2016 Major Events in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay

Discover the major events in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay including the Whitstable Oyster Festival, Herne Bay Airshow, Herne Bay Festival and Canterbury Festival.

City Sound Project Festival 2016

Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May 2016

City Sound Project 2016 will take place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 1st May - a bank holiday weekend, in glorious sunshine. Established in 2012, City Sound Project brings music of all genres, from electronic DJ's to live bands, poetry, art and more in the historic city of Canterbury for a weekend of cultural indulgence unique to the south of England.

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WhitLit Festival

Wednesday 11 May to Sunday 15 May 2016

WhitLit announces the third literary festival programme celebrating Ian  Fleming and James Bond, fictional spies and real life espionage.

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Whitstable Biennale

Saturday 4 June to Sunday 12 June 2016

Whitstable Biennale 2016 will feature a wide range of new work by contemporary artists, a pop-up artist-designed cafe, a special cinema showing films every day, and exhibitions, live performances, workshops, tours, events and talks.

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Giant Picnic Queen Birthday Celebration

Saturday 11 June 2016

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday, we will be hosting a Giant picnic for everyone in Herne Bay Memorial Park on Saturday 11 June 2016. Please bring along your chairs, blankets, chicken drumsticks and sandwiches and enjoy the entertainment on stage, various activities by local businesses and community groups and say hi to the characters wandering around the park.

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Sci-Fi By The Sea

Sunday 19 June 2016

The fantastic Titan The Robot will be returning with his unique brand of comedy-meets-tech, the Gamer Bus is back, expect a 16ft Scout Walker created by the talented Michael Lake, more Sci-Fi and comic superheroes and villians then you can throw a long glowing stick at.

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Herne Bay Classic Motor Show

Sunday 17 July 2016

The Classic Motor Show will feature 100s of classic vehicles, the Classic Music Show, featuring Ben Mills and his Band, Mel Harris and more. Retro market, County Garage, Hollis Motors and lots more. 

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Whitstable Oyster Festival

Friday 22 July to Sunday 31 July 2016

Traditional events, such as the historic Landing of the Oysters, the colourful seafood themed Oyster Parade, as well as the bustling Harbour Food Fair and the Firework Finale.

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Whitstable Carnival Day

Saturday 6 August 2016

Whitstable Carnival will be taking place on Saturday 6 August 2016.

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Whitstable Regatta

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August 2016

Whitstable Regatta is being held on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August 2016

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Herne Bay Bus Rally

Sunday 7 August 2016

The Herne Bay Bus Rally will have classic buses on display and running trips around the town. This will be supported by stalls and refreshments.

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Herne Bay Carnival

Saturday 13 August 2016

Kent's best carnival will start on the seafront at Lane End, along the seafront and up the High Street. Lots of flots and community groups.

Herne Bay Airshow

Sunday 14 August 2016

The Herne Bay Airshow will feature the Red Arrow, Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire and Hurricane, Electra and many more fantastic planes. The event will be supported by ground displays along the seafront. Entry to the event is free. Please use public transport, leave your car at home. 

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Whitstable Harbour Day

Saturday 20 August 2016

Whitstable Harbour Day will be taking place on Saturday 20 August 2016.

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Whitstable Classic Motor Show

Sunday 21 August 2016

Whitstable Classic Motor Show will take place Sunday 21 August 2016.

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Herne Bay Festival

Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 August 2016

This year's festival theme will simply be Celebrating Herne Bay. We're going back to our roots and celebrating all the amazing things in our town today!

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Canterbury Festival

Saturday 15 October to Saturday 5 November 2016

Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival, the largest festival of arts and culture in the region, and one of themost important cultural events in the South East.

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