Deventer in the Netherlands is home to one of the more unusual festive season festivals. It’s a weekend when the city Deventer brings the 19th Century stories of Charles Dickens to life. Meet the many colourful characters from his works at this exciting festival.
Deventer in the Netherlands is home to one of the more unusual festive season festivals.
It’s a weekend when the city Deventer brings the 19th Century stories of Charles Dickens to life.
Meet the many colourful characters from his works at this exciting festival.
About the Dickens Festival
Charles Dickens Festival changes the centre of Deventer into a magical world of both Christmas time and Charles Dickens.
Around 950 characters come to life: Scrooge, Oliver Twist, Mr Pickwick, orphans, vagabonds, the upper-classes and many more.
Christmas trees and tiny lights transform the historic buildings into a 19th Century wonderland with a romantic feel.
Charles Dickens, 1812 – 1870, is one of the most famous and influential English writers of the 19th Century.
His works include:
- A Christmas Carol
- David Copperfield
- Bleak House
- Great Expectations
How to get to the Charles Dickens Festival
Deventer is a medieval Hanseatic city situated in the middle of the Netherlands.
The festival takes place in the central Deventer Bergkwartier.
Situated approximately 100 km east of Amsterdam, you can reach Deventer in 1.15 hours on the train or by car.
More about Deventer
Set amidst beautiful countryside on the banks of the river IJssel, this lively, historical Hanseatic* city features a well-preserved medieval centre.
A city with a long history of hosting festivals, it holds some other festivals throughout the year, including:
- International Street Theatre Festival – Deventer on Stilts
- The Deventer Book Fair (one of Europe’s largest)
*Hanseatic League: this was an economic league formed in the mid-thirteenth century by North German seafaring merchants and included 187 cities across 16 countries.