Activities for Adults and Lifelong Learning


Our museums provide a wealth of learning resources and activities for adults in an inspirational environment from free taster sessions, popular lectures, guided tours and object-based reminiscence sessions. Specialist artist-led workshops inspired by the collections are also available in the Learning Lab and provide a wonderful opportunity to get in touch with your creative side, learn new skills and make friends.  

To find out more about events at our museums visit the What's on page.

Guided tours
Take part in a highlights tour of the Beaney, Canterbury Heritage Museum or Canterbury Roman Museum including stories about key artworks, artefacts and colourful characters. £60 for a 60 minute tour for a group of up to 30 people. 

Special exhibitions - talks and gallery tours
Artist and curator-led talks and gallery tours provide a fascinating insight into some of the Beaney’s special exhibitions. 

Curator talks
Enjoy a special talk or tour by a member of the curatorial team, or local expert. Subjects include art, sculpture, archaeology, famous characters and collectors, and the architecture and history of the building. £100 for a group of up to 30 people. 

Popular Lectures
Sign up for one of the Beaney’s popular lectures which take place once a month early on a Thursday evening. These are one hour illustrated talks inspired by the building, its collections and Canterbury’s rich heritage. £6 per person.

Regular special events
See our 'What’s On' guide for a busy programme of activities run in partnership with local artists, craftspeople and special interest groups.

Free taster sessions and workshops
From drawing and painting, to sculpture and creative writing - join a free taster session at the Beaney led by a tutor from Canterbury Adult Education Centre. For details of forthcoming sessions see the Beaney What’s On page. In partnership with Canterbury Adult Education Centre.

Volunteering opportunities
If you have a special interest or enthusiasm, why not get involved? We have lots of volunteering opportunities available for adults. Please get in touch or visit our Volunteering page for more details. We would be delighted to hear from you.


Please note: Due to exceptional demand for school workshops and education space hire, we encourage schools to book visits and workshops as far in advance as possible and at least one month before your intended visit

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Arts Arward at The Beaney

Arts AwardThe Beaney is an accredited Arts Award Centre. We have Arts Award advisers trained to facilitate and mediate all levels of Arts Award and would be delighted to discuss project ideas with schools and youth organisations.

Contact Us

Got a question? To find out more about our adult activities at the Beaney Art Museum and Library please email Anna Meldrum at or call 01227 475 204


Visit & Booking Information

School guidelines, lunch facilities, payment and parking – find everything you need to plan your visit here

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