulous Christmas market, with lots of unusual gifts and festive food.  Plenty of opportunity for Christmas Shopping, plus lots of places for food and drink and a sit down.


Why not come in costume and enter into the spirit of the event, and take part in our period dress competition and the grand parades around the town on both days?


Unlike the Victorians, we've carefully considered our impact on the environment. For the mulled wine stalls, we've invested in new thermostatically controlled double-skinned heating urns from Roband. Our double-walled paper cups are sourced from Naturepac, and are fully recyclable. They are coated internally with EarthCoating, which is a highly-mineralized resin alternative to polyethylene. The cups are printed with vegetable-based inks. Of course the real start of the show is the hot mulled wine, locally brewed using quality red wine and traditional bags of spices. Absolutely delicious!


"The Dickensian weekend marks the beginning of Christmas for me!"



"The Dickensian is like Ulverston's very own Fringe Festival."



“Mulled Wine, Shopping, Street Theatre, Hog Roasts, Rides for the kids. We wish we'd come for two days.”


The organising committee

Ulverston's Dickensian Christmas Festival is organised by an unpaid committee of local volunteers, entirely for the benefit of the local community. The festival is based on a tried and tested formula, but also continues to evolve. If you'd like to help with planning and organising the festival, please contact any of the committee members listed below:

  • Jan Hancock (Chair)

  • Michelle Scrogham (Vice Chair)

  • Peter Winston (Treasurer)

  • Gillian Benjamin (Secretary)

  • Neil Fleming

  • Neil McDougall

  • Gillian Nicholson

The committee is supported by representatives of Ulverston Town Council who act as observers:


  • Cllr Helen Irving

  • Cllr Sharon Webster

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