Charles Dickens visited the town regularly, his brother lived there, as did his best friend Charles Smithson.

It is said that Dickens took inspiration from the town to write his most famous novel, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and that Scrooge’s Counting House is based on the Counting House in Malton.

The Festival’s Patrons include television presenter, Selina Scott, actress, Miriam Margolyes and the great great great granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens, Lucinda Hawksley.