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.

Canterbury Festival opening parade in 2016
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 has been launched. For more information please visit

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