December: Grassington Dickensian Festival

Shop window in Grassington
Shop window in Grassington

Grassington Dickensian Festival 2010
Grassington, North Yorkshire

3rd, 4th, 11th, 18th December

Go back in time to celebrate Christmas like those in Charles Dickens’ day. Grassington Dickensian Festival involves the whole village – and beyond – in a magical celebration of all that’s best in Christmas from days of yore.

The Festival extends over four days, starting on the evening of Friday 3 December (when the shops will be open for some early evening Christmas shopping), and then during the daytime and evening for the following three Saturdays. And there’s something different every day, so you may well want to enjoy the festivities more than once.

The streets are decorated in Dickensian style, with a traditional, market feel, and the villagers, shopkeepers and visitors are dressed in appropriate costume.

Amongst the entertainments on offer are:

  • Baccapella – harmony singing
  • Barnoldswick Band
  • Barrel Organ
  • Braziers
  • Buskers
  • Chestnut Sellers
  • Carol Services
  • Carol Singing in the Main Square
  • Children’s Rides
  • Dancers
  • Exhibitions of Traditional Country Crafts
  • Fine Food & Drink in the local pubs, hotels, cafés and restaurants
  • Grass Shoots, Grassington’s Youth Theatre Group – performing Olivia
  • Grassington Handbell Ringers
  • Grassington Players – The Slave Machine (tickets £7/£4
  • Grassington Singers
  • Hebden Bridge Band
  • Leeds Morris Men
  • Living Statues
  • Market Stalls with Traditional Christmas Fayre
  • Mr Vic, the Town Crier
  • Penny Plain Theatre Company – Mummers’ play and jiggery
  • Quaint Shops
  • St Anne In The Grove Southowram Choir
  • Santa’s Procession – from the Main Square to his Grotto in the Town Hall
  • Sideshows
  • Street Entertainers
  • Torchlight Nativity Processions
  • Urban Circus
  • Victorian & Yesteryears Society (a re-enactment group) – carol singing

Please check the official website for details of what to expect each day of the Festival.

And don’t forget to come in costume!

NB: There is no car parking (not even for Disabled badge holders) in Grassington, but there is a Park and Ride system. Please park at Swinden Quarry (between Cracoe & Thresfield on the B6265 Skipton to Grassington Road).

Grassington has cobbled streets and, in winter, may not be suitable for wheelchairs or disability scooters.

This is an outdoor event with restricted access.

The dates for next year’s Dickensian Festival are the Saturdays 3rd, 10th and 17th December 2011

If you’re looking for accommodation in Grassington for the festival, check out the Grassington bed and breakfasts and Grassington cottages on Hello Yorkshire.

And for other Christmas blogs, see below:

Christmas fayres and Christmas markets in Yorkshire

Christmas pantomimes, theatre and ballets in Yorkshire