Workshops and Events

Knit and Natter at the Beaney

Knit & Natter

Every Tuesday, 9am to 11am
Free drop-in activity, the Kitchen


Bring your knitting along to this friendly, informal, self-led group, in the Beaney Kitchen every Tuesday. Everybody welcome, whether you’re a pro or just knitting your first rows.

Armchair Artist in Residence

Armchair Artist in Residence

Continues to April 2014
Various Galleries in the Beaney


Nicky Thompson will be exploring the Beaney, using the experience to take her creative writing practice in fascinating new directions and capturing what happens when the collection and the community meet. Nicky will be encouraging other writers, through interactive workshops, to create individual as well as group responses to the collection.

KCA Move to improve health walk

KCA Move to improve health walk

Every fortnight from Friday 16 January 2015
Meet at the Beaney High Street entrance at 9:30am,


Move to improve health walks caters for various levels of fitness and both experienced and new walkers are very welcome. We walk for an hour and then meet for refreshments at the Beaney. For more information please contact walk leader Charlotte Pattenden on 01227 781297

Poet in Residence: Canterbury Roman Museum - Gary Studley

Canterbury Roman Museum Poet in Residence, Gary Studley

Friday 01 May - Monday 31 August 2015
Canterbury Roman Museum

Gary is a writer and visual artist with long-term connections to Canterbury. Having a keen interest in the city’s present and historic past, he is looking forward to investigating the museum and as a vivid commentator on place and people, plans to use the museum’s atmosphere, artefacts and human interactions as inspiration for his writing and artwork. Read Gary’s blogs to find out more.

Armchair Artist in Residence - Rob Turner

Armchair Artist in Residence - Rob Turner

Friday 01 May - Monday 31 August 2015
Free Admission, Drop in
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Rob will be making a series of new maps to form a local travelogue or living history inspired by the maps in The Beaney and Local Studies Collections. He believes the role of the artist as a chronicler of change is important and by making local maps hopes to promote knowledge and gain new skills and a deeper understanding of his locale. Read Rob’s blogs to find out more about his experience.

Illustration Workshop - Character Design

Illustration Workshop - Character Design

Saturday 9 May, 10am-1:30pm
£30, Book at
The Beaney Library Community Room

Led by illustrator Kate Willis-Crowley, students will look at a range of drawing approaches used in children’s books. The second half will be spent trying out practical methods for maintaining character consistency throughout their drawings. To enrol call 0845 606 5606 and ask for Adult Education or visit the website.

Switched On - A Radiophonic Happening

Switched On - A Radiophonic Happening

Saturday 09 May 2015
7pm - 10pm, Free Admission
Various Galleries, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Limited places, booking essential

Switched On is a unique live event hosted by Radio Arts, presenting the work of an array of cutting edge sonic and visual experimenters. The Beaney will host live performances, installations and improvisations and will be illuminated by interactive visuals and kaleidoscopic sound-films.

Make your own Lampshade

Make your own lampshade

Saturday 16 May, 1-3pm
£25 plus £7 for materials, excluding fabric
Advance booking required at

The Beaney Library Community Room

Make your own lampshade on this practical course, led by lampshade maker and soft furnisher Elizabeth Cake. To enrol call 0845 606 5606 and ask for Adult Education or visit the website

Meet Skillnet Group

Saturday 13 June 10am to 12noon
Free, Drop in

The Front Room, the Beaney

Come and meet Skillnet Group - an opportunity to talk to people about the exhibition "Our Great Charter" and find out about their projects and the work they are doing. Skillnet Group are people with and without learning difficulties working together to achieve equality.

King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta

King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta

Thursday 25 June, 6:30 to 7:30pm
£2, Bookings via Library Staff or by contacting / 03000 41 31 31
The Beaney Library Community Room

Bestselling author and broadcaster Marc Morris talks about his brilliantly compelling new biography published to coincide with the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

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