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CHARACTERS Ian Boyd, 63, and Stephen Boyd, 34, at last year's Victorian Festival of Christmas. Picture: Malcolm Wells (114200-9717)
CHARACTERS Ian Boyd, 63, and Stephen Boyd, 34, at last year's Victorian Festival of Christmas. Picture: Malcolm Wells (114200-9717)
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SNOW-COVERED streets and characters from Dickens’ novels will bring Portsmouth’s dockyard alive this year for another Christmas spectacular.

The annual Victorian Festival of Christmas returns to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on November 30 until December 2.

And organisers say it marks the end of a momentous year for the base.

This year’s festival will see the return of many favourites including the raucous Fagin’s Tavern and a 140-stall Christmas market.

But there will also be new additions including a stage show with fun for families.

Events manager Terri Stannard said: ‘This year the festival is going to be brilliant.

‘If you’re not feeling festive yet you will by the time you have left.

‘Somehow the historic dockyard site immerses you in the Christmas spirit, whether it’s the characters or the smell of mulled wine and hot chestnuts.’

Alongside the Dickensian characters walking around the dockyard will be fire-eaters and jugglers, as well as carol singers and choirs.

Entertainment in the music hall will feature the Edelweiss Bavarian Showband, Jack Tar Shanty Singers, Royal British Legion Victory Brass Band, Jazz Magic, Spirit of the South, a ladies’ barber shop choir, and clog dancing.

Hampshire Fare Traders will be there for food lovers to sample local produce including jams and chutneys, honey, fudge and fresh bread, cakes and pastries.

The festival is open for the three days from 10am until 6pm.

Tickets bought in advance cost £15 for adults, £13 for children, £14 for seniors and £45 for families. Buying tickets on the day will cost £16 for adults, £14 for children, £15 for seniors and £49 for families. To buy tickets and to view a programme of events visit 
christmasfestival.co.uk or call 0844 880 5419.