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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One Man Show, 15th December 2018

Mr Charles Dickens presents A Christmas Carol, Sat 15 December, £6-£12, 19:30, The Milton Rooms. Box Office 01653 600048 Few people know that Charles Dickens originally wanted to be an actor and A Christmas Carol was the first public performance he gave of his own work. After his opening night he said The success was most… Read More

A Christmas Carol In Concert, 21st December 2018

A Christmas Carol in Concert, Fri, 21st December, £10, 19:30, The Milton Rooms. Box Office 01653 600048 This unique retelling of Dickens’ heart-warming tale uses an array of traditional and modern instruments and authentic musical arrangements. It brims with warmth, wit and wonder. Modern-day balladeers Green Matthews take the well-loved festive adventure back to its… Read More

Festival 2018

Victorian Street Theatre, 8th December, FREE at the Malton Christmas Market Traditional and festive street theatre. Mr Charles Dickens presents A Christmas Carol, Sat 15 December, £6-£12, 19:30, The Milton Rooms. Box Office 01653 600048 To celebrate the 175th anniversary of A Christmas Carol, European Arts Company presents a heart-warming evening in the presence of the… Read More

Save The Counting House

If you would like to join the movement of support to save The Counting House and/or make a donation contact [email protected], 07531948014 Read More

A big thank you!

The Malton Dickensian Festival would like to say a BIG thank you to supporters of the 2017 festival this year. The Samuel Storey Family Charitable Trust Malton CIC Crombie Wilkinson Norton Town Council Malton Town Council The North Yorkshire Music Hub The volunteers of the Charles Dickens Society of Malton The volunteers of the Milton… Read More

The Big Sing, 8th December, lunchtime, FREE event

Please come to a free event this Friday 8th December, 1pm-2.30pm at The Milton Rooms in Malton. The children’s Big Sing! Local school children singing their favourite carols. Thank you to our sponsors Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors. Read More

Christmas Carol Gala, Sunday 10th December

The Malton Dickensian Festival proudly presents our ‘Christmas Carol Gala’ on Sunday 10th, from 1.30 pm (doors open 1pm) Visitors to the Sunday lunch time Christmas gala at the Milton Rooms on the 10th December will experience two contrasting versions of Charles Dickens Classic ‘A Christmas Carol’. First, Brian Oxberry of the Dickens (Malton) Society… Read More

Scrooges Counting House Opening Times

Scrooge Counting House Museum in Malton will be open every Saturday in December 2017, from 10am to 1pm. On Saturday 9th December there will be a special performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ in Scrooge’s office, at 2pm and 3pm.  Donations welcome. The Counting House Chancery Lane Market Place Malton YO17 7AW Read More

Dickens and Christmas

On Sunday 17 December, Miriam Margolyes and Lucinda Hawksley will take a look at what it would have been like to take part in a real Dickensian Christmas. Together, they will explore how Charles Dickens affected and shaped the way the festive season evolved, looking at his Christmas books, his short stories and at the… Read More

Exclusive Film Screening & QA with Miriam Margolyes

The Malton Dickensian Festival is delighted to bring you an exclusive film screening of ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ on 16th December, 4.30pm at The Palace Cinema in Malton. This will take place at the Palace Cinema in Malton with an audience Q&A with Miriam afterwards. Tickets £12 + Booking Fee. To book call 01653… Read More

Festival Programme 2017

We are pleased to announce our festival programme for 2017 -8th December lunchtime BIG SING local primary school children will be performing festive songs at The Milton Rooms. -9th December Victorian Street Theatre and horse and carriage rides in Malton -10th December lunchtime performance at the Milton Rooms of Penny Plain Street Theatre Christmas readings,… Read More

A message from our Patron, Selina Scott

 Unbeknown to many, while A Christmas Carol was set in the fog of London, it was actually the swirling mists of Malton, near York, and a young lawyer from the town, that inspired Dickens to create his haunting tale. Still a struggling writer, Dickens met Charles Smithson when he was working for a firm of… Read More

We are looking for Sponsors for 2017

Contact Festival Director, Clair Challenor-Chadwick for more information, [email protected] 07531948014 Read More

Tributes to Festival Founder, Stephen Joll

TRIBUTES have been paid to a businessman who helped lead the campaign to buy a rare 1844 edition of ‘A Christmas Carol’ for Malton. Stephen Joll, who was 69 and lived in Scagglethorpe, passed away in February 2017 following a battle with cancer. Born in Barnsley, Stephen grew up in a butchers and was put to… Read More

Miriam Margolyes interview by Lucinda Hawksley

This December, I have the great pleasure of returning to the Malton Dickens Festival alongside ardent Dickens-lover Miriam Margolyes, so I caught up with her to find out what she’s been up to since last year’s festival. At the start of this year, the whole country was entranced when Miriam stepped out of her famous… Read More

About ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Malton Dickensian Festival annually celebrates, ‘A Christmas Carol.’ From the Muppets to Mickey Mouse, to Bill Murray’s Scrooged and Jim Carey’s animation, A Christmas Carol has endured on our TV and movie screens! Charles Dickens’ classic story of a time travelling pensioner who sees dead people, is a festive fairy tale which has itself… Read More

Penny Plain Victorian Street Theatre 9 December 2017

During the Malton Food Lovers Christmas market on 9th December, the Malton Dickensian Festival presents, ‘Penny Plain Victorian street theatre who will perform traditional folk carols, dance, mummery and the human vegetable machine! When it comes do describing what they do, members of Penny Plain Theatre Company are uncharacteristically lost for words. “Unique”, “funny” and “Victorian” spring most… Read More