Ulverston Dickensian Festival 2009

The 2009 Dickensian festival turned out to be a tale of two days. Those who watched the weather forecast and chose to visit on the Saturday were greeted with a crisp day with blue skies and sunshine. The Sunday visitors were greeted with the total opposite with dark skies and rain.

Luckily I chose to hop on the train from Barrow for the Saturday visit. A short train ride and with the bonus of no car hassle and I was soon in Ulverston for one of the highlights of the year. The first thing I noticed was the number of coaches from far and wide dropping people off. News of this great event has certainly spread.

A full street of stalls from the made in Cumbria food outlets provided a fantastic choice of produce to browse and make the decision of what to buy very difficult. Sausages, cheeses, breads, wine, meats and many more excellent products were on show. I went for the excellent local lamb and rosemary sausage and a loaf of award winning cheese and garlic bread. I was going to buy a local wild rabbit but not wanting to carry it around when I went back on the way for my train they had all gone. It makes you wonder why rabbit is not on the menu of more local restaurants.

The actual festival was awash with colour and some fantastic consumes modelled by the folk of Ulverston. Street performers and bands kept the visitors entertained at various locations around the town. It was good to see small groups of kids (young adults) from Ulverston Victoria school playing on the corners of the town.

Well done to everyone who put a lot of time and effort in to make the festival an event that any other town in England would be proud of.

Photos from the 2008 parade

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