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Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Festival

Date: 17th October 2011
Filed under: Events, Things To Do, Top Tips
Tagged: ulverston, ulverston dickensian christmas festival

Ulverston’s Dickensian style two day festival attracts thousands of people each year. The Christmas festival is in its 13th year, and this year the festival takes place on the weekend of 26th and 27th November.

It is one of the most popular Dickensian style festivals in the country and gives locals and visitors the chance to experience the atmosphere of how life would be in a traditional market town in the 1850s. The Dickensian Festival is organised by a local committee of volunteers on a non-profit basis, relying on fund raising, sponsorships, grants and donations from local businesses. There is a real great community spirit with the local shop keepers getting into the spirit of the festival and wearing traditional period clothing. With Ulverston’s cobbled streets and ginnels, old worldy pubs and unique speciality shops, it only adds to the feeling of stepping back in time.

Throughout the weekend the festival has street entertainers, a traditional fairground, market stalls, food stalls, brass bands, horse drawn carriages, and lots of free entertainment for children.

The Christmas market is a great opportunity to not only pick up locally produced festive food, but a selection of unique and often quirky gifts, many of which are handmade. There are also carol singers, roast chestnut stalls and mulled wine which really adds to the whole Christmassy feel. From past experience the big man himself *Santa Claus has always managed to find time in his busy schedule to call in at the festival, and well behaved children both young and old are able to visit him in his grotto.

*Santa’s top tip - A quick and easy top tip for any parents reading this is on Christmas Eve get a paper bag and mix together some muesli or oats, with some glitter. Just before you put your children to bed get them to sprinkle the special “reindeer dust” outside, so Rudolph can see where to land. The special secret recipe goes back way before the days of Sat Nav, and never fails to work.