AN EVENING FIT FOR QUEEN AND KING!
A Dickens on The Strand favorite returns! The Queen’s Feast features a four-course meal, a special reading from Ollie Dickens of A Christmas Carol, a champagne toast to the Queen, and MUCH MORE. Held in the breathtaking 1859 Ashton Villa on Saturday, December 7 from 7-9:30 p.m., enjoy an evening surround in warm holiday spirit and an exceptional menu with friends old and new. Tickets are $125 per person and reservations are required.
As an added gift, all guests to The Queen’s Feast will receive one of our limited edition commemorative coins, honoring 25 years of our Queen Victoria.
MEMORIES OF THE QUEEN
For 25 years, Anne Boyd has graced Dickens on The Strand as our Queen Victoria. Leave a message for her below with your thoughts, reflections, and interactions with her during her incredible time as part of Dickens on The Strand!
HONORING QUEEN VICTORIA & WELCOMING PRICE ALBERT
HOSTED BY THE DICKENS TOWN CRIER
LUCINDA DICKENS HAWKSLEY
Lucinda Hawksley is an award-winning author, art historian and travel writer. She is a great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens.
JANE DICKENS MONK
Jane’s father, Cedric, was one of the first descendants to join Dickens on The Strand. Jane has continued that legacy and is the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens.
‘Ollie’ is a great-great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens and lives in North London. He is a British actor and is the latest in a long tradition of descendants to participate in the festival.
THE QUEEN’S FEAST MENU
- Yeast Rolls and Butter
- Salad: Spring Mix & Romaine Lettuce w/ Red onion, Stilton Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
- Soup: Cream of Potato and Leek
- Main Dish: Prime Rib w/ Horseradish Sauce, Roasted Potatoes w/ Butter and Parsley, Baby Carrots w/ Pine Nuts, Cranberries, Orange Marmalade
- Dessert: Plum Cake
ABOUT THE 1859 ASHTON VILLA
This year’s venue for The Queen’s Feast is the 1858 Ashton Villa. Built by James M. Brown, Ashton Villa was the first of many. Not only was it the first house to ever be built on Broadway Boulevard, but it was also the first mansion to be built on the island and one of the first private brick residences in Galveston. Construction of the house began in 1858. It was a gift for his wife, Rebecca Ashton Stoddard. The family moved into the home on New Year’s Eve day, 1859.
Ashton Villa was saved from demolition in 1970. Galveston Historical Foundation took charge of restoring the house, and after four years of work and research, it was opened to the public in 1974. Although it retains only a few pieces of original furnishings, her architectural details are still intact, as well as many of the paintings executed by Mr. Brown’s daughter, Betty. The City of Galveston transferred ownership of the house to GHF in 2017.
PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are non-refundable. The festival is open rain or shine. GHF is not responsible for independent transactions between visitors and vendors. We are committed to making Dickens on The Strand special needs accessible. If we can assist with arrangements, please contact us at 409-765-7834 in advance of your visit.
Pets and ice chests are not allowed. Scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, skates, Segways and other recreational “wheels” are forbidden. Guests bringing in costume weapons and props must have them secured will be asked to go through additional screening.