Portsmouth Historic Dockyard prepares its tress for the Victorian Festival of Christmas

FESTIVE The historic dockyard's Vicky Bunt, left, Amy Cosgrave, right and Terri Stannard add the finishing touches to the Victorian steet scene .  Picture: Steve Reid (114146-354)
FESTIVE The historic dockyard's Vicky Bunt, left, Amy Cosgrave, right and Terri Stannard add the finishing touches to the Victorian steet scene . Picture: Steve Reid (114146-354)
James Taylor at his desk in his office at 116 High Street, Old Portsmouth.

Those halcyon days when pen and paper just worked!

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PORTSMOUTH Historic Dockyard has undergone a twinkling transformation ahead of its annual Victorian Festival of Christmas.

The three-day family event takes place from Friday to Sunday between 10am and 6pm.

The dockyard will once again transport visitors into a Dickensian-style bygone era of snowy white streets with seasonal carols, the raucous Fagin’s Tavern, and a Christmas gift market.

The Victorian dockyard will be full of drummers, dancers and pipers, plus a host of colourful characters including chimney sweeps, strumpets, cheeky scamps and Victorian gentry – though caution should be shown with the penny farthings whizzing past.

Also on show will be the oldest Christmas pudding in the world – a recently-discovered relic from the Boer War in 1900 which was found under a kitchen sink in Dorset.

Tickets are available at the Visitor Centre, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, until 4pm tomorrow or on the day.

Prices are £14.50 for an adult and £13 for over 60s or children aged five to 15. A family ticket for five (including a maximum of two adults) costs £44.50.