A Dickensian weekend in Grassington, North Yorkshire

Just before Christmas we returned for a stay at the beautifully scenic Wharfedale Caravan Club Site for the Grassington Dickensian Festival.  This is an annual event held on 3 Saturdays leading up to Christmas, when the village transports you back to Victorian times.  We were glad we visited, it was a full and fun day out.  The atmosphere and entertainment was so enjoyable, with no shortage of food and liquid refreshment too!

More information on this festival can be found at:

http://www.grassington.uk.com/dickensian-festival/4564274306 – check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

Grassington is about a 40 minute walk from the site.  There is also a park and ride service (£10 per car) operating from Threshfield Quarry near the site, to prevent traffic difficulties in the village.  The event is very well organised.

I’ve attached some photos that have hopefully captured the spirit of the festival.

We also paid a return visit to the Gamekeeper’s Inn, accessed through the site, during our stay.   Grassington remains a firm favourite with us and somewhere we will return to again and again.  A full list of events throughout the year can be found at:

http://www.grassington.uk.com

Our next trip is back to Clitheroe, this time staying at the private Edisford Farm campsite, because the club site is closed for the season.    We’re staying Christmas Day (visiting family) and Boxing Day (Bri’s birthday).

ONWARD!>>>>>

Suzie & Bri

Arriving into Grassington for the Dickensian day

Arriving into Grassington for the Dickensian day

Bri trying his luck on the very entertaining 'Human Vegetable Machine'!

Bri trying his luck on the very entertaining ‘Human Vegetable Machine’!

The very funny Human Vegetable Machine

The very funny Human Vegetable Machine

Refreshments

Refreshments

Street urchins singing for their supper

Street urchins singing for their supper

Street urchins

Street urchins

Start of the evening procession

Start of the evening procession

Evening procession

The arrival of Joseph and Mary on their donkey

The arrival of Joseph and Mary on their donkey

Visitors can purchase torches and join the procession through the cobbled village streets

Visitors can purchase torches and join the procession through the cobbled village streets

Locals and visitors joining the procession

Locals and visitors joining the procession

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