Ulverston, an elegant market town in Cumbria has an annual Dickensian weekend in November, a chance to have some fun before winter’s harsh teeth begin to really bite. It’s one of those local festivals that I like to try and get to, the Steam Fair at Heskin in Lancashire is another. Its a chance to see how another town enjoys itself and Ulverston really puts it’s heart and soul into the celebrations. The weekend event consists of the whole town centre being given over to stalls and parades in period dress, though the interpretations of ‘Dickensian’ can vary widely.
Food and music play a big part in the celebrations, the local school providing an excellent Big Band selection with singers of a real quality draw from the pupils.
There is a real sense of fun as you make your way around the town, it can end up as quite an exhauting experience as you chase from event to event, like all fairs and galas , they are a candid photographers heaven.
So there’s a recommendation, try the Ulverston Dickensian Weekend but don’t forget your top hat.