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Rochester’s attractions:

  • Castle
  • Cathedral
  • Dickens Christmas Festival or Sweeps Festival





The city of Rochester has strong connections with the writer, Charles Dickens, and at Christmas there is a Dickensian Christmas festival with people dressed as characters from his novels walking around the city and acting out scenes of life. In the evening there will be a candle-lit procession down the High Street in Rochester. During the first May bank holiday weekend the Sweeps festival is a show of traditiional Morris dancing, which remembers the annual holiday for the people who cleaned chimneys.


Rochester Trips in 2020:

Saturday 5th December

Practical Information
Sweeps Festival :
Meeting times: 08.45
Meeting Place: Victoria Station (by Platforms 1-7)
Return time: 17.00 (approximately)

Price: £26

Christmas Festival:
Meeting times: 09.00
Meeting Place: St. Pancras Station (by Thameslink barriers)
Return time: 17.00 (approximately)

Price: £28

See photos from the last Rochester Christmas Festival trip

See photos from the last Rochester Sweeps Festival trip




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