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Canterbury Festival - 14 October to 4 November 2017

There is no better time to visit Canterbury than during its annual international arts festival. With over 200 events to choose from, there is something for everyone, making Autumn 2017 the perfect time to plan your trip to Canterbury.

Each October the Festival transforms Canterbury, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy a wealth of theatre, music, comedy, circus, cabaret, art, sculpture, walks and talks. It’s a unique time to explore the City with entertainment hidden down medieval alleyways and cultural landmarks brimming with activities for the whole family.

The 2016 Festival saw internationally acclaimed artists come to Kent to perform a wide range of shows. The King’s Mile became the home to a series of artist portraits, the Cathedral’s Chapter House was alight with 200 bulbs as part of an international exhibition from Bernardi Roig and a roaming 1920’s vintage dance hall housing circus, dance, cabaret, comedy and plenty of music landed in the city centre.

While the original Canterbury Festival was created in 1929 within the confines of the Cathedral walls, it now encompasses the entire city including performances at the Marlowe Theatre, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, King’s School, the Westgate Tower and a variety of local churches.

The full programme for 2017 will be announced in July. For more information please visit canterburyfestival.co.uk

  • Opening parade through canterbury high street for the Canterbury Festival 2016

    Canterbury Festival, Opening Parade

  • opening parade at Canterbury Fesitval in Canterbury high street

    Canterbury Festival Opening Parade © Tim Stubbings

  • Time to get cooking at Canterbury Festival 2016

    Time To Get Cooking - Canterbury Festival 2016

  • bursary competition at canterbury festival

    Canterbury Festival Bursary Competition © Tim Stubbings

  • Happy Feet performing at Canterbury Festival

    Happy Feet, Canterbury Festival 2016 © Tim Stubbings

  • Jive Aces performing at Canterbury Festival 2016

    Jive Aces, Canterbury Festival 2016 © Tim Stubbings

  • Matt Barnard and Eliza Delite at Canterbury Festival 2016

    Matt Barnard and Eliza Delite, Canterbury Festival 2016 © Peter Cook

  • opening parade at canterbury festival in canterbury

    Canterbury Festival Opening Parade © Tim Stubbings

  • opening parade at canterbury festival 2016

    Canterbury Festival Opening Parade 2016 © Tim Stubbings

  • Spiegeltent at canterbury festival 2016

    Spiegeltent, Canterbury Festival 2016 © Sidonie Carey-Green

  • Tales From the Trees and Discover Hub at Canterbury Festival

    Tales From the Trees and Discover Hub, Canterbury Festival 2016

  • Tales From the Trees and Discover Hub, Canterbury Festival 2016

    Tales From the Trees and Discover Hub, Canterbury Festival 2016

  • Variety Soup at Canterbury Festival 2016

    Variety Soup, Canterbury Festival 2016 © Peter Cook

  • Variety Soup at Canterbury Festival 2016

    Variety Soup, Canterbury Festival 2016 © Peter Cook

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