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Dickensian Christmas Festival Ulverston 24th & 25th November 2012

Date: 19th November 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do
Tagged: christmas, free events, ulverston dickensian christmas festival 2012

Coloured illustration of a horse-drawn coach with Christmas presents and decorations from the Dickensian period.

The Dickensian style two day Christmas festival attracts thousands of people each year to the small market town of Ulverston, on the Furness peninsula in the South of Cumbria. The festival is now in its 14th year, and this year takes place on the weekend of Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November.

It is now 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 might have been in a traditional market town in the 1850s. The festival is organised by a committee of local volunteers and is run on a non-profit basis, relying on fund raising, sponsorships, grants and donations from local businesses. There is a great community spirit with the local shop keepers really getting into the spirit of the festival by dressing up in traditional period clothing. You get a real feeling of stepping back in time as you walk through Ulverston’s cobbled streets and ginnels, with its unique speciality shops and traditional old worldy pubs.

The festival has a very Christmassy feel with carol singers and a brass band in the market place, stalls selling roast chestnut and mulled wine, and the chance to visit Santa in his grotto. There is a wide variety or free entertainment for young and old alike including street entertainers, fancy dress costume competitions, balloon modelling, horse drawn carriages, music and dancing. The traditional fairground complete with helter skelter is sure to be a real hit with the children.

The Christmas market is a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping and not only can you pick up locally produced festive food, but also a selection of unique and often quirky gifts, many of which are handmade.

If you are thinking about going to the festival and are looking for a last minute break in the South Lakes or South Lakes Peninsulas (only a short drive from Ulverston) then please click here to browse our cottages and availability.