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Modern Day Pilgrimage

If you are planning to do a modern day pilgrimage, why not start in the beautiful city of Canterbury.

Sigeric's manuscript (now held in the British library) was rediscovered in the 1980s and has subsequently become the focus for academic research and the re-creation of a modern-day pilgrimage route, earning the award of Major Cultural Route by the Council of Europe.

Today's pilgrimage attracts people of all ages and beliefs, their common factor being the need to stand back from the daily pressures and take time to reflect on their lives and the lives of those around them.

On the Via Francigena, the 1,200 mile journey remains a physical challenge, but can be undertaken in stages. Most pilgrims choose to travel on foot, but others opt for bicycles, horses or even cars or public transport. On foot, the entire journey will take about 12 weeks, based on an average of between 15 and 25 miles per day; climbing to heights above 8,000 feet and being exposed to a very wide range of weather conditions.

On parts of the route, pilgrims will find low cost accommodation shared with other pilgrims. In others, the only options are to camp or find bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation, but in crossing France, Switzerland and Italy, pilgrims have the opportunity to meet like-minded people from all over the world.

The essence of the modern-day pilgrimage experience is in the physical challenges, contact with unfamiliar cultures, beauty of the environment set against the backdrop of history that has created it and, above all, the people met along the way who will leave an indelible mark on every pilgrim's life.

The pilgrimage can become habit forming, but as a minimum one can expect to - 'lose one prejudice and gain one good idea'.

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The History

Find out about the history of the Via Francigena ancient walking route.

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The Route

Find out about the route of the Via Francigena ancient walking route.

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  • The History Boys at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableTue 8 - Sat 12 Sep 2015An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher.
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  • The Roadless Trip at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 19 Sep 2015An urgent and irresistible invitation to imagine and create a positive future, The Roadless Trip is a very human and often hilarious journey through time.
    Roll Back The Years at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSat 19 Sep 2015Lonnie Donegan Jnr presents... Roll Back The Years Lonnie Jnr and the band perform all his father's hits from the 50s while illustrating the huge influence the skiffle era had on music of the 20th Century.
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01 April 2015 to 01 September 2015

New Park Trails! at Westgate GardensWed 1 Apr - Tue 1 Sep 2015Pick up our Spring and Summer trail sheets from the Canterbury Umbrella Centre, St. Peter's Street, Canterbury 10am - 3pm Monday - Saturday from 1st April to 1st September.

03 September 2015 to 03 September 2015

NT Live - The Beaux' Stratagem at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 3 Sep 2015Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash.

05 September 2015 to 05 September 2015

Sea Story at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 5 Sep 2015Combining dance, storytelling, and music broadcast through our very own 'pirate' radio station, expect storms, shipwrecks, mermaids, jellyfish and a very curious sea creature…

01 September 2015 to 05 September 2015

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap at The Marlowe TheatreTue 1 - Sat 5 Sep 2015The legendary, record-breaking smash-hit thriller returns.

06 September 2015 to 06 September 2015

Gala Night At The Proms at The Marlowe TheatreSun 6 Sep 2015Join conductor John Perkins, soprano Kathryn Jenkin and The Kent Concert Orchestra in the great British tradition of patriotic 'last night; favourites, including Land Of Hope And Glory, Jerusalem and Sea Songs.

02 September 2015 to 06 September 2015

24 August 2015 to 06 September 2015

Elaine Newman, Rob Tunrer and Derek Wright at Bay ART GalleryMon 24 Aug - Sun 6 Sep 2015Elaine Newman, Rob Turner and Derek Wright 'The Artist Next Door'. The work of 3 artists living in the same street ... The Painter, The Photographer, and the Map Maker.

06 September 2015 to 06 September 2015

RSC Live - Othello at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 6 Sep 2015After more than a decade working in film and television on projects from Star Wars to Holby City, Hugh Quarshie returns to the RSC to play Shakespeare's Othello.

12 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

Tommy Foggo - Superhero at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 12 Sep 2015Join Tommy Foggo and Destino as they recruit a gang of young helpers to travel with them through time and space and a sea of fire to find the Lost Queen of Atlantis.

09 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

Handbagged at The Marlowe TheatreWed 9 - Sat 12 Sep 2015A brilliant new comedy direct from the West End.

12 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

Storm In A Teacup at The Marlowe TheatreSat 12 Sep 2015Cake, tea and good old anarchy!

12 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

Moonlight Walk at The Kings HallSat 12 Sep 2015Join us for a moonlit stroll this September.

08 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

The History Boys at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableTue 8 - Sat 12 Sep 2015An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher.

13 September 2015 to 13 September 2015

Apple Sunday at Mount Ephraim GardensSun 13 Sep 2015Join us for our annual Apple Sunday festival to celebrate the apple harvest. Enjoy live music, apple pressing demonstrations, harvest crafts, a cider bar, family entertainment and plenty of stalls selling apples and local produce.

13 September 2015 to 13 September 2015

Love Is The Sweetest Thing at The Marlowe TheatreSun 13 Sep 2015Michael Law returns with a tribute to the crooners of the 1930s.

13 September 2015 to 13 September 2015

London to Canterbury Cycle ChallengeSun 13 Sep 2015The London to Canterbury Cycle Challenge will take place on Sunday 13 September 2015, with its start line being at Greenwich Park, London.

14 September 2015 to 14 September 2015

Helen Link at Bay ART GalleryMon 14 Sep 2015Helen Link - Paintings.

14 September 2015 to 16 September 2015

Blood Brothers at The Marlowe TheatreMon 14 - Wed 16 Sep 2015Have you ever heard the story of the Johnstone twins?

16 September 2015 to 16 September 2015

Fred Macaulay: Twenty Fifteen at The Marlowe TheatreWed 16 Sep 2015The star Radio 4’s The News Quiz.

17 September 2015 to 17 September 2015

Naomi Bedford: A History of Insolence at The Marlowe TheatreThu 17 Sep 2015Naomi Bedford comes to The Marlowe Studio.

17 September 2015 to 17 September 2015

National Theatre Live- Encore The Beaux' Stratagem at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 17 Sep 2015Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash.

19 September 2015 to 19 September 2015

The Roadless Trip at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 19 Sep 2015An urgent and irresistible invitation to imagine and create a positive future, The Roadless Trip is a very human and often hilarious journey through time.

19 September 2015 to 19 September 2015

Roll Back The Years at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSat 19 Sep 2015Lonnie Donegan Jnr presents... Roll Back The Years Lonnie Jnr and the band perform all his father's hits from the 50s while illustrating the huge influence the skiffle era had on music of the 20th Century.

20 September 2015 to 20 September 2015

Elves And The Shoemaker at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 20 Sep 2015This well known and well loved tales - made popular by the Ladybird Classic - has been re-heeled by Theatre of Widdershins in their own inimitable style.

20 September 2015 to 20 September 2015

An Evening With Boycott and Aggers at The Marlowe TheatreSun 20 Sep 2015Following their first run of hugely popular events in London, Nottingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Harrogate, Leicester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Southampton and York, the extraordinary odd couple return again in 2015 by popular demand.

20 September 2015 to 20 September 2015

NT Live - The Beaux' Stratagem at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 20 Sep 2015Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash.

24 September 2015 to 24 September 2015

National Theatre Live - Encore Coriolanus at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 24 Sep 2015National Theatre Live'&#128;&#153;s 2013 broadcast of the Donmar Warehouse'&#128;&#153;s production of Coriolanus returns to cinemas by popular demand.

24 September 2015 to 24 September 2015

RSC Live - Othello at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 24 Sep 2015After more than a decade working in film and television on projects from Star Wars to Holby City, Hugh Quarshie returns to the RSC to play Shakespeare's Othello.

25 September 2015 to 25 September 2015

Waverley - Great Days Out from Whitstable at Whitstable HarbourFri 25 Sep 2015Great days out from Whitstable. Celebrating 40 years of preservation. Fridays September 25 and October 9. Steam through Tower Bridge. Depart 11:00. Back by coach from London 19.30

26 September 2015 to 26 September 2015

26 September 2015 to 26 September 2015

The Marlowe Comedy Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreSat 26 Sep 2015Our comedy and variety night brings you top stand-up comedy acts and a few surprises!

26 September 2015 to 26 September 2015

Physic Garden Walk and Talk at Westgate GardensSat 26 Sep 2015Join the Westgate Parks Officer and staff from the Chelsea Physic Garden for a walk, talk and afternoon tea.

26 September 2015 to 26 September 2015

Stepping Out 2 Night at The Kings HallSat 26 Sep 2015Come and enjoy a social evening of Ballroom, Latin American, Argentine Tango and Sequence dancing.

26 September 2015 to 26 September 2015

Kent Film Festival at Canterbury Christ Church UniversitySat 26 Sep 2015What have you done to deserve this? Why not enter your film into the Kent Film Festival for people who make movies for pleasure, not profit. Closing date for entries - Sunday 26th July 2015

27 September 2015 to 27 September 2015

Henning Wehn: Eins, Zwei, DIY at The Marlowe TheatreSun 27 Sep 2015After more than a decade in Britain, the German Comedy Ambassador has ‘groan’ to like puns though he still couldn't eat a whole one.

27 September 2015 to 27 September 2015

Westgate's Wild Food at Westgate GardensSun 27 Sep 2015Join Carol and Hannag from Natural Pathways Bushcraft to sample a variety of delicious medieval foods sourced from the wild. Food stand at Toddler's Cove.

25 September 2015 to 27 September 2015

Canterbury Food and Drink Festival at Dane John GardensFri 25 - Sun 27 Sep 2015Canterbury Food & Drink Festival will be returning to the Dane John Gardens, Canterbury in 2015.

29 September 2015 to 29 September 2015

Once upon a time at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 29 Sep 2015A show about ageing and the passing of time, told through the extraordinary bodies of two dancers and one trapeze artist, all aged over 65.

29 September 2015 to 29 September 2015

The Furrow Collective at The Marlowe TheatreTue 29 Sep 2015This acclaimed collective brings together four of the finest, award winning musicians on the UK folk scene.

29 September 2015 to 03 October 2015

Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks at The Marlowe TheatreTue 29 Sep - Sat 3 Oct 2015A show based on the phenomenally successful Horrible Histories books.

30 September 2015 to 03 October 2015

Horrible Histories: Incredible Invaders at The Marlowe TheatreWed 30 Sep - Sat 3 Oct 2015A show based on the phenomenally successful Horrible Histories books.

28 September 2015 to 04 October 2015

Di Long at Bay ART GalleryMon 28 Sep - Sun 4 Oct 2015Di Long - fascinating photos.

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