We are an arts and education charity set up to establish a yearly Dickensian Christmas Festival in Malton, to champion Charles Dickens most famous work, ‘A Christmas Carol‘.

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Miriam Margolyes and Friends, 18th December

Join Miriam Margolyes and friends for a ‘Dickens of a Christmas’ on Friday 18th December from 7pm.  An evening of talks, performance and laughter. Tickets: £10 (Concessions: £4) Call the Milton Rooms Box Office 01653 696 240 The Milton Rooms Market Place Malton North Yorkshire YO17 7LX or email info@themiltonrooms.com   Read More
Brian Oxberry, Charles Dickens Society, Malton, North Yorkshire.

A Christmas Carol performance at The Counting House, 19th December 11am

See Brian Oxberry, perform A Christmas Carol at Scrooge’s Counting House at 11am   Chancery Lane, Malton. YO17 7HW   The Museum is open every Saturday 10am-1pm Read More

Festive Lunch with Charles Dickens’ Great Great Great Grand-daughter, 19th December

Saturday 19th December 2015- Wentworth Room Join Lucinda Hawksley, accomplished speaker, author and descendant of the celebrated Charles Dickens for a festive afternoon tea which will help raise funds for the Dickens Gift to Yorkshire Charity. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Smoking Bishop – the original recipe used by Charles Dickens. He often visited… Read More

Dickens Walks 18th December

John Stone, volunteer from the Charles Dickens Society in Malton will be conducting a Dickens Tour of Malton on 18th December at 11.00 a.m. and another at 2.00 p.m. The tour will take around 40 minutes and take in St Michael’s Church, Top of Shambles. Black Bull Inn, down Finkle Street into Wheelgate, crossing over to Greengate… Read More

Free Christmas Carol Concert 18th December, 5pm

The Malton Male District Male Voice Choir and Harmonia Choir will perform traditional carols at The Milton Rooms for a free concert.  Everyone welcome! The ‘Song for Malton’ which was commissioned by the Malton Dickensian Festival will be sung at 5.30pm celebrating ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Charles Dickens links to Malton. We hope you can… Read More
Top UK Gospel singer Philippa Hanna with members of Malton Male Voice Choir and the town's Harmonia Choir at St Peters Church on Saturday for the recording and filming of a song inspired by Charles Dickens' classic tale A Christmas Carol. Picture David Harrison.

Song for Malton

Thank you to the Philippa Hanna, the Malton Male Voice Choir and Harmonia who attended a music video and professional recording of a new festive song on 21st November at St Peter’s Church in Malton. The song will be performed ‘live’ by a 60 strong choir at The Milton Rooms on 18th December from 5pm. … Read More

The Talbot Hotel

The beautiful Talbot Hotel in Malton will showcase the rare and signed edition of ‘A Christmas Carol’ throughout the Malton Dickensian festival, which will be on display in the reception area. Click here for Malton Dickensian events Read More

Malton Dickensian Festival Events

Friday 27th November 4.45pm- 6.00pm Malton Lights Switch-on with Santa sleigh and Minster FM Saturday 28th November, 12 noon-6.00pm Norton Lights Switch-on with a full afternoon of entertainment Friday 4th December Children’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ cartoon Competition, entries will be displayed throughout the town. To enter www.ryedalebookfestival.com (Deadline for entries December 4th.The winners will be… Read More


Thank you to PLB Ltd who are kindly sponsoring the hire of The Milton Rooms for Miriam Margolyes’s performance on 18th December.  We are an arts and educational-based charity and we need local and regional businesses to support us.  Sponsorship packages are still available.  Please email clair@causeuk.com for details. Message from PLB “One of our… Read More
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Malton Dickensian Festival Press Release

For media enquiries and interview requests, please contact clair@causeuk.com, 07531948014 Harry Potter Star Headlines New Dickens Festival  A new festival celebrating Charles Dickens launches in Malton this Christmas. The inaugural Dickensian Festival has been announced for the North Yorkshire market town featuring Dickens-inspired events, including carol singing, Dickensian-themed walks, horse and carriage rides, food stalls,… Read More

Dickens Festival 2015

The Dickens Gift team are excited to announce that Miriam Margolyes is headlining the inaugural Dickens festival for Malton this year. Miriam Margolyes OBE is an English-Australian character actress and voice artist. Her earliest roles were in theatre and after several supporting roles in film and television she won a BAFTA Award for her role… Read More

A Dickens of a Tale

The Malton Dickensian Festival organisers have made a short film about why we are establishing a yearly festival for the Yorkshire town of Malton. If you would like to take part or support our project, please contact clair@causeuk.com Read More

Photos from BBC Songs of Praise filming

Songs of Praise made a special broadcast from the town of Malton about ‘A Christmas Carol,’ which was shown on 7th December 2014.     Read More
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Singing Praises of Malton’s Dickens link

MALTON and its unique links with Charles Dickens will be featured in a BBC Songs of Praise programme next weekend. Film crews spent the day in the town yesterday (Tuesday) visiting key locations linked to one of Dickens’ most well-loved books, A Christmas Carol. Television presenter Selina Scott, who helped to negotiate a focus on… Read More
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Call to showcase Malton’s links with Charles Dickens

MALTON’S shops and businesses are being urged to showcase the town and capitalise on its links with Charles Dickens to attract more visitors. Television presenter Selina Scott has helped to negotiate a focus on Malton as part of the launch of a new-look Songs of Praise programme, highlighting the connections to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Producers will spend a… Read More

Dickens of a Tale

A famous tale of festive revelation which is understood to have taken inspiration from a North Yorkshire market town is being retold in audiobook form to further the education of the life and work of the story’s revered author.   Selina Scott, the Scarborough-born broadcaster who lives in Malton, has put her voice to an… Read More

A Christmas Carol audio book by Selina Scott

We are taking orders now for Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ audio book read by Selina Scott. The audio book CD costs £10 + £1.50pp. A great stocking filler and an ideal Christmas present for Dickens fans.  100% of proceeds will be donated to ‘Dickens Gift to Yorkshire’ to raise money for Dickens arts and… Read More

Yorkshire Dickens Festival Hosts Rare Book

Visitors to Yorkshire’s biggest Dickens Festival this Christmas had the exclusive opportunity to see an iconic edition of the author’s most loved book, A Christmas Carol. The rare 1844 specially bound edition went on public view at the Grassington Dickensian Festival on Saturday 30th November inside Grassington Museum.  Over 400 people came to see the… Read More

Malton’s Dickens Story on The One Show

On the 20th September 2013 the story of Charles Dickens link to Malton featured on The One Show with James Martin, who grew up in Malton and cooks regularly at The Talbot. Read More
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New Charitable Status

The Dickens Gift team are pleased to tell you that DICKENS GIFT TO YORKSHIRE has achieved charitable status and has been entered onto the Register of Charities.  Registered Charity Number 1151401. The main aim of the charity is to advance the education of the public in the life and works of Charles Dickens via: Educational and… Read More
Dickens' Gift Trustees Tom Naylor-Leyland and Selina Scott with the Malton branch Bank Manager Frank Nicholson.

The Yorkshire in support of Dickens’ link to Malton

Yorkshire Building Society’s newly opened Malton branch is pleased to announce its support of ‘Dickens Gift to Yorkshire’ and will be the home to all the funds and donations raised by the project. The Society’s branch on Wheelgate has been working with the team behind ‘Dickens Gift to Yorkshire’ to support the creation of the… Read More
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BBC Breakfast and BBC News 24

  Great profile for Dickens Gift to Yorkshire which was featured on BBC Breakfast this morning and will go out throughout the day on BBC News 24. Please donate to help combat fuel poverty. Read More
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A Christmas Carol comes to Castle Howard

Vistors to Castle Howard this Christmas can see this special book as part of the Castle’s stunning Christmas festivities until Sunday 16th December, when it reverts to The Talbot Hotel in Malton until January. Castle Howard and Dickens 1. This inscribed copy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was presented to the widowed Elizabeth Smithson in April 1844…. Read More
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The Telegraph: Selina Scott and friends bring home A Christmas Carol

Last month, 169 years later, that same inscribed book, long in the possession of an American collector, came up for auction in New York, where it was bought for $35,000 (£21,800) by the Yorkshire market town close to my home that is said to have inspired the definitive Yuletide story. And with impeccable timing, this… Read More
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A Christmas Carol media launch at Castle Howard 10 December 2012

To great media interest ‘A Christmas Carol’ was welcomed back to Yorkshire today, look out for BBC Look North, BBC Breakfast, Calendar and ITN news coverage. Read More
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BBC Breakfast Film in Malton

Jenny Hill from BBC Breakfast and camerman spent four and a half hours in Malton on 6 December to make a film about Dickens Gift to Yorkshire, to be broadcast to up to 7 million viewers on the Breakfast show nearer Christmas.  Featuring the volunteers of the Charles Dickens Society of Malton, the TV crew… Read More

Malton and Dickens

Dickens was a frequent visitor and stayed with Smithson at his homes – Easthorpe Hall, and Abbey House, Old Malton.  Smithson was buried in the churchyard at St Mary’s, Old Malton:  Dickens attended the funeral. There are local connections aplenty in Dickens’ novels.  Solicitor Spenlow in David Copperfield died without leaving a will (as did… Read More

From New York to York

The motive: to bring Dickens back to Malton and use his literary legacy to reinvigorate the market town of Malton. The cast of characters: Clair Chadwick, MD of marketing and fundraising agency Cause UK Broadcaster Selina Scott and, Businessman and one of the founders of Malton’s Charles Dickens Society, Stephen Joll Like a classic novel,… Read More
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About The Book

On November 5 2012 an auction was held in New York featuring a very special book – a signed edition of a Christmas Carol. The 1844 edition is inscribed: “Mrs Smithson/from/Charles Dickens/18th April 1844.” It was a gift from Dickens to the wife of his close friend, solicitor Charles Smithson. Charles lived in Malton and… Read More

Keeping Warm with A Christmas Carol

Dickens’ Gift to Yorkshire and the Two Ridings Community Foundation (TRCF) joined forces to launch the campaign: Keeping Warm With a Christmas Carol. Dickens’ A Christmas Carol not only highlights the blight of poverty and inequality, but also encourages us to support those who are in greater need than ourselves. Although life in Britain has… Read More