Christmas through the Ages

Drop into Folkestone Museum and discover how Christmas was celebrated in years gone by, inspired by some incredible Christmas artefacts and stories.

Meet the Victorian fishwife and take part in her preparations for the Rumbold Feast (traditionally paid for by the sale of the season’s largest whitings) as you help stir the Christmas pudding and make paper-chain decorations.

Hear what a WW2 Folkestone Christmas was like, and how the festival was celebrated in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, by chatting to some of the town’s more-established residents and seeing the kind of toys you might have received as presents.

Discover the fascinating Story of a Christmas Pudding in a series of 19th century pen and ink illustrations; a fine collection of original Victorian Christmas cards; and a 1963 Christmas Showtime concert poster featuring Kathy Kirby, Karl Denver, The Caravelles and The Whirlwinds (Kent’s cross-channel rockers).

Take on family and friends in our History of Christmas Quiz, and make one of Tom Smith’s Victorian crackers to help your Christmas go with a bang!

Christmas through the Ages is a free drop-in event, suitable for children age 2+ and adults. For further information please call Folkestone Museum on 01303 257 946 , visit or email .

December 21 @ 11:00
11:00 — 15:00 (4h)