dickensian

It’s that time of year and I am getting all gooey and Christmassy. I can feel it in the air and it makes me very excited. I’m going to be running a few post over the next few weeks relating to Christmas traditions. There is after all only 6 weeks to go!! I am kicking off with this post dedicated to the wonderful Dickensian Evening.

I have said on a few occasions that I feel lucky Living on the south coast for a number of reasons. One of those relates to Christmas and Dickensian Evening.  In East Sussex, we are surrounded by many quaint little villages nestled into the South Downs and one of those villages is Alfriston.  Luckily for me and the rest of Sussex, Alfiston holds the wonderful Dickensian evening every year just before Christmas, giving the place a great festive feel.

Although Alfriston is a little village it is warm and welcoming with a great community spirit. The high street is a buzz with old tradition pubs selling Fine wines and real local ales. The local shops sell ice creams, souvenirs, local produce, music, gifts and so much more. On Dickensian evening, Alfiston really comes alive with Christmas spirit.

You may be wondering what on earth is Dickensian Evening, Well I’m pretty sure most of us know Charles Dickens as the famous fictional author. There is something magical about his stories, especially the favourite, A Christmas Carol. Dickensian evening basically combines aspects of A Christmas Carol (Victorian Dress), with traditional Christmas activities. The roads are closed, the shops open late and stalls set up along the streets for the xmas market selling crafts, foods, and Mulled wines. Add to the mix Morris dancing, local bonfire possession, Christmas carols, Roast chestnuts and Santa turning on the Christmas tree and you have a wonderful festive evening!

Dickensian evening isn’t just Sussex tradition.  Have a search on the Internet to see if there are any local Dickensian evenings to you. I love them, as does Finlay, they are great for children adding to the magic of Xmas.

For all you Sussex people, put Saturday, November 19th into your diary. This years confirmed Dickensian evening for Alfriston. Take a look below for the line up kicking off at 2pm. To be taken to the Alfriston Dickensian page and further details,click the image below. Hopefully, we will see you there!!

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