£60m visitor attraction will feature Dickensian cobbled streets and an annual Winter wonderland.

A visitor attraction based on the life and times of Charles Dickens is to be created in Chatham, Kent. Dickens lived in nearby Rochester and based many of his books’ characters on people from the area.

The £60m project at the Chatham Maritime development will also feature an Odeon Multiplex cinema and bars and restaurants.

The Dickens exhibition will recreate the architecture of the Victorian period and will feature cobbled streets and a Dickensian winterwonderland every Christmas.

According to South East England Development Agency there will also be “burlesque” evening dinner shows providing “naughty delights” in the “Free and Easy” Victorian music hall.

McLaren Construction has been appointed as contractor on the project. Dickens World is expected to open in April 2007, while the Odean is due to be completed by October 2006.