Dozens of wonderful Dickensian dolls’ houses have been thrilling crowds of thousands in Deventer, for the Netherlands Dickens Festijn.
More than 120,000 visitors descend on the town each year, with the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth proving a major draw this time around.
Tobias Witkop, one of the judges of the Dickens Miniature Contest, said: “I was surprised by the generally high quality of the contestants.”
Tineke ten Bulte, who runs the town’s dollshouse and miniature shop Het Behouden Huis, said: “Three of the competition projects used The Corner Shop and my own project, for the exhibition, was The Old Curiosity Shop made using a lot of DHE items.”
The amazingly detailed projects come from miniatuists in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.
The exhibition – in the church – is the centre of the event, so most visitors see all of the display.
In another street is miniature exhibition, with a theme of christmas.
More information about the Dickens Festival can be found on www.dickensfestijn.nl
It explains how the 19th century of Charles Dickens lives again in the picturesque Bergkwartier in Deventer in December.
As part of the wider event, more than 900 characters from Dickens’ books are ‘brought to life’, including Oliver Twist, Scrooge, Marley and Mr Pickwick, as well as vagabonds begging and thieves stealing!
On sale were puffed potatoes, punch and roast chestnuts. Wealthy ladies and gentlemen with top hats paraded the streets and carol singers travelled from door to door!
On the Sunday the whole centre of the city hosted a market on the main square with 200 stands, supported by a cultural programme, with choirs, orchestras and vocal ensembles bringing Christmas music.