Dartford Borough Council is lighting up the town centre at this year's Big Christmas Switch On.

Live music, special guests and a range of entertainment will return to Brewery Square and the High Street for Dartford's Big Christmas Switch On.

Expect giveaways and plenty of activity as we light up Dartford town centre and kick off our festive season of events.

Activity starts from 1pm, with stage performances starting from 2pm.

Orchard Theatre pantomime stars Bobby Davro, Regan Gascoigne and George Shelley will all be appearing on November 19th to help light up the town for Christmas.

They’ll be joined on stage by The Worshipful the Mayor of Dartford Cllr Paul Cutler, Father Christmas and this year’s colouring competition winner to turn on the lights at around 5:20pm.

Visitors will be able to see Britain’s Got Talent finalist Tom Ball sing live, while Netflix’s Heartstopper actor Robbie White will also be performing, along with Madness tribute band Los Palmas 6, and a Taylor Swift tribute.

  • 2.30pm David Ribi
  • 2.35pm Robbie White
  • 3.10pm Cohesion Plus Dhol Drummers
  • 3.25pm Taylor Swift Tribute
  • 4.00pm The Los Palmas 6 (Madness Tribute)
  • 4.30pm Tom Ball
  • 5.00pm Orchard Theatre Panto Stars
  • 5.10pm The Worshipful Mayor of Dartford
  • 5.20pm The Big Christmas Lights Switch On

George Shelley first burst onto our screens in 2012 on ITV’s X Factor as part of UK boyband Union J. Since then, he has gone on to present London’s #1 Radio Show Capital​ Breakfast alongside Dave Berry and finished runner up in ITV’s fifteenth series of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! George has also had a successful acting career, appearing in ITV’s Benidorm and BBC3’s Murder in Successville. Most recently, George reunited with Union J for a sell-out performance at The London Palladium, as well as appearing in ITV’s up and coming primetime show Queens for the Night alongside Lorraine, Mel C and Rob Beckett.

Regan Gascoigne ice-skated into our hearts and was crowned the champion of ITV’s Dancing On Ice in 2022. No stranger to the stage, Regan trained at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and the Actors Centre, London and has appeared in many pantomimes in his time. Other highlights include appearing with Demi Lovato on The MTV Europe Music Awards as part of the Urban Voices Collective, The Nutcracker for English National Ballet at the London Coliseum and ITV’s Full Monty This Is Me.

Bobby Davro is well-known for his illustrious television career which has seen him present his own series Bobby Davro on the Box, Bobby’s Sketch Pad, TV Weekly, Public Enemy Number One, Rock with Laughter and Run the Risk, and host 65 episodes of Winner Takes All. He has also appeared in EastEnders playing the loveable rogue Vinnie Monks, donned skates on Dancing on Ice, and came 4th in Celebrity Big Brother.

Please note performance times are subject to change.

Date: 19th November 2022.

Location: Brewery Square Market Street,

Cost: FREE

Time: 13:00 - 18:00